As an avid reader and collector of books from all different genres and languages, I didn't think I had a very big collection. About three years ago, I counted up my four book cases and lost count at around 600 or so; mind you, I was trying to catalogue them at the same time (you know, kill two birds with one stone! I'm tellin' ya now, that doesn't work, it gets so confusing).
So, the other day, while I had some time on my hands and I was on Bookcrossing I came across a topic where one of the members mentioned she was adding to her ever-growing number of books; and really had to stop. It got me thinking that I didn't know exactly how many books I had in my little office here. So, I grabbed a notebook, pen and found the calculator on my mobile phone and began counting each shelf. After adding up the numbers from each book case and making a total from each of them (which was in the 200's), I added them all together. By the third bookcase the number was well over 700 books! When I added on the forth bookcase, I found I have 929 books weighing down this little room above my kitchen!I was so amazed at how many books I could fit into this room, all I could do was sit in my chair at the computer and just look at the many books I had sitting around me and wonder: how in the hell am I going to read them all in my life time? And to think, I only started out with around 100 books when I moved into my townhouse 8 1/2 years ago and one book case. The one question I have is: will I find the time seeing I'm a Bookcrosser and will have many more books arrive through the mail as well as family buy me more - and I'll also purchase more as the years go by. Most of all, where will those books end up if I don't find space around the house? And soon. This little office won't be able to hold them all... no... soon I will have to find a bookcase that will make my collection venture outside the boundary of the door of my office; something I don't wish it to do (I made it a firm rule that I must contain my collection within my spare room; and nowhere else or it may take over my house; a good rule when I think about it now). How many books do you have in your collection? Have you limited yourself to a small number due to space problems; or has it gotten out of hand? Does it take over the garage and shed, or have you found a way to store your books (a bit like I have) where you can purge them when you need to? Well, until my next post, Happy Reading!