For me books spark joy and invoke emotions. They could quite technically go into the sentimental category. Just holding a favorite book in my hand inspires me, seeing them in the bookcase brings a smile to my face. My books are always alive and awake. So was I able to get rid of any? Did I reduce my collection to 30 volumes? Yes and I don’t know how many I have but I reckon more than 30 lol. The books I am donating are mostly psychology and self help books because all of my psychology texts are seriously out of date and more often than not I use the internet for such research. I did, however, keep some books on trauma/PTSD. I kept only self help books that helped me and that I sometimes reference. I also got rid of a few novels that were meant for light reading or ones that I was gifted that just weren’t of interest. Now I have more space for books that I have longed to purchase (not so very much I have one empty shelf and some less full ones lol). When Isadora and Sam saw I had discarded books they freaked out on my behalf! They kept assuring me I could keep them and Sam offered to build bookcases. They know I love books and dream of my own library. The library dream is alive and well people so no need to panic! I have a Trello list up and Sam plans to order me 1 or 2 books a month so we can make that happen. Not very Marie Kondo of me but books make me giddy happy. Isadora got rid of some books as well (you saw her books earlier). Sam did not. Sam doesn’t read novels he reads math books, computer science books, and woodworking books his books are extremely expensive, sometimes in the 3 digits so he is extremely selective. Together we have cookbooks and although I rarely read them cover to cover (I have) we love variety in our diet.
Yes one of the books has been worn ragged. These are cookbooks use more frequently in the kitchen. 2 of them are Isadoras.
My books some sadly are too big for the case lol
Other cookbooks and reference books. Yes I realize I have books in magazine holders this is because I don’t have book ends or really anything that seems to support them sufficiently but I did have extra magazine holders from when Isadora cleaned out her magazines. Use what you have I guess.