Consumerism in the book blogosphere can often feel rampant, with some bloggers admitting to feeling inadequate because they cannot purchase enough books to keep up with all the new releases, or to make rainbow shelves for nothing else than to take photos for Instagram. With an emphasis on book hauls, box subscriptions, and the latest hyped titles, the book blogosphere can make using the library seem, well, lackluster. But minimalism seems to be making a comeback and this just might be the time for the library to shine.
Marie Kondo’s methods for creating a minimalist home were so popular earlier this year that some news outlets reported thrift stores receiving an overwhelming number of donations. Perhaps the trend for downsizing has ended since Kondo’s Netflix show first aired. But perhaps her methods could have staying power that have people constantly reassessing how many purchases they really need to make. If so, the library could be perfectly poised to take advantage of people’s new desire to keep things simple.
Books can quickly take up plenty of space, and they can prove difficult to dust, difficult to pack, and difficult to move. So there is something to be said for choosing only the books that mean the most and donating the rest so someone else can enjoy them. The wonderful thing about libraries, though, is that they mean that no book is ever really gone. A person can simply go to the library and check out a book whenever they like (or use interlibrary loan if their home library does not have a copy). And there is no worry of books creeping over the floor, across the table, and down the stairs as the purchases pile up, because the books have to go back.
Of course, many people like living in homes where books are stacked up in every corner. (I donate a large number of my books, but still currently have a stack next to the bed, a stack on the floor, a bunch in the closet where clothes should be, and some more “artistically” scattered around.) But if minimalism becomes the next hot trend, perhaps libraries could experience a surge in patronage. And maybe book bloggers will be at the front of the movement.