Books That Aren’t Keepers

I’ve been wondering for some time, what do you do with those books that you’ve read but you didn’t love? I mean if you don’t plan on re-reading them in the future then there’s no point in keeping them, right? I’ve mentioned this before – we don’t have libraries here in the Philippines. Wait, scratch that, we probably do have them but they’re not as good as libraries in first world countries and I’ve never been in any of the libraries here (except for school libraries) and I don’t know anyone who has been in a library here. As a result of that, most of the books that I read are bought or borrowed. So I usually end up with books that are just so-so for me and even though I dream of having my own library one day, I feel like it’s better to pass on these books to other people who will appreciate them better. Also, I need the shelf space (see crammed bookshelf below).

What I end up doing is passing on some of the books to friends who I think will like them a lot more that I did. Or I have giveaways here on the blog. I even have an ongoing giveaway right now, which will end on Friday. My giveaways are local though because international shipping is expensive. Although I plan to have an international giveaway probably next year. Anyway, to get back on topic, I’m curious as to what the rest of you do with your non-keepers? Do you give them away as well or donate them somewhere? Or do you like keeping them hoping that you’ll like them better as re-reads?

36 thoughts on “Books That Aren’t Keepers

    • I don’t know what you like reading! I’ll try to set aside some books that I think you’ll like and I’ll pass them on next time we see each other. πŸ™‚

  1. Right now I keep them, but I am planning to give some away soon. I would do a giveaway on my blog, but I feel kind of weird doing that especially if I didn’t give it a good review.

    I used to be a part of Bookmooch and I put some of my books up there, but I couldn’t figure a shipping schedule, plus shipping them is a bit expensive. I just recently closed my Bookmooch account since I wasn’t using it anyway, and most of the books I want couldn’t be found there.

    Right now, I’ve gathered the books I can part with and I’m planning to donate them to our NaNoWriMo fundraising. We’ll be having a book auction to raise funds for the community, so I’m bringing some that I’m sure I won’t re-read anymore and hope someone gets them off my hands. πŸ˜€ For those that will not get sold, I’ll probably donate them somewhere.

    • Tina, I think it’s okay to do giveaways on your blog even if you didn’t give a book a good review because it means you’re hoping that someone else will like the book better. Well, that’s what I think. πŸ™‚

      I’ve always thought Bookmooch is too much of a hassle so I never signed up for it. Plus, the books that I want aren’t available there either so I didn’t see the point.

      Let me know when you find a good place to donate your books! We should do a post about that, where to donate our books locally.

  2. Hi! i definitely keep the books that hold a special place in my heart. i also do giveaways, in fact i’m holding two right now. i cover my books with plastic cover so as to protect it. I don’t read a book without some type of covering. I know what you mean regarding libraries here in the Philippines. have you seen the books that are being sold at national bookstores? the hard copies that came from the states and has sometimes have the library card still stuck on the book? i purchased some before and i wish me have those kinds of books on our local library.

    • Hi Bookable Reads, I used to cover my books with plastic too but because I read faster than I can cover books, I got used to reading my books even if they’re not covered.

      National sells ex-library copies? I never noticed that. Maybe you’re talking about some of the books in their sale pile. I don’t usually find anything that I like in there. 😦

    • I also tried to give my Twilight books away, but no one wants them. :-/

      I think that’s where you must choose to donate. πŸ˜› I have no idea how I’m going to get rid of my copy of New Moon, the only book left after Ondoy destroyed some of my books because it was with my friend (who never finished reading it). ^^

    • I had to laugh out loud at the idea that no one wants your Twilight books! Maybe you should give them away on your blog? I still have to get rid of my hardcover copies too.

      • Sorry, ella.

        First, because it took me this long before replying.
        And second, because I never went round to buying Breaking Dawn. :/

        I bought Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse in one go. And then regretted it after reading New Moon. So I didn’t buy the Twilight books that came after.

