Shannon Stacey

An overabundance of books

No such thing, right? Unfortunately, that’s what I have.

I’m going to have to get rid of books. A LOT of books. :(

We’ve packed up my den/office/library/the-room-where-I-hang-coats-on-the-threadmill before for minor revampings and moving around and such. But we’re about to embark on a major strip and rebuild walls/change windows/actually throw in some insulation type remodeling.

The computer equipment and filing cabinets will probably be relocated into the dining room, as the company can’t close for remodeling. I’ll have tons of boxes—knitting stuff, dozens of family pictures, knick-knacks and such.

But the books. OMG, the books. I’ll box some—I have all of Karen Templeton’s books, my collection of Patricia McLinn books, and a bunch of Suzanne Brockmanns. The Darkyn and BDB series. I’ve got a dozen or so signed books. Then there’s my books and my friends’ books and…holy crap. Two shelves of nonfiction relating to Imperial Russia. Writing books.

Seriously, I have a big bookshelf’s worth of just keepers. What am I supposed to do with the hundreds of others? Am I really going to read anything from Mount TBR when I have new books coming in every day?

The prospect of dealing with it’s tres daunting. I can’t bring myself to throw them away—even the older ARCs. I’ve got too many to dump in the library’s book sale. Last time I tried to weed books, I couldn’t even get the women’s prison interested.

My head hurts just thinking about it.

8 comments to “An overabundance of books”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · August 7th, 2008 at 10:58 am · Link

    Do you have a used bookstore nearby you could take them to?

    There’s always Ebay.

    Or what I suggested this morning. :wink:

  2. Melani Blazer
      · August 7th, 2008 at 6:42 pm · Link

    Eh, pack em up and send em to my house. I’ll…. take care of them for you.

  3. Annmarie
      · August 7th, 2008 at 7:41 pm · Link

    I had to do that recently. I boo hoo’d. I sold half on and the other half went to charity.

  4. Charlene
      · August 7th, 2008 at 9:06 pm · Link

    When we moved, I filled many grocery bags with books and yard-saled ’em. I think I sold ’em for $3 a bag. They went fast.

  5. Bev Stephans
      · August 7th, 2008 at 9:26 pm · Link

    When I can bear to weed out some of my books, I donate them to the Salvation Army. They can sell them in their thrift store or sell them to a used book store. This way, my books can help someone out……hopefully.

  6. Shannon
      · August 8th, 2008 at 9:11 am · Link

    I’ll probably end up sneaking most of them to Goodwill. Our UBS has a tight limit on what they’ll take per trip, so I would have had to start weeding in 1998. We don’t have yard sales (they make the hubby uncomfortable) and I’m not sure I want the headache of selling them online.

    I’ll probably give away the giveawayable ones here and give the rest to Goodwill.


  7. Ro
      · August 8th, 2008 at 7:39 pm · Link

    :wink: I live close… hint, hint! Even those you don’t feel are “give-awayable”, I’ll take on my next trip through, Sunday… if you’d like! I’m desperate for reading material, and broke to boot!

    The WIP is so slow that I’m bored with the characters (now I “said” it out loud, maybe they’ll do something interesting!) :bang:

  8. Shannon
      · August 10th, 2008 at 9:45 pm · Link

    Ro, once I get things a little sorted, I’ll give you a shout, cause that sounds like a plan. I need to go through them a little better first.

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