Feb 7, 2019
In continuing my quest to downsize before I move out, I move onto the next KonMari category: books.
All my books are in the basement. We moved them down here a couple years ago. It’s amazing how when I was younger, having a bookshelf in my room didn’t take up so much space. We keep a lot of random things in the basement so I ended up sifting through a lot of unrelated items.
I initially thought this would be a hard category to tackle but I realized there were a lot of books that I just didn’t care for anymore. Most of them I outgrew since the bulk of my books are from my childhood. Lately, I’ve just been going to the library to get books. The last book I bought was from a couple months ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done.
Even after putting all my books away, it is still a bit of a mess. However I’m mostly using KonMari as a downsizing method and less of a tidying method.
This stack of books is still quite hefty. I think I can par it down even further.
What I’m Definitely Keeping
The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
I love this book and I reread it every so often. I think it captures a lot of what I loved about fantasy when I was younger. It’s such a refreshing book that I can keep coming back to.
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
I’ve written many times about how Villette just might be my favourite book of all time. Of course I will keep it.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
This is one of those YA/pre-teen books that really spoke to me as a kid. It’s a weird coming of age story with a bunch of quirky things that could only happen to young people. It was definitely one of the first books that I could envision in my mind so clearly.
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
I loved Cornelia Funke as a kid. Everyone remembers Thief Lord, right? I also loved dragon stories so much. This was an adventure to go on.
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
Another book from my childhood. There is something very genuine about this book despite how outlandish some of the scenes are.
Books I’m on the Fence About
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
I thought I had read this book in the library years ago and recently took it out to reread it. From digging out this book, I realized I owned it all this time. I do have a lot of criticisms about this book but I generally liked it. I found some sticky notes highlighting quotes from the book that resonated with me and I’m rethinking how I feel about the book.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
This might be the only Murakami book that I really like. He still features his boring, women-obsessed male protagonists and manic pixie girls but this book made me cry, god damn it. The reason why I’m on the fence is because it’s still trash but man am I a sucker for trash.
The Fire Within by Chris D’Lacey
This book is pivotal to my dragon obsession. It was just such a clever premise and I really fell in love with this world. This book really sparked my initial, serious desire for writing. I hold it close to my heart.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I’m not in love with this book. I think this book is ridiculous. But it’s a classic and I love Emily’s prose and I love the Bronte sisters. Also, the book itself is just so pretty.
Books I Will Most Likely Remove From the Pile
1984 by George Orwell
Is it bad to remove such a classic from the pile? I did find it to be a good book but the main reason why it’s still in this pile is because it’s a classic.
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Another dystopian book in the pile. I had to read this for a Russian literature course I took a couple years back. I actually quite liked it a lot.
The Twelve Kingdoms by Fuyumi Ono
I did like this book a lot. But it’s thick and I don’t think I liked it that much.
Birdwing by Rafe Martin
I don’t even remember the premise of this book. There is something in me that has emotional attachment to it. Did it speak to me all those years ago? What did it say?
Dolls by Yumiko Kawahara
I was down right in love with the Dolls manga series. Looking back on it now, it’s a little cringey.
Vital Signs by Tessa Watt
Another book that I liked but not enough to make the second cut.
One Litre of Tears by Aya Kito
The book definitely didn’t have as much impact as the TV show. One of my friends knew how much I loved the show. He worked at the library for a while and when they were selling their old stock, he texted me as soon as he saw this book in the bin. I grabbed it immediately.
Argh, Emma is just a delight to read but I think I Emma’d myself out by watching the movies, Clueless, and reading a manga version of it. I also don’t remember what Northanger Abbey was about anymore.
Dear Canada Books
I loved the this diary series. I haven’t read these books in a while, however. And I’ve definitely grown out of them. That’s a phase in my life that I’m okay with just having memories about.
Unlocking the Air by Ursula K. Le Guin
It’s always a mistake to buy a book you’ve never read before. I did it with this book. As much as I love Ursula, this was just an okay book. These short stories weren’t sci-fi which disappointed me.
Books I Want to Buy
I know it’s counter-intuitive to want to buy more books but there are two books that I so badly want to buy: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and A Fisherman of the Inland Sea by Ursula K. Le Guin. I think my policy for book buying from here on out is to only buy books that I’ve loved deeply and want to read again. This rule applies to both these books.