You know you’re a book lover when…
- You can easily justify having multiple editions of the same book
- You find it relaxing to be surrounded by books
- You patiently wait and hunt for a certain edition or book cover – and get a huge rush when you finally find the book!
- You prefer the original book cover to the movie version of the cover
- Your “plan to read” list is so long, you know you’ll never complete it!
- You rotate your piles and stacks of books like some people rotate seasonal decor
- You would rather spend your paycheck on books instead of clothes or other items
- You can recite your library card number as quickly as your phone number
- You would consider a bookstore or library as a second home
- You know there is no such thing as too many books 😀
Hello! I’ve been attempting to declutter some things at home, including my bookshelves (insert dramatic gasp!). While I love my book collection, I really started to take a hard look at some of the books I picked up on a whim or at a used book sale, thinking “some day I’ll read this…” I’m not sure when that will happen with some of my books. I’ve also found that while I have a core set of books, writing styles, authors or genres that I tend to gravitate towards, there are definitely some books on my shelves where I was really into a specific topic, time period, etc., and have since moved on from that focus. I’ve cleared out a few bags of books to provide a little more breathing room on my shelves… and to make room for new acquisitions, of course! 🙂
A few of the mental debates I had while sorting through all of my books included just how many copies of some books do I really need? For example, I have multiple copies of a few Jane Austen books – leatherbound version, Penguin clothbound classics (love this series!), annotated versions, etc. I also took a hard look at my fiction books and really started thinking about how many books I would actually plan to read again – especially with the growing list of books I still want to read! Finally, I had a number of history and reference books about similar time periods. While I’ve read some of them, I again had to ask myself whether I really intend to read all of them. Of all of my books, my poetry collection is the one area where I could really justify keeping everything, as I often pull the books off the shelves when looking for inspiration or looking up a poem.
I would love to hear how fellow readers manage their growing book collections…