My Name is Lucy, I am a Bibliophile

A confirmed bookworm, from a very early age I would often have four or five books on the go. I read my mum’s copy of Little Women when I was about seven, and kept re-reading it again and again, along with What Katy Did, Black Beauty, Heidi…all those girls’ classics. My midnight feasts of books were tucked under my pillow ,which could get uncomfortable with too many hardbacks, but was also soothing. I was forever reading under the bedclothes with a torch and getting into trouble for it- but not that much trouble.

I grew up in a house full of books. My mother was a historian and a Jane Austen nut who kept copies of the TES for years, and my Dad has amassed a fine collection of sports biographies, especially in cricket and horce racing, as well as plenty of classic and contemporary fiction, travel writing, cook books, birdwatching manuals etc ad infitum. I get my newspaper reading habits from him too – If I can’t get my hands on a Guardian for more than a day I get twitchy, despite my online newspaper reading habits.

I am not particularly well-read. I have indiosyncratic and eclectic tastes in reading, and I am not a literary snob. At 16 I had a boyfriend who introduced to me to sci-fi and fantasy which I loved. One of my oldest friends and I used to devour Mills & Boon for fun at one point and of course like many other school girls growing up in the eighties I read a few Jackie Collins- not sure I would now though!

Over the years I’ve had lots of different interests which have been reflected in the books I have read, aromatherapy being one of them, shoes another. When I discovered I was pregnant I read about twenty books on motherhood, babies, pregnancy. There have been plenty of self-help books too, and biographies and books on pop culture.

I am not a serious book collector, although I have a couple of gems-gems for me- not necessarily for anyone else.Β  When my marriage ended I had to sell a large number of books but over the last three years while I have been studying the numbers have crept up again and I am now back at maximum capacity.

Something has to give…

I have hoarding tendencies but also, thankfully, a healthy de-cluttering habit these days. I absolutely hate letting books go but the bookshelves are bursting at the seams and every surface in my room is covered in stacks of books. The floor has book stalagmites growing out of it and I retrieved part of my collection from underneath my chest of drawers yesterday and blew a layer of scooby-doo-haunted-house dust off them.

Someone suggested last year that I should get rid of all my books- that they were keeping me stuck in the past. I have some sympathy with this idea but for a writer that is absolutely not possible. My books are part of the tools of my trade, they are alive with ideas.

However it is time to move some of them on to new homes. Interestingly after considering which books could go I realised how much I have changed in the last few years. My tastes in reading, my interests and my concerns have broadened in some areas and specialised in others. I am very different in some ways. Which is good. I have been trying very hard to change. The results are finally starting to show.

I am still a bookworm, and there are books on the shelf which have been there since I was a young girl, mostly fairytales. Those will remain- in some ways all that I have learned up to this point has given me the confidence and the conviction to return to my roots.

167 thoughts on “My Name is Lucy, I am a Bibliophile

  1. What a great description of your relationship with books. I too love my books but I have become very discerning over the years as I also abhor clutter. Now I only keep those books which I absolutely love.

  2. I have to restrain myself when I go into a thrift store as well as the library because I already have enough books at home that I haven’t even opened yet. If only there was a way I could get paid to read all day.

  3. Ah… the packed bookcases… those look really familiar… πŸ™‚
    I agree tho – after having to move recently – I realized how drastic my tastes have changed… I went through a phase of chick-lits and now I can barely get through one without wanting to roll my eyes at some of the nonsense! LoL!
    As a fellow bibliophile, I totally feel your conflict.. getting rid of them because of clutter, but not wanting to (because my dream is one day to have a floor-to-ceiling library!! hehe)
    i did however recently (and reluctantly) get a kobo eReader which i didn’t think I’d like, but it’s actually REALLY handy. Still all the reading, with none of the clutter!

  4. “Someone suggested last year that I should get rid of all my books- that they were keeping me stuck in the past.”

    …um, may I suggest that you get rid of this “someone” in your life?

    Just teasing, of course, but seriously: I can totally relate. Given that I am a writer myself, I can relate to your hoarding tendencies. My books represent the progression of my writing passion, and all have taught me something about voice, technique, style, etc.

    Keep ’em, I say. Keep ’em all!

    πŸ™‚

  5. I am too crazy about books I usually went on stand, then I know what going to happen ,I pick up my fav magazines, GEO,NATA GEO,BBC KNOWLEDGE etc
    Usually I keep search for foreign book , because I want to explore the world of literature and new new information.

