[DISC] 5 Reasons Why I Donated 197 Of My Books

Hello, lovelies! 🍄 These past weeks I have been organizing my office. After years of loving books, I realized that I owned more than 300 physical books for which around 70% I didn’t even want to own. So, I packed 70% inside boxes and they are now ready to be given to local public libraries.

Now, you will be asking yourself – who in their right mind give books aways, especially a book lover. My own parents asked me if I was going a bit crazy, after all these books cost me a lot of money! But they don’t bring me happiness anymore!

  • Outgrew some of the genres: Many of these book were Young Adult, which is a genre I have outgrown and will not plan to read anytime soon unless is a book I truly look forward to read. I did keep some books within this genre which I plan to read hopefully soon: The Raven Cycle, Black Birds of the Gallows, Stolen Songbird, and a couple of other paperbacks.
  • More than one copy: When I joined the Book Community, especially Instagram, I joined many, many book subscription boxes such as: OwlCrate, MyBookBox, Fairyloot, Illumicrate, Book of the Month, etc. Unfortunately, most of the time these monthly subscriptions boxes had the SAME book which would drive me crazy. This is how I ended up with Plain Jane x2, Thuthwitch x3, and many others (hardcover and paperback version).
  • Books I didn’t care for: I also had a lot of books that after many years I hadn’t picked up. I owned popular series such as Shades of Magic by V.E Schwab, Six of Crows by Leigh Berdugo, etc. They were getting more dust than attention.
  • Not enough space: As book lovers, you can all imagine 300+ books, there was no point for me to have books I just didn’t want to read. I felt like a hoarder saving books just for the sake of ‘owning’ them.
  • Books I had read but didn’t want or love anymore: Books such as ACOTAR, Fangirl, romance books, comics, fantasy series, etc. I was extremely glad to say goodbye to Anna and the French Kiss (that as of today, it continues to be the worse YA I’ve read).

Lately, I haven’t been buying physical books – ebooks are my new thing. Kindle Unlimited is just wonderful and let’s not talk about Audible! There are so many free books that I can read with KU, so many wonderful new authors ~

8 thoughts on “[DISC] 5 Reasons Why I Donated 197 Of My Books

  1. I can relate to this post! I was recently organizing my book collection and have gotten at least 1 box full of books that I really don’t need anymore and its given me more space 😂📚💞

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  2. The not enough space hits home. When I moved out I had to leave boxes of books at my parents’ house. Then there was water damage to the boxes so idk if the books survived. I still don’t know to this day if they are salvageable. I live way too far to visit my parents and I can’t travel due to the pandemic.

    I think you made a very good choice getting rid of the books that no longer serve you, and I think giving books to a better home is definitely the way to go. Happy feels 🥰

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      1. It’s hard to let beloved books and other sentimental items go. I struggle with letting go of manga and anime DVDs especially. When I moved out, I brought some (but not all) of the DVD’s with me even though I no longer own a DVD player 😂Times are changing and I guess we need to change with the times. I totally get how hard it is to let go of sentimental items. Keep at it, and you’ll have a space you’re happy with in no time!

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      2. I also have a hard time letting things go. During high school I would save every book I used even if it was something school related. I will never let go of my mangas tho 😂 that is something I will always keep with me. Same with my Japanese movies 🤭 those make me extremely happy💜

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