We are purging, purging, purging as we prepare to move to Copenhagen. I had already winnowed down my physical books, opting to read solely on my Kindle and in e-book format, when we moved to Peru for 6-months. My collection has grown again in the last five years, and I'm back up to about 40. So, purging, purging, purging again.
Some of the books that I will not be purging are my scrapbooking reference books. I go to these books for inspiration on topics/stories. Aaand, I just love them.
These really break down in to two types of books: list prompts and question prompts.
List Prompt Example:
"List Your Guilty Pleasures". For this type of a prompt I could literally include my list of guilty pleasures, or more generally I could use the prompt to think about photos or stories around my guilty pleasures. (Just so you know, my main guilty pleasure is Taco Bell and I have plenty of photos to go along with that!)
List Prompt Books: Listography Series (I have three of them, but also am coveting their travel, "my future" and friend ones); To-Do List
Q&A Prompt Example:
These books have more open ended prompts in the form of a question, but they work the same way. Example: "What makes you feel free?" Oh! So many ways to interpret this, right? I could look back at my photos for moments where I felt free, or think of people or things who help me me feel free and use photos of those people or things. The possibilities are there!
Q&A Prompt Books: Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire, The Oral History Workshop, Legacy, All About Us, 344 Questions, Q&A a Day for Kids, Q&A a Day
Some notes on each book:
Listography: Aah! This is the book and series that really started and inspired my collection. I just love lists. And, obviously, I have three of these (Listography, Parenthood and Love). I'm also coveting three more: travel, "my future" and friends.
Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire: I loved the premise of this book: the same questionnaire filled out by lots of different famous people. I believe someone gave this to me... Heather, was that you? Likely! The questions themselves are great prompts (e.g. "What is your deepest regret?"), but reading how others have answered the questions is also inspiring.
To-Do List: The description very appropriately says that this book is "voyeuristic and interactive", and it's inspiring for scrapbook layouts exactly because of that!
Oral History Workshop + Legacy: I bought these two books as I was preparing for a visit from my grandmother, who was coming to Seattle from Phoenix to teach me how to paint. The painting didn't stick, but the conversations we had during her visit definitely did! I would peek at these books to help me think of things to ask her. Their prompts would make wonderful layouts for stories of other people.
All About Us: This is a book about relationships and one that a friend gave me when Scott and I got engaged. It's meant for each of you to fill out together, and we have done that on occasion.
344 Questions: This is a fun book (meant for creatives) that has a series of questions in a flow chart format, where each question builds on the one before it. Example: What do you do to get inspired? What are hte places where ideas come to you more readily? WHo does what you want to do, or does what you already do, just much better? Are they inspiring you? Or frustrating you? Or both? Where do you draw the line between inspiration and imitation?... Etc!
Q&A a Day + Q&A a Day for Kids: Anandi recommended these two books, so they are my newest additions to the collection. They have prompts meant to be filled out each day for 5 years so you can go back and review what you wrote before. It's a fun concept that I will never do, but I love being inspired by the prompts anyway!