  6. lovely post about your love of books. You bookshelf reminds me of mine. I love going to someone’s house and having a good snoop in their bookshelf πŸ™‚ Congrats on being freshly pressed πŸ™‚

  7. I am in no way a pack rat as I like to maintain a minimalist’s approach to living…except for when it comes to my books. πŸ™‚ I am also a bibliophile…I own WAY too many books and I wouldn’t have it any other way. πŸ™‚

  8. Like you, I love reading and have tons of books. When the books start overflowing my bookcases its my signal to give some of them away. I end up giving a bunch of them to my local library. About 2 years ago I received a Kindle — which I love. Having the Kindle makes me really stop and think awhile before I purchase a book. Yes, occasionally I will still go to the bookstore and buy a book, but mostly I purchase them on my Kindle. This has really helped to cut down on the number of books taking up space in my house.

  9. Snap! Like you I find it hard to purge the bookshelves but do it from time to time; as you say, tastes change and I often find myself wondering why I bought this or that book. The worst thing of course is when you go to your shelves to lay your hand on just the spot you believe a book to be and it’s not there! It went in the last purge, at a time you had no interest in medieval history and believed you never would.

    1. Yes, totally- I find that with clothes too- I clear out my wardrobe and then a few months later go to get a favourite old jacket and realise I donated it….ho hum… πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by

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  11. I’m moving, and I have had to make some difficult decisions of which books to keep and which to give away. My mother dreams of a room completely devoted to books in her future apartment (for now we’re moving to my Uncle’s). I love books: I’ve pulled all-nighters purely out of enjoyment for the book I was reading (if my parents didn’t catch me and yell at me). I love this post, I can relate in so many ways… I’m subscribing. Congratulations on being freshly pressed.

  12. You almost sound like you’re trying to start a Book Addicts Anonymous group here with that title. LOL

    I am like Midlife Singlemum in that I only keep books which I absolutely love, but only because of my current living arrangements. Always nice to see someone else who enjoys the printed word and has a lot to show for it.

  13. I’m with you on this one, there is nothing like a book. But more and more shops are clsoing because like me, most people aren’t reading so much as a newspaper, it’s all online. How sad for us all. They won’t be digging our records out of a cave in 2,000 years because the batteries will have run dry!

  14. Yeah, when I have the book in the shelf, I feel like I have learnt more just by owning the book. But of course….it only makes less space available and adds on to the book reading backlog…

  15. Oh my word, I know what you mean about getting rid of books – it can be so difficult! There are books that I haven’t read in years and I know I probably won’t pick up again, but they have sentimental value. It’s good to read about a fellow bibliophile.

    Are those pictures of your own collection of books? All I gotta’ say is “wow, I’m a little jealous” πŸ™‚

  16. I am a reader and my husband is also a reader. I love the picture of the books on the bookshelf. My dream is to have a library like ‘Beauty and the Beast’ of course that might be a bit much, but well see. The past years I have lost a lot of books due to unfortunate circumstances. But my husband and I are saving our books and we have a collection of our own.

    Congrats on being FP!!! :0)

  17. Interesting article, I’m also a bookworm too. Reading books is informative and interesting.

    AH the girl I left London for.

  18. hi!

    wow – great article about book-loving. i grew up without television which brough tons of books into my life.
    at the moment i am writing my first own book and i really appreciate comments of you as a book-loving-criminal at it. have fun and enjoy reading it on http://twilightofgods.wordpress.com

    thanks,
    JR

  19. I completely relate to how you feel about books. Like you, I too am a hoarder, an indiscriminate reader when it comes to subjects and I started very young too. And yes, I also feel the need to de-clutter sometimes.If it makes you feel any better, maybe you could donate books to a children’s home or something. I did that…it was a wrench, of course, but I still felt good about it.

  20. I found myself in the same boat after my divorce- having to move, divesting myself of years of accumulated paper and ink (which had made its way off the shelfs, end tables and other places they collect and began to line my furniture-free walls, stacked in columns from floor to knee in my bedroom). When one of my shelves collapsed spontaneously under the weight, it became apparent that I needed another purge. It becomes easier to get rid of the classics when you remember you can pick those up for a song (or for free online), and the others… Well, you just have to remind yourself that many of them aren’t serving a useful life sitting there collecting dust. I’m down to one floor-ceiling shelf now, stacked in columns in double rows. Too bad you can’t construct a house out of books, isn’t it?

