Minimalism and Books2018-12-28T03:17:39+00:00

Minimalism and Books

Many minimalist love reading and don’t want to get rid of their books,
even if they take up a lot of space.

I’ll share my method for books and you can decide if it works for you.

I want to keep
all my books

If you love books, it’s a hobby, a priority, and very important to you, then start by discarding other things first. It’s not wise to start by discarding your favorites.

Go Digital? Nope

The simple answer is to get rid of physical books and get an ebook reader. That’s what I thought when I debated what to do with books. I pared down to only the books I was definitely going to read, or reread, and got rid of everything else. I was brutal in this process and only kept 8 books. All old school text books got donated or recycled. Some books I gave to friends. Others I sold to second hand bookstores and whatever they wouldn’t buy I donated to thrift stores.

With 8 books to my name I decided to start reading. After I finish reading a book I give it away for free to someone who was interested in reading it. The idea is that I want books to have a life, instead of collecting dust in my house. Another idea was that when I get down to zero physical books I’d get an ebook reader.

Give Books, Get Books

However, something surprising happened. As I finished reading books people loved my idea, of giving away books, so much that they gave me free books. They knew not only would I read it, but another person would read it after me. So giving me a book is like giving it to two people. On top of that a few people have insisted I borrow some of their favorite books. That has added even more books to read for free.

A girl I knew went to a music festival that was giving away soon to be published books, as a way to build hype before release. Since she heard and liked my book policy she intentionally got me all of the books available; That’s how powerful giving away free books is.

This method has been going on for over 5 years now. I still haven’t gotten down to zero books. I’ve read over 60 physical books (about a book a month) and haven’t spent a dime on them. I’ve been offered so many books that I’m able to be picky and only take the books I really want to read. I currently have have a single shelf of books, 33 to be exact, though a few of them just haven’t found a new home yet.

I’ve grown to love the physical books and I don’t think I’ll ever get an ebook reader. There’s something to be said about reading a good story and sharing that story with others. The best thing about this method is I always have good books to read and minimal space needed for books.

Honorable Mention: Libraries. You can read to your heart’s content for free with a library card. I don’t seem to go to libraries, but I have enough books given to me that I don’t need to. Libraries use their space for books, so you can just enjoy reading them.

“I pared down to only the books I was definitely going to read, or reread, and got rid of everything else. I was brutal in this process and only kept 8 books.”

“After I finish reading a book I give it away for free to someone who was interested in reading it”

“The idea is that I want books to have a life, instead of collecting dust in my house”

“people loved my idea, of giving away books, so much that they gave me free books.”

“This method has been going on for over 5 years now. I still haven’t gotten down to zero books.”

“There’s something to be said about reading a good story and sharing that story with others.”

“The best thing about this method is I always have good books to read and minimal space needed for books.”

TL;DR

I started by paring down books. After I read a book I give it away for free. People liked that idea so much they gave me free books. This has been going on for over 5 years, no money exchanged, I always have good books to read, and minimal space needed for them.