Cut Down On Book Hoarding

Cut Down On Book Hoarding

If you find yourself with more books than you have time to read, it may be time to cut down your collection. How-to compendium wikiHow compiles suggestions for stemming the tide of new-book acquisition, such as setting up a purchase ratio.

Make a rule that you will read X number of books you currently own before buying another one. Set a “read-to-purchase ratio”. This solution works well because it lets you control your book purchasing habits without requiring that you wait several years until you’ve read the entire existing selection. It also encourages you to read more, knowing that you can reward yourself with a new book soon enough, and not feel guilty about it. Choosing a ratio that’ll work for you involves finding that sweet spot between how much time you have to read, how quickly you read, and how many shelves you’ve still got to get through.

Hit the link below for a host of library trimming suggestions. Just don’t chuck your books in the trash—you can always donate them to a library or charity, or give them away and track their travels. Photo by striatic.


  • Another great idea is o offload your books that you have read using Sell Yours feature which lets you list your second hand books on their website – they pay you 20c per book and send you an email once they sell. It shows up similar to used book sales and I have sold quite a few of my books using their service.

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