    1. When I was still married, a floor to ceiling bookcase weighed down with books collapsed, falling forward- luckily I was not in the room at the time…so I am more careful these days…thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  21. I used to be more of a bibliophile than I am now, and I still do have a decent collection. But after a while, you start to realize that you’ve read this particular fiction story a million times before; there really are only seven plots in the universe. I’ll still buy books now, but it’s more like a copy of Mitchell and Robinson’s grammar of Old English one day, and then nine months later, a compendium of orthography systems, then six months later a review of Haendel’s operas, then a year and a half later a book on the history of the viola d’amore …

  22. I can totally relate! I love books in a weird way, or so I’ve been told. The sight of a brand new book, never before read by me (even better if never read by anyone else either!) gets me all giddy with anticipation! I love the smell of books, too. And book shelves! I prefer cluttered bookshelves to neat ones. πŸ™‚ Over the years, and just a few weeks ago, I’ve had to part with some books. I’m always reluctant to get rid of them, and worry about whether they’ll find a good home. That sounds sort of odd even to me. I just can’t stand the idea of a book going to waste, being thrown away… Anyways, clearly you are not alone in your love of books! πŸ™‚

  23. I myself have my own collection of books. I have so many that I’ve actually(willingly)given up most of my handbags to make room for my blossoming collection. I read multiple genres,some of which include gay&lesbian,women studies,and biographies. My love of books has cease to amaze the ones around me,I mean what sort of a female forks over her purses for more space that seems to be demanded by her little paper filled darlings? A true writer(and reader),that’s who.

  24. There are many kind of “Philes” that are a lot worse to be. It just so happens my human to be an author so I guess he qualifies as a “readerphile.” If you haven’t had the joy of reading one of Nicholas Sparks works (Message in a Bottle) or Norman Maclean (A River Runs Through It) get them and savor them. My human’s pretty good too!
    Sandy
    http://www.sandysays1.wordpress.com

  25. “book stalagmites” heehee… love it, and I know the story… slow growth… piles of “where do I put this?”… and used bookstores feeding the addiction!!

  26. Maybe instead of letting it go, you can pass it on so that someone else can experience the same experience which you had and the book serves it purpose again…

  27. Nice to see you see you here Lucy! I am an ex MMORPGPHILE and I think everyone has some kind of “phile” which could help them be strong in certain areas where needed. I like reading numbers and statistics and believe that the ancients were more advanced than us because their alphabet was also a number system so that people who were number experts could also read their riddles by studying the numbers to understand the meaning of the words. Great post!

    1. Yes, that makes a lot of sense- I had a boyfriend years ago who was interested in the Kabbalah – don’t know if that would be sth similar? Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  28. cool library πŸ™‚ i saw a few of my favorite books.
    everytime i’m visiting one of my friends, or someone i recently met, i can’t help myself β€” i have to check their library. And it always says a lot!
    it’s nice to see and read that you library is varied. πŸ™‚

  29. Loved this Post!
    I am the same way, My kids are the same way, my husband and my current partner are the same way! I. to, loved the Library in the beast’s castle in “Beauty and the Beast”.
    I have been trying to dispose of my books without much luck, each one may need to be reread or something. However I have signed on to amazon.com and am now sending them a box on occasion. Lucky me, I can catalog them with only their ISBN which I love and is truly making a really difficult task much easier. In addition I can give them to Goodwill which I think has a Web site for the more choice items.

  30. One of the nicest perks to being a grown-up is that nobody cares if I decide that I’m going to stay up late reading, and that I can keep the light on as late as I want. The other is being able to eat ice cream and call it dinner if I so choose.

    I have several boxes of books in my apartment, as well as stacks of books in my bedroom and in my boyfriend’s apartment. I really need to invest in a bookshelf… I hate to get rid of books unless I know that they’re going to someone who will read and enjoy them, in which case I’m happy to pass them along.

    1. Heheh…indeed- there are definitely occasions where I think…”I can stay up all night and read this if I want to” and it still feels like a statement of total freedom…if I didn’t have a four-year-old I am sure I would do it more often πŸ˜‰

  31. I had to leave all my books abroad (along with most of my belongings) a couple of years ago. I was very upset about the whole debacle but took the approach that it was a de-cluttering exercise and would be good for the soul. I don’t miss anything. Not my furniture, clothes, kitchen things. I DO however REALLY MISS THE BOOKS. It will always be like a huge part of what makes me who I am is gone. While totaly in favour of de-cluttering now and never holding onto things…… Books are certainly something you should never get rid of! If only we were all fortunate enough to have a library room to contain the monsterous collections ammased eh?!

