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Why I Love Books But Hate Showing People My Bookshelves

I love books. I love reading. But I don’t know why I don’t like showing people my shelves.

Maybe I’m just weird.

A lot of my relatives don’t read. You can’t pick family, right? At least, my best friends read.

I’m all for being surrounded by books. It brings me so much joy to look at my shelves. But I don’t love the prospect of someone else staring at it.

My younger cousin walked into my room one time and proceeded to count how many books I owned. I was curious and mortified at the same time.

Since then, I’ve added many more to my ever-growing collection. It’s grown so much bigger than I expected. So now I’m way too lazy to count all the books I possess.

I’m not embarrassed by my shelves. If anything, I’m quite proud.

My one issue is that I only have one bookcase.

At the rate I’m buying books, I’ll need an entire room to store them all one day. Hopefully, by the time I run out of space, I’ll have the means to move out into my dream house. A girl can dream.

I think you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their bookshelves. I wonder what my collection would say about me.

I love books, but I don’t love showing people the shelves in my room. I’m not the biggest fan of sharing my babies either.

I’m strange. But that’s okay.

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What I Learned Reorganizing My Bookshelves

I’m not even exaggerating when I say it took me nearly an hour to reorganize my bookshelves.

Here’s what I learned:

I own a lot of books. But a reader can never have too many, right? I want to buy more all the time.

I forget what I’ve read. I picked up a novel, and for the life of me, I could not remember what it was about.

I keep my babies in good condition. Except for a few of them. I also dropped two books on the floor while reorganizing my shelves. I’m a terrible mother.

I love when books are the same height and hate when they’re not. It makes my life easier when everything’s the same size.

I’m running out of space. I don’t know what I’ll do once my shelves can hold no more. I don’t have room for another bookshelf. Hopefully, one day, I can have a library in my house. Then I won’t have to worry about space or lack thereof.

I spend a lot of money on books. I don’t want to know how much. I also don’t need to know how many I have.

I could and should give some away. I promise to do so in the near future. OK, far future. I just can’t bear to part with my children.

I read a lot. But I feel like I just can’t keep up. Too many books, too little time.

I want to go buy more. Because why not? There’s no reason not to.

What do you learn after reorganizing your bookshelves?

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You Know You Are A Reader When

You have a stack of unread books at home, but you still buy more. All those novels you bought ages ago? They’re still sitting on your shelves collecting dust.

You’re running out of space, yet that doesn’t stop you from adding to your collection. Which means you have to get creative. You end up stacking, squeezing, and shoving.

You would rather be in your room than go to a club. There’s nothing wrong with spending more time around characters than your friends. Besides, fictional people will never judge you or your decisions.

You can’t stop talking or writing about books. That’s why you started a book blog. Now you’re able to rave on and on without anyone interrupting you.

You tell people to read certain books until they finally cave. Afterwards, you have one-sided conversations where you’re doing most of the talking. You can’t help extolling the virtues of your favourite author.

You wonder what fictional characters would do. So you proceed to channel them, believing yourself to be a super cool protagonist.

You get books as gifts from family and friends. They know you need to read as much as you need to eat. Better yet, they’ll leave you alone when you crack open the latest novel from a beloved author.

You can never find a comfortable reading position. Anyone who needs glasses to see knows the struggle is even more real.

If you liked this post, you might enjoy You Know You Are A Writer When.

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The Disadvantages Of Buying Books

There are a few. But the disadvantages don’t outweigh the advantages.

Space

Overflowing bookshelf (or bookshelves), anyone?

Handling 

Meaning you treat books better than you treat yourself.

Cost

$10 for a book isn’t much but multiple that by 367 or 2149…

I honestly can’t think of any others.

Plus I don’t mind the lack of room and I can handle the handling.

It’s a good thing my memory sucks. I won’t ever know how much I spent on books. Oh well. I can live.

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Books I Haven’t Read

After reading this post, you may think I don’t read at all. That’s not the case. I just haven’t gotten around to reading the ones listed below.

Divergent (and Insurgent and Allegiant) by Veronica Roth

I will start Divergent sometime in the future. I have a copy of it on my bookshelf. It’s one of several books I owe but haven’t gotten through yet. I’m not lying.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I saw the cover for “Glass Sword” just now. The two books side by side are gorgeous together. I’m just worried the story might disappoint.

Throne of Glass (series)/A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass

It’ll happen. Galit, thanks for your recommendations. I see them, I do.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

How late am I? To be fair, I think I’d enjoy the novel a lot.

Paper Towns/Looking for Alaska/An Abundance of Katherines, basically anything except The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Isn’t one enough?

Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling

Come to think of it, I haven’t read anything of hers. I know I know. It seems like everyone and their dog has read Harry Potter (or watched the movies). I know enough about the books to get by. I’ve been called Hermione way too many times. I’ve been compared to her as well. I’ve also had people spell my name like that. You have no idea how much that used to frustrate me. And it’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to reading a book with a character who’s similar to me in many ways.

How much respect have you lost for me?

I’m kidding.

Convince me to read any of these, especially Harry Potter, and I’ll send you a copy of my first book. If it ever gets published.

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend. Get some reading done.

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Leaving Money In Books

In theory, leaving money in books isn’t such a bad idea. (What kind of thief is going to wipe your shelves clean?)

Unless your younger cousin comes over, wants to read, and finds money in a book you own.

This happened to me today. I’m not denying it.

In fact I was the one who recommended the book to him. That was before I knew I left ten dollars in there.

Now I’m ten dollars poorer.

And this is why I don’t donate or give my babies away.

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Starting Anything

I have the hardest time starting anything.

Especially when it comes to using items that are brand new.

Here’s just one example. I have three notebooks on my bookshelf that I haven’t touched since I bought them. My reason for purchasing the journals? I planned on writing in them. But I physically can’t bring myself to do it.

At this rate, half of my bookshelf is going to be filled with empty notebooks before I get around to opening one.

Don’t even get me started on books.

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Journals, Thank You Notes, And The Finisher 

Here are some of the things I picked up at Chapters the other day.

Journals, Thank You Notes, And The Finisher 

I hope to start the book soon, although I’m sure it’ll sit on my bookshelf for quite some time. Better yet, I now have two more journals to add to my ever-growing collection. And the thank you notes are for a special side project.

Remember when I said “I need a new journal”? Well, I ended up purchasing two. After all, a writer can never have too many.