Shhh! Don’t bother me. I’m reading.
It’s my latest challenge to declutter my house and rid myself of things.
I know! How good is this? I am actually tidying up and ridding myself of stuff by reading, by sitting here and reading.
I rarely hold onto books anymore. I know with all the new books being published and referrals to, or discovery of, old jems, there’s just too many books to read to spend time reading ones I’ve already read. So if a book isn’t one I would re-read, I donate, give away or exchange it. I only keep “keepers”. Oh and I keep reference books. And there’s my box sets of Little House and Famous Five. And all of Mr S’s books; he never parts with books.
My problem is: I buy more books than I read. And I borrow books. And friends lend me books, saying they think I’ll like it. And I’m in a book club. And I like keeping books.
I have several books on the go at once.
So, I have piles of books everywhere.
Now before you comment, “Hey Lucinda, books aren’t clutter,” or, “Hi, you might want go start with all the other paper clutter around your house before you start reading,” know that I really enjoy reading and decluttering by reading strikes me as an enjoyable task.
A few years ago Dar inspired me to Read Down the House. I picked twelve books that had hung around my house for too long and aimed to read them. I didn’t get through them all. Pout! One is still on my shelf. A worthy book. A book I searched for for years. A book I craved. And now I’ve owned a copy for years. And haven’t read it! (And when I tried, found it a little boring.)
So to this year’s reading challenge:
Read from my house.
1. If I get to page 100 and am not enjoying it, out with the book.
Do you know how hard it is for me me give in and not read a book once I start? Let alone one that I have bought and have had sitting on a shelf for months and years!? A little frizzon of anxiety, like I am breaking a core rule of being, hits my stomach. I can’t let a book defeat me. I have to win by finishing it.
But as a fellow bookclubber says, “I just need to learn to let it go. Life is too short to read things you are not enjoying.”
I will persevere!
2. If I find I am just not in the mood, I can put the book down but I must try again within the month. Or Out With The Book.
I thought about adding a rule to not buy more books until I have freed space on my shelves but that is just silly. Who can NOT buy books? I realised that wouldn’t work anyway when I read a recommendation by Jennifer. The book wasn’t at my local library so I had to buy it. The online seller upsold me another book by recommending one by the same author. I just had to accept the offer. What if the book wasn’t available in the future? Or I forgot it’s title or author?
I was going to also add a rule that I can’t take books from friends who want me to borrow the book. But that’s just mean and anti-social.
I’m not going to set a number or a theme or a topic. I’m not stop borrowing from the library. I am just going to try to dive into some of the book I have at home.
Anyway, shhh, I have to finish this chapter.