Shelf space has reached crisis point in Cardigan Girl's Flat (and I am still feeling extremely guilty that the majority of my boyfriend's books reside in boxes in a storage unit). Although I have made some temporary measures, I did also get rid of a few books the other day. It was a bit strange deleting them from my librarything account, but it does mean that the day that I reach 1000 books is a tiny bit further off. I contemplated offering my rejects on here, but I'm not sure about the principle of providing booklovers with books that I didn't like/didn't want to read. So I took them to Oxfam.
Thinking about getting rid of books also made me think about the stock in charity shops. Obviously many of us find wonderful things, but surely in the majority of cases they are other people's rejects - books that have been read once but not loved enough to have house room, or presents which have not been touched at all. I suppose I should be more discerning and think to myself "someone didn't like this" when I pick up something in a charity shop, but more often than not I am just grateful that someone else didn't like a Virago Modern Classic very much.
Do the rest of you ever get rid of books that you didn't enjoy reading/know that you'll never get around to reading? And what do you do with them?
Mavis Gallant’s “Madeline’s Bithday” (1951)
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