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This is a picture of part of my library.  It's not the greatest photo - I took it with a cell phone sometime last year - but it illustrates the major problem I have with my books.  I have too many for the amount of storage space I have.  Books are double- and triple-layered on shelves and every available surface.

Some of you who have been reading this blog a while will recognize many of the books i reviewed in the past.  The Twilight series, The Whiskey Rebels, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Part Two: The Seed of Banquo, Black Ships, and The Gone Away World are just a few that I see.  There's plenty of common books that everyone seems to have, too - the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series are front and center.  I can see Memoirs of a Geisha popping up in one corner and The Vampire Lestat in another.  

But back to the point.  My library seems to be an ever-growing, growling monster threatening to take over my room.  It's huge, all things considered.  My books number in the thousands.  For a college student living at home, that's insane.  Out of control.  It's probably a symptom of some hoarding disorder.  My family's the same way.  The book collections of my brother and mother are easily over a thousand volumes, each.  My dad could easily have as many, but they're boxed up the garage so we can't be certain.  As I grew up, I thought vast quantities of books were simply the norm.  It was quite a shock when I moved out for a short period and learned my roommate only owned a dozen books; in her entire house there were probably less than thirty.  It was so weird...but she simply didn't read much as a leisure activity.  She didn't dislike it; if I recommended a title for her she'd check it out. It just wasn't her "default" mode of entertainment.

Since you guys out there in Internet-land read my rambling book blog, I have to assume you are book fans.  I'm curious - how many books do you have in your library?  Just a rough guess.  If you have photos, I'd love to see 'em.



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kilobites
Jul. 3rd, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
I would have to say my books number in the thousands, as well, although some of them are from my childhood and are boxed up and put away.

I try not to buy so many books, and I actually haven't for awhile, but I've run out of shelf space in my room and they are now starting to be stacked up in corners.
iluvpoto
Jul. 3rd, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
I counted them one by one around this time last year, and I had just about over one hundred books. I took a picture of it ages ago and posted it...some where :P
fashion_piranha
Jul. 3rd, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
I always read your username as 'iluvpotato'.

I don't know how that extra syllable gets in there :-p
morningapproach
Jul. 3rd, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
I have two standard-sized bookshelves almost all double stacked, and about the same amount in storage - so probably close to 500? The last time I lived in a place that I had enough room for all my books was 3 years ago, and by the end of that year I had 3 bookshelves mostly double stacked on each shelf. We are hopefully moving into a house later this year where I get my own study/office/library, so I'll make sure to send you a pic when I get it all set up :)

I also see the Left Behind series on your shelf - what is your opinion on the series? I read them years ago in HS (finished it off in University when the last few came out), and had conflicting opinions on the series.
fashion_piranha
Jul. 3rd, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
re: Left Behind
Writing: Horrible. I didn't quite realize how poor the quality of the writing was when I first started reading the books, but the further in the series I went the more aware I became of the flat characters and poor storytelling. It wasn't until I started reading slacktivist's in-depth dissection of the books (really, really funny BTW) that I became aware of how much of the action/dialogue takes place via phone conversations, but now it's all I think about.

But that said, when I read the first two-three books back in 2006 I really liked them. I enjoyed seeing a version of Revelations played out in a real-world scenario, but as the series went on and it became more and more illogical (and the interpretation of Scriptural events became stranger) I liked it less and less.

I'm thinking of getting rid of the books now because I don't think I could ever really go back and read them again. My knowledge of the Bible has grown and my tolerance for weak dialogue and bland characters has shrank.

What did you think of the series? (That was long and rambling, sorry!)
readergal1004
Jul. 4th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
re: left behind
I liked the first 3 too but then it just got annoying!
morningapproach
Jul. 4th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
I thought that while the authors were WAY too preachy, and basically beat you over the head with "my religions is right, see? All the crazy stuff is coming true and I am happy and YOU'RE SCREWED", overall the adventure was relatively entertaining to read (I didn't have to think too much, and I definitely found it fun to read the first 4 or so books). The last 2 or 3 books in the series? Yeah, they were overkill. MASSIVE overkill, in that they revisit the same events over and over again from different points of view, and it got rather tiring. Not to mention that my tolerance of obviously supernatural events in a real-world setting that you are meant to have "faith" in, is really, really low.

