With minimalism on the rise, there’s a large amount of controversy surrounding whether or not the average person should acquire books. Making it onto the top seller’s list is a book about cleaning up; a book that gained so much notoriety, parodies of it also began to make it onto the list. I would know, I bought the book — and I kept it; all irony aside, however, there is something extremely rewarding and beneficial about curating your own mini library.
It wasn’t until University that I realized that a libraries content is relative to its context. This might seem like a very simple thought, laid out in flowery language, but let me tell you, this realization was life changing. Let me explain it more simply: the books that will find their way into a library have all been selected for that particular library. There is no set manual of classics and new releases given to librarians for them to put into the library; books must be chosen. This means that library to library, the books that they have will change. Sometimes, a lesser-known classic or cult favorite might not be there at all.
This is where a personal library comes in.
The wonderful thing about creating a mini library in your house is that you get to be the one who chooses what goes into it, and what can be left out. It can include everything from your childhood favorites to the reference books that you use daily. Additionally, the books in it can be changed out when new additions come out or saved along with the new additions for easy comparison. In this way, your personal library will be tailored to your own personal needs and preferences in a way that no public library, no bookstore old or used, and no ebook site every will be.
A personal library is an investment; it is a collection. What it is a collection of is entirely up to the creator, and this is where the beauty of a mini library lies. Simple additions can be bought initially, and replaced for nicer copies later on. Old books can be sought out in many places, both from online realtors or from antique bookshops. A personal library can become a road map of places traveled, a collection of stories both bound, and remembered by their librarian. And all of this between a pair of metal bookends.
The personal library can also become a collection of ideas, be them philosophical, home decor based, or recipes. While a public library is full of books that a member might want to read, a mini library at home is a collection of books that you have for the most part read, and this makes referencing them, or recommending the entirely or a piece of one to someone else easier, and more intimate.
A mini library at home can also include books that you intend to read in the more immediate future, kept on hand to motivate you to read your current book faster.
Minimalism might be Life Changing, but so are books. They convey ideas, introduce new ways of thinking, and tell fantastic stories, and where better to keep your favorites then at home?
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