Bookish

5 Questions to Help Get Rid of Books

Recently I got rid of an entire trash bag full of books to donate. Anyone who has ever stepped foot into my bedroom at home knows that this is a surprising feat because I rarely part ways with books. Books are something I’m usually very sentimental about, which makes it hard to get rid of them when there are so many stories behind them all. But with the help of these five questions, I finally purged my bookshelf! Like I’ve been saying I would do for so long! 

Question 1: Have you read it?

Ah yes, we’ll start off with the easier question to answer. Of course, this does come with two branches of further questions. If you have read it, did you enjoy it? If you didn’t enjoy it, then you’re likely next step is to throw it in the donate bag. If you did enjoy it, move onto the other questions. If you haven’t read it, why not? Are you going to read it? If you have no plans whatsoever to read it, then your next course of action is simple: toss it in the donate bag.

Question 2: Will you read it again?

For those who don’t often reread books, this may seem like a bit of an irrelevant question; however, as someone who loves rereading books, this question is essential. To me, the sign of an excellent book is the desire to read it again at some point in the future. If I don’t want to reread a book, is it really worth keeping it on my shelf?

Question 3: Where did you get it?

If you’re a sentimental bookworm like myself, then you know that where you got a book can matter just as much as the actual book itself. Books that I was given by friends, that I bought while traveling, or that remind me of specific scenarios or times in my life are very unlikely to find themselves tossed in the donate bag.

Question 4: Where could you find it again?

This question is an attempt to challenge my pack-rat ways. Let’s say there’s a book that I liked but won’t read again, but for some reason I’m clinging on to. Where could I go to read it again? Would I have to buy a new copy, or is it likely that a local library would have it or that I could easily buy it used for cheap online? If it’s easily accessible, then chances are that it doesn’t need to be kept on my bookshelf.

Question 5: When was the last time you thought about this book?

I like saving this question for when I know that I should get rid of a book from a logical standpoint, but can’t seem to part with it emotionally for some reason. If I haven’t thought about this book in months or even more than a year, then chances are that whatever emotions I’m feeling in this moment won’t last. Basically, if I haven’t missed this book already, then I probably won’t miss it much in the future.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: A Bookish Thanksgiving!

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Happy Tuesday!! With Thanksgiving in just two days, the lovely bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish have decided to make this week’s Top Ten Tuesday an open-ended Thanksgiving theme. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (besides Christmas, of course!) because it’s simple and sweet: friends and family get together to enjoy quality time with each other, eat delicious food, and to take time to remember all that they are thankful for. Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, there’s no better time like the present to give thanks!

On that note, here are the Top Ten Bookish Things I’m Thankful For:

1. That old book smell.

Mmmm…. that smell of yellowed pages, time, and a hint of must.

2. That new book smell.

Mmmm…. that smell of glossy pages, printed ink, and bookstore shelves.

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3. Having access to more than one wonderful library.

My current status as a college student means that I have access to not only the public library in my hometown but the college’s library as well. Between the two libraries and their ILL systems I could probably check out almost any book that I could think of. I love libraries! ❤

4. Beautiful cover designs.

This one goes without explanation. So many gorgeous covers!

5. The pleasing aesthetic of an organized bookshelf.

Is this just a bookworm thing? Do others walk into bookstores or libraries and revel in the glory that is organized shelving? I hope so!

5. When you “lose yourself” in a good book.

All readers surely know the feeling of getting “lost” in a captivating story. In some ways it’s the mark of a truly remarkable book, especially when it enthralls you time and time again. It’s such a fantastic feeling!

6. Bookish discussions.

Though reading can certainly be an independent activity, discussing books with others is one of my favorite aspects of reading. Not only have I gained countless new interpretations of and perspectives on many books, but I have also had a blast doing so! In particular, I am thankful for the fun and fascinating discussions I’ve had in book clubs, libraries, and in classes over the years that have furthered my love of reading even more.

