Updated: Oct 18
As part of my transformation to life a more minimalist lifestyle, I decided that it is time to tackle my book collection. Most of my books are genealogy related that I have collected over the years. I also had some pleasure reading books that I'm holding on to for reading someday. When I look at the past year with all my books, there are really only about two handfuls of them that I have read or used as a reference point in my research. Aside from my physical books on my bookshelves and nightstand, I also had over 100 digital books on my kindle. Most of those were for pleasure reading.
I decided to tackle my kindle first since it felt like the easiest starting point. I went onto my Amazon account and went to the section that has a list of digital books I own. I had books on there from 2014 that I had never read but were still on my list. I am pretty good about deleting them once I have read them. Even though they really didn't take up physical space I felt it was important to cut that list of books that were taking up space on my kindle. Most times I'm lucky if I read 12 books in a year. I'm hoping my journey to a minimal lifestyle will help me to find more time for reading. The first thing I decided to do was delete ALL books prior to 2019. There were about 2 books I kept that were part of a series that I wanted to read. I'm going to read those first, which I already read one of them last week. When I was left with only the books that I got in 2019 I had 14 books on my kindle. My goal for this year is not to purchase any digital books until I have read these. If I hadn't read them by 2021 I will delete them.
I'll never be able to read all the books that sound interesting and I know that there will always be new books coming out. I have also learned that for myself digital genealogy books never seem to get looked at when I have them on my kindle. Of all those books I had, there was just a handful of genealogy ones. So it was easy for me to decide to let it go.
Going through my digital collection of books took me about an hour, but I feel so much better now. I don't feel overwhelmed now with the idea of picking up my kindle and trying to decide what to read next. I'm hoping that by the end of 2020 I will have read all those books. Next week I'll talk about my journey by going through the physical books that I have around the house. If anyone ends up going through their digital collection, I would love to hear how you handled it.