I loved reading all the answers to last week’s question! Even though I’m definitely a “gadget girl,” I can still related to those of you who have a passion strictly for physical books. (This week’s reading question will make it clear that I can never give up good ol’ bound books.) And I found it fascinating to read about all the different ways you all enjoy your e-books! Love the variety in this Fall Into Reading group!
Now for this week’s question…
How large is your personal/family collection of books? And where do you keep them?
This question is weighing heavily on my mind these days. And I mean “weighing” in more ways than one. We just moved to a new house (as in, yesterday) and in the process, I had to pack up boxes and boxes and boxes of books. I have yet to unpack them — that task still lies before me. And I’m extra-grateful to my husband, who moved all those boxes of books for me.
The bottom line is: I have no idea how many books we have. I suppose I could have counted them during this moving process, but that didn’t happen. I do know that my husband and I share about 6 regular bookshelf units (and by “share,” I mean I take up most of them with my books). There is a bookshelf in each of our sons’ rooms as well.
And we have every shelf packed with books. I will also admit that there are a couple (but honestly, only about 2-3) boxes of books that live in storage, because I ran out of room.
Some of the books we keep are old classics, passed down from family members. Some are college textbooks (hint: these are not mine). Many are reference and nonfiction. Some are fiction. Most have been read; some have yet to be read. Many will stay; some will be passed on to others or will make a one-way trip to HalfPrice Books.
So the answer to this week’s question for me is: a lot. Possibly too many. I promise I go through them regularly, attempting to weed out ones I’m ready to part with. But the truth is…I’m rarely ready to part with books.
So how about you? What is the book collection like at your house?