Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Book-splosion!!! All Over My House.

My books have been in storage. And now they're all in my house. And they're on display. And I AM OVERWHELMED!!!!

It's a good kind of overwhelmed but I'm still overwhelmed. It was sort of put into perspective for me when I separated out the books I've read and want to keep from the books I haven't read.

These are the books I've read and want to keep...

  

Two shelves of a three-shelf bookcase. Not too bad! These are books I would re-read or that I have taught, will teach, or that have sentimental meaning (signed, family heirlooms, etc.). 

Now we get to the sad part. ALL the unread books...




One entire (large) bookcase in my bedroom. The entryway tables inside my front door. The top of my entertainment center in the living room. Don't look at all the mess hovering around these beauties.

You know what this means, don't you? I HAVE TO READ WHAT I OWN!!!!

And that is not a bad fate. I've spent years collecting books I want to read. The premise(s) of which genuinely intrigue me.I've culled them over and over. I weed, I prune, I polish. These books, the ones that remain and are taking over my house, are all STELLAR-looking.

Now I must read them. And that is what I shall do. The buying embargo starts today!

Who's on this readerly diet in 2013? I'm sure I'm in good company.




 

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  1. Me, me, me! I decided late last year that my TBR shelves were out of control and put myself on a strict "no buying" diet. I haven't purchased anything since Dec. 26 which for me, is HUGE! I'm not doing as well with the "read only the books I own" resolution as I had hoped because I'm still visiting the library a lot. But I'm giving my wallet and bookshelves a much needed break.

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    1. Good for you, Michele! I've done the book buying embargo before and I'm not too bad at it! We'll see how it goes this time. E-books are still a temptation since they don't take up any physical space. I've cut myself off from physical library books, too, so that helps. Those digital downloads will get me every time though.

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  2. I'm on the reader diet. I have so many unread books in my house, that they're taking over. I'm still checking out library books but for the kids or for research. I would love it if I can get at least a bookshelf of books read this year. Keep us updated on your progress as you go.

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    1. Go, Vasilly! Go, Vasilly! I've been eyeing my bookshelves trying to figure out how many I can knock off in 2013. We'll see. I wish you luck!

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  3. I buy very few books. I check out a TON of library books. I still have hundreds of unread books in the garage, that I'll get to one day.. I hope... but out of sight out of mind!

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    1. Lisa, good for you for not buying much. Half-Price Books clearance section gets me every time because they have such amazing finds for about $1 a piece. Oh my! And yes, out of sight, definitely out of mind.

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  4. The unread books heavily outweigh the read in my apartment, especially since I stopped keeping all the books I read and only keeping the "keepers". They are all books that I really want to read, and I cull often - so I am okay with it.

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    1. Nicole, that makes me feel better that many others are in the same boat. ;)

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  5. This was me in 2010/2011. I spent 18 months reading things I owned, or at least testing them and deciding if they were for me or not, and getting rid of them if they weren't. As of May 2011, I no longer own any unread books, and don't plan to again! I don't buy anything until after I've already read a library copy first!

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    1. Wow, Amanda! That is fantastic. I hope to get to that point. I can always handle a few unreads in the house, but not hundreds. Not anymore.

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  6. LOVE those circular shelves. And girl--I have a six foot bookshelf full of books that I've READ and two of the shelves are double stacked. Plus I might have a bin under our guest bed with books I've read but can't part with but don't need on the shelf. IT'S A SICKNESS. I have two other six footers with books I haven't read. And honestly it's easier for me to get rid of the books I HAVEN'T read than the ones I have--even if I just barely liked it or didn't like it (because maybe I'll like it more the second time). GAH.

    Good luck! :)

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    1. Thanks, Trish! That's a lot of keepers! I have far less trouble getting rid of mine these days--a harder time culling the unreads. Each one is a possibility, ya know?

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  7. To read the books we own . . . I need to do that too. But then I have a rather large amount of money in bookstore gift cards to spend that I got for Christmas that is tempting me. I've been good so far. Maybe I can still hold out.

    Good luck with your diet!

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    1. Oooh, Wendy! Guilt-free gift card spending is THE BEST. Have fun, I say! ;)

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  8. Lol - at first I thought it was just the one bookshelf and that you might be a rank amateur when it comes to hoarding books to read. Think you've got this down, though. I'm trying very hard to stay away from buying books except book club picks and readalongs. Still may take me years to finish what I've got!

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    1. Ohhh, no. I hope to be down to one bookshelf someday! lol Book club picks! Good point. I'm giving myself a free pass to buy those in e-book format. lol Thanks for the reminder!

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  9. Oh, I think you can squeeze a few more books in there! lol

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    1. LOL, there's space on that very last block of the big bookcase. :)

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  10. I'll start after I get my birthday books. I swears.

    And I see QUITE a few I sent you in those shelves!

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    1. Ha! Rightly so! And yes, I do still have quite a few from you I need to get off my butt and read.

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  11. I'm trying . . . and failing, actually. I just pre-ordered Simon's latest book -- and it doesn't even come out till June! Eeks! But, you know, SIMON. Must have. It'll be his first hardback release! Wootness.

    So, just to make you feel better, you have hardly any books at all, compared to my collection. This is why I need to stop accepting ARCs. But, how did you summon the strength? I am so totally addicted, it's insane. I keep thinking the only way I'm going to quit receiving books is if I walk away from blogging completely. I'm that bad. I did remove my email from the sidebar. Perhaps that will help. I'm definitely not going to live long enough to read all my books. It's insane.

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    1. Apparently, I really think my addiction is . . . well, insane. Haha. Twice the insanity in a single comment. That really means something, right? Right???

