Trying to stop buying too many books

I love books, but I think I buy too many. Right now I have 52 unread books on my bookshelf. I actually have more than that, but the ones that have been unread for a year or more, I’ve already placed in my pile of books to sell. I did this because Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up said: if you haven’t read that book in a year, you never willWhen I read that, I was shocked, but at the same time, I realized, she was right. So I cleaned out my books.

Though I am pleased with my progress, I want to hit a better target. Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project said that she aims for five unread books at a time. Five? That sounds impossible! I’m trying though. I already banned myself from entering bookstores, but sometimes I just can’t resist. Sometimes I also worry that what if I can’t find a copy of that book anymore, so I have to buy it now, now, now! Ok, this is unhealthy.

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Learning to uncommit

I recently reread the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown. It talks about eliminating everything that isn’t important for you. That doesn’t just mean saying no to bad offers but also saying no to good opportunities so that you can focus on a few things that really matter. One great advice from the book is be slow to say yes but be quick to say no. Sadly, I’m still not good at saying no, so I’m currently following the second part of that advice: uncommit.

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Books that had a lasting impact on my life (Book 8: Essentialism)

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Gred Mckeown is not such a well-written book compared to the others on this list. However, this is the book that introduced me to the idea that “the undisciplined pursuit of more is a key reason for failure”, thus it is important to “distinguish the trivial many from the vital few”. I know, I know, I am sometimes proud of being a Renaissance woman, but after I read this book, I was able to free myself from a lot of unnecessary things that were bogging me down.

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