• Why I’m Rereading All My Books

    25 January 2023 • Filed under Books

    I own quite a good amount of books. At least I think I own quite a good amount of books. Yet it wasn’t until I was reorganizing my bookshelves, that I realized they weren’t all books I was desperate to keep.

    Some books I haven’t read yet, some I bought mere weeks ago and some I have read but can’t for the life of me remember the plot of.

    So, I made the decision to reread all the books I own. As with all other goals I set myself: I went all out in the planning – including a full-on book journal – and in this blog post I will share those plans. For anyone who maybe, someday, wants to do the same.

    The Reasons Why I’m Rereading All My Books

    I own books I will never read again. I own books I don’t want to read ever again. But why? As a writer myself, I wholeheartedly believe that books should be cherished, loved and most importantly READ. If I don’t love a book, than why should I keep it? Especially when I know there will be plenty of people who will love and resonate with that particular book. I’d much rather give the book the possibility to be worthy for someone else, instead of keeping it somewhere on the back of my bookshelf, gathering dust.

    By rereading all my books, I will create the library of my dreams – stacked with all the books I love.

    How I’m Rereading All My Books

    In our living room, we have a wall stacked with the IKEA Kallax shelves. I removed all books from these shelves, and stored them in two IKEA storage carts. Once I’ve read a book, I will either put it back on the shelves or I will put it on the to go stack. I will sell the books on that stack to a local second-hand book store, or I’ll donate them to friends or charity.

    No Book Buying Ban

    Me rereading all the books I currently own, doesn’t mean that I have enforced a book buying ban on myself. I will still purchase new books, but the same rules will count for those. I’ll put them on in the carts first, read them and then decide whether they stay or go. I do hope that this will make me think twice before purchasing a book, maybe try ebooks or using the library.

    What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?
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