I believe the definition of a minimalist lifestyle is living without things you don’t need and books are a necessary tool in life. I know nowadays you can read everything online, or a Kindle, or your cellphone but I just don’t want to. I want books. I need books.

My goal for 2018 was to not buy anymore books until I read every book I already own. I’ve epically failed at this goal but I don’t feel guilty about it. I’ve learned a lot reading those books and I’ve gone on adventures I would have never experienced on my own.

I feel in a the sense of a human’s hierarchy of needs it should really be water, food, shelter, books. I mean, sure we need socialization, I guess but I prefer reading. Books education and we life long learners know how valuable education is in order to survive. There is no minimizing our survival.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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