How many times have you told yourself that you wouldn’t buy more books until you finally read all the ones already on your bookshelves?
Besides, books are wonderful. There are always new ones to read. There’s nothing wrong with buying new books. Books are awesome.
But clutter isn’t.
There’s nothing awesome (at least not to me) in not being able to locate the book you’re looking for, because it’s in the third row somewhere. Maybe. Or maybe somewhere else.
And there’s nothing wonderful in the I’ll never read so many books I really want to read, even though they’re right here on my bookshelf feeling.
And after a while, all that clutter becomes a burden. Over and over again, I’d find myself looking at the shelves, and feeling so overwhelmed I’d give up on reading anything. (Well, that’s where reading fan fiction becomes handy. Unhealthy amounts of fan fiction. But it doesn’t reduce the clutter).
So, I came up with a plan, and so far, it’s working.
The plan is not to stop buying books, because that wouldn’t work, but to buy less. And to stop visiting the library for a while. That way, I manage to read almost all of the books I buy each year, plus a number of books waiting patiently on the shelves. An then, after I read them, I decide whether to keep them, sell them, or give them to someone.
A couple of years after I started with the plan, it shows on the shelves. No more three rows of books on any shelf (no, I didn’t buy new shelves), and only one shelf with two rows of books. I’ve even managed to read through a bunch of fanzines, and now I’m going through a bunch of magazines (you see one in the picture).
Then again, as some of you may know, I’m writing this a week before the beginning of the Belgrade Book Fair. That’s where and when I buy most books.
Oh, well. Do you want to see the pictures of the new books after I buy them?