Help Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi! #2

I’m sad to announce that this will be my last post. For a little while, that is. 😉

Over the past three days, professional movers have been packing up our belongings in preparation for my transfer to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. (I have waaaaay too many books … and junk that I just need to throw out … say, how closely related genetically am I to a pack rat?) It suffices to say, I’m stressed out. Not just from the moving process but because I’m afraid that I’ll be over the authorized weight that the Navy allows for moving a lieutenant commander and his family, which is 17,000 pounds …

UPDATE: Just got a call from the moving company. My stuff ended up weighing almost 3,000 pounds over the limit, which means that I’ll have to pay for the shipment of those aforementioned pounds. And I have no idea what the Navy will charge me. I suspect it’ll be close to $1/pound. :::nervous laugh:::

So it is that I’ve been inspired to reduce the size of my library upon my shipment’s arrival at our new home. So much information, so little space, so much money down the drain. I’m not even sure how I’m going to go about getting rid of the books. eBay and all that goes with it (i.e., preparing the books for shipment and going to the post office) is a pain, but if I’m going to be charged a ton of cash for the error of my book hound ways, I want the opportunity to get some of that cash back!

Any suggestions on what to do with my theological library? Is eBay really the way to go? Or should I just take the financial hit and not worry about the eBay headache? Should I donate the books to a local church? How do I decide what stays and what goes?

Of course, the most important question is: How do I evolve into a smarter bookbuyer?

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  1. If you really want to get rid of theological books, the way to go is to give them to other bloggers… 🙂

    But (slightly) more seriously, I have no helpful advice to offer about curbing book-buying, except to recommend living or working within walking distance of a good specialist library in your area of interest.

    I hope the move goes smoothly!

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