A couple of weeks ago, Naomi @ Consumed by Ink posted this article on her facebook.
I can never resist bookish content so I immediately clicked on it and read it.
I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
The article basically gives permission to have stacks and stacks of unread books in your house. The idea of an “antilibrary” is basically to show you all the things that you have yet to learn, to reinforce the idea that you don’t know everything, which makes you a smarter person in the long run.
I had been feeling BAD about all the books that had been piling up around my house. Since we’ve moved, I’ve been driving to work instead of taking transit and I’ve lost about 2 hours of reading time every day! So the unread books have been accumulating much more quickly. I’ve been mostly avoiding the library and trips to the bookstore didn’t hold the same joy because they just made me think about all the books I already had that needed reading.
Since I’ve read this article I’ve been released from that guilt. I’ve been adding books to my stacks at an alarming pace. Don’t believe me?
These are the books I’ve brought home since reading the article just over a week ago:
- I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
- The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
- Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure by Amy Kaufman (yeah, I did)
- Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
- The Girl in the Woods by Camilla Lackberg
If you’re wondering how I died, just know that being crushed by all the things I didn’t know was the way I’d always hoped to go.
10 thoughts on “Antilibrary Liberation”
You go girl! Don’t feel guilty about accumulating books, it’s making you a better person!
Yay!! I love it! You’re FREE!!! (Yes, it required all those exclamation points!)
Freedom feels good!! All thanks to you!
I love this! And I love that you posted your new additions. I’m going to still work on clearing out the books I don’t need to hang on to -but stop feeling guilty about those I still need to read!
Those are the ones I bought…I’ve also recklessly said yes to borrowing books and taken some out from the library. I’m FREE.
If you have a 2 hour commute you should listen to audiobooks! I do and it definitely adds significantly to my reading time 🙂 You should be able to easily get them from your library.
I’ve been super hesitant on the audiobook front. I love podcasts but I hate being read to! I haven’t enjoyed it since I was like 7 and I can’t wrap my head around being read to as an adult. I really should try one just to make sure I’m not missing out though.
Interesting concept. I guess I’m onboard for library books, but I don’t buy books because I don’t want them around forever.
I’m surprised you don’t like audiobooks. When I was commuting they were all that kept me from being on CNN for road rage incidents.
Wait. You DONT want books around forever?????? I don’t understand!