Monday, July 7, 2014

Bad Books: A Dilemma (featuring Andy Dwyer)

Monday, July 7, 2014
So I've been reorganizing my room, which means finding space for a lot of books (there are currently 180 on my floor because I've run out of shelves, if that gives you an idea of the problem). And there's a small pile of books I have that are, well, bad.

Seriously, they're not good.
These books fall into two categories:
1. Bad for Me (who knows, someone else may like them)
2. Bad because of Tropes (they feature quite a few of the sexist tropes that I give out demerits for)

So Category #1 is easy- my library frequently accepts book donations, or maybe my friends would like them.

Thanks, Andy.
But the majority fall into category numero two, and I can't give those away! I'm not going to encourage some unsuspecting soul to read offensive material, not when there are so many other great books out there! But I also don't want them on my shelves (or in my book stacks). But I also can't recycle them, because, I mean, they're still books.

What to do, what to do....??!?!
Right now I'm hiding them underneath a pile of books and pretending like they don't exist, until I come up with a permanent solution.
Now just pretend Andy is talking to my
 books instead of April. Actually, don't do that.
That would be weird.
Book nerd problems, man.

P.S. I'll take any solutions you may have.


  1. Arts and crafts! Make something pretty out of the ugly :-)

  2. I was going to suggest arts and crafts but another suggestion would be use it as teaching miteral grab some highlighteres and highlight the fualts weather gramical or feminist or bad characterization and then maybe consider giving them to schools JUST for the teaching

  3. Oh, that is a hard dilemma! Arts and Crafts would be an easy fix-- try to make something beautiful from something ugly, you know?-- but I always thought book crafts are better with books that mean something good for you. Fire kindling, maybe? Except, you know, they're still books. Good luck coming up with a solution :)

  4. Most of the time, even if I did not like those books, I keep them on my shelves x)
    Trop dur de me séparer de mes livres !

  5. You could write the reasons why they get demerits, stick your list inside the book, and THEN donate the book? This way you'll pass on the knowledge of why the book gets demerits, spread your thoughts, get someone else thinking, and you aren't destroying a book. A teaching moment, perhaps?

  6. I took a whole bunch of bad books to a second-hand bookstore and let them pick what they wanted. What they didn't want, I'm going to donate to a school or library. I'll let the librarians decide if the books are read-worthy. (Takes the pressure off of me!)

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