I think we all need a breather after #CopyPasteCris. I know I do. Let’s get back to the fun stuff.
With spring just around the corner and snow finally melting (at least for some of us), the annual ritual of spring cleaning will start. That includes going through our extensive bookshelves and making some hard decisions.
Some of you may recall the outrage over The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up author Marie Kondo’s advice on books on her Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Later, we realized Kondo wasn’t telling viewers to get rid of every single book. In actuality, her point was about holding on to those books that give us joy, and giving away those that don’t. Writer and children’s book editor Kathleen Keenan broke down Kondo’s point in an article for BookRiot back in January. Worth a read!
For me, getting rid of books was challenging. Over time, however, the process has gotten easier. Recently, I got rid of seven books off my shelves and a good number of eBooks that no longer piqued my interest (just about all of them were left unread). These other thoughts helped weigh my decisions:
- Do I need this book?
- Will I ever read this book?
- Do I still want to read this book after purchasing it a while ago?
- Can I find this book at my local library?
- Will I ever read this book again?
- Do I still want this book a few months from now?
- Has this book brought me joy, influenced my writing, or become memorable?
If I ever felt indecisive, I held on to a book for a little while longer to see if I’d read it. Sometimes, I end up keeping it. Other times, I don’t.
The good thing about getting rid of some books? We end up making room for those we find later on that we need or want most. Take it from me, it’s hard. There’s one book I keep wanting to get rid of and then I find myself not having the heart to and on my shelf it remains (at least for now).
Another thing that curbs the ever-growing book pile is purchasing ones I’ve read before. If I read a book I get from the library and end up enjoying it, nine times out of ten I end up buying my own copy. My recent purchases at Barnes & Noble had two books I’ve read previously in college or from the library: The Little French Bistro by Nina George and Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. Other past purchases included The Reason by William Sirls, The Chance by Karen Kingsbury, and Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.
Don’t be afraid to part with books you no longer find joy in or want to spend time reading. Make more room for those you’ll cherish forever and make you want to read even more.
Also, Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Hope you find books with a more spring-like setting to enjoy.