17 January 2016

Pretty books that I sorted out (Penguin English Library and Clothbound)

A few weeks ago I finally managed to do something that I wanted to do for a long time, I let go of some of the beautiful classics I owned. The classics were all part of the Penguin English Library or the Penguin Clothbound series. I love both series and the books I let go were truly stunning. My problem was that I had read the book and they didn't belong to my favourite books. 

And still I felt the need to keep these books because they are pretty and yes, also because the books are considered classics, are considered important books. My brain needed some time to accept that classics I didn't like don't add anything positive to my shelves. 

Some weeks before I had already sorted out a few adult books that won some of the important book prizes in the last years. I read the books, they didn't work for me and still I kept them, once again mostly because they are considered to be important books by others. But honestly, the only thing that matters is if I enjoyed the books, so the books needed to go. 
Looking back it was exactly the right thing to do and I like my book shelves now more than I did before. So yes, sorting out books can be something pretty positive and uplifting, even when the books are beautiful books. 


  1. I hoard pretty books too - some I haven't even gotten round to reading yet but have owned for years! Well done on parting with them

    Steph - http://the-darkness-will-never-win.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks! I'm pretty happy with myself that I could finally let go.

      Happy Reading!

  2. What a dilemma! The clothbound series is so beautiful, I would find it so difficult to get rid of a copy even if I didn't like the book.


    1. Believe me, even when I finally sorted out the books it wasn't that easy, but for me it was the right thing to do.

  3. I don't own any clothbound books I think! But getting rid of books you did not like sounds easier than done. But less overflowing shelves are indeed prettier. I am still getting rid of my Dutch books, very, very, slowly...

    1. Sorting out books is definitely a slow process, it took me years to get to the point where I'm now.
      I think the Clothbound books are great, very sturdy and just touching them is nice, personally I prefer them over other special editions like the Drop Caps for example.

      Have a great day.




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