I am a book pack rat. I re-read books, sometimes multiple times for decades. I collect books. I can't bear to give them up.
Over the last 3 years I've given away a huge number of books. First in California and now in Pennsylvania.
I ask myself, Will I read this book again?
But there is another kind of book clutter. There are books out there written in a series. In some cases you can read each book on its own even if the main characters change and grow over time. In others there really is just one story going on.
I just checked one author who has been stringing us all along for 10 years. In the meantime he has written other books. He has done other projects. But he has NOT delivered the final book in the series.
And now I've discovered that he has 2 additional books projected for the series in addition to what I thought was the final book.
Enough already. It really doesn't matter how good the series is or how good the individual books are, and they are excellent. There comes a point wher you just admit that this person doesn't know how to finish what he has started and give up.
Fri, Aug 10 12:00 AM
Hi Starling, I have bookitis ,,I don't often read them, I just collect them. Iused to read them and I am trying to get back to reading them.. I think it's like a voodo thing, if I possess it I will have the qualities of the book. I have given away a whole house full, not I am in a one room apartment, I have a big book shelf but books are in stacks..I see them and buy them...I am trying to control it. In my book shelf are old frieinds..I have a list of the books I have given away. We have a program here" books for prisoners" thats a good place for them. Also I have to realize there is a thing called library. Freya
Mon, Jul 23 12:00 AM
I'm going to post a reply to myself here because I just finished the last of the Harry Potter books.
No, I'm not going to post spoilers. I'm just going to give the author points for finishing up the series, pretty much in a timely manner. It did take her more than a year each to write the last two books, but that isn't really all that strange. The early books were typical children's books and were very sort. The last two or three books were a lot longer.
They still could be read by or to elementary school children. There is nothing in the books that anyone could object to. But the author expected her readers to grow along with the characters. The depth of the plots grew along with the characters involved in the plots.
Sun, Jul 22 12:00 AM
Just about every single room in our house has books. The only places that don't are the bathrooms. I LOVE books!
Recently we had a bridal shower for my daughter. I had to bag up books that were on bookshelves in the back hallway and throw them into the nearby laundry room. People could have still walked through but it just looked better not having bookshelves heaving with books! lol
Why so many books? 1. I love to read and get books from Goodwill and at one point our local library was giving them away by the bagfuls for only $1 - what booklover could resist that?! 2. I'm a homeschooling mom - and have collected 14+ yrs of books from that adventure :-) 3. Yep - I get books from the library too.
Getting rid of books is going to be part of my 27 Fling boogie with flylady!
Starling. Here I am again. I have a book shelf in used a spaace in my daughters house for an apartment for me. The bathroom was a weird shape with a weird space that the guy who was builgin turned into a book shelf. Or maybe it was just a shelf that I turned into a book shelf. Anyway I love it. Books I was to explore are there...and I can grab them when I am in there. Ask yourself do you reallly need all that spaace for cosmetics?
Actually, starting today - my daughter is going to be putting those books up for sale on Half.com I'm giving them a few weeks to sell. Those that don't are going to Goodwill!
I don't normally read books over and over - at least not that many! So, I'm getting my books from the library from now on.
Believe me! I have given away books to other homeschool families - and sold some too :-) I was keeping the "good" ones in case my children wanted to homeschool to help them save a bit of money. But I've decided to get rid of those too. Unless THEY want to keep them and be responsible for their storage.
Oh! And I have no bookshelves to put them back on. Well, I do - but I hauled them out to the garage. LOL!
I get a lot of books from the library. But I buy books too. Mainly, I started buying books about 40 years ago because the library didn't buy science fiction, and that was what I was reading most of the time.
They also didn't buy a lot of books that would be considered classic children's books, like the OZ books, when I was a kid.
As an older adult I'm not finding as much of that as I did as a child, but there are still a lot of subjects where libraries just don't buy the books I want to read.
So yes, I buy books, and I keep books, but I am also aware that I need to be pro-active about kulling books when necessary.
Good for you on finding a lot of different ways to get rid of the clutter in your life, especially clutter that might bless someone else's life.
There is a real pleasure buying your personal favorite, or the parent's personal favorite for a new child to enjoy.
I've done that. <GRIN>
I completely understand having to buy books f your library doesn't provide the ones you want. Or, like you said in an earlier post - that the books you have on your shelves are ones that you will read over and over.
Fortunately, I have 3 libraries close by. All do inner library loan, and one will even order the book(s) for me.
But now I'm thinking of future grandchildren (my daughters just got married. lol) and would like to have Dr. Seuss books on my shelves.
Ack! Okay - I confess.. I love books too much not to have any of my own on the shelves. LOL!
I agree with the idea that if things are driving you nuts that maybe you need to go more slowly. That is what the 27 Fling boogie is all about.
But I've got two suggestions. Don't put the books in those bags back on the book shelves without sorting them first. That is what I did when I finished painting. I took the time to bag books that I intended to keep and then throw away the rest of them. But I also took the time to sort through the books as I put them back on the shelves and dumped the ones I knew I really didn't want any longer.
You mention 14+ years worth of home schooling books. Do you really want or need to keep those? Perhaps you need to pass them on to some other home schooling family or any family with small children now that yours have grown up? This is another one of those relatively easy decisions that will move a large number of books out of your house and on to a new good home.