Weeding the Shelves

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago I’ve been in the process of doing a bit of weeding of the bookshelves. A few years ago I would never have thought of doing this but when you have 1,000+ books in the house (not counting the craft books or my husband’s library) then weeding of the shelves must be done every so often.

What books do I get rid of? There are some books that are just too wonderful and I want to keep my copy so those stay. As do all my author signed books and books that were gifted to me by family and friends.

But, if a book didn’t really make a lasting impression then it goes away or if it’s a book I can’t imagine reading twice then it also goes. There are also books I’ve been hanging onto thinking I’ll read them but sometimes after years have gone by I look at some books and wonder why I was even interested in them in the first place. So yes, my tastes do change.

What do I do with the books? I try to donate some books to the library, I put up books on BookMooch sometimes and then I also take books to Half Price Books. Today was a Half Price Books day. I filled up three bags but of course while they sifted through them I wandered around and ended up coming home with six books. So much for making room right?

Anyway, I found some great bargains so here’s what I got:

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Who doesn’t want to read this book? Every review raves about it and I love the title so couldn’t pass this up.
  • A Dark Dividing by Sarah Rayne. According to the Mystery Guild, this is “equal parts Daphne du Maurier, Josephine Tey and Ruth Rendell, Rayne possesses superb storytelling skills.” Ooh, gothic goodness.
  • The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood. I remember reading some good reviews of this one.
  • Literacy and Longing in L.A. by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack. According to Booklist: “Book lust meets chick lit in this tale of a love-challenged bookworm.” I know some of my bloggy friends enjoyed this and it sounds like a fun read.
  • Charity Girl by Michael Lowenthal. Focusing on a little-known WWI-era government campaign to imprison women who’d contracted “social diseases,” Lowenthal follows the travails of a 17-year-old Boston girl as she’s put through the system’s wringer. I remember when this book first came out and it went on my radar then. I’m glad I found it.
  • The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton. Set during the summer of 1968 in Palo Alto, California, ClaytonÒ€ℒs novel chronicles the lives of five women who conduct a weekly writing group at their neighborhood park. Sounds like a good story about women’s lives and friendships.

I guess I’ll be spending my weekend finding room in the shelves for these books. Hope you all have a great weekend!

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