Many of my clients and friends love books. Not Kindle, not Audible– but paper-smelling, book-spine-cracking, dog-eared books. I think they are always afraid at first that I will try to push them toward the digital age and suggest they do away with old-school reading.
Quite the contrary. I understand this love.
I also understand the need for new material and I know that libraries sometimes don’t have what you want, and so you buy. However, the resource of space is limited. And we don’t always read books again as there are continually new titles to explore. What to do?
- Consider setting up a Little Free Library. This is a little box you set up outside your home. People are free to take and leave titles as they please. This is a great way to share the love and maybe be exposed to titles you hadn’t even considered without paying for them.
- Surround yourself with book loving friends! When you’re finished with a book, put it in the hands of someone you know will like it, and ask them to pass it on to another friend when finished.
- Release your books into the wild!!! http://www.bookcrossing.com/ is a site that allows you to register your books and “release them ‘into the wild’ for a stranger to find, or via ‘controlled release’ to another BookCrossing member, and tracking where they go via journal entries from around the world.”
- Look for books at the thrift store. You can buy them for pocket change and then donate them back when finished.
- Set up a regular interval to go thru your books and see what can be passed on. Depending on your reading habits this could be every quarter or every year. Consider taking them to your library!
Hopefully, these tips will help you tame your shelves while maintaining the love. Best to you!