– Charles “Tremendous” Jones, author and motivational speaker.
presentation at a local library.
- You keep it because you are reading it now;
- You keep it to refer back to it again;
- You keep it because you love it (Kondo’s “Hall of Fame”); or
- You pass it on so that it can impart its knowledge to someone else.
I love these very simple decision-making choices! These criteria fit into my typical advice to keep things only if you need / use / love them (Barbara Hemphill).This week, let’s tackle those book cases!
Tackle the Books a room at a time (or a family member at a time).
Today, I quickly reviewed my tween’s bookcase for any books he has grown out of or doesn’t like anymore. I also reviewed my own book case, and will ask the teens to review theirs this week, too.
Now is Not the Time To Read.
Review the books but do not open them! (Per Kondo, and me!) It’s so easy to get pulled into an old favorite, so do not open the books! Stay the course, keep your focus, and make your decisions!
Find a Motivator.
- Your local public library. Our Evergreen Park Public Library has a book sale every August, so we have the habit of going through our bookshelves every summer for books to donate. I spoke last month at the Oak Lawn Public Library, and they always have a sale table, to keep books moving along and to help fund library programs.
- Little Free Libraries, http://littlefreelibrary.org/ . Love these! A few friends have them in their front yards (pictures included), and they are a great place to pick up or leave a book, to move the info around!
- Leave your book in a public place, after labeling it as a BookCrossing book, to be picked up and shared, check out http://www.bookcrossing.com/ .
- Contact local retirement or nursing homes, to stock their resident libraries
- Half-Price Books, www.hpb.com. You may not make lots of $$, but you may make some!
- Check out Stick Figure Books, if you have a large collection to part with, http://www.stickfigurebooks.com/shop/stickfigure/index.html .
- If you’re in my neighborhood, check out Bookies, to buy or sell used books (summer reading lists, anyone?!) https://www.facebook.com/bookieschicago/ .
Know Your Self and Your Reading Habits.
- I have a kindle app on my IPad, so I buy new books in digital form;
- If I’m traveling, I only bring my Ipad and not physical books;
- I can check out e-book copies of new and old books from library, also to be read on my Ipad app.
“Should” is not a reason to read a book.
Today, I am giving you permission: Unless it’s for school or professional purposes, You do not have to read a book just because someone gave it to you or told you that you Should read it.