It’s Sunday and after a couple of days of lovely weather it’s now raining so no excuse except to stay home and do all the cleaning and ironing I’ve been avoiding. One of the things I’ve been doing is some more decluttering of my books. I wrote a post a couple of months ago about how I have had the Harry Potter books on my shelves but not read them for about 10 years. Trying to re-read them didn’t work and they no longer serve a purpose so I got rid of them.
This time it’s the Stephen King books. I read in a novel a quote that said that King was like a favourite uncle and no matter what book purists say about when he stopped being a great writer you still keep buying his books because you don’t want to upset him. It was a jokey comment in a vampire book but it struck a chord because that’s what I’ve been doing. And I haven’t read a bloody one of them. So like the HP books they’ve gone. I’ve kept The Stand because while I haven’t read it in a long while I do love it and there’s actually a chance I’ll go back to this one. Any others if I get the urge to read I’ll use the library.
It’s funny, when I first started down the decluttering path a few years ago I found it all really liberating to let it all go but couldn’t bring myself to touch my books. I have to do it in stages. And I never truly declutter them because I’m always buying more. It does me good though every 6 months or so to ask myself whether I truly need them and will read them. If not then buh bye they go….