Feature & Follow Friday #4

Feature & Follow is a weekly blog hop hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.

What do you do with your books after you are done reading them?

So many of my books are on my Kindle and I usually just delete those after I’ve finished reading or, now that I have a blog, after I’ve completed writing my review (if I’m writing one). I can always download them again if I want to reread, which is pretty rare for me.

With my paper books, I have a few options:

1. Keep it – I don’t do this much anymore unless I absolutely love the book, because at one point books were starting to take over my house. Now I have one five-shelf bookcase for keepers. Everything I keep has to fit on there. I also have a separate 3 shelf bookcase for my Nancy Drew/Boxcar Children/Happy Hollister collectible books. And two four-shelf bookcases of unread books, which will be able to house keepers if I ever get around to reading what’s there now.

2. Paperback Swap – I don’t use this as much as I used to, but if my book fits their posting guidelines and there aren’t already over a hundred copies posted, I post it there. Eventually it might get requested and I’ll get a credit, which I can spend on a book I want.

3. Share with friends and relatives – I don’t know too many people who read YA books, but I usually give my aunt my mysteries if she wants them.

4. Sell it – If I’m having a yard sale anytime soon, I’ll set aside a box and put books in it to sell for a quarter. Occasionally — very, very rarely — I’ll have a book or a series that’s worth a little money on ebay and I’ll sell it there.

5. Donate – Late winter and early spring seem to be collection season for book fairs around here. Some of the organizations put big barrels inside the doors of the local grocery stores for collecting books. If there’s a barrel there for collection, I’ll usually drop a bag or two of my PBS unpostables or ones I haven’t gotten around to posting in there. If it’s not collection season, I take my PBS unpostables and yard sale leftovers to the Salvation Army.