Let’s Talk Bookish: Unhauling Books

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well! Today I’m participating in Let’s Talk Bookish, a weekly meme hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits. Today’s topic is about unhauling, or getting rid of, books.

I think unhauling books is really important, although I don’t do it super often. Unhauling books can give you more bookshelf space and, more importantly, can allow other readers to read books that you’ve bought. Every time I unhaul books, I donate them to my local library, which sells them for around $1 or $2 each.

I usually get rid of books if I’ve outgrown them and I know I won’t reread them. This means that most of the books I unhaul are middle grade books or YA books that I haven’t read in a while. I often take books off my shelves whenever I need more space to shelf more books, since I am rapidly running out of free space on my bookshelves. I usually wait until I have a large stack of books that I want to unhaul before I donate them to the library, so I don’t actually get rid of books very often.

There are some books that I would never get rid of because of the nostalgia. For example, I will never get rid of my copy of Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume because, not only did I get it at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, it was such an important book to me when I was younger. I also will not get rid of books that I frequently reread. Additionally, I am less likely to unhaul books that I have signed copies of.

What do you think? How do you unhaul books? What do you do with the books that you unhaul? How often do you unhaul books?


6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Unhauling Books

  1. I donate to my local library too, since I used to work there! It’s great that they can sell them for a couple of books to put back into programs and such. It can be really cathartic to unhaul books too!

  2. It isn’t easy unhauling books- the ones that usually leave are the ones that either were disliked or the ones that are time to get rid of

    The books I get rid of either go to an used bookshop or get donated to “Promising Pages” (this allows children who don’t have access to books get the chance- each week at Loaves and Fishes, a food pantry, we donate books due to this program)

    Well, some books I keep due to the meaningful nature, or due to being signed

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