    1. Oh no- am so sorry to hear that- it must have been very hard to let them go- yes- wouldn’t it be fabulous to have that extra room for a library…*sigh* πŸ˜‰

  32. Dear Lucy,
    I’m Lucy too, but I am not as an addictive bookworm as you are. I suggest that you should exchange the book that you want to let go on Goodreads.com, which is one of my favorite website to keep track of what I am reading. The tool of bookswap on Goodreads allows you to let go of your book to the person who values the book the same way as you do. Whoever requests your book will pay for the shipping fee. So you can give out some books to other bookworms.

  33. I am a complete bookworm myself! I think I was the only kid in my neighborhood who had a summer reading list that I created for myself! I love reading. And if I haven’t read anything in awhile then my brain starts to feel like it’s turning into mesh.

    I too find a hard time letting my books go when I’ve collected too many of them. I was just in the process of moving and I really needed to get rid of some. It was a hard task. I see them all as my babies lol.

    I have to agree with you though, as a writer myself, reading helps you learn different techniques in writing. Reading and writing kind of go hand-and-hand.

    Your blog is amazing! And I just love the picture of your bookcase filled with endless amounts of books!

    I’ll appreciate it if you checked out my blog http://janachantel1.wordpress.com/ it’s about me trying to become a successful published author.

  34. That’s funny, because just yesterday I wrote a long post about books and what I’ve read when. My tastes have changed, but I still keep my books. They’re a part of me, and they hold so many memories! What’s more, a huge number of my books were presents. I get a lot of my books from the library, as it’s cheaper, and that keeps my shelves at a sane sort of level, but I already have them all horizontally, sometimes with two rows.

  35. I have those books that I can’t part from either. They bring me back in time to when I first was introduced to that book and it has a whole new meaning to it each time I read it. πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, completely relate to that – so hard when you associate various life stages with a book- they are the ones that (mostly) get kept. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  36. Great post! Unfortunately I’ve developed a habit over the past few years where I start reading a ton of books at once and never finish reading them! 😦 I used to be an avid reader but school got in the way πŸ˜‰ I’m currently kicking this habit, I’m proud to say.

    Have you heard of a website called Paperback Swap? My friend got me into it, and it’s a place where you can put your books up for swapping (not just paperbacks, also hardcovers and audiobooks, etc). When you mail out a book, you receive 1 credit, which you can then use to request a book from someone else. The only money coming out of your pocket is the cost to mail whatever book you are mailing someone else. It’s really neat!

  37. This is a great post.

    I have the same problem: my books are piled up on the floor now. Literally, huge columns, I tell you. This was fine with me, until recently, I saw a mouse in my house. Now I can’t leave anything on the floor.

    The solution: what Lost Gam3r said – I GOT A KINDLE.

    I got rid of certain books (the dogeared MIlls and Boons e.g.), the ones I’d never read again. And if I ever feel the need to get another romance novel, I get on the Kindle. No one ever asks to share these books, and out of print books are often only on the e Reader.

    Fantasy books that I read along with my Partner, on the other hand, I still get hard copies of.

  38. I am having a space clearing (energy) at my home tomorrow so was forced to do a space cleaning in my study..books everywhere, on top of book shelves, on the desk,in nooks and crannies ..i found just neatening them up and shuffling them around gave the impression that i had in fact cleaned up…my books breathe and talk to me…i sometimes feel the life of the tree in them still…
    having cleaned up i came to write in my blog and saw this post on freshly pressed, so glad i did, your shelves reminded me of my place.i don’t feel alone in my bibliophilia…lovely post, thanks

    1. Thank you! Yes- exactly- that sums it up! I realised I needed some living space not just storage-for-books-space…new energy required and somewhere for it to circulate! Nice to meet you πŸ™‚

  39. This is why I can’t quite bring myself to buy an e-reader–there’s just something about finishing a niceply-printed book and putting it up on your shelf for all to see. If you must prune, however, I would recommend finding a Half-Price Bookstore (if there’s one in your area–they’re mostly in the south and east). They will buy any books and also all the books in the store are used/deeply discounted.

