has been abuzz
with Marie Kondo and her Tidying up, and especially the part most relevant to
writers and book lovers all over the world has them in a tizzy.
of ‘spark joy’, i.e. pick up an item (in our case we will consider a book) and
if it doesn’t spark joy, then dispose of it.
to throw away books that we will cherish forever even if they don’t tantalize
us in the moment is what caused the controversy. Twitter, the blogosphere and a
number of thinkpieces have erupted on it, essentially outraged at the seemingly
later that you don’t really need to toss your books, you can also donate the
ones you don’t want to keep anymore.
Writers Digest, Robert
Lee Brewer has issued the “30-book
challenge” in response to Marie Kondo’s tidying up advice.
declutter as much as possible and have, several times a month, stood facing my
bookshelf with a critical eye, trying but failing to home in on titles I don’t
mind disposing. I don’t ever throw away my books – I don’t know any reader who
would do that – but I donate them to the library near my house who always
accept the bounty gratefully.
Even if I tried
to keep only 30 books and give away the rest, I don’t know how I would go about
a tiny snippet of the books that sit on my shelf:
– 7 books
McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series – 9 books
McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland Street Series – 9 books
McCall Smith’s Corduroy Mansions Series – 3 books
– 3 books
As you can
see, that totals to way more than 30 (64 if you’re counting), and this is apart
from the all standalone books I’ve acquired, and the nonfiction titles I cherish
like Houdini’s biography, Eat Pray Love, Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and
even Capote for that matter. This also doesn’t take into account the 100-odd
books lying on my Kindle, some read, some (ahem!) unread.
books? Make that 300 and I’d still be wringing my hands about how many you’re
making me throw away. Make it 3000 and then maybe I could consider the matter.
take on Marie Kondo’s “30 books” advice?