I’ve often wondered if I could live without books. I’m sure I can’t. I love my books too much. So how do you do a minimalist challenge when you’re hooked to your books? Now that’s a serious challenge :-).
If you de-stuff your life KonMari way, you first tackle your clothes. After that it’s time to sort out books. To find all my books and get them in one place was a big revelation already. I knew I loved books, but soo many? Seriously?
I was in for a fun experiment and asked myself the question: what if I could only keep 10 books, which books would it be? I have many, but won’t read most of them ever again. So here’s my list.
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My favorite book Top 10:
Ann Voskamps book spoke to me! So much that I tattooed the word Eucharisteo on my wrist. What an awesome reminder to be thankful. To remember, and celebrate the gifts God has given us in life. I love her poetic style of writing and her amazing way of viewing life. A true gift!
I’ve read many books on marriage throughout our training as Family Workers. But there are few that top this one. I wish I’d read this when I got married 17 years ago. It would have saved us a lot of trouble ;-). But it’s never too late to learn. Debi Pearl’s main focus is to help woman become the best possible helper for their hubby. Love it!!
I owe Marie Kondo big time! She has helped me to make my life simple and start valuing the beautiful things in my house and get rid of everything I don’t like or need. To find the courage to throw out!
I started this year with Switching On My Brain. The power of thought. Carolyn Leaf has an absolute gift of explaining Science in the light of God’s Word. Romans 12:2 says, ‘Renew your mind.’ Well, here’s a practical way to do that! It’s not a once of process, but a continuous watching over what you let enter your mind.
Elizabeth George has the gift of speaking to woman and helping them to become A woman after God’s heart. It is one of the first books I got when I was married. I just love this book soo much. I re-read it every other year. It’s a real gem!
Since our homeschooling journey at the beginning of 2015, this book has been on my side. The most comprehensive book any homeschooling mom can wish to teach her kids from! I don’t follow the book step by step, but let it guide my decisions in curriculums I use and how we view education and training.
Tim Ferris is my hero! He’s on a mission to make life work and enjoy it to the full. His out of the box thinking has challenged me in many ways. Okay.. working with people will never happen in 4 hours per week, but his thoughts and ideas about work and pursuing your passion are incredible. I’m nog there yet, but in the zone.. ;-).
We needed this! A total money makeover. It’s interesting how many believes are tied around money. And how, if you don’t wake up, money can actually control you in stead of the other way around. Dave Ramsey’s book has helped us to set priorities and get into a healthy financial state. Work in progress!!
We got this book suggested by a dear friend. If everything else fails, you have a guide to survive. This book is loaded with so many hacks, tips and tricks to become completely self-sustainable. We’ve made a small start in our back yard. Can’t wait to do more!
Our generation takes on too much. I take on too much. What is essential. What is worth my time? What is my core? Greg McKeown does a brilliant job in taking you through the motion of finding what is essential in your life. I’ve read it once, but it’s due for a grand review.
As you might have noticed I didn’t add my Bible to my top 10. Just a sneaky way to take out 11 books, ’cause my Bible travels with me wherever I go anyway ;-)!
To make my Top 10 was not an easy thing. There are so many other awesome books that I’ve read, or that are waiting to be read.
Deciding which book to keep or let go
So here’s what I did with the rest. I minimized from 4 book cases to 2. Half way down! And I looked at every book and asked myself the question:
- Do I really love this book?
- Would I read it again?
- Would I recommend it to someone else?
When that answer was ‘Yes!’ than I would keep it, otherwise it was out! It worked!
Ps. I’m curious! What is your favorite top 10? Let me know in the comments.