downsizing book collections: 5

As I sorted through the fiction I realized I needed to establish criteria for keeping or discarding books. Mine was simple: if I liked a book well enough to read it again, I kept it.

I know people who read a book once and even if they love it, discard it. I admire the philosophy but it’s never worked for me. Re-reading a well-loved book is like visiting an old friend. It’s as comfortable as an old pair of shoes. Sometimes I don’t want to be challenged; sometimes I just want relaxing time with a trusted friend. There are no surprises.  

Establish criteria for keeping or discarding books. What makes a volume valuable enough to haul it, warehouse it, and keep it dusted?  (No cheating: if the ultimate goal is downsizing and simplifying, more space or more shelving is not the solution.)

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