Sunday Salon: The Great Book Purge of 2010

 The Sunday

You may have heard that the Sunday Salon closed to new members a while ago for technical reasons; the feed aggregator it uses for participants’ posts had reached capacity. Well, have you heard that it’s re-opened – as a Facebook group – and both old and new members are invited to join up there? Group members can link up their Sunday posts on the FB page and easily comment and have bookish discussions with one another there. If you’ve wanted to join the Salon conversation, come and try it out now – all you need is a Facebook account!

I ended 2010 with a book purge. I don’t delete books from my LibraryThing catalog, because I want the record that I did have them, but I set up a new collection called “donated/unshelved.” The books I put there came from several places:

  • Books I no longer have and had previously tagged “given away or donated.” I virtually moved them to the new collection and removed the tag – it will be easier for me to keep up with them in a folder of their own.
  • Books I’ve read and never planned to keep, which included most of the books I read in 2010 and hadn’t already given away. I just need to remove them from the house; so far, they’ve made it to the garage. I think that in the future I’ll keep an open box out there and put books I’m not keeping in it as soon as I’m done with them; that will help remind me to take them to the donation center and free up the shelf space where I was tossing them.
  • Books that I haven’t read and no longer think I will. Some have languished on my shelves for so long that I’d forgotten I had them at all, and in just about all cases, I’d forgotten why I wanted to read them in the first place. These books are the ones I feel most regretful about purging, but they may be the ones that most needed to be purged.
  • Books that were included in my TBR collection on LibraryThing, but that I didn’t actually see when I went through the shelves – therefore, I had to assume that I must have purged them already. Lesson learned: I faithfully log books into LT when I get them, but I need to log them OUT of LT when I get rid of them. (This will also apply to the books I’ll be tossing into that box in the garage…”

In addition to the already-read books I’m passing on, I removed about 40 books from the “to read” collection – which still leaves just over 300 there. There are 90-some-odd books, most in very good condition, headed to the Friends of the Library bookstore, and the total count in the “donated/unshelved” collection from all points of origin currently stands at 185.

Of course, purging some books just means there’s room for more:

New additions to TBR Purgatory:
For me, purchased:
The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, by Ben Mezrich
29: A Novel, by Adena Halpern (from the wishlist)
Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, by Francine Prose (from the wishlist)

New to the WishList:
Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House by Meghan Daum
Healer: A Novel by Carol Cassella
Faith: A Novel by Jennifer Haigh
Doc: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell
The Imperfectionists: A Novel by Tom Rachman
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir by Elizabeth McCracken

Upcoming reviews:
The Lotus Eaters: A Novel, by Tatjana Soli
Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship, by Gail Caldwell
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

If you missed my 2010 in Review/Books of the Year post, here’s the list:
Adult Fiction:

YA Fiction:


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