Like a lot of book lovers, I have overworked bookshelves. A few years ago, I got rid of quite a few books–because I had several dozen books stacked on the floor.
After that, my books fit, if you define fit as (minus my dozen oversize books, and small stack of books I haven’t read yet) no books sitting on the floor.
I’ve read a bunch of posts recently about people culling their bookshelves, and it’s been making me think I need to do so again. I’ve read every book on this shelf at least once.
But some of them I haven’t read again.
Is that because I can’t see half the books on my shelves without moving things around? Or is it because I enjoyed a book once but don’t really want to read it again?
The problem is that when I ask myself ‘Will I read this book again?’ the answer seems like ‘Yes,’ or at least ‘Probably.’
I’ve decided the better question is ‘If you found this book at a bookstore, would you buy it?’
Since I’ve already cut all the obviously excess books, another trim would require re-reading any book that’s in question, and then making a stay-or-go decision. And maybe I’m so attached to the majority of them that I won’t make much progress–but perhaps I can give my shelves a little breathing space.
I’m determined to try.