Well, here's my opinion on what to do: donate them. Regardless of how badly I think the Giffins might have acted, that's no reason to destroy a perfectly good book. I also recommend against getting rid of them if they're a special edition or a signed copy. Getting rid of something you previously valued in the heat of the moment might be something you regret later even if you know you'll never be able to really like the author the same way again.
So here's some options for those books that you might not want anymore:
- Donate them to soldiers overseas. There are several groups online that send books to soldiers overseas, so you kind of have your pick of what to go through. I know that several churches and groups in any given area do this as well, so you can check through them. I'm listing two of the bigger groups (Books for Soldiers and Operation Paperback) if you want to check through them. I had a boyfriend that was in the military and he assured me that books are very, very appreciated regardless of what genre it is.
- Donate them to local nursing homes, hospitals, or palliative care units.
- Give them to a homeless shelter. Homeless people like to read too!
- Toss them into the "for sale" section at your local library. The funds from those sales go towards your local library and almost every library is underfunded.
- Take them to Goodwill or to a used book store. Not only will they be out of your house, but you can pick up more stuff to read at the same time.
In any case, there's some options as to what to do with your books other than destroying them or chucking them.