"Lo, Children Are An Heritage of the LORD: and the Fruit of the Womb is His Reward" - Psalm 127:3

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Me, Addicted to Books

Wikipedia defines a Bibliophile as, "one who loves to read, admire and collect books, often amassing a large and specialized collection."

If ever there were a definition that fit me, this would be it. I joked with my sweet husband that instead of candy or flowers for Valentine's Day, he could just let me order the $300+ of books I have in my Amazon wish list. Literally, there are 76 of them at the moment... give me another day or two and that number will increase :)

My oldest son commented that he thinks the term "biblioholic" would be more accurate. Perhaps. I am very discriminate about which books I collect though, so I haven't reached the "disorder" stage yet :) I was trying to figure out if I have enough books to fill the wall of bookshelves I have planned for the new house. I want to have some extra shelf space, seeing that I am never finished buying books, and am constantly adding to my collection. But I didn't want my collection to appear embarrassingly small in comparison to the wall of shelves. (Those who have seen my collection would never think of using the word "small" to describe it.) I haven't ever taken the time (and effort) to count all my books. It would be next to impossible anyway, since we literally have books everywhere, including in boxes in the garage. I was curious about how many books I really have, so I thought I would count just the books in our bedroom. Simple, right? I figured I maybe had 30 or so books in there. That sounds like a lot doesn't it? WRONG. There were literally 97 books in our bedroom. WOW. They are on shelves, dressers, in bags, drawers, end tables, and in my Grandmother's old secretary. I was shocked. My husband, on the other hand, was not. I asked him to guess the number and he very accurately guessed "about 100." And they are not all mine - probably a third of them are his :P So then I figured I would count how many we have on our hall bookshelf, and came up with more than 200. And these don't even put a dent in our total collection. I think it's safe to say we have thousands of books. I can't wait to get them all in one place where I can catalog them and count them! At least it will be an accurate count for a day or so... until my next shipment arrives ;) HAPPY READING!


  1. I have way too any books on my shelves - too many to count. I have built in shelves (3 walls one whole wall - 2 parts of walls) in the living room, all full - some have two rows of books on them. In the bedroom there are more - the closet in sewing room is hubby's and he has built floor to ceiling shelves in it - full. Bedroom closet has a book shelve on one end - full -- good thing we just purchased kindles or we would have to build a new room for the books!

  2. I like the idea of building a whole new room just for books :) It kinda sounds like you could already use one, with all your books double-stacked! I saw that you got the Kindle. Do you like it? I'm such a tactile person I really prefer to hold a book in my hands, and I think I also enjoy seeing them pile up in my collection :) My son has a Nook and tried to convince me to get one, but I think if the books weren't staring me in the face I would forget I had them. There's just something about a book on the shelf calling out to be read :) Of course there is quite a bonus in being able to access hundreds of classic books for free with an e-reader...

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