What do you do when you’ve got more books than bookshelves? Time to go on a book diet. Peter Andrus guides us through what stays and what goes.
My wife recently asked me to consider paring down my book collection. Our three large bookshelves were filled to bursting, and she wanted me to clean them up and get rid of books that weren't important to me.
Easier said than done. I'm an avid reader. I love books--owning them, reading them, lending them to friends, just having them near me. Despite all that, I had to admit that lately our shelves had gotten out of hand. As always, she was right, the unnecessary books needed to go.
The first to go were those that I bought and couldn't remember why, like "A How-To Guide for Celestial Navigation". These books were crowding out space for those I really wanted to spend time with.
Then, I focused on books I was too sentimental about. These included old college textbooks, Christmas and birthday gifts, like "Treasure Island", a birthday present from my Uncle. I realized I could enjoy the memories without the books.