June 27th, 2010

Discussion Question: How big is your library?

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.