Keeping Books You May Never Read
I sat down this afternoon to film my December book haul. As I finished I started putting the new books on my shelves just to realize they are once again brimming with TBR (To Be Read) books. Don’t get me wrong, I love having a healthy stack of TBR books, but I don’t like my shelves overflowing or cluttered and I currently have two large shelves to contain my collection. I sort of made a pact with myself that I would contain my collection to these two shelves until they were absolutely stuffed with books I could not live without and then and only then would I consider getting a third shelf.
So I considered doing an end of the year cleanse/unhaul of books that I am truly no longer interested in owning or reading (whatever the case may be). I do this from time to time and I can look at my shelves right now and grab probably 5 books that I would be willing to part with. BUT honestly there’s more than 5 I could easily get rid of. Case in point is my Kay Scarpetta series collection written by Patricia Cornwell. When I was a tween and even into my teenage and young adult life I lived for these books. They were basically all I read. But I stopped reading them pre-BookTube and since joining BookTube I have only re-read The Body Farm and that re-read was back in July of 2015. Even though I know if I read them I would enjoy them they sit at the very top of my bookcase and collect dust (see what I did there?!)
My reading taste has changed from my Patricia Cornwell reading days. I prefer contemporary to crime novels nowadays but I still can’t seem to get rid of them. I am not sure if or when I will ever read these books. So should I get rid of them? Should I part with them? Or should I just start reading them?
Do you keep books around even if you don’t plan on reading them?