Has it ever happen to you when you're in a bookstore, you spot a must-read book. Then by the time you're done looking around, you're carrying a massive pile of must-read books in your hands? Let's say you purchase all of them. Weeks later, you take another trip to the bookstore, *remember you haven't yet read half the books you bought before*, and now you're going to buy more. This is the beginning to the road of hoard-om.
This very strange thing happens everyday. Some of the books bought do get read, but what happens to the ones that just lie around and never get read? Still collecting or hoarding?
Let's see the difference between the two: Collecting is accumulating for present use. Hoarding is accumulating for future use.
Collecting is a healthy habit. You buy books you like, you read them and actually get enjoyment out of them. Then you constantly keep buying more. No harm done. Once you have massive stacks you can find good use of them.
The hoard-om begins when you buy books, you don't have urgent desire to read. It's an urge to run to the bookstore everytime you hear great things about a book. After purchasing the book, because you don't have urgent desire to read it you forget about it, eventually you find the book dusty. This is harmful territory. Beware! (Warning: You can find yourself with 1,000+ unread books in the next 5 years.) Keep Out!
Helpful Tips, I've learned:
- If you must buy super large quantities of books, then set a number X amount of books to read before you buy more.
- The time to buy a book is when you want to sit down and read it right now.
- Cut down on the quantity of books you buy. Will the books run out of the bookstore? No, so you can come back and buy them when you do have a bigger desire for them.
- Share them, let a friend or relative borrow a book you've read, and aren't worried to lose.
- Purge: Give, Sell, Donate, Trade, Re-Read etc. the books you've already gotten use out of.
- Keep your favorites, and the books that are special to you.
- Don't chunk any books in the trash, there's good use for them out there. You'll regret it!
- Have you heard of book lice? Yes, that's why it's important to trim your book collection every now and then.