    1. Yes!! The gratification of reading a printed book is much more rewarding than reading a PDF or EPUB book on a printed device with fake pages! I’ll never buy an e-reader! and I’m 17!

    2. I have a nook myself because when I travel, I cannot bring 5 books with me to read for a week. So I decided to buy a Nook. It does help me in a sense that it’s portable and pretty, but it slows me down. Reading and turning pages in real books feel so much more satisfying.

    3. Thanks- not many half-price book shops in my area…they are all closing down and many charity shops throw book donations straight in the bin… am hoping I can donate some of the pregnancy books to an antenatal clinic and others to friends. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  40. I’m 16 I absolutely love books, I have two book cases full and every time I go out I have to visit Waterstones just to look at a few new books, even though I can never buy. Books are amazing I really enjoyed reading this description of how you feel about your books thank you!

  41. I love this post! I also have too many books, most of them I haven’t read! Question: do you read chapbooks or poetry books? I’m a poet-writer working on a poetry chapbook series and would love to know if you’ve read a chapbook or poetry book and what impact it has had on your life.

    1. Yes, I read poetry books all the time, and chap books/pamphlets as I am predominantly a poet πŸ™‚ (scroll down for poems) Definitely life-changing, life-enhancing, inspiring, challenging…thanks for your comment and good luck with the poetry! πŸ™‚

      1. That’s great! I post most of my poetry at a website called The Written Word under the name Nori Cartwright (writtenword.spruz.com), and I get nice reviews on there. If you are interested, you can read the poems. The page sometimes takes a while to load, but you can scroll down to “Current Poems Posted”. http://writtenword.spruz.com/profile/Nori-Cartwright1/

  42. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments! I am quite overwhelmed at how many people have taken the time to read and comment on this post. Fantastic to see so many bookworms and bibliophiles crawling between the paperbacks to their computers πŸ˜‰ xx

  43. Every few years, I engage in the painful process of culling my book collection. Hardcovers generally escape the cull every time… unless they suck. Books I loved, think I’ll read again but never do, stay. Others…. well, they’re the ones that suffer.

  44. Book Addicts Anonymous? Sign me up. Also whoever said that you should get rid of your books is someone I would never talk to again. Get rid of my books? Never! I’ll just buy another bookshelf!

    I was also glad to see several posts by people adamantly against the e-readers. I love my books, I don’t think I’ll ever use an e-reader of any kind.

    Wonderful post (and great bookshelf).

  45. I made the decision to get a kindle once all of my book shelves were full. I even went out and bought one of the Kate Spade kindle cover that makes it look more like a copy of Great Expectations. It helped me with my “book withdrawal” I was going through.
    Another perk of the kindle: Many of the classics are free or VERY inexpensive. ie. Complete Works of Mark Twain for 1.99, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Little Women – all free

  46. Books are my favorite things. Love this post. I have two bookcases full plus a stack that I keep on my nightstand. I have a nook which helps with clutter, but I still buy hard copy books and just keep rearranging the bookcases as my collection continues to grow. If you have any copies of Gone With The Wind you’re getting rid of, I collect those too. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for your comment- no copies of Gone With The Wind sadly…me too with the re-arranging but am at the point where each shelf is double stacked as well as every surface covered so it’s time to be brave… πŸ˜‰

  47. I am like you, but about a year ago I was forced to move and rid of over 1000 books. I could not move them all or take them all. It was the hardest thing I ever did in my life at age 43. So that collection is gone. So, now I live in a small apt and hope to move to a bigger one very soon, so I am starting a new collection. I am an avid reader and love books. My family thinks I should get them from a library but nooo way, I hold onto all of my books. I am a book- a- holic and plan to stay this way.

  48. Your shelves look like mine. I too was moving from ahouse to a small flat and had to give away a lot of books. I still think about them now. Make sure you give them to good homes πŸ™‚

  49. I also have entirely way too many books and have been trying to cut back on purchasing more (my current to-read list is over 280). I’m sure someone else has mentioned it, but donate them to your local library! (If they’ll take them of course.)

    I usually sell a few to the local used bookstore, but those that the store won’t take or if I can’t be bothered to visist the store, I’ve donated to the library. The library uses them in their sidewalk sales and I know it’s not a lot, but I like to think it helps, plus supporting the local library is just awesome in general πŸ˜€

    1. Just as an FYI/follow up I don’t actually own 280 books to read – that’s just the list, I only have physically 12-15 or so that I own and haven’t read yet πŸ˜€

  50. I am kind of similar. I already have stacks of books at my parent’s place, my in-laws’ home – all because I don’t have enough space to keep all the books in my home. Sadly I am not burdened with the habit of decluttering…so, you know how it goes.

