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Letting go of my fiction is a “Novel” idea.

There is something about opening up a novel and getting lost in the story that I love. Realistically, I read more children’s books than anything these days. Thanks to my love of books, gifts and a donation of an entire kindergarten classroom worth of books from a family member we are the proud owners of hundreds of kids books. Last year I sold over sixty Nora Roberts romance novels when I figured out that the house was no longer big enough to fit almost all the books Nora Roberts ever wrote. I sold them all for $30 to a woman who appreciated my collection. It’s taken me since then to decide to let go of my other novels… to a point. My twenty J.D. Robb books plus some Dexter and Shopaholic books are leaving in the next goodwill box. I will be keeping the Twilight novels that my mom gave me when I was on maternity leave. I asked to read them and fell in love. “The Brief Life of Bree Tanner” novella was added and isn’t going anywhere either. They fit nicely in my nightstand. It originally was a smoking cabinet but my grandparents used it to store tp in their bathroom when I was young.

Peter Walsh, from “Clean Sweep”, always says that we need to create limits. My new personal novel limit will be ten. The freedom will be mine to buy, sell, borrow etc… any books I wish within the set amount. Limiting myself will allow us to have a little more space in our home. I will, eventually, have to reduce my non-fiction, including my hoard of cookbooks, the horror!

How many cookbooks do you think a family should own?

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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2 thoughts on “Letting go of my fiction is a “Novel” idea.

  1. I love, love, love to read but I really need to do what you are doing and put some limits in place. We have hundreds of books of every kind – children’s, fiction, non-fiction. I’m not really sure what the point is to keep a novel that I have read on my shelf for thirty years (no point really). There are so many great places that could use books – women’s shelters, schools, day care centres, libraries, hospitals, etc. I think my next project will be to tackel the book situation. Wish me luck!

    Posted by Susan | July 27, 2011, 6:57 am
    • Feels good knowing I’m not the only one that has to make some book decisions! Good luck Susan 🙂 You have a great point about other places needing books. When I think of things I’ve donated, sold etc… I remind myself that they are easily obtained again. I can start taking advantage of the library within walking distance of my house if I miss being surrounded by books.
      Have a great day!

      Posted by stephanieough | July 27, 2011, 1:16 pm

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