You’re standing there. Staring at your shelves, the piles on your floor, the books you somehow never unboxed after you moved three years ago but have somehow convinced yourself you still need/want to read. You know you have to downsize your book collection, but it feels like cutting off one of your fingers. And not a pinky or something. One of the good fingers.
When you reach this crossroads that we all must encounter in our lives, unless we move to bigger and bigger homes or develop TARDIS technology/magic like Hermione’s, here are five mantras for you to gently whisper to yourself as you clutch that book you bought eight years ago and never picked up again till now but feel that giving it away is agony unto your very soul. May these mantras for getting rid of books help you on your journey to book collecting instead of hoarding, my friend: