Previously, Brandywine was a depository for approximately 726 skillion books.
(I was an English major in college, and some of the books were from there. But I have been a voracious reader all my life.)
In an attempt to declutter according to the humorous principals of the inimitable Ms. Kondo, I decided to start getting books that I might only read once on my e-reader.
That worked two times. My sweet DL, with whom I read just before we turn out the lights, will no longer allow the tablet in the bedroom. He says it annoys him and he thinks it puts him off his sleep. And since after 33 years he is finally trained, I acquiesced. Better to lose the tablet than the man.
But $600 a month doesn't leave much extra for books. Let's face it: I have had to choose between books and beverages. So I have become very familiar with my local branch of the public library. (My love affair with libraries began long ago, but that's another story for another day.)
The closest branch (main branch) has been torn down to build something newer and more supportive of technology. Our smaller branch down the road in the other direction is in a converted movie theater. It's nice and modern and open, with lots of light. I can't decide if that makes me feel like it's less of a library, which something in me wants to be small and dark, but perhaps that's because I am very Dickensian that way. Anyway, I have become good friends with my library, even if I have to wait in line for a book.
The middle-grades novel sets I brought home from school--thousands of dollars' worth--have been sent to other teachers. I hope that they are able to use them with their students. My professional materials have been either given to Goodwill (as antiquated material) or passed along to younger teachers. I will be taking the rest of these books to Edwin McKay or The Book Rack, where they will either be donated or swapped out for half as many titles. They only new books I will purchase are the ones written by friends, like Laurie.
My library will be my go-to for books, which is as it should be. I can call an reserve a book to be picked up later (they will hold for 24 hours, and if they don't have a copy they will find a branch that does), I can browse the stacks for something that looks interesting or ask the librarians for a recommendation. I am going to rekindle (as I de-Kindle) my love affair with the library.