100 things challenge - apply it to books?
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I'm not ready for the full-blown 100 things challenge but ... 100 books ... I'm in control of that. Do I keep buying them to compensate for how slow I am at reading them? Something pscyhological at work here, perhaps. I could draw the line at 100 books and start parting with some, I guess ... but I think I'm going to need more motivation than I'm feeling presently.
Rather than buy books like you're on fire, make a wish list. After you read two, three, or ten, buy one. But try and prevent yourself from buying faster than you can read. That's when piles start to appear--and piles are not good.
Afterwards, only keep the gems you know you'll read again. With the others, give them away to a library or charitable organization. Someone else might really enjoy those books.
Five years later since my OP above, I haven't done a thing about it. Although I'm close to at least reducing my unread pile to 100 through steady reading and controlled acquisition. If you count hovering at 120-ish as "close".
I'm at the point now where I need to do a purge because I literally have no more square footage for anything. Books are not the only thing in my house that I can't seem to have fewer than 100 of. But even just digging out the books that I'm willing to part with is a daunting task. I have sometimes 60 or 70 books PER SHELF.
I feel that if I could load the better books into the shelves and the non-keepers off the shelves in one of the 100 piles that would be an improvement because I could more readily access the better ones and improve the outflow of weaker books. I already know staunching the influx of books just isn't practical for me, so helping the books on the way out is the only way.
I do purge now and then, especially in the last few years when we absorbed my mother and her stuff, then this last month when my son moved back in with some of his stuff.
I have a firm rule that books will not be piled on the floor. They have to fit on the shelves. Sometimes I'm very creative about getting them to fit on the shelves, but I also have a "guideline" that they will not be double stacked on the shelves. I like to see all the titles.
I've been trying to reduce the books in my house by reading and getting rid of non-stellar books for five or six years now, but it's rather magic that I read on average 100 books a year, and yet my shelves are still full. Ah well, it may be a quest like Don Quixote's jousting with windmills, but it is mine.