In the last days I have read some books, but most of my bookish activities had to do with looking through all of my books and sorting out those I liked, but didn't love. Years ago I kept all the books I read, then only the ones I enjoyed, now I'm going one step further.
I decided to ask myself some questions:
Does owning the book make me happy?How do I feel when thinking about the book?Will I reread the book in the future? Am I still interested in the story?Do I need/want several versions of this book? If no, which version should go?
The questions are helping me to let go of some books, I'm not forcing myself to let go of a certain number of books, but it's time to really think long and hard about which books I want to have on my shelves.
In the last two years I sorted out a lot of clothes, used up cosmetics and make-up and made sure to only buy things I needed or loved. I own less now and feel better because of it. I no longer let the things I own define who I am and how I feel, I still enjoy owning certain things in life, for example books, but created some distance between what I own and who I am.
I'm still in the middle of this sorting out books process, so far I sorted out about 150 books which is a good number for me. Some books were easy to sort out, with others I struggled. I'm taking the time to do this slowly so my brain can get used to letting go of certain books.
In the last days I reread some passages in books I wasn't sure about, at times I loved reconnecting with the story and of course then the book was allowed to stay, other times I didn't feel anything positive when rereading the pages, so the book was sorted out.
I plan to finish this process later this week. I'm already packing boxes full of books to sell, give to friends, donate and so on, right now there are still books in piles on the floor everywhere and this drives me crazy, so my goal is to get the books to their new homes as quickly as possible.
I'm not sure how much shelf space will be empty once I'm finished and it's not that important, I will still own a lot of books and I don't feel bad about that. It's all about having a home library full of books that make me happy.
Btw, I'm filming part of the sorting out process for my booktube channel, if you are interested in the videos, check out the shelfmas videos on my channel.