I can't stop buying books.
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That's the kind of thinking that goes on at my house. More shelves, not less books! My sister's idea of a perfect room is one in which a full wall is lined with bookshelves, floor to ceiling. (She doesn't have that . . . yet.)
I've noticed since I joined LT, my book-buying has become even more unmanageable. This week I've bought books from Goodwill, my local library, and have received books through BookMooch. And I catalogued on LT some books I bought on eBay. I'm aware, every time I buy another book, that I already have more books in my house than I could possibly read in my lifetime. I guess what it really comes down to is that I just love having books. And the bonus is that if I want to read them, they're here already.
#8 - Kerian - have you looked into BookMooch? It doesn't solve the problem of having too many books, but it does allow you to exchange books you don't want for books you do want.
I second Maggie's suggestion, on BookMooch: it's been a terrific way to reshape my library, pulling out the dregs and - unlike selling them to a used bookstore where I'd immediately drop the cash :) - getting more and better books in return.
New material is always nice. Sadly, my shelves have been lacking such since January, when the shop closed for expanding and relocating. (Unless you want to count Jane Austen's Mansfield Park - too thick to read with my class load right now.) I'm going to check out the BookMooch site, now that you've informed me of how it works.
And, did I mention I run the booksale at my library?? Guess who gets their hands on books first? A lot of them end up at my house. More books for me, more money for the library. Win win.
#19 Welcome to LT, Margie402. I am also in charge of the book sales at my library, so I, too, get to have first dibs. I agree that it's a great perk, but also a constant temptation - I always try to remind myself that I do not have to own everything that looks interesting. You are indeed lucky to have new bookshelves on the way - I envy you!
Much to my surprise, today, I received a bookshelf I had needed for well over a year. It's amazing what a difference it makes... and I'm thrilled. Many thanks go to my mother, who thankfully knew just what I wanted - though I didn't imagine she'd get it!
And my to be read pile is ridiculous. My husband keeps building me bookshelves and I just keep filling them. I have several piles in my sewing room, artfully arranged so it doesn't look like there are too many! LOL.
I counted them yesterday. 140+ waiting to be read. I'm sure that there are more that have't found their way to the official to be read corner yet. Some of these are 'rereads' that I found I wanted to read again as I cataloged them for librarything. Most of them are from overenthusiasm as I read about books and authors here and elsewhere, and I have been like the proverbial kid in a candy store at the bookswap sites (also goodwill, library sales and bookcloseouts.com)
My 'currently being read books' hovers around eight to ten no matter that I am working on getting them read and shelved or traded onward.
Sigh. (but also a big grin at all the good reading I have ahead of me....)
I had an especially hard time of it yesterday. I was given the task of going through the shelves and returning "shelve-warmers," if you will, to their respective publishers. When I came across a volume on the last generation of burlesque queens, oh!, I screamed inwardly, my beauties, I will give you a home! But no... fortunately, I had had the presence of mind to only bring enough money with me for lunch.
All in all, I have bought more than twenty books in the past two-and-a-half months, not including my Christmas shopping.
On another note, I, too, heartily thank MaggieO for the BookMooch recommendation. I created an account not ten minutes ago, and someone has already mooched off of me! And I, in my turn, have a mooch-pending for a collection of Langston Hughes's poetry... Actually, I tried a site like this less than a year ago called the Chesirecat.com, or something to that effect, but it's inventory was full of the most undesirable penny-novels imaginable, so I gave up. Imagine my joy at coming across a much more developed book-exchange community, not to mention that the site's layout and execution far usurps that of the other.
I feel your pain. I feel everyone's pain, I get cravings to go to the bookstore too. *grins sheepishly* I went to the bookstore today to return two books (I always impulse buy and when I start to read at home, the book is horrible! Thank goodness for 30 day return policies.lol) and the temptation was too great. I left with 3 books! They were 3 really good books though!
At least my TBR pile is small, less than 10 books. I always wonder to myself why I keep getting more when I know there are some at home I've yet to read. =)
What I really crave, though, is used book stores. Bob and I get nostalgic over those golden, pre-parent weekends when we'd drive around to book barns and out-of-the-way used bookshops. We spent countless hours exploring those shops, and buying bags-full of books. Sigh. New book stores can't really compare.
