Last week I showed you my READ bookcase, and the week before that my TBR bookcase. Today I’m going to tell you about Spring Cleaning my ebooks, give you the stats, and show you the purge piles. Let’s start with the ebooks and stats.
I don’t have any before and after pictures to show you so I’ll show you my stats, all of them.
|Before Spring Cleaning||After Spring Cleaning|
|Own in Print||30||268|
|Own on Kindle||321||735|
|TBR – Print||264||162|
|TBR – Kindle||595||546|
- To Read went down 156 books.
- Wishlist went down a few books.
- My Library Wishlist went up a little.
Here’s where you can tell I had been slacking off on cataloging books:
- Own in Print went up 238 books
- Own on Kindle went up by 414 books.
How many books I purged:
- Print – 102
- Ebooks – 49
I didn’t get rid of any ebooks that I paid for. The ones I deleted were free Kindle books that I had acquired over the years but no longer had a desire to read.
Now that I have an accurate record of my books, I can see that the number of books in my TBR pile is insane. I have a little over 700 books – in my possession – to read! At my current reading rate of about 85 books a year, it would take me a little over EIGHT years to read through my TBR pile. And that’s only if I don’t add to the pile. (Like that’s going to happen.)
And now on to the purge piles.
Yes, I faced the books that way on purpose (to protect the innocent). There were 2 reasons I got rid of a book: (1) I was no longer interested in reading it, or (2) I was still interested in reading it and my library has the book in ebook, which is my preferred reading format. What am I going to do with the books in the purge pile? Well, I’m waiting for our community yard sale to take place and I’m hoping to unload them then. Whatever books don’t find a new home after that will be donated. I do have an used book store close by but they don’t buy books; they just issue trade credit. I still have A LOT of trade credit from the last time I traded in books, trade credit that doesn’t really get used since 95% of what I read is in ebook format.
Then there’s the ARC purge pile.
Again, I faced the books that way to protect the innocent. I wasn’t sure what to do with these ARCs. Proper protocol seems to be to toss them in the recycling bin but that feels like a waste. My library won’t take them so that’s a no go. So I asked Twitter for ideas and here’s what I got:
@TheBookVixen If it's a YA I give it to my friend. She's a school librarian. And she will put them on the shelf for kids to read.— Jennifer TBN (@TheBookNympho) April 8, 2014
@TheBookVixen depends. If they r good I keep them, maybe get them signed at bk fair. If not I give them away or recycle via the bin, lol— Books Unhinged (@StacyHgg) April 8, 2014
@TheBookVixen what about the free little library? Any near you?— Tamara Welch (@rockstar1023) April 8, 2014
@TheBookVixen don't forget about donating books to your local senior center!— SamanthaCycles (@SamanthaCycles) April 9, 2014
@TheBookVixen I donate to a mix: classroom libraries, children's hospitals & battered women's & children's shelters.— Mary (@marybrebner) April 9, 2014
@TheBookVixen I've seen a lot of bloggers just tweet photos of what they have, state their shipping terms, and get rid of ARCs that way.— Wendy Darling (@MissWendyD) April 9, 2014
Lots of great ideas! I did have a book blogging buddy take a few off my hands. I’m going to try to donate the YA ARCs to the local high school and the romance ARCs to the local senior center. Whatever is left over, as much as it pains me to say this, will go in the recycling bin.
And I have some finished copies to give away.
Here’s a lesson I learned: when removing book store stickers from books, be sure to remove all of the sticky residue too or this happens:
During my Spring Cleaning mission, there was one book that still had the book store sticker, which I removed but the sticky residue remained. I was able to use white vinegar and baking soda to remove the residue. (Vinegar acts like a degreaser and the baking soda adds some gentle abrasion for those stubborn parts.) Surprisingly enough the book didn’t reek of vinegar afterwards. (If you try this, use caution. Test a small area first or try it on a book that you’re okay with getting damaged. If it’s a special book, maybe forgo the idea completely.)
And there you have it. I am now completely organized. All of my books have been cataloged on Goodreads and I better keep up with it because I surely don’t want to have to re-catalog them ever again. I will have to purge every once in a while; I’m thinking once a year should suffice. In case you missed it, I showed my TBR bookcase and READ bookcase so check those out if you haven’t already.