Over the weekend I visited my daughter’s place and she happily showed me the improvements she’d made to what she calls her “book room.” It’s not a library; she holds a Masters in Library Science and hasn’t found the time to organize all of her 4,000 books in a way that honors such a degree. 🙂 So a book room it is. She has six very tall and wide shelves, every shelf filled and on top as well, so books literally reach the ceiling. The room offers the not-unpleasant feeling that you’re being swallowed by four walls of books as you enter.
Her husband has been hoping she would get rid of a number of her books, and I suspect that sentiment will only increase once they make serious plans to move. Having carried a number of book boxes myself, I can attest to how heavy they are. He even had a brief season of hope when the Kindle released and she started purchasing some of her books digitally.
Some of her books. You see, my daughter is an avid book lover. Book lover. As in books with spines, with the smell of pages new or old (well, minus mold that is, or perfume if you check back to Camy’s post last week). She likes to hold a book in her hand, and her Kindle doesn’t offer the exact same experience (though she does love it).
Personally, I tend to agree that 4,000 books is a bit over the top – especially since she’s been known to read a book more than once. But she does donate, give away or sell books on Book Swap or at used bookstores on occasion. The problem is she loves too many books, so much that she won’t be parted from them.
So I was wondering how many is too many when it comes to books? Personally, I define that number by how many books I can reasonably store. I have books in three places: a book closet in the basement, the study where I work, and a shelf in my bedroom. Splitting the locations in three doesn’t overwhelm anyone – either me or my family. I may have a thousand books, but certainly not 4,000!
How about you? How do you define too many books?