Good Reading : December January 2010
22 goodreading ı DECEMBER 2009 / JANUARY 2010 Painful though it may be, most book- lovers face the moment when we realise we simply own too many books. When your shelves are lined with double rows and your garage is full of sealed boxes and your beside table is a dangerous toppling tower but you still can't resist buying the new Joanna Trollope or Dan Brown, it's time to set some of your books free. But once you've made the decision to liberate your shelves, how do you find a new home for these once-loved tomes? I confess I've faced this dilemma more than once. I've never had the heart to allow my pre-loved books, many of which feel more like old friends than bound-up pages, end up as landfill or recycling (actually the glue that binds book pages cor rupts the recycling process so that's not really an option anyway). It's so sad to think about throwing away words that you once enjoyed, and that other people still might. So consider these options before you do anything drastic. Secondhand bookshops Your first port of call could be your local secondhand bookstore. These stores are often treasure troves of pre-loved gems and most store owners are willing to look through your collection to find something they could add to their stock. Some bookstores will come to you to assess your collection, or even work from lists of your books that you create, such as Berkelouw Books in Sydney and Ber rima, NSW. Depending on the store, you could receive payment in the for m of cash, or ELIZABETH MCANULTY ponders the options for the dreaded task of culling your bookshelves. fully booked if you love something, set it free Berkelouw Books in Berrima, NSW.