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Subject: Well, I Did It - Purged, Bagged & Ready For Goodwill
Date Posted: 5/18/2009 1:02 PM ET
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I did it! Hurt for a while but I feel better. Not that they left that big a hole on the bookshelves but at least they're bagged and ready to drop off at Goodwill - I pulled off all my Arnette Lambs, Stella Camerons, and Catherine Coulters, bagged them and brought them down to the kitchen so I can put them in the trunk (out of sight, out of mind). I have a few Coulters in boxes somewhere but I'll come across those as I go.

Now I'm trying to think of other authors I can do this with. I have a lot of SFF and authors like Jon Land I could purge. This purging could become an addiction if I'm not careful!  I really should be reading but I feel like I'm doing something positive.

Gail

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 1:08 PM ET
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Pioneer, a good place to take those books is a convalescent home.  There are not only elderly people that live there.  Young people who have disabilities also live there and really want books to read.  That is what I do with my books.

Although at Goodwill yesterday, I did find 8 w/l books for $1 each.  Not bad considering GW is so expensive.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 1:46 PM ET
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I usually donate my books to the local survival center but they aren't open on the weekends, so depending on when I have the chance to deliver the bags of books - if it's during the week it'll be the center. I started bringing books to work so some of the social workers could bring the romances to the shelters but it ended up that no one was bringing them, or forgot to bring them, so they just tossed the books after a while.

They opened a 2nd, larger, GW store here in the city but I haven't been there yet. I don't need the temptation, that's for sure. I'd bring some to the library sale but they receive so many books they have a short list of 'restrictions' and since many of my books are years old I don't bother with the library any more - at least not to donate. Now BUYING at the sale is a whole other story! They always have a slew of newish releases and I can't eveer resist.

Gail

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 6:21 PM ET
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That's awesome! I purged most of my Cameron as well. (Still like Coulter.)  Have to find someone else to purge next. :-)

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 6:49 PM ET
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Good for you!  I need to purge more books myself.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 11:00 PM ET
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My criteria went from if I liked it to if I'm going to reread it.  Having PBS as a fall back made it much easier to purge.

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 2:39 AM ET
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I've been purging at least five books every Monday.  If I buy a new book then I get rid of (post or donate) three.  It's been a good process.

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 6:29 AM ET
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Theresa - that's a great system. Purging doesn't have to be via big numbers; smaller steps add very quickly. As I mentioned (maybe not here?) for every library book I read I get rid of a book because I should be reading my own books.

If anyone has any other systems for purging - please post them. All suggestions are a big help.

Gail

 

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 2:34 AM ET
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Congratulations on your book purge!  I'm trying to pull together a box of books that has been on my PBS shelf for 2+ years so I can donate it to a woman who holds a book sale annually to benefit cancer research.  I've accumulated so many books since joining PBS that I barely have room to move in my bedroom.  Plus, it turns out the library has many of the books I want available and if not, they can borrow from other libraries across the state.  That should help me save on mailing out books, since the postage cost is getting more expensive.  Nothing is better than absolutely free (public library) during these tough economic times.

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 2:36 PM ET
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How long are you waiting on these books before you "bag them up"?  I have some that have been posted at least 2 years and figure that if they haven't been requested by now, they may never be so why keep them on my shelf.

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 7:50 PM ET
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They're all bagged now, Carol. None were on my Bookshelf here so I didn't have any deleting to do. I'm trying to hold down my Bookshelf to books that have less than 10 copies in the system when I post them, not that that will guarantee they'll love any faster but I know some of the books I'm getting rid of have dozens posted so mine will probably never be requested.

Gail

Currently reading BODY LANGUAGE/Suzanne Brockmann
Just finished NIGHTCAP/Nancy Martin
Just picked up at library CRAZY KISSES/Tara Janzen (gonna be a GOOD weekend for reading!)

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 11:44 PM ET
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I watch the number posted too.  I just can't see porting a book into the system that already has 150 copies.  I just don't want to have them sit so long or manage all of them.  They go into the donation pile.

Date Posted: 5/24/2009 10:23 AM ET
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Bumping this up to add that I've been doing a bit of cataloguing this weekend and found a box that contains a bunch of Silhouette Shadows - if I haven't read them by now I never will so I'm going to ditch those, too. 

Of course I'd better do a lot more purging than a dozen or so Shadows because I went to my bookseller yesterday and picked up a slew of new books and two of Janzen's "Loose" books (used) and maybe a half dozen used Blaze titles so it's probably a good thing that I lost all my book collection database because it's forcing me to do it all over again and giving me the chance to cull what should have been culled already.

And now the July Ingram info is up so I'll be e-mailing my order to Pam in a day or so - the struggle continues.....but so far there ARE four grocery bags of books in my kitchen waiting to be donated, somewhere.

Gail