Bibliophile fantasies…

Collecting books from every nook and corner and shelving them in nice neat categories doesn’t even feel like work.

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Let’s see how long we can keep it this way. Those are my assistant’s feet down there. She’s in recovery after 3 hours of what can only be considered a labor of love.

I 💘 books!

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16 thoughts on “Bibliophile fantasies…

  1. The picture leaves out about 1/3 of the unit, but I also boxed about 100 books to trade/give away.

    Also though, I am a frequent and proliferate library user. I don’t mind reading books and taking them back after I am done. It saves 💰 for one thing. Also, we still have 7 people living in this house. No space for books as mere adornments.

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  2. Three people living in the house, and I don’t decorate. I have bookshelves. There will have to be a weed soon… but the books I keep I have read and re read.

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  3. Yes. The books I keep are the ones we will read and re-read.

    Even still our local library system may the best in the country judging from what I hear others say so I can read on a budget and still keep a library of the books I love most.

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  4. I don’t have that many books anymore, haven’t read a lot of the books I do have and I don’t re-read very often. I have them so that if the grid goes down and I’m bored, I’ll have something to do. In the meantime it makes me look all smart and shit. 😛

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  5. Yeah, the most fun part of looking at the shelf is that we can say, “Look how many books we have!”

    Because we really do borrow most of what we read from the library. The girls did run out and buy the latest Harry Potter, though. I will get around to reading those one day.

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  6. I painstakingly decided to get rid of about 80 books -not the 100 I previously estimated- specifically so I could put some of these baskets in the bottom row of shelves. That way the girls can have a direct line to their homeschool/art supplies in one place.

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  7. I think you owe your little assistant some ice cream or something, and I’m with Chris on the number of books. I had movers move me once, and they confessed that they thought it would be an easy move until they realized that all those bookshelves were full of good books. I’ve got about fifteen overloaded bookshelves in my home, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to get my late mother’s cookbook collection, which would fill at least half of what our gracious hostess is showing. Lots of family history and fun in that collection.

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  8. I am an aggressive purger. I am NEVER going to own a massive amount of anything . Ever.

    Don’t judge me because I value free flowing space in my house more than even books, LOL. I am Spartan that way.

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  9. I don’t keep or buy light reading much, but I’ve spent so much on books for homeschooling I figure it makes sense to keep all of them in case any of my kids wants to use them. Also, I’m not so sure the great books will always be available. I was thinking of getting rid of books that are now free on the internet, but then my husband pointed out that e-books are easily modified without anybody being the wiser. Then when Amazon zapped a purchased book away from hundreds of e-books it became clear that e-books are only rented, not bought, so we buy and keep copies of old books, even if I have a free copy on my Kindle to read on the road.

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  10. C.S. Lewis, Bonhoeffer, Jane Austen, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, JK Rowling, Jules Verne, and others. A lot of homeschool classics such as The Well Trained Mind, etc. Bibles, Bible studies, apologetics, etc. We keep a fair number of books. There are easily 300 books in the house, which clearly sounds like nothing to people who read as much as those of you who read here. I can appreciate that.

    I just prefer simplicity and order, and most of all FREE. I’m not going to pay for books that I’m not even sure I want when I can read them for free. If I lived somewhere with a sucky or barely functioning library, I would no doubt own more books.,

    I have been known to read a book from the library and then go out later and buy it for my personal library.

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  11. Also Eavan, I am real big on trading curriculum and/or selling curriculum from one year and using the cash to buy curriculum for the next.

    Everything about the way I do things keeps my book numbers at a lower number than most other avid readers, I guess.

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