Day 5 of Project 365: Culling the book herd.

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Yesterday I culled 57 books from my personal library. I’m deep in the throes of Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” and applying her principles as best I can. Kondo writes that she keeps only about 30 books in her collection at any one time, but later on in the book she says that “you need to create your own tidying method with your own standards.” So my own standards include a few more than 30 books, but not the ridiculous number I’ve been hoarding for years.

I brought a number of unread books to Scotland because I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get them through the public library system. That happened to be good judgement on my part … if I had made more time for reading and if I hadn’t accumulated any additional volumes. 2016 will be a year of catching up on my to-read pile.

FunkyPlaid furrowed his brow and made unhappy noises at the burgeoning stacks of books I will sell or donate, but he too is working on winnowing before our migration. Maybe not his books, though. That might be a step too far.

Tell me about a book you own that you’d never, ever give away.

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14 thoughts on “Day 5 of Project 365: Culling the book herd.

  1. I would never give up my copy of the graphic novel “The Dream Hunters” written (& autographed) by Neil Gaiman & illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano. I purged my bookshelves several years back, when I got my first Kindle. My graphic novels are one shelf, however, that survived almost untouched. From that shelf, “The Dream Hunters” is my most prized book.

    There are a few cookbooks that I’ll keep forever, too – mostly for my notes in the margins.

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  2. Hardback copy of The Worst Journey in the World. I keep re-reading bits. Must look up The Dream Hunters, I love graphic novels. See what you’ve done now, instead of culling I’ll probably buy one more book. *sigh*

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  3. I would never give away my battered copies of L.M. Montgomery’s books. I have re-read them multiple times since first starting them in junior high, and have underlined different passages (I would never underline now, but I was raised by an aggressive underliner so did a lot of it before I was old enough to reconsider). At some point I started using different colors and making a note of which color corresponded to which date. Different aspects of those books have meant very different things to me at different stages of life. Those books are friends. They’re never going anywhere.

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  4. There are a couple – my dad’s battered but much loved and re-read copy of Harry Harrison’s The Stainless Steel Rat. My Pratchett HB collection.

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  5. There are a few for me. Jane Eyre I read every other year. The Four Agreements I return to over and over. Bird by Bird. On Writing by King. In Cold Blood. I probably moved around 100 books to Mongolia with me and am happy to have them. But I am using my Kindle more these days.

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