After ignoring Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up for weeks on the bestseller list, I found it at my local library and immediately turned to the chapter on books. I never got past Kondo’s horror about having a client with “three large ceiling-height bookshelves full of books…” Having a personal library sounded luxurious to me – not cluttered.
But when my iPhone warned I had to eliminate some data to be able to download more, I examined my store of iBooks. Some had been preordered, and glistened with an orange tag. Others I could move to a cloudy “books read.” But many were samples of books I thought I might read someday, and a few I had actually purchased but never read. Perhaps I could apply Kondo’s technique here and unclutter my virtual bookshelf.
Of course, I could not follow her suggestion to place all the books on the floor, but I could use her categories to sort and possible delete a few. Sadly, all fell into the same category – “General.” Here are the books I always thought I’d read, but never did – now deleted.
- The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton
- Still Here by Lara Vapnyar
- Paradise Lodge by Nina Stubble
- The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown
- Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey
Have you read any? Did I miss anything by delegating them to the “cemetery of unread books”?