  3. I put them in a “To Be Purged” pile that I offer up to friends or I eventually take it to the used bookstore. I’m probably going to start donating to the library because I’m going to make more of an effort to get rid of books. I’ve done a “Reclaiming My Bookshelves” giveaway on my blog and I’ll probably do it again but keep it confined to smaller books. Some of the ones I have are chunksters!

    • Carin, “To Be Purged” sounds so serious! When you take them to the used bookstore, do they buy the books from you? Me too, I’m making more of an effort to get rid of books that I don’t want, that’s why I came up with this post. Chunksters are good from time to time, when you’re craving for a well-written, lengthy novel to sink your teeth into.

      • I would offer you some of my chunksters, but I don’t think you’d want any of them. Maybe I’ll create a super secret list that my blogger friends can choose from and I’ll send my TBP books to them. hehehe

        Yes, the used bookstore buys anything that is in OK shape. I even have sold OLD textbooks to them. I need to do that soon. I am out of shelf space and I have lots of textbooks that haven’t been cracked open in years. You don’t get much for them, but it’s better than letting them take up desperately needed shelf space when you can’t give them away! πŸ˜›

      • Super sekrit list for blogger friends sounds awesome! I’m game for something like that. πŸ˜›

        I can imagine that how you won’t get much for old books but it IS better than just keeping them on your shelves. I have a couple of text books at home too, maybe I should donate those as well.

  4. is great for giving away books you don’t want in exchange for books that you do want. I’ve been a member since 2008, and I’ve given away nearly 700 books, and gotten over 700 books too!.

    Even if you just send locally, it’s a good way to refresh your book inventory.

    • Hi Blooey, like I said in my reply to Tina’s comments, most of the books that I want aren’t available in BookMooch so I never felt the need to sign up and join. Also, since I don’t have a post office near where I live, it’s kind of a hassle to mail out books.

      But I think it’s great that you’ve gotten a lot of books from BookMooch. I know you and Michelle actively promote that site. πŸ™‚

  5. I used to keep almost everything, but I just don’t have the space at the moment, and I move a lot. I give some away locally to friends and family, I trade a lot on (thus enabling more acquisitions!) and now I send a lot to other bloggers as well.

    • It’s funny because I don’t move a lot but space is still an issue because I don’t want to think of those poor books piled in my room who don’t get any attention because I don’t have time to re-read them. Yay you for sending books to other bloggers! πŸ™‚

  6. got some books from our community booksale at 0.50 USD each. apparently they had a collection campaign the month before. just drop-off and donate the books you’re no longer read.

    think of it as renting a book for 0.50 USD per year.

    • Book sales there are awesome! Have you been to a library sale? You can get books for $0.50 or even $0.25. Or better yet, you can just borrow books from the library since you have a decent library over there. πŸ™‚

  7. Well, I think my answer would be pretty obvious – I usually end up selling the books I don’t like so much.:) But since I’m so easy to please, there are very few books that I don’t like.

    But there are still some books that I want to just donate because the condition of the books aren’t so nice anymore…problem is, I still don’t know where to donate them!

    • Celina, yes, your answer is pretty obvious! You can just sell the books that you don’t like. Although I did the same when I passed on some of my books to you. πŸ˜›

      We have to find a good place to donate our books. If I find a good one, I’ll post about it so we can all donate to that place.

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  9. I was going to talk about my BookMooch experience here, but it doesn’t really help your situation, because it didn’t work out well. I hope, though, that you do find something to do with the non-keepers! (My original comment actually turned into the above rant-post.)

  10. I only read books once. I have a box/crate/container in my room that I put my books in after I read them. When it gets full, I take them down to my local library. That way I’m doing a good deed and I’m helping the library get those conteporary books that everyone loves…especially YA books.

    • Wow Ashley, seriously? You only read books once? What about the ones that you love, don’t you feel like you HAVE to re-read them to experience the goodness again? But it’s nice of you to donate the books that you don’t keep to your local library. πŸ™‚

  11. If I can think of someone who’ll probably like the book, I give it to them. Otherwise it’s a toss-up between a charity shop or the book swap table at work. I’ve picked up some great books that way and the ones I leave are always snapped up!

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