We live in a digital world. E-readers, Kindles, Nooks, iPads, tablets… many of us read on these. Nonetheless, old-fashioned paper books are still a part of our lives. Many people simply prefer the paper, and physical books make great gifts. Today our goal is to clear out the books you no longer need.
Sometimes, we hold onto books for poor reasons, such as:
- We think we should read the book, although we really don’t want to.
- We began reading the book, didn’t like it, but feel we shouldn’t let it go because we might come back to it “someday.”
- We received the book as a gift, and although we don’t want to read it, we feel guilty giving it away.
- We enjoyed the book as a child and want our child(ren) to enjoy the book as well – even though they have expressed disinterest.
- We are keeping it for future reference (e.g. a college textbook), even though we have never consulted the book, and are likely to look online for information before checking the book.
- We invested in a “complete series” and feel we shouldn’t let it go.
In contrast, good reasons for keeping a book include:
- We love the book, and enjoy repeatedly reading it.
- We love the book, and plan to give it to a friend or family member in the near future.
- We love the book, and are keeping it for children or grandchildren.
- We like the look of the book, and enjoy having it on display.
- We haven’t read the book, but are looking forward to doing so.
Today’s challenge is to give away 24 books. We are moving through the month, so the numbers are going up. However, you can select any of the following as you seek to find 24:
- Hard cover books
- Children’s Books
- Young Adult Books
- Travel Books/Guides
- Reference Books
- Coffee Table Books
- “How To” Books
- Test Prep Study Books
As long as they are in good condition, books are the ultimate “reusable,” and most charities accept them.
Can you find 24? Can you find more? Which books are hard for you to give away?