So I've been going through my books to decide what I'm keeping and what I'm willing to trade now that we've started this new Yahoo group for trading with readers. It's been great so far and I have lots of books that I've been looking for for a long time on the way to me.
But while going through my books, I realized I have a problem. I've long known that I have too many books, that I can't stop buying new books. I can't go into a bookstore, or even a Wal-Mart without walking out without at least one book. That's not the problem (well, my husband might think it is), my problem is that I can't let go of books once I get them.
My bookshelves are stacked two rows deep, with books stacked on top, books stacked on the floor around the shelves, books covering what used to be my coffee table. Books stacked on the computer desk, on the dining room table, books in my car.
One night, I was going to sleep and I heard a crash from the guest bedroom. You know what it was? It was one of the bookshelves collapsing. Books were all over the floor. How pathetic is that? I know I need more bookshelves, but I don't have anywhere to put them.
This means, of course, that I should be trading or bringing some of these books to the library or the UBS. But I never know when I'll want to reread a book I enjoyed. What if I decide I want to reread it in five years and it's out of print? Then I'll be scrambling around to find it like I look for Judy Cuevas books now. And then I have at least a couple shelves worth of TBR books. Don't know when I'll get to them, but I know I want to. I'd hate to trade them away, then hear that they're great and wish I had them.
So am I the only person with this problem? Has anyone else ever had bookshelves collapse on them? And how do you guys force yourselves to pare down your collections?