  51. I was beaming with smile while reading every single word you used just to describe your passion for books. A bibliophile, indeed you are! =) I love books too. I keep on collecting them and put them on my shelf! I envy your love for reading because, you know, I’ve got 1/4 of my books unread. haha. I will be following your blogs starting now. =) keep on posting.

  52. i think that was the best post about books i have ever read…. i love to read…. its my escape from the world… thanks for sharing your love for them…

  53. Love teh pics and the post itself! I hate letting books go too…Totally sympathise with needing to let some go and I identified witht he books under the pillow too, I still do that now! πŸ™‚ Congratulations on being freshly pressed!

  54. Hi Lucy,

    I’m a bibliophile too! Though, I am not a fan of literature. I’m more of a fantasy and chick lit person.

    1. Find something you are interested in, whether its cooking, surfing, binary code, sci fi, model making, biography?!…however, some people are just not bookish…my best friend is one of the most gifted and intelligent people I know but not a bibliophile…thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  55. Books you read and loved, books that gave you something special, books that amazed you, enthralled you, crept into your dreams, inspired you, should be kept for life, and re-read, and re-read. Every room should have shelves for books, every room perhaps except a steamy bathroom.
    You have a beautiful books stand. We hope you can encourage all your friends with it, start a book shelf prize or something, variety should be a high mark point, etc.

  56. I am a bookworm, too, Lucy. I like to read lots and lots of books of various topics. The problem is: every time I haven’t finished reading one book, I would have purchased two or three books. That’s my bad habit, admittedly.

  57. Hiya, Lu!
    I’m a Bibliophile just like Yoko Readmen on ROD (Read or Die).
    Reading and writing are the oldest professions in the world.
    Because of the recession, many people have started going back to books, cyliaphy and to school.
    Thanks for your post!

  58. Wow, I can really identify! If I’m not writing, I’m reading. I have so many books in my room, it drives my family nuts. But that’s my world! =)

    1. I am the same way. My husband just told me last nite that “I need to turn my mind off.” In regards that I just can’t stop writing, or leave my notebook out of the bedroom. Ha! I can’t help it, I have to have my notebook next to my bed, if not that it’s a book I’m reading of the present moment. πŸ™‚

      1. Thanks for your kind comments- not sure about e-books…never really read one in Kindle format, although I have to be honest, the idea of transporting a small paperback size ‘book’ that contains hundreds of books as opposed to lugging a giant bag of books (like I normally do on a daily basis) is tempting me to try it out πŸ˜‰ but I don’t think you can ever really beat a book in its physical form…and yes, notebooks, newspapers and piles of books by the bed. next to it and under it…. I hear ya!

  59. Great Post! I love my books too, but recently had to get rid of a load when we moved house! It was rather painful but now when I look at my bookshelves I see rows and rows of books I adore. This does mean if I ever have to have a clear out again I won’t be able to get rid of ANY books, lol. But never mind.
    Good Luck with the clearout!

  60. Keep them if you can!! I have your same problem, but being military, I’m forced to cull my mountain of books merely to streamline my periodic moves.
    Great post!

  61. I love books. However, my taste for books has changed a lot recently. I’m leaving fiction stories and moving to children books, like Diary of Wimpy Kid and Big Nate, and some literature books. Found out interesting. Thank you for sharing, anyway. πŸ™‚

  62. i love books but i don’t have a collection. i read books housed in libraries and other homes. ergo, you can donate some to me if you want. lol. now i wonder what FP is? but congratz!

  63. Whoa! You know, for me there are times when books can give me headaches and times when they offer comfort, sometimes to just not talk to people. I would love to have a cluttered room full of books! You’re lucky!

  64. What a completely wonderful post, and you are a great writer!

    I too am a bibliophile who is trying to de-clutter –the new Bay Area apartment just won’t accommodate my library! I have donated/given away books many times before. The collection always gets back to size within a couple of years. Of course, now that a lot of classics are available in digital format for free I haven’t held onto those at much, but it is still very tough.

