You flip the final page of your latest conquest, only for your fingers to graze the glossy cover one last time before the book finds a permanent spot on your shelf. You give it the occasional glance and you think to yourself, “I should give that novel another read. Someday.”
Surely you have a book in mind. You know the kind I’m talking about. It’s not that you don’t like it, no, but it is not a cherished favorite; it doesn’t get pulled out and reread year after year. It just…is.
Do you keep it on your shelf, collecting dust and taking up room? Or do you sell it at a secondhand shop? Maybe hand it off to a friend?
Parting with a book is hard stuff. Nevermind that it isn’t your favorite book of all-time, it mostly just feels weird. For some books (namely those you aren’t too crazy about, like those books you want to stop reading) it’s easier than others; for some people it’s easier than for others. If you do decide to part with your book, here are some ways to consider doing so:
Donate it to a library.
Swap it with a friend. You can even set up a group amongst your friends to swap and share books.
Donate it to a teacher for their kids to read as part of their classroom library.
Repurpose it as decor.
Sell it at a local bookstore (don’t expect to get rich quick, however).
Make it into a paper flower for your friend’s wedding decor (preferably a book you don’t like).
Just please, whatever you do, don’t throw it away!
How do you part with your old books, if at all?