Blog Hop: One (Wo)man’s Trash…

book-blogger-hop-finalToday’s Book Blogger Hop question is: What do you do with books you no longer want? Do you donate them? Do you take them to a half-price bookstore? Does a friend or family member benefit?

This doesn’t happen very often to me, because I only buy books I believe will “wear well,” as my good friend L. M. Montgomery once said.  The vast majority of the books I read come from the library, so the ones I buy I expect to keep for the long-term; I fully expect that a good percentage of my books will someday (in fifty or sixty years, you know) be sorted out by my heirs.

But sometimes books don’t have quite that staying power, and a book that I loved for a season no longer seems like one I want to give shelf space to.  And I guess it happens often enough because I do have a policy around it–all unwanted books are donated to the library.  I take so many out, it seems only fair to put some back in.

My favorite book cycle is when I buy a book at the library warehouse sale (because at a dollar each, sometimes I do buy those unread), read it and then donate it back to the library.

What do you do with no-longer-wanted books?  I don’t read digital books myself, but do you find the arrival of ebooks is affecting this question, or impacting how often you have books to discard?

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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3 Responses to Blog Hop: One (Wo)man’s Trash…

  1. Jemima Pett says:

    I have a stack of unwanted books at present – but they are mostly academic, and a bit out of date. I had a browse on Amazon marketplace to see if it was worth trying to sell them there. I think shipping costs would make it untenable, really. So.. what to do with them? Currently in a box in a corner.

  2. When I have read a book which I don’t think is a keeper, I will either: pass it on to friends or family who I think will enjoy or donate it to a charity shop. However since getting my Kindle I have a lot less books to find new homes for. I general read new books/authors on there to try them out, as they take up no physical space and that means now, I generally only buy physical books I already love or by favourite authors.

  3. dianem57 says:

    I give my unwanted books to Goodwill. However, since I started using my e-reader a lot more, I have far fewer to donate. If I don’t want to keep a book there, I can just delete it. Haven’t done that very much, but will cull my digital library now and then.

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