    I’ve also noticed my change in tastes, as you have. I collected books for many years through college. I would read a book, decide I liked a writer, and buy whatever I could get my hands on by that person. I thought I would make more time to read on my morning commute to work in San Francisco. I specifically set out a delicately chosen collection of books to start with, only to find that I’m feeling a couple years past appreciating some of them. 😦

    So it goes. From one avid reader to another, have a great day, and thanks for sharing!

  65. There is NOTHING wrong with being a bibliophile – I’d much rather keep my addiction to books rather than pick up something much worse πŸ™‚

    If only more of us were out there, I think the world would be a much different place.

    ~Ashley

  66. people only could envy your book collection, but I do understand why you need to get rid of some of them. I have a book shelf which is starting to fill up, but I could never get rid of any of those books. I guess I’m not THAT kind of bibliophile; yet.

    Wonderful post. PS: How you managed to get the boks all pink? What program did you use?

    Have a great day, and happy reading xoxo πŸ™‚

  67. Add me to the list… My name is Stephanie and I am a bookaholic… I just moved into my house and the boxes and boxes of books I have collected over the years. Some will be going on my garage sale, however, some I just can not part with. As for the kindle thing… I have the app on my Ipod. But there is something about having the book in hand the smell of the pages. Most of the books I have on my Kindle are the free books… it is a way of making me spread my wings and read different authors and topics. But there is nothing like the feel of the book in hand. Great post!

  68. Hi! Don’t apologize for having books (aka negative labels, like “clutter” or “hoard”) if that’s what you enjoy. Even through tough times ~although Canadian shops don’t reflect my idea of used prices~ this is the cheapest form of leisure anyone could ask. We all fancy or collect something: music, movies, stamps, stuffed animals…. mine is books (plus the music and movies)! This is a worthwhile hobby, not only as writers ourselves who need to soak literature up. It’s a collection we use; it’s not just to look at.

    I hear my comrades out there, on small spaces! Here’s what I do. If I don’t dig a book well enough, it is traded / donated / sold. I have a weird gauge that helps. If an animal is killed anywhere in the book, it goes automatically! If I love it or see myself referencing it again, it is boxed. That way the only thing set out in shelves, is what my fiance & I haven’t read yet. When one achieves the thrill of collecting all works by an author, it sorts out which titles we’ve already read!

    What of the stores boxes? I do have the dream of making my own library. Then a complete author can display, unfinished and finished alike, for others to read and consult. We regularly return to our gardening and bird books. I’m happy to say it is already in progress! I only await enough shelves for full works…. and a room big enough for the infamous secret passageaway behind!

    1. Not apologising but I am at the point where they are cluttering… πŸ˜‰ the loft is full of boxes of books already! Sounds like you have a good system in place, which is what I need to re-establish with my collection- I collect music too! The loft is also full of vinyl – no space for decks at the moment…but one day I will have my library and music room. Thanks so much for your comment! πŸ™‚

  69. I love having a physical book but maybe to help save space you should invest in some ebooks.

  70. This was fun to read, it kind of reminded me of myself. I should get rid of a huge part of my books, too, but I can’t. My confession would be: Hi, I am Nikkie, I am a book hoarder. I read them, and then they become part of my uhm, let’s call it interior design. I love having books everywhere! Fortunately my hubby has bookwormy tendencies, too, thus I got no veto when building a giant set of book shelves in our dining room. We got books on our night stands, in the kitchen, in the living room beneath the coffee table, even in the bathroom (don’t ask). And I like it. I like it even that we tend to keep those books we wouldn’t read twice. They blend in perfectly. Probably some kind of major misperceptional issue: taking books for furniture. At least it’s furniture you can read when there’s nothing better around…

  71. Love it! Especially the older greats as Little Women. I love to read as well, especially poetry, not because I write poetry, but because some of my favs happen to be poets. Blake, Milton, Poe, Bishop, Ginsberg; just to name a few. You truly are the first one I have heard of in a long time that has this great passion for reading, just wish there were more like you in this crazy world!! One question though, what do you personally think of ebooks? Most people whom I know that attend book clubs can’t fathom the thought of ebooks. Great post!!!

  72. Thanks for sharing your experiences – I often feel like this too! I’ve had to declutter my books quite a few times in the last couple of years. I used to buy books from everywhere, but have had to stop spending so much on them – I need to read the ones I have first! I’ve sat down a couple of times and honestly looked over what I had, letting go of the ones I genuinely have no interest in reading (or rereading as the case may be).

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