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how many books do you actually own? and keep in your house?

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juicychops Mon 23-May-11 13:58:07

i have about 250 books in a book shelf in my front room. ive read about half of them, and the other half i will get around to once ive finished my degree at the end of the year- im planning on reading straight for a good few months! but they do look quite cluttered now

but the thing is, i like keeping the books i read. i dont know why, but i just do. i would rather buy and keep one than borrow it from the library. and when i read them i like to keep them all nice and neat and try not to bend the spine too much so that they still look reasonably new on my shelf

does anyone else keep loads of books like me? or am i just silly?

dittany Mon 23-May-11 14:01:04

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AmazingBouncingFerret Mon 23-May-11 14:02:14

You're not silly I keep all my books. I grew up in a house that has thousands of the buggers so it was inevitable really. grin

ChristinedePizan Mon 23-May-11 14:03:51

I do too - have no idea how many books I own but it's nearer 1000 than 250 smile One of the reasons that I bought this house is that there are acres of built in bookshelves. I haven't managed to fill them yet grin

stickylittlefingers Mon 23-May-11 14:05:01

we have 1000s. The whole family loves books, DP writes them and we can't keep up with shelving them all. They're everywhere!! But - they're great soundproofing, great insulation, look beautiful (we think! Remember the old reading room in the BL - now that was beautiful, and we're going for that look...) Books are great, make life worth living and should be everywhere.

Be proud of your books!!

nickelbabe Mon 23-May-11 14:05:35

you're not expecting a count are you? shock

I've got about 2000 at least.
maybe more.
haven't got a clue!

(and many more that live here at the shop until I can persuade DH that we do have room for them....)

WomanOfMassDestruction Mon 23-May-11 14:06:48

I think I've probably got over 1000 in the house but I only keep the ones I will re-read or that are reference books. The rest I regularly box up and send to the Samaritans shop. Nearly all hardbacks and often new releases blush

I think a house feels a bit odd if it doesn't have books in it...

wildstrawberryplace Mon 23-May-11 14:07:43

Over 1000, maybe 1500?

I keep books I like, I give away books that I don't.

nickelbabe Mon 23-May-11 14:08:30

there's nothing wrong with keeping the books you read - it saves on wallpapering, too.
they do look good, and as sticky says - great insulation!

AmazingBouncingFerret Mon 23-May-11 14:10:03

I'm the same WOMD When we were househunting I found it very strange that the majority of houses we looked at appeared to have no books at all. There were some that had bookcases but they had DVD's on them! grin

wildstrawberryplace Mon 23-May-11 14:10:28

Mine are chicken feed compared to my parents...the two of them live in a 7 bedroom house and they can't downsize now we've all left home because they need the room for their books grin

stickylittlefingers Mon 23-May-11 14:11:42

one word of warning - when invited to a new person's house, once they're out of the room I tend to peer at their bookshelves and totally judge them by the contents grin ...

mousymouse Mon 23-May-11 14:13:41

we own about 3000 I would guess. but have "only" around 1000 on display (5 billy bookcases full). some in boxes under the bed and some in storage. we are book-keepers smile

juicychops Mon 23-May-11 14:27:10

oh thats good then - my figure is only a drop in the ocean!

i one day would love to have a big enough house where one room can be a library with floor to ceiling shelving for 1000s of books - like in movies where they have a large 'study'

Hullygully Mon 23-May-11 14:32:42

an awful awful lot

i love them

they make me feel safe

posey Mon 23-May-11 14:33:11

Another book house here. I keep books I've loved, and charity shop those I haven't. We just don't have the space to keep all the books we ever read.
I too love browsing someone else's bookshelves and when a teenager much preferred babysitting in a bookish house.

bonkers20 Mon 23-May-11 14:36:33

About a million? Actually, more like a couple of thousand. I had to bag up loads and take them to my FILs attic before we had DS2 because the bookshelves became storage for his things. I sold and gave away a lot then, too. I am now more of a library borrower, but I just can't stop buying books from charity shops. On the bookshelf downstairs I keep my more highbrow ones, knowing that people will have a wee look at my tastes. My chic lit is upstairs!

SerenaJoy Mon 23-May-11 14:37:53

Oh I love my books. They're like old pals. I moved house recently and getting all my crappy old paperbacks out of storage (after nearly a year!) was one of the best bits. Houses with no bookshelves always feel a bit empty and sad to me.

The only problem is that I would happily have 10 times as many, and miles of bookshelves to store them, whereas DH would prefer to have an annual cull and keep only a select few. (I've resisted so far smile)

SerenaJoy Mon 23-May-11 14:40:03

I forgot to answer the question. Despite watching DH unpacking them all a few weeks ago, I don't know! Not as many as some on the thread - maybe 500 odd.

Gandalfthedyed Mon 23-May-11 14:42:25


CroissantNeuf Mon 23-May-11 14:46:47

I hate to think how many.

Shelves of them in the dining room (in fact DP needs to build some more as the books are now being stacked on top of other books as the shelves are full), also the DC have huge built in bookcases in their rooms too.

Ragwort Mon 23-May-11 14:51:05

I used to have 100s of books but I did a serious cull (gave them to the Oxfam book shop) as I realised I would never re-read most of them (university texts from the 1970s for example grin). We now have about 200 left and to be honest I prefer the less cluttered look. I order anything I want from the library and that works really well.

My parents have lots and lots of books and my heart sinks at the thought of having to clear them all out in a few years ................<the books, not my parents grin>.

WidowWadman Mon 23-May-11 15:00:36

There's about 25 meters of shelf space full with books, plus a couple of boxes in my in-laws' attic. And then of course the various piles next to bed and sofa etc.

When I moved to the UK I had a ton (as in 1000kg) of books to move, but that was 6 years ago, so obviously a I've got a few more since then.

The husband and I have got rid of some duplicates and "married" our collection properly, but it took us years to commit to this (this was after getting married and having a child..), and I still find it difficult to shed books.

Ephiny Mon 23-May-11 15:03:53

Never counted them, but hundreds definitely. I can't imagine not having lots of books, and I do re-read many of them. I get quite a lot of books from the library as well, and a few on my Kindle.

BlooferLady Mon 23-May-11 15:07:57

Upwards of 2000 here too - in a tiny 1.5 bed flat grin

I can't get the hang of libraries. Giving books back? shock

doesn't make sense.

I'm finishing my PhD at the moment and must be one of the few people that didn't have to go to the library much - I have most of it on the shelves. Which suits my laziness down to the ground.

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