Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, and it’s where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! If you want to join in the bookish discussion fun, check out the July 2022 prompts!
Now without further ado… The topic asks us about:
(SUGGESTED BY AMBER @ ESCAPE LIFE IN THE PAGES)
Prompts: How do you feel about unhauling books? Do you get rid of books often? Or do you hold on to every book you buy? How do you decide which books to get rid of? Are there any books you would never get rid of?
I LIKE UNHAULING BOOKS
I think I’ve gotten good at unhauling books and find it pretty cathartic! I don’t unhaul books that often but whenever I redo my shelves (which has actually happened quite a lot in the past year!) I take time to reassess my owned books and end up unhauling at least 2-3 books each time. In the last three years, I’ve also moved houses three times and each time I had to unpack and repack my books into boxes, I managed to let go of a few… Well, more than a few!
Before I left Bali in mid-2020, I ended up giving away/selling three medium-large-sized boxes of books! In my experience so far, it’s been surprisingly tough to sell books for decent prices in Indonesia and it’s also quite an effort because I had to put up ads on various marketplaces and it took a while for posts to gain traction and for me to wade through to find people who were serious about buying them.
WHAT STAYS AND WHAT GOES
The easiest books for me to unhaul tend to be paperbacks (of any genre) and books of genres that are outside of my main reads (i.e. literary/cultural or non-fiction). I mean, that sounds bad lol but I tend to lost interest the fastest when it comes to these genres because they’re usually out of my comfort zone. A lot of the titles I have in these genres have been on my shelf way longer than the others because there’s generally less chance of me actually wanting to pick them up! Lately, I’ve also realised that my interest in certain YA contemporaries and fantasies has started to wane and I find it easier to let go of these books. It does make me sad because I think about how excited I was to get certain books but it doesn’t make sense for me to keep books I’m no longer interested in on the shelf especially when unhauling them means more room for the books I want on there!
That said, I do struggle with when to unhaul them. I have so many books that I probably wouldn’t mind giving away after I’ve read them but I’d only want to unhaul them after I give them a try and although I say I’ll read them soon, it never actually happens lol? so they end up staying on my shelf indefinitely. Book worm problems, am I right?
NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP!
The books I’d struggle the most to unhaul would probably be the special and/or signed editions—especially the editions that I buy separately from receiving them in subscription boxes. Since I got my first signed book in 2017, I’ve only willingly unhauled maybe three signed books. I say that like I’ve actually got rid of them but they’re still sitting in boxes in our basement because I haven’t had time to deal with them, lol! 😂 I received these books in sub boxes and I’d never heard of them when I got them nor did I have any interest in reading them but there were also books I’ve read by authors that I no longer wish to support.
I think I would also struggle to unhaul any of the multiple editions of my favourite books. I have a few books that I’ve collected several copies of and I would hate to let them go! I also have one or two signed books that have special dedications to me that I’d never let go even if the copies are battered and look like they’re on their last legs!
Do you find it easy to unhaul books or are you like Gollum when it comes to books and treats them as ‘your preciouses’? 😅 What books would you never consider unhauling?