The Discussing Hufflepuff: What To Do With Books You Didn’t / No Longer Like?

Living in The Netherlands, I don’t really have a great library where I can find all the books I want to read. The biggest one in Amsterdam barely has English fiction books, let alone YA, so let alone YA books I want to read. This means I end up buying books instead, which means it of course happens that I end up buying something I didn’t like. So what do you do with those books? Or with books that you used to like, but started to (strongly) dislike?

Maybe this sounds like a silly topic, but it’s something that’s been on my mind a lot recently, probably because I’ve been reorganising my shelves haha. Of course there are books that I’ve sold or given away, but there are some books that I didn’t like or no longer like, that are still on my shelves. Why?

Well, first there are some books that I no longer like, that I just feel nostalgic about. It kind of feels like betraying them if I were to get rid of them, which sounds silly, but aren’t we bookworms often silly?

Another important factor isΒ prettiness. I think it’s safe to say that a lot of us bookworms love pretty books. I’ve got quite a lot of pretty or even beautiful books that I didn’t likeΒ at all or even loathed, but they’re still on my shelves because they look so pretty!

I’ve also kept some books as a reminder to myself as a writer. So that I can open them up again, see what I didn’t like about them and learn from them (also they’re usually pretty as well I’m so shallow omg)

Lastly, there are some problematic books I kept, kind of as receipts. I can’t always remember all the details, of why a book was problematic, so I’d like to be able to look it up so I can properly explain it to someone, whether they’ve read the book or not. Besides I’ve already bought it so in a way I already supported the author, so I can’t take that back. The least I can do is use as many examples as possible so that other people won’t support them.

What about you? What do you do with books you ended up disliking or no longer like now? Let me know in the comments!

20 thoughts on “The Discussing Hufflepuff: What To Do With Books You Didn’t / No Longer Like?

  1. Recently I went through all of the books I own and donated all the ones I didn’t like/won’t read again to a local secondhand shop. SO. MANY. BOOKS. It felt kind of strange at first but honestly now it’s like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders…. I have way more room on my bookshelf now!! :)

    • Hahaha I know what you mean! I did give away quite a few books recently, there are just some books that I can’t get rid off haha. One day I probably will though! Donating them is a good thing to do though, hopefully someone who will enjoy them picks them up! :)

  2. There are a lot of charities that collect books and sell them to raise money – by donating your unwanted books you can let them go, feeling great that they’re going to a good home and you’re helping a good cause in the process ☺️ I know the feeling you have though – some books (vinyls for me 😊) are so pretty they’re hard to let go of!

    • Oooh I need to see if there are any in The Netherlands! Right now I’ve given the books to the elderly home where my grandfather lives – they’ll sell them and they’ll use the money for the residents so I feel really good about that too since the state of elderly homes in The Netherlands isn’t that great.
      Haha glad I’m not the only one!

  3. To be honest, if I like a book it stays on my shelves for a long time. And if I do end up donating them to libraries, and school, I wouldn’t be sad to see them go. But I would never, ever throw it out! *shudders* imagine those poor books burning up in a landfill or something.

    • Oh my goodness no! Books should never be thrown out. They should be given away, donated, sold etc. just… not throwing them out. Okay maybe not maybe ’cause I just remember this book I didn’t like that I used for an art project haha. I ripped out some pages so I couldn’t really give it away anymore πŸ˜…

  4. I dislike un-hauling books, but sometimes it’s necessary to make room for more new books! I go through my shelves and pick out books I don’t need any more, like ones I know I’ll never read, or never read again. I tend to donate them, because there are a lot of charity shops in our area which is super handy!

  5. OMG! Prettiness is such a big factor for me as well, but also the fact that I am just trying to build my own library. My room is overflowing with books and I LOVE it. I am still living with my parents, so when I move, that will be a disaster.

    • YES SAME HERE KAT! I want a library and it’s going to be so much harder if you keep getting rid of books you didn’t like πŸ˜‚ Glad I’m not the only one who can’t get rid of pretty books :P
      Aww, I can imagine haha

  6. Awesome discussion post! I unfortunately don’t have as many physical copies as I would have liked (English books are either crazy expensive in Argentina or almost impossible to get at least where I live), but I tend to do the same thing with those I really don’t like. Give them away, exchange them or sell them as long as the cover isn’t pretty haha.

  7. I always went to the library in Eindhoven, they had quite a few English books, but not much YA. They did have a large YA section but in Dutch, which I was really happy about. Sadly I don’t have a library card there anymore :(
    About half the books on my shelves I would probably never reread but I do like looking at them and thinking about what they meant to me or what their characters and story were like. And of course, some are too pretty to just get rid of! But when I really don’t like a book anymore (because I feel like I’m too old for them or something), I often give them to my little sister. Because then they’re not really gone but they’re not on my shelves anymore, you know what I mean? I rather give books away then that I bring them to a second-hand store or sell them.

    • Ah no that’s such a shame! I didn’t know about that, but Eindhoven is a bit too far away from me to borrow books from haha.
      Yes exactly! I feel like it’s a lot easier to forget the books I disliked if I gave them away, even though I do have goodreads and my blog.
      Oooh yes that’s a great solution too! That way your little sister can enjoy them too :)

  8. This is such an interesting post, Michelle! You’re making me consider all the books I have ahah. I’ll soon be running out of room for my books in my room and I’ll have to give away, sell or do something with the ones I like a little less than the others, but it’s so hard to do that….I’m too attached even to the ones I did’t like too much. And prettiness is such a huge factor, I’m having even a harder time getting rid of these ones haha.

  9. Mine are currently sitting in a bag by my bookshelf as I ponder what I’m going to do with them. I want to donate them to a library or something like that. Problematic ones I generally keep like if I owned a copy of Twilight, I’d hold onto it for “academic” reasons. It would be wholly marked up for all of the issues I could find lol. If I can, I’ll give away books I don’t really like to people I think will like them, but it is a bit of a conundrum, isn’t it?

    • Yeah I previously had a bag like that next to my bookshelf as well haha. Recently gave it away to the elderly home where my grandfather lives though – they’ll sell them and the money will be used for the residents so I feel good about that. There are still more unliked books left haha.
      Ooh cool! I’m curious to see your notes haha. Yeah I always feel weird giving away books I didn’t like

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