3 bookish things

I love books – love, love, love them. But in the past few years, I seem to love acquiring books more than reading them. So this month, I am jumping on the No Buy bandwagon (inspiration here).

Here are three bookish things (that don’t involve buying) To keep me focused on books this month:

Organizing – I’m not ready for the Marie Kondo sorting – I am overwhelmed by the thought of hauling all my books to one place. But I am using an app to record the books I own. I have scanned the barcode for most of my books and can sort, tag, and categorize. I can also create a handy, printable list. I also have one small notebook that is going to be my reading journal.

Purging – as I am sorting and recording, I am finding book that I know I will not read. Or books I have read but won’t re-read. These are going into a donation box. Hopefully someone else can enjoy these books.

Reading – actually taking a book from my shelf (paper, electronic, or audio) and reading it. Why am I saving them? Books can’t feel very loved if I don’t read them.i have pulled two books to get me started in January. And as of today, I feel like I am on track!

Off to visit Carole with my 3 things today.

12 thoughts on “3 bookish things

  1. I adore books! Like you, I liked acquiring them (almost) as much as reading them. Then, a few years ago, I decided that the “acquiring” part needed to stop. I sorted through my books, and ended up donating THIRTY bankers boxes of books to my local library. (It’s kind of embarrassing to admit that I had that many books to give away. . . ) I started using my library ALL the time, and only buying a few books that were really important for me to own. It was life-changing! Good luck to you as you catalog and sort your collection. XO
    (PS – I read The Murmur of Bees last month, and I just loved it.)

  2. I can get behind the not buying books things 100%. But the not using the library thing on the No Buy Bandwagon? I don’t agree with that at all. Libraries are so much more than books, they are gathering places for the community, they offer programs and craft spaces and more. I sure hope people don’t jump on that part of the bandwagon!

    1. It’s just no borrowing for the month of January. I would never want to give up the library and I know that Whitney is also a big supporter of libraries too.

  3. I need to do this! I have bookshelves/cases filled with books I have yet to read. It’s so easy to get off track by shiny objects (reviews of new books, etc.). I haven’t bought books in some time (though we were gifted some at the holidays!), but I haven’t read what I have – instead I’ve been borrowing. I’ll let you know how this goes for me.

  4. I love books more than most things, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’m guilty of letting too many of them sit unread. These days it seems that most of my reading is digital (mostly from the library), so remembering to take time to read physical books I already own is a good focus for the year ahead.

  5. I purged my bookshelf back in the fall. Little Free Libraries got a bunch and the library got a few. Now to get through that stack of magazines. I find I don’t enjoy them nearly as much as I used to.

  6. I am all in for all the things that help us enjoy reading. and sharing about books and reading on our blogs does that for me, too! after a few years of rationing my book purchases, I think 2020 is going to a year I actually ADD books to my shelves. hopefully all with purpose and intention 🙂

  7. I am not a big book buyer but I am an avid user of my library, And, I agree with Carole – I cannot get on any bandwagon that says “don’t borrow any books in January” What? Um, no… just no. (I have already borrowed 1 book this month!!)

  8. I too love books. I did a big sort and purge last winter. I have read most of the books I own but ran out of shelf space (and I have quite a few shelves!) Part of my criteria for donating books is to ask myself why I am keeping them? Do they contain information or resources I want to have available or in the case of fiction, will I ever read the book again? Do they have sentimental value? Now my practice is that books that stays need to earn a place on my shelves or I pass it on to a good home. I really don’t want to own more than I can display. This works pretty well for me.

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