I’m a minimalist. I’m all about Marie Kondo and her message except that 30 book thing. I mean, books are my life. How in the world could I only choose 30 books? Until one day, I needed to clean off my shelves and realized that maybe she’s on to something.
Why not try and come up with a list of just thirty books that I would keep? One caveat: because I teach my kids at home, I would need to choose an additional thirty-odd book to use for homeschooling. I’m working on a list of must-haves for that purpose separately.
So, these are books that I would not go sell over at Half Price Books if I chose to downsize. Keep in mind, this isn’t some ideal library content list, and they are books on my shelf that I enjoy enough to want to haul around in my tiny mobile living space.

No links cause I’m not selling you these books, just sharing.

  1. The Constitution of the United States– I mean, seems like owning a copy is a good idea.
  2. The Rules of Magic– the prequel to Practical Magic, I love the descriptive witchy language.
  3. The Hobbit– The most perfect bedtime story novel length book ever.
  4. The Swiss Family Robinson– another great read aloud, what animal will they discover and want to kill next?
  5. Grimm’s Fairy Tales– Classic horror in short story form
  6. Anderson’s Fairy Tales– not quite as scary as Grimm, but close.
  7. Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone– The first book was the best.
  8. The Halloween Tree– a time travel tale I read each October
  9. The Illustrated Man– I have no tattoos, but I love this story
  10. The Knights of the Round Table– Another book best read aloud, with voices
  1. The Hunger Games– Modern classic dystopia
  2. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankenweiler– Claudia is the defintion of girl power.
  3. The Bungalow Mystery– 1950’s version. I had to include one of Nancy’s stories. I’d like to spend a year doing only Nancy Drew book reviews. I have a girl crush on Nancy too.
  4. The Jungle Book– One of my favorite old books that is better than the Disney version.
  5. The Call of the Wild– our world through a dog’s eyes- what’s not to love?
  6. The Snow Queen– I re-read this each Winter.
  7. East of the Sun and West of the Moon– You might be sensing that I enjoy Nordic tales.
  8. American Gods– Odin is scary and swoonworthy in Gaiman’s rendition.
  9. Kristin Lavransadatter-Who hasn’t felt like Kristin some time in their life?
  10. The Lord of the Rings– The book is better.
  1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer– I love the dialects.
  2. Matilda– Another girl heroine.
  3. Anne of Green Gables– Anne with an E is my spirit animal.
  4. Inkheart-Characters escaping books? I’m all in.
  5. The Singing Tree– Discovered this while newly homeschooling and studying World War 1.
  6. Alice of Wonderland– I didn’t read this until I was a grown up, can you imagine?
  7. Mary Poppins– Again, the book is better.
  8. The Wizard of Oz– So many hidden meanings. Baum was a genius.
  9. Artemis Fowl– a human boy encounters the world of fairy.
  10. Nils Holgersson’s Wonderful Journey through Sweden– written to teach geography to kids, it’s one of my favorite re-reads.

After completing this list, the books went back on my shelves, and I couldn’t stop thinking about those few books that didn’t cut. There are books that I own and love, and I didn’t place them in the first thirty. If I kept all the books that I love, where would it end? I had to know, so Saturday morning, I was back pulling books off the shelves again.
The new pile added about twenty books that I like, and since I already own them, they would also stay. So around 50 books? That’s not terrible.
I also chose five of my antique books. I have an 1881 Shakespeare’s Tragedy that is falling apart, but I’m not tossing it. Someday one of my kids will be hauling that monster around.
And yes, I own a Kindle, so I’ll have more books when needed. 🙂

What thirty books would you keep?

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