So exactly what am I reducing? Well ... this isn't a weight loss blog so I won't be talking about my waistline. Yes, I am still whittling away at my colossal mountain of books. I successfully reduced the number of books I own last year and want to continue reducing further this year.
I knew that I would need some kind of record to both "keep me honest" and to motivate me, so I created a simple "books in/books out" spreadsheet that let me see my progress (or lack thereof). This spreadsheet turned into a little bit of a game with myself to see just how many books I could part with in a years time.
The results? I was able to end the year with a net of books out. I reduced the total number of books owned by 89 even though I added to my book collection in some months. Not bad ... but I would like to do better this year.
I have only read books from my TBR pile so far this year and have not added to the collection. However, my husband has purchased 6 books just this month that will need to be counted in the "books in" column. He has already told me that he will be passing them along to our daughter as he finishes them, so hopefully they will go into the "books out" column soon.
TERRI vs. BOOK MOUNTAIN ... the game is on!
I know that I'm not alone in the struggle to find balance and peace with my book collection. Are you one of those who is trying to reduce the number of books you own or whittle down that TBR pile? Feel free to share your strategy in the comments!