When you move house, you REALLY know how many books you have. You know because you have to carry them all up the stairs at your new house, and if you are a real book lover like me (which you just might be!) your book collection probably trumps your ability to carry heavy boxes and you might even find yourself sitting on the floor of your new lounge room the day after you’ve moved in, weakly pushing boxes of books around with your ugg-booted feet. Ugh indeed. True exhaustion.
Still. Before we moved I gave away about half of my books. Part of me wanted to lighten (the still enormously heavy) load on moving day and part of me suspected that the hoarder in me had gathered quite a few more than I would really ever be truly interested in or read.
I have a habit of saving books, you see. Maybe you have this habit too? If I see a book that I know is great (or even suspect is great) at an op shop or garage sale, I will buy it just to save it from the injustice of being unwanted and on sale. This makes no sense when you see the 12th copy of Jane Eyre or yet another Roald Dahl. Still, sometimes it must be done and those books can find their way to love and wantedness via me. (That’s what savers do.)
I realised today that this is the first house we’ve lived in where the kids books are pretty much all packed away (archived!) They are too old for them now, but we know they will want them again one day. They’re holed up in our storage room waiting for the appropriate time. It’s very dry and pest free under there. Never fear! They’ll be okay.
The books in my photos are about half of what I own. I haven’t unpacked them all yet (and some are obscured by the couch and are tricky to photograph.) Most of my craft books are still packed up. I can’t wait to get my craft-room-slash-office sorted out. Maybe THIS week?! I really hope so. I am feeling a bit adrift…
What goes on with YOU and books? Do you have a lot? Or a special few? Do you save books? Do you collect a certain type of book or books by a certain author? I’d love to know more.
ALSO – are any of the books on my shelves favourites of yours?
AND – which books would you put in your top FIVE (at the moment – you can change your mind tomorrow!) and why?
Mine (at the moment) are:
Encyclopedia Of An Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal – something quirky + relatable
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – something moody + classic
The Strays by Emily Bitto – something yester-yeary + local
This Is How by Augusten Burroughs – something clever + useful
Craft For The Soul by Pip Lincolne – something pip + personal!
Also on my blog:
Ace days ahead
We moved house!
Learn some cool stuff with me
How to be a penpal to a child in detention
I’m a mentor in the Etsy Creative Courage Challenge
Some observations on people’s (often weird) online behaviour
Ten nice things to do for the favourite people in your life