Amanda’s Traveling Library: Unhauling, Selling, and Donating Books

Hello, lovelies! I’m back with another moving update. I have done my first big unhaul as I talked about in my first moving post. So, I wanted to come share a bit more about that. And also, I’m selling these books that I’m unhauling so I will be sharing the details for the information of where you can check out which books I’m selling at the end of this post. (But you can find the books for sale here.)

Let’s have a quick storytime! I have made quite a mess of my basement (pictured on the right), which is where my bookshelves live. I was rearranging my bookshelves. I don’t know if I’m the only one, but reorganizing my books is really calming for me. Life is pretty chaotic these days, so I will take some calm anyway that I can get it. I changed my books from being sorted by genre and then by age range, and then alphabetical within each age range. I decided that I wanted to try to make rainbow shelves again even though it was a lot of work the first time and I ended up not liking how difficult it was to find books when looking for something specific. But, I love how it looks and I wanted them to look pretty for the last bit of time that we live in this house. I don’t know what our house will look like that we’re moving into, so, my shelves potentially won’t all fit on one wall like they do now.

While I was reorganizing, and close to being finished (after two days of working on this), I started seeing some books that I just don’t think I’ll reread or that I can without a doubt get at any of the libraries I will have available to me. I cannot wait to find the local library after we are settled. There were some books that I will probably only reread via the audiobook. Moving my books around like this was making me realize that I had quite a few books on my shelves just to use in pictures.

I really want my collection to be books that I truly love and will read again and again for years to come. We also will be moving again in another three to four years, so I want to cull my collection as much as I possibly can so that I have a bit of room to collect other books after we move. I already have a few in the back of my mind that I want to preorder as soon as I have my new address.

Having noticed this trend with a few books, I started unhauling. I finished shelving and looking at my books from a new perspective, I was a little ruthless with thinning out my collection. Because I wasn’t looking at series or author’s collections next to one another, it felt like I was more easily able to say whether I liked each book or not.

Let’s talk about selling books.

Where do I sell my books?
I sell them in a few places. I send them to friends and post them on social media (find my bookstagram and Twitter, if you’d like).
I also am a part of several BST book groups on Facebook where I post my books for sale.
Most recently, I made an account on Pango Books where I’ve completed my listings for all of the books I’m currently unhauling.

What do I do with books that no one wants to buy?
I have a really, really great local library system (that I’m so sad to leave!) and I donate all of my books that I don’t sell to them. I’m not sure what they do with them honestly, but they get a decent amount of books from me.

Why do you buy so many books just to get rid of them later?
First, don’t judge my reading or buying habits, please and thank you.
Second, I buy many of my books second-hand, so it’s not the end of the world for me not to love them and then get rid of them again later.

That’s all I have for you today, lovelies. Let me know if you have any thoughts or questions about my unhaul or moving!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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