Spring is here—at least where I am—and with it comes the annual cliché—spring-cleaning.
If you are like me your spring-cleaning begins with muddling through drawers and cabinets, papers and clothes, junk and collectables, and likely a few surprises. Last week, as I pulled my sleeves up and began cleaning, I found my first surprise. Can you guess? A long lost book that I purchased several months ago--Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner. Not only did I not remember where I put it but I haven’t even read it yet—shame on me.
I was tempted to take a break and curl up in a comfy chair and delve into the book, but I couldn’t afford the time. I had to keep cleaning.
My exciting discovery got me thinking… There are undoubtedly countless other books scattered about my house where they shouldn’t be. Call me messy or call me an avid reader, I don’t care. Quite frankly, I’ll be surprised if I’m the only one.
I consider these forgotten books a better version of hidden Easter eggs to search for this spring!
Oh the joy! Instead of having to drive to Barnes & Noble, I only have to search between my couch cushions to find my next read, including the one for my spring vacation. Perhaps that will be my motivation to continue cleaning.
With this in mind, I wondered if this trait is also true for those who use e-readers. After a brief chat with my husband it turns out I was right—he does it all the time, buys, downloads and forgets about it.
Perhaps this year, spring-cleaning should extend beyond the dusting, the windows, and the floors and expand to finding your long-forgotten books. You never know how many unread books you will find. You might even run into an old favorite with a bit of life left in it, like running into an old friend.
This year spring-cleaning may cut the cost of your spring reading. You likely have new books right under your nose.
Happy cleaning—and reading!