This month, those of us participating in the #ShelfLove No Book Buying Challenge are discussing the pros and cons of owning a significant number of books. For myself, I’ve only seen having a large personal library as positive, with one exception: moving. I’ve been packing and unpacking my belongings throughout my entire life, and I don’t even know the number of times I’ve moved. I’m uncomfortably familiar with the general workings of Uhaul rentals and storage units across the country and during one move I managed to double the weight of my poor Nissan. I’ve also hurt my back a countless number of times from overfilling boxes with my book collection.
You would think I would have learned by now and tossed the majority of my Smaug worthy hoard. Think again. Despite my efforts to pare down the number of books I own, my library has only expanded in size. Thanks to ebooks, and the No Book Buying Challenge, that’s no longer happening exponentially, but it’s still happening. I have bought with gift cards or received as gifts, more physical books than I’ve read this year. The books I have at my apartment are double stacked on the shelves, I have several more boxes in storage, and the Boyfriend and I are planning to move next year.
The boxes of books are the ones I hope always to own. The ones at home are mostly books I’ve never read; which has led me to think that perhaps there is another con to book hoarding. I’m not getting any younger and tomorrow is never a guarantee. Either I need to make peace with the idea of never reading many of those books, or I need to make a decision. Do I cull my collection (again) or develop the discipline to choose a book I own instead of a library book or one borrowed from the Boyfriend’s shelves? I think I’ll just throw my hands up in the air in frustration when I move again, just like I’ve done every move before *sigh*