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    2. LOL, Nancy! And I know you're not insane. I am TICKLED that Simon has a new book coming out. One of the ones that came out of storage this weekend was this last book that I haven't read...Love Begins in Winter. Have been saving it.

      As for accepting ARCs, it was not hard for me at all. It's almost inevitable that I want to acquire ARCs (impulse!) but once I receive them I feel pressure and I no longer want to read them at all. This is stupid of me, but I think it's a carry-over from grad school required reading anxiety. No thanks! When I learned to accept this about myself, it wasn't hard to stop accepting.

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  12. Oh, don't feel bad Andi... I have a MUCH bigger collection of books that I need to read, and it is a tad overwhelming at times, but it's lovely to have my own little library right here in my own house. Good luck reading your own books! Wish me luck with mine!

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    1. Thanks, Zibilee! It is really nice to have one's own library. I just don't like it when I begin to labor over my next reading choice because I have TOO MANY books! Very common 'round here. :)

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  13. Love those two tables in your entryway! And am totally on the readerly diet, and have been on a book buying ban for a few months now. So far, it seems to be working and I'm slowly reducing my TBR piles.

    Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Alexia! Good for you for going on the book buying diet! I hope I can report back positive results in a few months. :)

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  14. Too many books is always a problem. I'm limited to ONE measly bookshelf so I have to really behave myself.

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    1. LOL, Jenners! I hope I can say that of myself one of these days.

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  15. Oh, but they look so pretty, all organized on your gorgeous shelves! I rarely buy books but I have library books all over the house--and they're not nearly as organized as yours are.

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    1. Ali, they are pretty! But they make choosing what to read next SO HARD. That's one of my main motivations for narrowing down the stacks.

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  16. In case of some kind of moderate disaster (could you be snowbound, maybe?)you would be in such good shape to read away the days of confinement! I guess there are worse problems than having an abundance of wonderful unread books! Meanwhile, I am admiring your owl collection! Personally, I don't have the self-control to stop buying books entirely, but I am really working on my TBR stacks. And there are bookcases....

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    1. LOL, you're so right. Not much snow in TX, though. Well, lately we've had a few rounds of snow. Anyway, I don't have the self control to stop completely either. I think e-books will be my savior.

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  17. I'm popping over from the blogger Google+ group!

    --Once upon a time I used to collect books all the time, I had to buy every book I read and I NEVER gave away books. Now as a college student I just can't keep them all but as a book blogger, I read & review so many 24/7...thus my Kindle solves the problem. I still love having hardcopy/paperback books but just not as much (or at least not until I get the huge room for a library of my dreams).

    I also try to host regular giveaways on my blog therefore I'm always giving away books and ARCs I've received so that they don't pile up :)

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    1. Welcome, Patrice! I'm really horrible at giveaways (keeping up with results, mailing, etc.), but my Nook does help solve the problem. I can load that sucker up without losing any physical real estate. :)

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  18. LOL That's a lot of books! But I can't really talk because I probably have a huge pile of unread books too. XD Your blog post just reminded me that I need to stop buying books until I finish the ones that I already have. I think I'm going to reorganize my shelves into "read" and "not yet read" sections now like how you did it.

    Oh! And I love the little owls. ;)

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    1. Lisa, I'd be interested to know what your read:unread ratio looks like! Mine is most definitely skewed toward the unread. lol

      And thank you re: owls. I'm the crazy owl lady. ;)

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  19. I feel your "pain" girl, I really do. Good luck with the buying embargo! I stopped buying books years ago. Somehow they STILL stack up, lol. Once in a while I have to go on a library embargo because I cannot walk out of there with less than 8 books at a time I swear.

    Ahh, reader problems ;)

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! Are you crumpling under a pile of ARCs? lol And I know what you mean about the library. It's an addiction, too.

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  20. You've got some reading ahead of you! My own pile of unread books that look amazing is even bigger, it's scary sometimes.

    I'm not on a book buying ban as such, but I have majorly limited acquisitions this year (and library visits) and so far, I'm enjoying reading some books that have been untouched for years.

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    1. Sam, yes I do! And yes, I know I'll find some real gems in these shelves and wonder why I waited so long to read them. :)

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  21. Ha, this looks like my house too! It's out of control.

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    1. Yay!!! So glad there are so many of us who can identify. lol

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  22. Okay, so I'm moving in . . . ;)

    I am on a mission to read what I own, too. When I decided this a few weeks ago, I thought I had maybe a dozen or so unread books. I mean, I check out tons from the library! I usually only buy books I've already read! Turns out I have 50 unread books. Fifty! I'm a little frightened of myself.

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    1. Ha! Come on over, Emily! They multiply like bunnies...I'm telling you!

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  23. I'm trying my hardest to buy fewer books this year and to read what I already own. I have never planned a full-blown embargo but it may have to happen at some point because I'm pretty much just treading water. My TBR isn't getting bigger but it's not exactly getting smaller either even though I'm reading the books. Maybe I need a year off of blogging so I don't find out about any new books. ;)

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    1. I know that treading water feeling SO well. So so so well. This is the year mine has to shrink!

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  24. Seriously, you should see my shelves. Seriously. Once I sat down and figured out that if I read 100 books a year, ONLY from my shelves of books that I haven't read yet....it would take me in the double digits to read them all. I've put myself on a book buying embargo - and then I just buy stuff on my Kindle. It's a sickness.

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  25. I'm definitely with you on this one! I've never posted a picture of my unread bookshelf, it's ridiculous. Now you've inspired me. I may just do that. But yes, I'm with you on the "I HAVE TO READ WHAT I OWN" statement =)

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