I decided 2017 to be the year of minimalism for me, a brave initiative for sure, but why not?
I always used to be a maximalist. I never realized that, because I used to care about things people do not generally care for. For example, I love books and notebooks. I am not a maximalist when it comes to clothes, therefore I assumed that a lot of books would not harm me. And I have tons of them.
Trust me, it is very nice to look at them and smile, but when do I ever use them? Never!
Having so many books and notebooks has become stressful for me, and it used to be my favorite things. I keep on buying books, and my TBR list keeps growing. No matter how many I manage to read, it just never ends. I can’t seem to enjoy books anymore, as now they are just “One more book”. I remember when I was little I used to get so excited to buy a new book, that I planned my whole life around reading that. I want to be able to enjoy reading again, because it is a great pleasure to be swallowed by words and worlds in such a simple way.
The same is with notebooks. I enjoy writing a lot, but honestly I do not need 20+ notebooks to even enjoy it. It has come to the point where I have a notebook for very specific purposes I don’t even need. I only write once, and then I feel extremely guilty afterwards.
I don’t want to look at my books & notebooks with a sense of guilt. They used to bring me joy.
That is why I challenge myself not to buy a single book or notebook until I have read and written on all the ones I already own! It is a daring challenge, but I believe I am capable of doing it! To make matters worse, I’ve gotten so many Barnes and Noble gift cards, that my hands itch for some book online shopping
I wanted to keep this post short and sweet. Therefore dear bookworms, Happy New Year!
May 2017 be filled with wonderful books and stories!