I have an interest in clutter. Decluttering actually, making my life and surroundings as efficient and stress free as possible. One principle that makes this easier is eliminating single use objects from my life. You know the ones, the juicer that takes up half your kitchen cupboards, the ham stand that comes out once a year for Christmas Dinner, the lilo you used three summer holidays ago or the Uroclub.
This got me thinking about books that are single-use. Books you use at one time and then they earn a permanent spot on your bookshelf for perpetuity.
I can think of a couple that I’ve got in my book shelf –
- Workbooks for courses
- Self help books for a particular stage of your life
- University Textbooks
- Instructional books for a particular hobby
- Books you received as gag presents
- Travel guides from a long-forgotten-but-still-on-the-Visa -trip
But some other books seem to surpass their original functionality. We read them, pass them onto friends, refer to them, quote from them and dip into them time and again. I’ve luckily got a significant number of them on my shelf too –
- Dr Seuss’s canon
- Spiritual/Inspirational books
- Horrible Histories
- Home Handyman/woman Books
So what other ones can we think of? Do single use books deserve a place on the bookshelf?