Tuesday, 25 April 2017

A Nice Problem To Have!

I'm not complaining, but I have too many books! Despite sending the majority of Ced's books to the National Trust at Lacock for their fundraising and also donating over 100 paperbacks to the BookBarn, I still have way too many. I also did a ruthless purge and passed on loads of books I'm unlikely to ever read to friends. However I finally had to admit that maybe, just maybe, it's a bit of a problem when I found myself searching online for new bookcases. 

I decided to add a smallish one to the third bedroom after it's decorated (won't be long!) and then to be strict about the books I keep. Happy with my decision, I settled down for the evening when the doorbell rang ... it was my brother-in-law with another delivery of books from my sister!

I may need a bigger bookcase but, as I said in the title of this post, it's a nice problem to have!


  1. I used to have the same problem, but a BIG purge of my entire house last year got rid of all unwanted books. Now whenever I finish a book (while it's still fresh in my mind) I decide whether or not I would ever read this book again. I usually know in my heart if I would enjoy it a second or third time. It goes to a thrift store if I know I won't read it again. I enjoy re-reading many of my books, and those are the only books I will keep. I like your glass-fronted bookcase :)

  2. I'm trying to get into the habit of only holding onto books that mean something to me - but it is awfully tempting to just hoard for the sake of it. Every so often I do a purge. (Like your sis?!) But enjoy going through and I hope you find a few gems. Let me know what you think of the Dara O Briain.

  3. I have a bookcase, maybe two, filled with books I've yet to read. The real problem is I keep finding MORE books I want to read, check them out of the library (or buy them) and so the older ones stay on the shelf. Not long ago, I went through them, but didn't get rid of many since I still do want to read them someday.

    1. This is my problem, coupled with the fact that my sister regularly passes her recent reads on to me and they're always ones that sound too good to ignore. I'll get through them all one day!!

  4. Books are like treasure - you just can't get enough. I find it really difficult to get rid of them as many hold such happy memories of when and where I read it. I think you have a tough choice ahead as I'd want to take a look at everyone of these - some of my favourite authors here :)

  5. I am a bookcrosser - go look at www.bookcrossing.com It is all absolutely free. You simply register the book which gives it a unique number. You write the number in the front of the book and ask the new owner to go to bookcrossing and type in the number. They can then say where they found it and what they think of it. Then you take the book out with you and leave it for someone else to find and take home. If you are reluctant to leave a book "in the wild" then most Coffee #1 shops have a shelf somewhere especially for bookcrossing. If they don't then why not talk to the manager and see if a free book shelf could be started
    I have been doing this since 2004 and it is really liberating

  6. I find it so annoying that although you can never have too many books, you can have too small a house!
    I am so jealous of people with stately homes and huge libraries with bookshelves from floor to ceiling. Imagine how many books you could fit in there!
    All the best :)