Let’s Talk – Cleaning Out Your Bookshelves

Hey lovely readers!

Here’s a random discussion post for your reading pleasure.

I don’t know about you guys, but I pretty much hate getting rid of books even though I know I’ll never read them. Like it gives me a bit of anxiety, like I wasted money, or I’m somehow failing because I haven’t read certain books. But the other day I was staring at my very full TBR bookshelf and I was just exhausted. The list made me feel exhausted and that was not alright with me. So here’s what I did.

I took every last unread book off of my shelves, there were a lot haha. I put them in a big pile, picked each one up individually, and stared at it. I mean stared for a good while. And if the book didn’t catch my interest it went in the donate pile. There were of course some that this didn’t work for and in that case I went with a different approach. If the book had been on my TBR for a year or longer, there were quite a few, I put it on the donate pile. Let’s be honest here, if I have a book on my shelf for a year or longer the chances of me reading it are pretty darn slim.

Usually I look at my TBR books and I talk myself into keeping the ones I know I have no interest in reading. These are usually the ones that people recommended to me or ones that everyone and their mother has read. So of course I feel like I need to read them. But the truth? I don’t, you don’t, no one does. That’s what I reminded myself as I was going through my giant pile. And plus I get to donate all of those un-read books to someone who will actually read them. I got rid of 25 books and I’m pretty proud of that!


Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna

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My name is Adrianna. I’m a 27 year old wife, mommy, book lover, and librarian. I have a deep love for books and an unhealthy obsession with iced tea! I can quote almost any Disney movie, Belle is my favorite Disney princess, and I live for Harry Potter! I enjoy reading New Adult Romance above anything else. I have one beautiful baby boy named Jace and 5 cats and 1 dog who are basically my world (along with hubby of course)! And when I’m not reading I enjoy writing, puzzling, trivia, and long walks with the hubs, baby boy, and dog! Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy! ❤ Adrianna

4 thoughts on “Let’s Talk – Cleaning Out Your Bookshelves

  1. Great post! I find it SO hard to get rid of books now. I usually don’t hoard things and I’ve gotten pretty good at Marie Kondo-ing the heck out of my space, but I get all dragoney about books. (And then get stressed about all my unread paper copies… sigh.)


  2. This speaks to me! I have sooooo many books on my shelves. Some of them I’ve read, a lot of them I haven’t. I need to do a big purge.

    I also need to learn what to do with books I’ve read but will probably never reread. I don’t know if I view them as trophies or a waste of money but it’s definitely becoming a waste of space!

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  3. Getting rid of 25 books is a big deal! I used to feel like I was wasting money when I unhauled books, but I decided that donating them was not wasting because I was giving to causes in need and gave more people the opportunity to read when they may not have been given the opportunity to previously. I now automatically unhaul a book if I have it more than a year. I have not needed to unhaul a book like that in some time, but it is a rule of mine. I keep a spread sheet where each month gets a tab and I list the books I get that month so I can easily keep track.If I don’t read it by a year past purchase/gifted, then I know I never will. If by some weird twist of fate happens and I want to I can go to the library.

    Great post!

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