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Enough Books


My word of the year 2011 is enoughWith that in mind I took action yesterday.  I removed all the books on my "to read someday" bookshelf and stacked them by category on the dining room table.  My categories include: Catholicism, parenting, spiritual direction, organizing, reference, non-fiction and fiction among others.  I was amazed at how many books I own and a little ashamed to realize I am awaiting a small shipment from Amazon this week! 


This photo is evidence of the need for enough in my life.  I do not need any more books at this time.  In fact, these piles make me feel behind and a bit edgy ~ like homework assignments I am procrastinating.  I really do want to read these books.  Books are my haven, my inspiration, my escape.  The reality is I just need to read what I have for now.  No more wanting, buying and storing for this year.  Simply read.  Enjoy.  Then pass them on. This is enough.


Join Elizabeth Foss in celebrating simplicity.

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  1. So glad to find your blog, Misty. I hope you'll come and visit mine and we can share our thoughts and become friends.

    Yes, often I hear of a book I MUST have, I buy it and then it just gets added to the pile and I never actually read it. Or I have a dozen books I've started and I don't finish any of them. I need more self-discipline! "Enough" - a good word. God bless

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  2. I think it is nice to know I am not the only one with a shelf of 'to be read' along with a basket, and a table and a pile on the floor and.... yeah, I think you get the picture!

    I, too, am trying to get through my piles without adding to it this year. What a wonderful goal to work toward.

    And I love your word for the year: ENOUGH

    I might have to steal it for a while!

    Thank you for causing me to think some more.

    God Bless

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  3. Oh, I know too well about book piles and Amazon orders. Last year, I decided to only order books from Amazon that my library system didn't have. I also decided that those books couldn't be ordered until the other Amazon books were read. I now have a wishlist at Amazon for the books.

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  4. This is SO where I have been!!! I have this problem and also with the homeschooling books. As I was going through my Amazon wishlist of what to order for this year with our tax refund (when we do this sort of thing) I realized that even though my wish list is 4 pages long, I actually only needed 2 or 3 books tops. And even these we could do without if needed. Sometimes even good things can bog us down!!!

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