The older I become, the more I believe in and practice minimalism. You can read more about this decision in this post! I am constantly tidying, decluttering, and getting rid of things around our house. My annual garage sale has become one of my favorite events! Whenever anyone asks for gift ideas for anyone in our family (especially for our children) I always respond with EXPERIENCES OVER PHYSICAL THINGS. My children will gain so much more from an enriching experience than any toy could ever provide. I proudly keep my house clean, organized, and as clutter free as possible (If you are interested, I can do an entire post on this…just let me know in the comments). One area that I’ve come to realize gets out of hand quickly when I allow it to is BOOKS. As you know, I’m a huge book lover (obvi) and reading books truly brings me happiness (hence the name of my blog). It took me many years to realize that my joy of READING does not in fact mean that I find joy in OWNING books. Libraries have become my happy place as they allow me the opportunity to read any book I want without having the physical book in my possession when I’m done.
As a book blogger, I’m extraordinarily blessed that authors are constantly mailing me copies of their books on a regular basis for me to read and review on my blog. These books are in a whole separate category of things that I own. They are so much more than just books to me…these are actual reminders of my hard work and dedication to this blog as well as the actual reminders of authors and publishers who believe in my value as well as my opinion. Minimalism dictates not keeping anything which doesn’t hold a special meaning to the owner…these special books are some of my prized possessions!
It’s the books that I seek out on my OWN to read…the books where buying them will eventually mean one more thing on my bookshelf to keep tidy…it’s THOSE books where I love reading (and returning) a library copy.
I have been wanting to read this particular book for MONTHS.
I went to the library yesterday…no copies in stock. I checked out 2 books that I wasn’t even that excited to read for the simple fact that they weren’t this particular book.
When I got back to my car, I called our other local library (the one where I had placed a hold on this particular book) from the parking lot of the first library.
I’ve been on this library’s wait list FOR. EV. ER. The library recently started a new system where they won’t tell you what number you are in line! They are now part of a consortium that receives books from all other surrounding libraries so there really is no way to track when your book will be in. It’s both wonderful and FRUSTRATING. It’s wonderful because you theoretically could receive your book much quicker as it could be coming from a multitude of libraries and not just from one. I called our library yesterday to see if they could give me ANY indication…am I #2 or #200??? They wouldn’t tell me. I hung up and drove my annoyed self straight to Barnes and Noble. I couldn’t wait even another day to start reading this book.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
I’ve been holding on to this beautiful gift card from one of my best friends for months waiting until there was a book I’ve reaaaaally been wanting to read. The time has come!
How cute are these tote bags??? Barnes and Noble for the WIN!
I’ve seen this before and I think it’s a fun idea. You get a book without knowing which book you are receiving! There are descriptions written on the covers and you make your decision based upon those descriptions without ever seeing the actual cover. Love it!
I love it for a library where you aren’t paying actual money to blindly make a purchase. $16.00 to buy a book I very well might not want to own? That’s the exact OPPOSITE of minimalism (and smart purchasing in general). Hell no!
Besides, I was there on a MISSION. No time for cute tote bags or mystery purchases. I hobbled (stupid broken toe) straight to the fiction section, found my book waiting for me on the shelf, quickly scooped it up, paid with my beautiful gift card, and happily drove home.
I started reading this afternoon! It’s making my broken toe feel better already…
Polygamy is absolutely fascinating to me…I could NEVER share my husband/life with another woman. EVER. Sister Wives on TLC is one of my very favorite shows. Do you watch Sister Wives? Which wife is your favorite? #teamchristine
I’m currently on chapter 2 of my new book and from what I’ve read so far…this was a smart purchase. A very smart purchase indeed.
Sometimes, minimalist or not…a girl just wants to read what a girl wants to read. NOW. And this girl is doing just that 🙂
Did you read this book? What did you think? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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