This post for Aimee of Artsyville and her List It Tuesday has everything to do with yesterday’s post on hoarding versus doing. During our recent move, I was shelving books on various bookcases throughout our home and came to the realization that I’ve finished very few of them.
Now, in my defense, I do have a lot of books that are “picture books”- books I thumb through for inspiration or entertainment. AND I did get rid of a lot of books over the last year or two that I finished reading or admitted would never actually read. AND I have a lot of books that are reference-type books- art, graphic design, sewing, etc. AND I have started checking out more books from the library rather than buying them.
I gotta lotta unread/unused books.
I could realistically NOT buy a book for all of 2011 and NOT run out of things to read or learn.
So the real question is, can I actually go an entire year without buying a book?
It’s one that’s been weighing on my mind lately, as I find myself yearning to feel more connected to the things I’m doing and how I’m spending my time. My problem is that I’m constantly finding interesting books and websites. The prospect of NEW info or ideas thrills me, so I buy the books or bookmark the sites. But I can’t keep up with it all though, and in the end, most of my reading feels like cursory glancing or quick skimming. Not very satisfying, that’s for sure.
I’ll be pondering this idea over the next month (said the girl who’s waiting on two books to arrive in the mail!). I might have to give myself an emergency fund for buying those “must-have or I’ll die” books. Perhaps if I set myself a limit of three books for the year, I’ll give more consideration to what I’m buying. Or maybe I’ll do a book swap- nothing new comes in without something going out.
I sound like some sort of addict bargaining with her addiction, don’t I?
I need an intervention.
What about all you- any other creative hoarders and supply/book/blog addicts out there?
PS- Stay tuned- if I decide to get rid of any good books, I’ll offer them up to you all before taking them to the Goodwill or the library.