Early Spring Fever

Inspired by Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method, I’ve been folding shirts and finding joy in mindless tasks.  The book –  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing – caused a decluttering craze when it was first published, but I avoided it.  When short clips appeared on You Tube and Netflix, however, I succumbed and found solace in folding pants and shirts.

When Kondo proclaimed books were not to be kept  but donated or – horrors – thrown away, I immersed myself in my overflowing bookshelves to read a few waiting to be read; I made a dent in the stack – soon to be filled with other books.  None warranted a review, but you might find some distraction in them:

81oX4ShsrZL._AC_UL436_That Churchill Woman by Stephanie Barron

A rambling historical fiction with Winston’s mother, Jennie, as the heroine.

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

When the New York Times featured the 25th Anniversary edition, I found a copy – full of lists and advice.  My “creative soul” couldn’t finish it.

41yKgsnf1fL._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

For dog lover’s everywhere, this touching first person account of a woman who almost loses her rent controlled New York City apartment when she adopts the Great Dane of a friend who died, has the dog as the hero who saves her life – of course.

Those Who Knew by Idra Novey

One of my book clubs is about to discuss this one – a timely and harrowing story of a woman who was abused in her youth by a politician now climbing the ladder of power and success.  Set in an unnamed South American island nation, the story is topical and disturbing.

MCD-Dont-Throw-AwayAnd now, my library wait list finally delivered a book by one my  favorite authors  – Eleanor Lipman’s Good Riddance.  With a nod to Marie Kondo, Lipman acknowledges  the fear may of us have after shredding and throwing items away – what if you disposed of something you should have kept?  I’ve stopped tidying and starting reading.


Which Books to Keep

images-1    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”?