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Shopping My Own Bookshelf - Taking a Year to Read Books I Already Own!

Updated on January 16, 2017

My 2017 Resolution - An Exercise in Gratefulness... Reading Books I've Already Got!

One of my resoltuions for 2017 is going to be to make it an active goal to read books that I already have on my bookshelf. My husband and I have a massive bookshelf in our living room with TONS of books on it. We also have another smaller shelf in our living room with even MORE books-- most of which, I have either 1) not read any of, or 2) not read the book in its entirety. So, this upcoming year, instead of continuing to fill the shelves (which are already so full that, I don't know how I keep finding room to buy more!), I resolve to actually make a concsious effort to really READ books I already have, thereby saving money and being conscious to be thankful for my blessings and resources. I encourage you to do the same and comment below about your experiences! Let's practice gratitude together, in the spirit of 1 Timothy 6:6, which says, "But godliness with contentment is great gain." I want to be content with what I already have and enjoy that, instead of being so focused on accumulating more... Don't you?

1-16-2017 Update!

Well, I didn't exactly keep my resolution.. in fact, I've unwittingly (because I had forgotten, haha) already broken my resolution to NOT buy any more books in 2017. And it's only January! Oh well, truthfully, I don't regret it that much because I just LOVE books too much! Tonight I purchased a book of Edgar Guest poems, and I'm very excited to get it in the mail! I just love his poetry. I've read many of his poems online, but there's something about holding a physical copy of a book in your hands that is so wonderful. You can highlight favorite passages. You can dog-ear the pages. You can write in the margins. You can fall asleep with it on your chest. You can take it with you in a hammock and reading it doesn't hurt your eyes. You can take it to the beach and let sand get in the middle of the pages...... which you would probably not want to do. I could go on and on...

The point is, books are wonderful! So 2017 really couldn't have gone by without me purchasing any more. But I do hope to read the ones I already have, regardless...

Which reminds me of another point. For Christmas, my husband bought me Lauren Graham's book, "Talking as Fast as I Can". I've started reading it, and it's very funny and enlightening, concerning her life growing up, etc. Can't wait to finish reading it! Let me know what books you're reading, in the comments. Or let me know what books you plan to "buy" from your own bookshelf and read! That's right, let's continue to "shop" our own bookshelves this year!

Speaking of which, I did start reading a novel I aleady own, that I purchased at a thrift store. It's called "Can You Keep a Secret?" by Sophie Kinsella, one of my favorite fiction authors. She is so funny! Her books will keep you laughing.


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