Book Blogger Hop: What Do You Do When You Run Out of Shelf Space

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Book Blogger Hop topic for the week of June 26 – July 2: When you run out of bookshelf space, what do you do? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

One of my very full bookshelves

What I do when I run out of bookshelf space, which happens more than I care to admit despite ebooks and library books:

  • I refuse to acknowledge the realities of physics and continue to cram books 2-4 deep on the shelves. I also use stacking instead of the more traditional horizontal placements.
  • I wedge stacks in wherever I can without endangering my cats.
  • Try to convince hubs that the stacks of are actually impromptu end tables (this never really works but I keep trying with dogged persistence.)
  • I look for books I may have borrowed and return them ASAP.
  • I bite the bullet and cull the herd.
    • With multiple copies, I choose just one to keep.
    • Tattered or worn books get replaced with ebooks unless the physical copies have sentimental reasons for being kept.
    • Books about topics I’m no longer interested in have to go.
    • Books whose authors I’ve since discovered to be problematic have to go.

Once I have a box of books to be re-homed, depending on the condition, I:

  • Give them to friends with the stipulation of no backsies.
  • Donate them to a Little Free Library.
  • Donate them to an actual library.
  • Donate them to a charity shop.

What do you do when you run out of bookshelf space? Let me know your solutions in the comments.

Thanks again to Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer for this blog hop, and Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews for this topic!

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