I’ve been thinking for some time that I should reduce the size of my book collection (currently about 2,000 volumes). For one thing it wouldn’t be fair to my family to have to dispose of them if they had to do it in a hurry. For another, the little room which I laughingly call my study is crammed to bursting; books I finish reading are consigned to the loft, and I know in my heart of hearts that I’ll not read many of them again. The problem’s been brought to a head by our decision to move house. When we retired we assumed we’d need less space, so we downsized. We were wrong. The thing about retirement is that we’re both at home for far longer than we were when we were working. We need more living space, not less. Whatever house we move to, there simply won’t be room for all of my book cases and the books they contain. Much as I loved being a librarian, I don’t want to live in a library.
So I’m wondering how to go about it, and one specific area is my poetry collection. The magazines will be dumped for recycling – few would be interested in taking them, I’m certain. However, I’ve got around 600 poetry books, of which I might keep 100, and dispose of the rest. I’ve got some ideas, but I’m wondering if readers have any suggestions?