7. Great recommendations.

One of the best feelings is falling in love with a book that someone has recommended to you. I’m so grateful for all of the librarians, teachers, friends, family members, and bloggers who have recommended amazing books to me.

8. The accomplished feeling you get when you finish reading a long or difficult book.

There’s nothing better than flipping that last page and being able to finally check an intimidating tome off of your TBR list. It’s also great motivation for diving into another one!

9. Increasing diversity, awareness, and representation in literature.

Though we have a long ways to go when it comes to properly representing and discussing topics of diversity in works of all genres and forms, we have undoubtedly made some great strides as a community of readers and writers alike. Let’s keep the ball rolling!

10. The bookish community.

I’m always struck by how amazing the bookish community is, both online and offline. Whether I’m talking to librarians and fellow book lovers face-to-face or chatting with bloggers on Twitter or in the comments section of blogs, I can’t help but be grateful that such an enthusiastic and friendly community exists. ❤

What are some bookish things that you’re thankful for? What do you think of the ones that I’ve listed? Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday

top ten tuesday: things on my bookish bucket list

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s Tuesday, everyone! And that means it’s time for another fun meme hosted by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is Top Ten Things on My Bookish Bucket List. So, in no particular order:

  1. Organize books into a rainbow shelf. Seriously, aren’t rainbow bookshelves just the neatest things ever? I mean, take a look at these awesome ones: rainbow bookshelf 2rainbow bookshelf 1Even though they are most likely A LOT of work to create, I think it would be well worth it to do someday.
  2. Acquire more signed books. Currently I own signed copies of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and BZRK by Michael Grant. I think owning signed books is so cool- knowing that the person who created the amazing world you are about to dive into actually signed what you’re holding is so amazing! I would love to own more of them in the future.
  3. Meet more authors. So far the only author I have met is Michael Grant, author of the Gone series and BZRK. It was so incredible to meet him, especially since he’s one of the first authors that really introduced me to the dystopian/sci-fi genre. He was such a funny and nice person, which made it even more amazing! I would definitely love to meet more of my favorite authors.
  4. Read a book in another language (probably Spanish, since it’s the only other language I know a fair amount of). I currently have a copy of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks sitting on my bookshelf that is translated into Spanish, but I just having gotten around to reading it. I don’t think my Spanish skills are quite up to par just yet, so I may have to wait a little while on this one.
  5. Own a unique/artsy/wacky bookshelf. While scrolling through Tumblr and Pinterest I have seen so many crazy and creative bookshelves. Right now I only have two regular ones, and I think it would be awesome to have one that is totally different and unique, like these: batman bookshelf tree bookshelf tardis bookcasestacking bookcase
  6. Create a cozy reading nook. I’ve tried to do this in the past on a few different occasions, but I’ve never been completely happy with the results. I usually end up just reading in bed, on the sofa in my living room, or at my dining room table. However, it would be really fun to have a designated spot where I can just relax, read, and be completely comfortable.
  7. Spend an entire day at a bookstore. I have always wanted to do this because I think it would be so much fun. I could get some tea, hang out among the seemingly endless array of shelves, and immerse myself in the wonderful atmosphere of a bookstore. I’m planning on definitely tackling this one during the summer, but hopefully sooner!
  8. Participate in a Read-A-Thon. Read-A-Thons look like such a great experience, but I rarely have time to participate in them. Well, I’m going to make it a goal to participate in at least one this year! If you know of any that are coming up, let me know in the comments section below!
  9. Read all of the books I currently own. There are so many books sitting neglected on my bookshelves that I just haven’t gotten around to reading quite yet. Consequently, I often feel guilty when I buy new books because I know that I have so many I haven’t read yet! It would be nice to read all the ones I already have and start fresh.
  10. Read a book without knowing anything about it. I don’t think I have ever read about without knowing at least SOMETHING about the plot or the general ideas behind the story itself. Would I have the same reactions to books if my initial expectations of them were virtually nonexistent? This would make such a cool experiment to do!

And there you have it! What’s on your bookish bucket list? Have you done any of the things on mine? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY