MizB at Should Be Reading....
This week’s musing, courtesy of Booking Through Thursday, asks…
How do you organize/store your books? Do you go through them often? Or do you pretty much just shelve them and then leave them alone until you need them?
What is this thing of which you speak...organize??
Oh, you are so funny...organize my books..lol
You are serious!
How do I organize my books?
That would be pretty much not at all.
My bookshelves are full. I guess I could cull out some and replace them with new books but honestly, it would be like throwing pebbles at a tank.
The number of books I have is way beyond that.
At first, when I first started blogging, I had a few neat piles, then a few unneat piles, then piles so tall they threaten to topple over and crush my imaginary kitty, Kitty.
Then I discovered the wonder which is the plastic tote box. You can hide dozen of books in each one, put them in the basement and they are gone.
Ok, not really, but they are out of my sight and Kitty..and my real cat, Giant Fat Cat Larry..are safe.
At first I tried.
Books to read.
Books to review in order.
Books I read.
But book keep coming in and not going out.
There in lies the problem.
What to do with books that I have read?
Now, books I bought, actually paid for, I feel free to give away or sell. I give some to my Sil. The problem is that, try as I might, she gives them back. But there are others to give to. I could give them to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. I could leave them in airports or waiting rooms at hospitals. I can sell them, at a used bookstore or on Amazon.
I have gotten better about borrowing books from the library, but that is a minor issue. The majority of books that come into my home are gratis, free, given to me, in return for the hope that I will write a review. It is those books that trickle in from authors and publishers for review.
What to do with them when I have read them?
Now, some actually say on the cover "Do Not Resell".
Even when not stated, that is the understanding, isn't it.
What do they want me to do with them?
Look, I understand. They do not want this book to cost them another sale. They already possibly lost one sale to me in a marketing effort. Now, they would like me to write a glowing review, causing thousands to rush out and buy the book, pouring money into the pockets of all involved so they can buy things like food and clothing and pay the mortgage. They are not in the business of more people getting free books.
OK, I agree...but what I am suppose to do with my copy?
If I can not give it away.
If I can not sell it..
Throw it out??
Because I can not throw a book out.
The thought causes me almost physical pain. It is just so, so wrong.
So what to do?
In the meantime, I am off the WalMart to buy more plastic tote boxes.
Maybe look for a house with a bigger basement.