I’ve been reading and collecting books for as long as I can remember. I love the smell of books, the feel of them in my hands, and of course, I love the way reading them transports me to other times and places and allows me to become someone else for a while. Needless to say, I love everything about them. Except trying to store them. Before you ask, yes, I do have an ereader and have had for several years now, but if I really love a book, I’ll also buy a print copy.
My conservative estimate is that there are more than 10,000 physical books in our house. There are four large, overflowing bookcases in my husband’s office, six floor to ceiling bookcases upstairs along one wall in the game room, and now four more bookcases in the master bedroom. My husband got tired of my books being piled all over the place, so he bought the four bookcases for the bedroom while I was out of town a few weeks ago. Of course, he claimed two of them for himself.
The first bookcase is entirely devoted to my research and writing books. It’s a huge relief to actually be able to find the book I need without having to search through piles of books. I finished organizing that the weekend before last, then tackled the second bookcase this past weekend. This was a challenge because I had to try to fit all of those books stacked against the wall and on the floor onto one bookcase. It wasn’t easy, but I managed to organize most of it. I ended with one shelf devoted to Russian literature, one to Jane Austen, two shelves double stacked with my favorite historical and contemporary romance authors, one shelf of young adult books (my daughter and I also share an entire YA bookcase upstairs), a shelf of fiction and non-fiction books about dogs, cats, and other animals, and lastly, two shelves of historical fiction, mystery, suspense, biography, etc.
Of course, I wasn’t able to fit all of the books on the bookcases, so I had to make the difficult decision to send four boxes of books to join the others up in the attic. Someday I’ll have enough bookcases for all of them. There was one curious thing I discovered by finally going through all of these books. I had duplicate copies of several books. A lot of books, in fact. It was a combination of me forgetting I had them, and friends and relatives buying them for me. In any case, I’m going to be using the duplicate copies as giveaways for my monthly newsletter. If you’re not already subscribed, you can sign up from my website: http://allybroadfield.com/ or Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/allybroadfield/
So tell me, do you still buy and keep physical books, or am I the only one?