In my life I have thought that it is impossible to have too many books. However, I believe that I now have too many books.
I have entire swathes of shelves which I have not read in twenty years.
And I have over 16 bookshelves full of books. (Over because the books are starting to perch on the top or beside bookshelves.)
I am trying to decide how to purge. I don’t want to get rid of books I might use to teach or write. But other than that, how do I decide?
The Chronicle’s fora offered this advice:
Whenever I move, I give my books the once-over. Did I like this book? Have I cracked it open in the last five years? Will I ever want to read it/reference it again? If I do need it again, wouldn’t it be easier or cheaper to buy/borrow/loan another copy or hire a grad student to look it up for me, as opposed to carrying it around with me like a turtle’s shell? Do I even REMEMBER reading this book?
If the answer to any of the above is “no”, out it goes.
Do you have a good way to cull books? I could really use some advice here.