One of the biggest problems that book nerds the world over has is the problem of space. There’s never enough room for all of the books that one acquires and since most of us don’t come with our very own Beast to build us the libraries of our dreams, sometimes steps need to be taken.
Steps like purging your book stash every three months or going on book buying bans or if you’re like me, going completely digital.
For years, I’ve held on to the hope that even though I was reading less print books, I still had to have them around. They were a comfort to me and I still liked waking up to the sight of them. They made my bookshelves pretty but then my daughter asked me, “When was the last time you read one of those books?” and the answer? Years. Not days or weeks or even months. Not even one year but multiple years. Years of those books just collecting dust because I just wasn’t into reading them anymore.
So far in 2015, I’ve read not one print book. Not one and we’re coming up on October.
In 2014, I made a TBR jar in an effort to get control of my monstrous TBR pile and all of those print books on my shelves and let me tell you…that was an epic fail. I tried to read 12 books and I just couldn’t do it. I think I got maybe 3 books read and that’s it.
In 2013, I read a handful of print books but none were books from my shelves. All of the books I read were from publishing houses, sent for review.
In 2012, I read a handful of books from my bookshelves but most of the books that I read that year were eBooks.
Well, no more.
I spent the weekend spring cleaning the hell out of my bedroom. I went through my clothes and my daughter’s clothes and packed up anything we haven’t worn in years then I set up the boxes that would pack up every single book on my bookshelves.
I have two bookshelves that were filled with books.
This is an old picture because 1) that’s not my room anymore and 2) I didn’t take a picture of my shelves before I packed up the books so there were quite a few books added since I took this picture but still, you get the idea.
Here’s what my books look like after they were all packed up and ready to go.
I thought I would feel more sad that I got rid of so many books but honestly, I’m excited for the space the books free up in my room. These days, I’m reading 100% of my books on my iPad. If I’m not reading on my iPad then I’m reading on my iPhone and my virtual bookshelves are amazing. I love pulling up Calibre and organizing my eBooks and just seeing them on my iBooks shelves.
So that’s it. It’s done. I’ve gone completely digital and I can’t help but think…
How many of you lovely readers have gone completely digital? Do you think you’ll ever leave print books behind for good?