Hermione’s 2020 Book Challenge

A few weeks ago, I discovered a problem. I own multiple bookshelves, but I am apparently out of space. This was discovered after Black Friday when I decided to buy the three illustrated Harry Potter books that I did not already have in my collection. I tried rearranging my books, but nothing I did made enough space for these three new books.



While rearranging my personal library, I came to the realization that I had not actually read many of the books on my shelves. When I moved out of my parents’ house, I brought only my favorite books. In the three years since then, I’ve apparently acquired about 200 more books, most of which I have not actually read. Every time I go to the store, I end up coming home with at least one new book.

I’ve been reading digital copies of books more due to my spending a lot more time out of my apartment and not wanting to carry a book around. My local library has a huge digital library, so I can basically read whatever I want without having to buy anything. Despite all of this, I keep buying physical copies of books. I love looking at them and being surrounded by words, but I also feel so overwhelmed because there are so many books on my shelves that I have not read. How do I choose a book to read when I have so many that I haven’t touched? There are so many options, and it is hard to narrow it down.



While looking at my new copies of the Harry Potter books, I started to think to myself, “What would Hermione do?” Obviously, she would read them. She would never let a book sit unread and unloved. She would read all of the books and absorb all of the knowledge that they hold. So that’s what I decided to do. In 2020, I plan to read the many unread books that I currently have on my shelves. I may not get to all of them, but I will try to read as many as I can. I’ll keep the books that I love and donate the rest so that someone else can enjoy them.

I’ll do my best to limit my book buying, but I have no self-control, which is really how we got here. So for every book I buy, I’ll put one in the donate pile, two if I can. I want to make sure that I’m surrounded by books that I truly love and that I’m not just overwhelmed by having so many things I need to read that I turn to something else.



I encourage all of you to do a challenge like this in 2020 whether it be with books, clothes, or even that box of unused pens hiding in a closet. Read them, wear them, and write with them. They are not doing you any good just sitting there. Just think to yourself, “What would Hermione do?” And then do it.

Rachael D.

Rachael is a Slytherin who currently resides in Orlando, FL. She works as a cook and specializes in food puns and sarcasm. In her free time, she enjoys bullet journaling, binge watching Netflix, and spending as much time as she can at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.