It’s really easy to accumulate stuff and books among them and you easily get to a place where there are so many books the house starts to feel claustrophobic. Last time I was house-hunting I went to look at a place that had bookshelves everywhere. Even above the doors going into rooms. It felt very crowded. But by that time I’d unlearned my hoarding habits and regularly de-cluttered – including my bookshelves.
So now, I keep reference books that I think I’ll need, non-fiction that I was particularly influenced by, a little poetry and the odd novel that I love (less than ten at this point). Everything else goes. I give books to local charity shops, to friends, and to the book dump at work. I think that if I enjoyed something I should let it go to give someone else the chance to enjoy it too.
What do you do with the books you’ve read? Do you keep them? If so, where? Do you buy books or use libraries?