Books, Books and More Books

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Books – how I love and despair of them at the same time!

I love books, I buy books all the time (far too often in fact) and I enjoy having them around me.  But since moving back home to try and start up my business (pop over to say hi if you have a moment!) I have found myself in a very limited space and with limited funds.  I hate clutter at the best of times (and I know it might seem awful to call books clutter, but that is what they are starting to feel like at the moment) and the fact that I have crammed my life and quite a lot of stuff into one small-ish room is getting me down a little more than I thought it might.

So I have decided to start a big declutter project – anything that I don’t use, like or need anymore is going – being sold or given to charity, anything – it’s outtahere!  I have been reading quite a lot about minimalism and the Tiny House Movement (via Tammy Strobel and her lovely blog Rowdy Kittens) and the more I read about it, the more it appeals to me.   It is something I am aiming towards, which brings me to the thorny issue of my book collection.

Now, my collection is not huge by some standards, but in a small room the big bookcase seems to fill a lot of space – and when a Tiny House is on the horizon at some point, it’s not really a viable option to try and keep every single book I have at the moment (and will no doubt accumulate in the future).

I am thinking that my Kindle might be the answer in a space saving sense (shock horror I know!) and that if I can get my head around almost solely reading on there then I would be OK.  The reason that I haven’t mentioned the library yet in this post is that when I read a book and love it, I always want a copy of my own to read and reread (yes, I am a person who rereads a lot!) and if I was to use the library for all my reading, I couldn’t do this in the same way – relying on someone else not beating me to it when I simply must read a favourite again does not appeal!  And while I know that reading on the Kindle is not the same, and there are issues over ownership etc, for the most part the books I have on the device will be there for me to reread as and when the mood takes me.  So for me parting with paper books, once I have read and loved them, is not easy.  But could it partly be solved by the Kindle?  I will always keep a shelf of favourites that will never leave me, which I am thinking might have to number less than 20 while also leaving room for my photography books which will not translate well to the Kindle.  I am not really sure how I feel about this whole situation really, I love my books and sometimes feel as though I read and remember books on paper better than the Kindle.  Will dreaming of a Tiny House life mean that my reading life will change beyond recognition??

Do any of you have an ereader?  Would you ever contemplate giving up your book collections?

Organdie. x


4 thoughts on “Books, Books and More Books

  1. I am a book lover and in the past saved all my books. When I moved into a tiny condo I had to get rid of most of my books. I now only keep books that I would RAVE about to somebody else…otherwise they are gone! I also don’t buy books anymore, instead I get all my books from the local library. The few I do buy are e-books that I read on my iPad. In the past I swore I would never read a book that wasn’t physically in my hands but now I do enjoy reading on an iPad too. It lights up at night which is great, it is light, it hold numerous books or articles and you can bookmark, highlight and easily look up definitions. It isn’t the best for laying on a blanket in the sun at the park and reading but I save those moments for my “real” books. Now…I just have to let go of all those university textbooks that are in totes in my storage. Happy decluttering 🙂

    • Good tips! Do you find that you read the same on your iPad compared to a paper book? Do you remember things as well? I often cull my books, so I don’t have huge amounts, but getting rid of most of them stresses me out somewhat! What if I need them again?! Ha! 😀

  2. There’s nothing like having an actual book in your hands, the smell and the feel of it. I love technology and would enjoy “playing around” with an e-reader device, but nothing could ever replace my books…

    • I think that might be the direction I am heading in my bookish thoughts. I like the ease of my ereader but I am not 100% sure I actually enjoy reading on it.

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