Hawk (merhawk) wrote,

Paring down the collection

When I was younger, I didn't want to get rid of books I didn't think I'd read again, because just by looking at them I remembered the joy I'd gotten from them. On top of that - it's a way for people to take a look at my shelves and get a feel for me.

A few years ago, when I realized it was either move into a bigger house for my books or pare down my collection, I cut it by around 50%. These past few weeks I've been thinking of paring it down some more; with everything that has been going on with me over the past year I've been trying to think through am I doing things because this is what I've always done, or am I doing it because that's what I've always done.

Well, I'm in the middle of paring down the collection again. I won't say that I'm only keeping the best books - there are some on the shelf I'll never read again but I have pared down to the ones that really had an impact on me as a youth (for example, you'd need to pry my Song of the Lioness books out of my cold, dead, hands - even if I never read them again).

I'm going to actively sell the books that are worth $10+/book, and am considering doing the same for the ones in the $8-$10 range. After I clean this up, I need to start making a decision about my comic book collection.

At least now I'll have room to put my beading supplies behind cabinet doors in the living room, rather than having to drag them out of the garage every time I want to do something.

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