Overdue Books

This item on my 26 before 26 list was difficult for me. I technically only completed half of it, but I’m still crossing off #4: Read and return all borrowed books.


For the past year, I’ve discovered my inability to read books. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading. I used to read a book a week and couldn’t get enough. Lately though, with work, family, and house, I just can’t seem to focus long enough to get through a decent number of pages. I read a chapter, but can’t remember most of it. My mind is a wanderer. So as I work towards getting my reading groove back, I decided to return any borrowed books from friends and family anyway.

I was surprised to feel a weight lifted. The pile of borrowed books on my to-do list was always in the back of my mind and it was a relief to clear them from my space. I’ve resolved to first read any books I own that I have yet to enjoy and, in the future, to only borrow one book at a time.

7 thoughts on “Overdue Books

  1. That’s such a good idea. I think it works on several levels to relax you. Not only are you not stressing about giving people their things back but the house feels cleaner and more spacious too.

  2. So true! I also just returned a truck load of books I borrowed to complete several term papers. There is something about books that become an extension of ones self!

  3. Whenever I run into someone I’ve borrowed books and even DVDs from, I get an overwhelming sense of dread.

    **No, I haven’t finished your book yet. Don’t judge me!**

    Congrats on letting go of your “borrowed” stack! I should do the same… maybe after I haven’t opened the books or watched the movies in 30 days.

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