I have mine packed away in storage somewhere. I likely will keep them on my shelves when I get my library, but just so that I can fill my shelves :)
elfbiter
Jul. 3rd, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
About 700 books fiction, 300 books nonfiction. According to my books database. And no, all my shelves are not enough for them.
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fashion_piranha
Jul. 3rd, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
My brother would probably wet himself with excitement for your RPG book collection :) Are those all volumes you've contributed to?
formless_colors
Jul. 3rd, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
I'm probably at a more conservative five hundred. The sad thing, though, is that I'm a college student and I have 300+ books with me at college (and that number keeps growing). I've towed these books through the dorms and now into several apartments.

If my friends want to read something for fun, they rarely go to the library. They just ask me if they can borrow something.
morningapproach
Jul. 4th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
haha, my friends are the same way sometimes :) My BFF is a librarian and she currently has a good dozen of my books that she borrowed so that she wouldn't have to get it out from the library.
melsmarsh
Jul. 3rd, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Right now my librarything lists 3,937. I still have a lot of books I haven't gotten around to putting in it yet.
tarshaan
Jul. 3rd, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
I have about 1300 in a 1-bed apt right now. Am about to move into 3-bed house, and that number will probably skyrocket (room! I can buy more shelves and... maybe even not need to double-shelve them! At least for a few weeks/months.

No pics, because they're all in boxes for the move. It's a large pile of boxes, though.
frost
Jul. 3rd, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
I think I have a couple hundred, but I really can't be sure- I have them scattered about three homes. X( I can't wait to have my own place so that I can have them all in one place! ^^
senuneheti
Jul. 3rd, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
Right now in our 1-bed apartment, I'd say we have about 1300? Last summer we took 500lbs of fantasy paperbacks to my father-in-law's to store until we have a larger place. I miss them horribly. Hellow, my name is senuneheti and I'm a book whore.
Of those I'd say its about 50/50 fiction/non-fiction, though before collect it was more like 70/30. My hope is to one day have a room like Neil Gaiman's library all to myself.
alphasunrise
Jul. 4th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
We have about 4000-ish. The poor movers! They apparently didn't get told before they showed up.
sevedra
Jul. 4th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
I have between 4 and 5 thousand. I was trying to get them all catologued at LibraryThing, but I ran out of bookshelf space before I finished unpacking all of my books. I still have a lot of them that need sorting and shelving, but it is on hold until I can get some more shelves and wedge them in somewhere. I don't have a picture :( I will try to get one in a few days. In the meantime, please feel free to look at my LibraryThing!

http://www.librarything.com/catalog/sevedra
book_maven
Jul. 4th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
At least two thousand. Last time I counted it was 1,600 some but that was years ago. I can only fit a thousand on the bookshelves (1,500+ the magazine collection if I really cram them) but everything's getting moved so I hope to have space for most of them in the new place and maybe put them all on LT finally.

For some reason I can't find pictures of the old shelving (one entire wall of my room in the house <3).
blue_chakra
Jul. 4th, 2010 08:49 am (UTC)
I have no idea how many books I have but this past summer I deepened my obsession and turned my spare room into an official library. These are a few of the shelves when they were looking more pristine than they do now.

fashion_piranha
Jul. 4th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
Your bookshelves look so colorful, especially the first two rows on the left!

Is that 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' in the middle of the second shelf?
sennebec
Jul. 4th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
getting slimmer
I'm only keeping signed books and a few like the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series. After spending almost a year and a half cleaning out my mother's house following her death, I had a zen moment about stuff and started slimming down. I do have a slight advantage as I manage a small public library in rural Maine. With a very limited budget, I can't always buy all the things I know patrons would love, so I buy them myself, read them and then donate them to the library. It took a bit of getting used to, but after a couple years of doing so, it's almost like having a separate house to stash my literary collection and still leaves room to navigate my computer room/library here at home.
fashion_piranha
Jul. 4th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
Re: getting slimmer
That's a really great idea!
lysythe
Jul. 4th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
I go to the library book sale every year and get ~20 books. Add on at least 30 or so comics (Western and Eastern) and that's a lot right there. It's been holding steady since I started going to book swaps, but I've still got a big and growing collection.

One bookshelf holds my childhood books. One shelf out of a DIY stack of shelves is for manga. And I have lots of spillover, so much so that I've piles on the floor and even the bed (I knock none off in my sleep, weirdly enough, but quite often when I'm awake).
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