Did I already mention my overly full bookcases? It unfortunately is a long and difficult process getting rid of anything that I don’t need anymore. No time to update the blog with royal books I’d like to sell (it is not online yet). And no space to store anything for a longer time, as my house is terribly small. I have a living room and a bed room, but the space to store anything is limited.
I decided to start with the stuff in the bedroom and my bookcase with regular books first. I just love thrillers, but decided I won’t reread most of them again, as there are simply too many good new books coming out I’d love to read also. All I have left now are a few good series, a few other books and a bunch of books from my youth and a few older ones, that once belonged to my late maternal grandmother. Although I haven’t fully finished yet, it looks already so much better. I was actually shocked to see how much books I had in that one bookcase. It also means selecting piles of magazines, although I haven’t finished yet. I bought a few new boxes for my collection of postcards, correspondence from royals and order of services.
Trying to sell the books and make at least a bit of money isn’t that easy however. I tried to offer them at a flea market in the area. Unfortunately the PR for the event was quite bad and there were hardly any visitors. I at least did manage to sell a few books, but less than I had hoped for. A few detectives were sold to a second-hand bookshop, while a friend of mine this week said she could pick up about half of the other books to sell on the market she is attending quite often. We could split the profits too. I could bring a few English books and some other books to a shop in another city, that I might pass a few times a year. And a German second-hand bookshop wouldn’t mind receiving the German books, but won’t pay. I might do it anyway.
If the whole process thus far has learnt me anything, it is that I really have too much stuff, and that it is also really hard to get rid of what I actually have. I already borrow quite a few books, mainly non-royal, from the library. How much I love buying books in bookstores and support them, as I don’t want them to close, I might have reached my limits at the moment. I have told myself I shouldn’t buy more books, unless I really want to have them (never do that shortly before attending a royalty weekend!). Although I have always been against it, I’ve also decided I will buy myself an e-reader and am going to buy more books digital. Whether that makes life easier is another story – as I might find too much of my liking – but at least it takes much less space. If anybody could recommend an e-reader …