Yesterday I was thinking how nice it would be to make a blog post about a soup. I have a recipe in a book that I have modified to make it my own, and I wanted to give credit to the original author and then add my changes to it. I had one little problem. I had so many books that I was unable to find the original recipe. I decided to take a break and that is when I realized that I need a book challenge. I am a book hoarder. Are you a book hoarder?
You know what I am talking about. I keep a book forever whether I want the book or not. I have some greedy little place in my heart that thinks I need to keep all books forever. I do not. I looked through one recipe book and realized that in that entire book, I use one single recipe. I took a look on Pinterest and there was that recipe. I could pin the recipe and give the book away to bring joy to someone else.
So this is my challenge. For the next four weeks, I will start reading my books. If I cannot read the entire book, I will put a post it note in the book with a future date on it. If I have not read the book by that date, it's going out. Once I read the book, I am going to give it away to bring joy to someone else. If it is a reference book, I will take a few minutes to decide if I need to keep it, or if it is just cluttering up my bookcase.
Start date: Wednesday August 10th
End date: Wednesday September 10th (this does not include reading all fiction books, just marking them)
Goal: Make a decision about at least four books per day on average and get rid of at least 10 books per week
Goal: To spend at least 15 minutes each day reading books that can be read and given away.
My goals are small and easy to meet. I do hope to exceed them, but this week is very busy. We are going to flip a house, which I will write about in a future post and it will need my attention also.