I find it's better not to think about how many TBR books I have. I don't keep track of them. When I finish one book, I look around till I find another book I'm in the mood to read. I usually have several books I've started that I go back to after having been distracted from them. Or I take from the shelf a book that may have been sitting unread for years. My library has many books that I've read, many that I haven't read, and quite a lot of books that I'll never read but I just like having. I'm always reading something, and often more than one book, but I don't feel a lot of pressure to read my books. If I want to read something, I do. Otherwise, it just sits there looking nice.
But this constantly-buying-books habit of mine is a bit of a problem, since we long ago ran out of places to put them. I try to accept my addiction and not worry about buying so many books. It's just something I do.
I am, of course, grateful to meet it in so many friends and acquaintances, here. :)
Usually I'm good about researching, I'll read reviews of the book but sometimes when I've read a good review and I get the book but then I don't like it. Everyone's tastes are different. But there are those times where I impulsively buy a book. I'm at the bookstore to get a particular book, I know exactly what I want, and I get side-tracked and find a book I wasn't looking for and then I get it spur-of-the-moment.
I get so overwhelmed I give them to people at work to let them read, even though I haven't read them (I get them back, I'm also a hoarder; ). Has anyone else done that?
I start a book but then it is interrupted because a serial book comes out and I HAVE to know what happens next in the series.
My achilles' heel is Amazon. They give you recommendations based on the books you own and have read. Then I discovered half! Yes, half.com. I can get them with less shipping price. Wow! But I still always check what's new at Border's, B&N, BAM, etc.
I'm so glad to see no touchstones used on this thread!
Now I need 12 twelve steps... ;)
Oh and MaggieO, you're a very lucky lady to have husband who also enjoys reading.
Bless LT! Before this I never knew any other people who had houses stuffed with books, be they read or unread!
#29 readingrebecca, I'm in line for "renting" your husband as well -- and I live in The Bahamas!
I also agree with blessing LT. I too never knew anyone who constantly had to rearrange their stacks of books to make room for more.
I first time I did that, I felt pretty strange too. It happens far more frequently to me over the last few months. The person I go to bookstores with leaves with up to ten books, and when I remind myself that I'm empty-handed, I just sort of feel disappointed.
And that's with getting just 6 books in Nov./Dec., showing remarkable restraint (and lack of cash) as I shopped for my loved ones' for the holidays.
Since I moved house two weeks ago I've bought six books and read two. Not a good trend! I've also read three library books, but I have seven library books checked out that I haven't read yet.
And then you're given the opportunity to renew your library books twice! Been there! That diary sounds like a good idea. If I bought more books, I would take that idea up myself. (Usually, I'm stuck reading what I already have, though some of it's unread - college eats nearly all of my money).
Hello my name is Teri and I can't stop buying books.
I know how you feel! Whenever I go to the library I have to force myself not to browse the used book shelf or else I leave with a book or two. It's hard not to because it's cheap. I usually just check out a book instead. =)
I went to borders today to return 3 books that I just never read and decided to return and left with 2.lol.
LOL. That's how I used to be when I shopped for my books on Amazon. That free shipping on orders at least $25 is bad!=) What's worse is if you have the Amazon Prime membership, I think you get free 2 day shipping. I cancelled it so I wouldn't be tempted!
Also yesterday, I went to Borders to use up that Border's bucks (have to use by end of May.argh) and I spent 2 hours trying to find a dang book and I couldn't decide what I wanted to get so I left with nothing. *sigh* I was tempted to buy more than one book (it's a series) but well, I got $5 in Border's bucks and I just wanted to buy one book. You know how it goes, they trick you yes they do.lol. Come in to just use the discount or whatever and you go overboard (that's always the case with me anyways!) =)
Oh well, I'll never go without something to read, that sure is a comforting thought ^^
I haven't regularly read in years.
I constantly tell myself that most people on here have more books than me. :)