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?