I just did a recent cull. I got rid of my whole collection of Star Trek Voyager books. I didn't want to get rid of them because it was a complete collection and I love Star Trek, but at the same time, I did not actually like the books themselves, had only read them once, and had no intention of reading them again. Based on those criteria, it was time for them to go.
I'm much the same. It's come to my attention that I've been carting around a bunch of books that I don't actually like, and never plan to read again, but which I feel like I *should* have. As soon as I can properly gird my loins, they're going to go. Really. For sure, this time.
That is how mostly I mostly feel about classics as well. I read Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Mr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Although I didn't enjoy them, I felt like I should keep them because they are classics. Finally got rid of them though.
With great difficulty!
On a recent house change, I had to get rid of some as I collect old children's illustrated books.
I must have gone through each one three times before I could actually put them in the "get rid of" pile.
I don't! In my eyes it is sacrilege to cull my books. An author has put his heart and soul into writing the book so the thought of culling brings tremendous guilt to me. I have inherited some of my grandmother's and father's book collections and those books are as much a part, if not more, of their history as other physical items. A book collection tells you so much about a person and it's these things I just can't bear to part with. If I was to cull, I'd have to adhere to certain criteria - badly damaged books (that I wouldn't regard as collectors' items) put on the top of the culling list closely followed by books that I dislike or did not read.
I DON'T cull (kill)!
IF I've purchased a book, fiction or non-fiction, that having read, & knowing I'll not do so again, I donate to Council Library. My books are always in pristine condition as are kept in a plastic bag & a BOOKMARK is always used!
Most of the books I have trouble culling are non fiction. I can't admit that I am never going to read them.
Fiction is donated after I read them, with very few exceptions. Most of the keepers I have read more than once.