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Working Towards Minimalism: Reading

A few weeks ago I talked about how I’m going to try to de-clutter my apartment by slowly shifting into a minimalist lifestyle. With that being said, I want to still use my supplies that I have collected over the past few years. This means that I plan to organize my apartment by finally completing projects I have planned a while back. This includes one of my longest lived hobbies, reading.

Ever since I was small, I would collect books and slowly read through them. At first I just borrowed from the library and would return them to get a new one. However, like most reading enthusiasts, I started collecting books I loved. Then one day I started collecting books I wanted to read. Which would have been fine if I had read through them and kept a system with it. Instead, my pile of books increased to the point that I no longer know where I want to start.

I have heard of Goodreads, a social media for book lovers. You shelf a book in one of three categories: Want to read, Currently Reading, and Read. Then when you’re done with a book you can rate it and have the option to write a review on it. I opened an account on this website and have already started cataloging my collection of books I need to read. I am hoping that this will help me get through my collection. Unfortunately most of my collection is still at home with my parents, so I only can work on the ones in my apartment, but it’s a start.

Right now I’m working on reading 133664Characters from Tolkien: A Bestiary by David Day and Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher. Both of these books were lent to me from friends, so I feel like I need to finish these before I start working on my own pile.

What am I going to do with the books when I’m done? Well, I think I have an idea for that. If the book changed my opinion on life, I’ll keep it in my own collection. If the book is something I want to share with friends, I’ll keep it. If I think the book was a good read but not worth sharing, then I’ll give it to my local library or Goodwill. I know the library in my hometown had a box of free books for people to give their old books in and read new ones. I’m hoping my college town has something similar to it.

This is where Goodreads comes in. I’m hoping seeing the visual of how many stars I rate the book will help me decide on whether or not I want to keep the book. If it gets a 5/5 star, I’m keeping it. The 4/5 stars will be harder, since some will be perfect for friends but not for me, so I expect half of the books will be kept. Anything lower than that will be sent out of my apartment.

How do you organize your books?

What makes a great book for you?

Thanks for reading! ❤

1 thought on “Working Towards Minimalism: Reading”

  1. The novels I plan to keep forever can be counted on one hand. My language/reference books need two. The rest are yet to be read. Once done they go back to the owner or are donated.
    There is a neighbourhood book box on a nearby corner in which I plan to put books and magazines I have bought myself.
    With digital forms of my favourites readily available from my library even I don’t feel the need to hang on to many. I can revisit hem digitally. There are just too many to get through!

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