I finally did it. My husband has been hounding me for years to go through my bookshelves and get rid of the ones I'll never read again. He wanted me to photograph my bookshelves and show you the "mess" here on my blog. I refused. I will tell you that on top of the horizontal rows of books, I had vertical stacks of books. They were piled everywhere.
So, I've got issues. Who cares? I. Love. Books.
I collected 11 bags of books and one bag of Writer's Digest magazines with issues dating back to 1999. Were you aware that Half Price Books buys almost anything? What they don't buy, they'll recycle for you! I figured the magazines would be recycled (I didn't have the heart to do it myself!), but they were thrilled to get them and decided to sell them as a collection. Outstanding.
Half Price Books' 40th Anniversary is coming up this year! Happy Birthday HPB. :))
I walked away with $50 (and two new books...shh!), and my bookshelves are neat, organized, and only contain what I can't live without or what I haven't read yet. It wasn't easy. Actually, it was quite painful! But, I do feel a sense of accomplishment, and the house feels uncluttered.
I admitted to my husband that I've been hoarding books because I feel unsuccessful with my writing. For every day I don't get requests for my Little Acorn PB manuscript or something BIG doesn't happen with my writing, it makes me feel better to buy books.
I'm satisfying my need to be published by buying books. Wow, that sounds terrible when I say it aloud.
Most books I read, but some just sit on the shelves, looking pretty. I'm also a sucker for a beautiful hardcover. I love the scent and the feel of a book. Does that make me a weirdo?
How about you? Do you buy books for something other than just to read them? How often to you thin out your bookshelves? Do you find yourself hiding the purchase of another book?