As a used bookstore owner and bibliophile I fight this every day in the shop and at home: strategies I've put to use. I have one bookcase (the prettiest bookcase -- choose the best you can find) and my husband has one bookcase. Our baby is going to have one shelf. I keep the books that have changed my life and that I reread with regularity; they are sorted by category onto the lower shelves. The top shelf of my case is for all of the "haven't read yet" titles and I adhere to bringing in no-more books than I have room for on that shelf. I regularly ship books to friends and family members when I've finished reading them and they don't make the cut for keeping forever. I also regularly donate to the libraries, nursing homes, and other charities. At the shop, I often find titles that I want to read and have limited myself to an 8 inch x 10 inch x 6 inch box for personal holds to cycle into my "haven't read" space at home. However, if I haven't read a book in a year that it's been sitting in queue it gets donated (back to the shop or respective charity). I am highly selective about the books I bring into the shop/home... if it's damaged, has a split binding, has aged (not well), is written through and through (in a manner that's not helpful) then it doesn't come through the door.
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