I tried culling my bookshelf and…ended up with more books?!

It’s a fact universally acknowledged that a bookworm is always in need of more shelf space.


And so book culls become necessary.

book cull
the act of ruthlessly pulling books from your selves to pass on to someone else

Step 1: Choose your victim bookshelf

After a perusal of our 5 bookcases it became obvious which one we needed to tackle.


And then we got scared and picked a different one instead because getting rid of books is HARD…

Step 2: Be ruthless

“Do you really want to read it?”

“Will you read it again?”

“Is it part of a treasured collection?”

“Why do you have multiple copies? Do you really need more than one?”

If any book got 2 ‘no’ votes – gone. This agonising stage took about an hour of pain and stress.

Step 3: Bye bye books

We’re now left with an unruly pile of books that haven’t made the cut.


It’s strangely satisfying.

Step 4: Shelf space!

And we have space! You can spread your books out, take them out of stacks, reunite series’ and buy more books! No. That’s what got us into this mess!

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Step 5: Whoops…

Shelf space is so lovely. But then a pre-order or two arrives, and some proofs from the publishers. Then you go to YALC and well, just see for yourselves…

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Do you cull your shelves? Let us know at @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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