Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
This week's question:
What do you do with your excess books?
As an avid book lover, I never thought that I would be facing the problem of having too many books. There can't be too many books, right? Wrong!
This past year, it has been all about decluttering and simplicity. We did a major overhaul the first of the year, and have continued throughout the year. As a blogger, I receive lots of books in the mail from publisher and authors. Sometimes the books are unsolicited, and sometimes they may not be for me. Over time, I built up a huge pile of books, to the point where they were stacked on the floor as my book shelf was overflowing. I am also a firm believer that a book should be read instead of collecting dust, so I made the choice to start thinning out my piles of books. What did I do with the books and what are things that you can do with your overflow?
Give Them To Friends and Family: When family and friends visit, I take them up to my bookshelf and tell them to pick some books that they would like to read, and often times, I pile on stacks that I think they would like. I love being able to share many of the terrific books I have had the pleasure to read. I think books make a great gift anytime.
Host Giveaways: I love entering giveaways, and I also like to host them on my blog. Giveaways are a great way to help get the word out about a good book, and they also attract followers to your blog. This past year, I have held giveaways for many of the books I received after I read and reviewed them on my blog. It was a win win for everyone.
Library Donations: When we did our major purge around the New Year, I found that I not only had stacks of books but also magazines as well. I decided to take the books and the magazines down to my local library. They were thrilled to receive the piles of books and magazines. They took the books and placed them on the friends of the library shelf. Patrons can purchase the books and magazines for ridiculously low prices. I love being able to give back to my library.
Goodwill/ Salvation Army Donations: Another option is to take your books to your local donation center. Donating to Goodwill/ Salvation Army is a way to help those in your community. Both of these organizations take recycled goods and resale them for low prices, this helps cut down on waste. Plus, these stores provide jobs for those who have a harder time finding employment. You can also get a tax write off.
Homeless Shelter Donations/ Native American Reservation Donations: Some other places you might consider donating your books would be to homeless shelters or Native American Reservations. There are so many people in need, and books are often considered a luxury. Your donations help so many who are less fortunate. Candace@Candace's Book Blog has a link on her blog where you can send books to help the residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation. All of these organizations need help filling their empty shelves.
Schools: If you receive lots of books for the Middle Grade or YA readers, you should consider donating them to your local school library. Funds are often tight for schools, and receiving a nice supple of books to help stock the shelves is always beneficial for schools and students.
Sell Them: Finally, if you want to try and make a bit of extra pocket money to buy more books. You might consider selling some of your older books to your local used book store. You won't receive a huge amount, but a bit of pocket money is always nice. Remember though, you should never sale Advanced Reader Copies.
These are just a few ways you can recycle the books you have read. I prefer to give back to the community as much as I can, so I usually opt to donate them to the library, school or Goodwill.
What do you do with your excess piles of books?
Next week's TMST:
Are you on the offense or defense when it comes to your blog?