Welcome to my interior world. As you enter my living and dining room, you are likely to see an assortment of collections, like the ones on my assorted shelves (above).
I am the first to admit that I have gone a little crazy with the collecting over the years, but this past week has been one of really taking another look at everything. I have been clearing out drawers, closets, trunks, etc., and that quest has extended into my garage, where I have tackled those see-through bins that contain various collections. But it was the paperwork I was after this week. Sorting, shredding, etc. Read about it at Curl up and Read, My Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts.
The next logical step was to do something about my books. Yes, those. At my Weekend Potpourri: Abandoning the Old Rules, I made a big decision. I decided to stop participating in my Mt. TBR Challenge, even though I was only four books short of completing it.
Why? Because none of the remaining books (purchased before 2014) engaged me at all! There were only nine more of those books, and rather than spend one more day trying to struggle through any of them, I am stacking them in the box for the collection drive.
Turning my attention to my newer books, I am pleased to report that my print volumes are few in number, and half of them were contest wins, so I didn’t purchase that many of these (see below, on the middle stacks, for purchased books); the stack on the far right includes books I purchased to reread:
It is a different story on Sparky (my Kindle). I have gone a little nuts downloading those books this year. I did finish all the ones from prior years.
Although I have read a few of the e-books I purchased this year, when I counted up the ones remaining, I was stunned! Sixty-seven e-books remain!
So it’s a good thing I am going to turn my attention to these books, and have decided to give up challenges. Now I can do something radical: something I have been longing to do. Read whatever my heart desires!
Have you ever done anything like this? I know that I’ve read that some of you have given up purchasing books at all, using only the library. I’m not ready for that yet. But who knows what could happen?