Perusing HOUZZ, this article’s very title compelled me to read it:
The story begins with a conversation:
Years ago I was chatting with an acquaintance, and she referred to a weekly meeting she attended without naming it. I asked her what it was.
“Overreaders Anonymous,” she said.
I froze. I had no idea there was such a 12-step group, but if anyone was an overreader, I knew I was. And then my auditory memory caught up with my fervid imagination, and I realized she had actually said, “Overeaters,” and I resumed breathing.
Like author Alison Hodgson, reading is my drug of choice. I must say, in my defense, that much has been amassed over the years that interests me still: favorite authors, authoritative texts on history, fascinating biographies. For the most part, my books ARE books that I cherish and dip into, and yes, sometimes, re-read.
But what of those “lesser” books, gifts or really-wrong purchases. Why are those still in my house?!
Alison Hodgson uses a two-fold system to winnow out the duds:
Do I love it?
Will I read it again?
If your answer, over and over again, is “yes” – take a look at Houzz and get some ideas for shelves, like these:
Alison has also included a “housekeeping” section to her article, as well as a link to Lisa Frederick’s article on “accessorizing with paperbacks”. (One of her thoughts: Group by color!)
If more shelves, carousels, and book nooks are not in the cards, and “downsizing” your library is a must, don’t forget to read Alison’s “4 Obstacles to Decluttering — and How to Beat Then.”