Before I started blogging, believe it or not, my bookshelves were completely under control. I mean, I’m not gonna claim they were all neat and tidy, but they were reasonable. In fact, I didn’t buy myself all that many books. (I say myself because I did buy my kids tons of books – I think I was making up for the lack of books on my own shelves by completely overflowing my kids’.) I felt like I couldn’t justify the cost – not when there were libraries with all the books I could ever want just waiting to be read. That was then. Things have changed.
The first real sign of change was when I went to BEA in 2014. I. Had. No. Idea. I mean, I know people said I’d come home with books – but BEA was like a booklover’s heaven, complete with authors and publishing reps to talk to. And then there were the books. I tried to be really careful and only take books I really wanted to read. I still came home with 73 books. 73!!!!
That’s when “the pile” started. At that point, I only had one small bookshelf in my bedroom. The shelves downstairs were already filled – mostly with homeschooling books. So my BEA books ended up in a huge pile on my floor next to the bookcase. Luckily, my husband decided to save me. Christmas of 2014, he bought me three huge, beautiful bookcases. Soon thereafter, he posted this to Facebook:
Actually, we now have even more shelf space than that because my daughter’s bookshelves got full and we turned her giant dollhouse (which she almost never used for Barbies) into a bookshelf too – it’s really cute!
And, I don’t know how it happened, but it somehow didn’t take me long to fill up those three bookshelves in my room!
Well, okay, I do know what happened. See, now that I’m blogging I know so much more about the new books that are coming out – and there are SO many that I don’t want to miss! I find myself buying a lot more of the new releases because when I get them from the library I can’t manage to fit them in in time because of my review schedule. I also get books from my #OTSPSecretSister and I win some from giveaways. And, of course, this year I went to RT (instead of BEA). Then there are author events – Anderson’s bookstore has them constantly. I could easily attend a book event at Anderson’s every week (they have events a few times a week, so that would be only the ones I’m especially interested in), and every time I attend an author event, I buy the book so I can get it signed, of course …
So, blogging has changed my bookshelves – for the better (mostly). There are plenty of bloggers out there who have way more books than I do – I try to tell my husband that so that he’ll feel better about my book habits. He reminds me of those measurements he took and insists I’m not getting any more shelf space. I think he’s being pretty reasonable. This just means that I have to part with some of my books before I get more …
One way I’m trying to help myself with this problem is by joining the 2016 Shelf Love Challenge – my bookshelves need some serious love. My goal isn’t to avoid buying books – I know I’ll get plenty from BEA and I’m still going to buy books from the author events I attend – but I DO want to read the books that I already have on my shelf. That’s a major goal.
Oh, and I also want to organize my books in some pretty way like I see other people doing – maybe by color. Then I need to force myself to get rid of some of the books I own. I can do it!! (I think I can.)
Are your bookshelves getting out of control? Has blogging changed your bookshelves forever? I want to know!