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Why I’m Doing a Book Ban

April 17, 2017
Why I'm Doing a Book Ban | Tiny Ambitions

I have a serious Amazon problem. To be more specific, I have a Kindle problem.

To date, I have found not one, but three books on my Kindle that I also owned in hard copy. Serious minimalist fail. Worse than that, I found at least 10 more books on my Kindle that I paid for and haven’t even read yet! Some of these books have been sitting in digital purgatory for months- in some cases, years!

Why I Need a Book Ban

I recently went on a library binge where I only read books I could get for free. Which was pretty awesome! The only problem with that was that I completely forgot about my chock-full-of-books Kindle! Not to mention the books sitting on my bookshelf that I have yet to read.

I have nothing against printed books, I love the feeling of turning a page while curled up on a couch on a rainy day (that’s quite the lovely image isn’t it?). But I’m not comfortable dedicating space in my apartment and my life to an item that loses it usefulness once I’ve read it. Like I’ve said before, I’m not much a rereader. This is why the Kindle seems like such a great solution – and it probably is for a lot of people. I, however, have to keep reminding myself that digital books still take up space in my life- mostly monetary. Though, there is something to be said for the anxiety caused by digital clutter.

The Kindle Curse

Herein lies the Kindle curse. It is so easy for me to ‘one-click’ buy a book, and then totally forget about it. Hence why I have a digital stack of books waiting for me to read them. Sometimes our modern age of convenience is, well, too convenient.

I’m not saying that I want to work harder to get my hands on a book (I might be Canadian, but I’m not about to become a lumberjack). But I do think I need to be more mindful about my book intake. That’s why I think a book ban will be very valuable to me. It’s easy to start reading one book and end up (through no fault of your own) with either a) a digital stack of books or b) a stack from your local library, or c) both!

Our brains can only handle so much information at once. Sometimes the best thing to do is take a step back and take stock (literally in this case) of what books you have and which ones you want to dedicate your time to.

What my book ban will look like:

  1. A temporary ban on buying digital books and;
  2. A temporary ban on borrowing books until I have read all the unopened gems on my Kindle and the two lonely books sitting on my shelf.

This might be a bit of a challenge for me because I love reading. There is nothing better than getting lost in between the pages of a good book. However, if the calm feeling I get when I look at my now-almost-empty bookshelf is any indication, I think I might be up for the challenge.

Are you a digital or hard copy reader? Are books a part of your minimalist plan? Let me know in the comments!

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  • My Sons Father April 29, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    My name is MSF and I’m a book addict. Admitting you have a problem is always the first step. There are literally too many good books and just not enough time. I like the Book Ban idea. When you’re done with the ban, you might want to try the one in and one out method. Good luck with your sobriety…I mean book ban!

    • tinyambitions April 29, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      My name is Brittany and I’m a book addict! It’s been going well so far. I’ve read everything on my shelf and all the outstanding books on my kindle. Time to re enter my public library again!

  • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment April 19, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Well done! As a person naturally inclined towards the hoarding of books (paper ones in my case), I can actually appreciate how hard instigating a ban is, Brittany! Books have definitely been a focal point for me since I began decluttering. I had literally hundreds of books but it wasn’t until we moved house a few years back that I realised how out of the control the problem was. Having to pack them up, move them and unpack them was a serious wake up call. I am now looking forward to moving at the end of the year with the remaining mini-bookcase-worth of books we have kept, which are ones that we truly love and enjoy rereading or using regularly for reference. Now I figure if it’s not something I will reread, the library is the best option. I hope you enjoy discovering those unopened gems on your Kindle! Happy reading πŸ™‚

    • tinyambitions April 19, 2017 at 7:00 am

      Having to move my books every time we moved is what pushed me over the edge too! I’m glad you’ve found value in some of your remaining books-those books should feel extra special!

      • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment April 20, 2017 at 1:52 am

        I guess it was our laziness that got us both minimising, hehe! πŸ˜‰ And they certainly do πŸ™‚

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