I really enjoyed doing the Book Survey last Friday. It was fun and different than what I normally do so I decided to try something different again this Friday. Today, I’m going to talk about my next Bookish goal. The only thing I like more about getting new books is talking about them so that’s what I decided to ramble on about today.
Hi. My name is Bonnie and I am a Book Addict.
I visited my library the other day and just wandered around browsing, not looking for anything in particular. No less than 3 times did I see a book, get super excited, and then realize… what a minute, I already own this. And it’s unread (of course). But a part of me still wanted to bring it home with me. I’m just glad I realized BEFORE I actually brought it home. There’s something strange about the intense desire to bring new books home, regardless of how many you have waiting for you at home to be read.
Half of my library addiction I think is just my enjoyment of the environment… just being around all the books makes me happy. But in all seriousness, my own personal collection of books is almost large enough to rival my public library so why not treat it as such? I think a part of my problem with reading my currently owned books is my complete lack of organization and my inability to find something when I want it. This would of course be solved with several new bookshelves but for the time being I’m going to have to work with what I’ve got.
Organizing My Books
My unread books are so disorganized it’s not even funny and it BOTHERS me to even look at my shelves these days. Note that there are books stack upon books and stacked in front of other books… I can never find anything I’m looking for. If I had it my way they’d be all pretty and alphabetized and nice and easy to find. So that was my big project: organize my shelves.
How do you organize your books? By color? Alphabetically? By favorites? Are your ARCs kept separate so you know which need to be read next?
Once I read a book I usually put it on top of my bookshelf. Sometimes I’ll finish a book and I disliked it so it goes in the giveaway bag for my used bookstore. Most of these books I don’t honestly ever see myself re-reading, so why keep them? It’s a disease I tell ya, a disease!
PLUS, if you look real closely you can see my top shelf is bowing under the weight. Problems. I gots them. My read pile has grown so much that in addition to my top shelf I have several boxes full of books that I can’t bear to part with but have already read. Once I get more bookshelves I’d love to bring them back out because I love being able to have access to all my books, read or not.
How do you decide when you get rid of books? Do you keep them all? When do you decide if you should do a giveaway for the book or not?