This query is twofold: how do you decide which books to pass on, and what do you then do with them?
I’ve been dealing with these questions lately after completing my three-month book acquisition ban. I had gathered all (well, nearly all) of the unread books in my house into one place, and after three months of reading exclusively from those stacks I wanted to reassess and decide which ones to keep and which ones needed to move on.
In line with my general cleaning style, I tend to let such possessions pile up and then do a big purge all at once. The urge to purge came upon me the other day and I ruthlessly pruned the stacks of unsolicited review copies I had no immediate urge to read, purchases based on past interests that had now faded, and those arising from good intentions that I doubted I would ever follow through, plus books I’ve read and don’t need to keep any more.
It felt great, but now what to do with them? I’ve tried various things over the years, but my favorite strategy these days is to take my pile to my local independent book store, which has a terrific used books section, and see what they will accept. Then I donate the rest at the library around the corner for their seasonal used-book annex. So I’ve done a good deed, given some books a chance of finding new homes, and end up with store credit that I can use to buy more books! (Um, wait … is this a good thing?)
What are your strategies for honing your own book collection?