Sorry for the delay in updating. Illnesses, work writing, and personal writing took over.
I’m also nearly at the end of a three to four year personal library weeding process. Sadly, it took that long, mostly due to reduced reading time, the size of the collection, and a toddler.
This week, I thought I’d share here.
I decided on a simple process:
– Duplicates, including individual books v. omnibus editions, were removed immediately.
– Outdated non-fiction, ex. history books from the 1950s, were removed immediately.
– Anything that I had not read in 3 or more years or hadn’t read at all was put in a “to read” pile; if it didn’t pass the 20-30 pages test (e.g. if I’m not hooked on the story in 20-30 pages, extended to 50 for some longer works), it was removed.
There were some exceptions to the duplication rule: different translations (Beowulf, Gawain), the Narnia-series (we have two copies), and Lord of the Rings (we have three different editions, I think).
I’m not entirely sure how much was removed from the collection, many have been replaced by other books, but a sizable amount went away via PaperbackSwap, Half.com, and other such sites.