I am a voracious reader. I read at least one book a week and keep them because I do regularly refer back to them for insight, revelation and encouragement. I also apply what I have learned as I am mentoring, helping younger women navigate life and also organizing corporate offices or homes. I might be one of the few people in the world who does regularly refer back to many of my books in order to help people. That is why I keep many of my books.
However, if I pick up a book and find that it is not underlined immensely or highlighted profusely or dogeared liberally, then I give it away to Goodwill or wherever. One season of my life, I took a table and set it up in the foyer of the church with a sign that said “help yourself”. The books were gone in 10 minutes. Blessed my fellow church members and helped me to cull the books that I didn’t want.
If you have books that are causing your floor structure to buckle, it is probably time to eliminate. Here is my saying about books (or anything for that matter): “Update and eliminate or you will accumulate!”
There you have it. Ridding yourself of unnecessary books will free your heart and soul AND help others to read as voraciously as you do.