By: Melanie | April 11, 2014 | (37) Comments

discussing through midnight

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Recently I’ve been having a huge problem: I own too many books. There are in the shelves, there are books on the floor, books running across the walls, there are books on my desk-side table, there are books in boxes, there are BOOKS IN THE FREAKING GUEST ROOM. In July, 2012 when I recently found my love for reading, I had a dream to own a lot of books. And I can say that I have definitely fulfilled that dream.

I’m not saying that I hate owning books. I love owning books! I am book nerd for God’s sake. But sometimes, it’s just getting way too much. And I tell myself that all the time. I told myself to stop buying books (that went well…until a bought another 10 yesterday…BUT I HAVEN’T BOUGHT A BOOK SINCE OCTOBER), I told myself to stop requesting books (that also went pretty well, I am now only requesting books that I am literally nuts about wanting to read and review) but then again, I get unsolicited copies. And I’m not complaining. I know a lot of people would be crazy happy to get books arriving at their door step, unrequested. I still go crazy. I love surprises! But at the end of the day, maybe only 1 in the 6 would I actually end up reading. And the other 5 would just sit there. It really pains me when I have books sent from publishers and I never end up reviewing them. I want to review them. But I can’t because the book isn’t my type of read (I got a book that was erotic NA once) or I’m just not interested.

Then I recently came up with the idea of trading books with fellow bloggers. It went really well. I traded in books I didn’t want to read or books that I have duplicate copies of. But because I’m so stupid at times, I realised it’s not helping My Big Problem. I’m just replacing books with ones I want to read. But the space. I don’t have any more room! (It also sucks because we actually do have more shelves in the house, but they have been taken up by my sister’s toys and pieces of work and more toys and photos and her Rainbow Magic and Mr. Men books.)

Anyway. That was just a random rant and me going around in circles between wanting to surround myself in books but not having more space for much more books anymore ;___;

What about you? Ever feel like you own too many books and not enough room but don’t want to let them go?

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37 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (29): Having A Dilemma

  1. Buy more shelves? 😛 Give your books to me? I’ll give them a nice home here! 😀 Haha, okay. I don’t know that problem, I do own quite a few books, but not that much. About 63 I think. I can imagine it’s not that fun. 😛

    It’s nice that publishers send you books, but they probably understand that you can’t get to all of them. And how can you buy 10 books at once? I’m lucky if I can afford one book in a month. O_O
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    • Melanie says:

      Alas, no room in the house -.- Well i haven’t bought anything since October last year and only go book buying 4 times max a year so yeah 😛

  2. Thankfully I don’t have that problem because many of the books I buy are digital copies. I still have a lot of shelf space in my mini library, and if I run out, I can simply sell the ones I don’t need and throw away my Japanese magazines that have piled up over the years. If you don’t need your books you can always throw some my way! I have space! 😛
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  3. Brea Johnson says:

    Awwwh! This sounds like a book nerd nightmare!
    I’m lucky I haven’t had to go through this yet. But it will happen. Eventually. I just keep buying them and I don’t know how to stop myself.
    And I would feel so bad if I couldn’t review books publisher’s had given me. I’m not on those kind of terms with publishing companies yet, but I would feel really stressed out (even if they were giving me erotica … awkies).
    Anyway, good luck with trying to find some space, or getting rid of some! Thought that’s not an option I would like to consider. :S
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  4. Oh Mel, I always feel like I have no space anymore! I’ve actually started to give away the books I’m not going to read in the next year, and books that I’ve read and not enjoyed; I need to space for books I’m going to like, and I’m enjoying it all so far. I wait until I’m disconnected to it and don’t feel bad leaving it, I think about whether I’d notice if it was gone off the shelves, and if not, away if goes. I feel bad about it, but it needs to be done, so it might be worth doing that? It’s always good to rant Mel, always 🙂
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  5. Nope I have gotten past this problem by only buying ebooks and second giving away all my books once I have read them unless it is an absolute favorite. I can’t handle having books everywhere. I have a stack of ARCS and such right now that are going to go up for a big giveaway on my blog. Ebooks are the way to go. However, I just don’t buy many books anymore because I have so many ARCS and such to read that I rarely get to them so why spend money especially high prices when it is just going to sit, I wait and get it on sale or at the library 🙂
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  6. Tanja says:

    Well I don’t own that many books as I really try to balance my requests with reading time. But yeah my shelf is full so I know how it feels. I can tell you what I do, though. Being from Bosnia has its peaks here. I mean we have a thing called American Corner, its basically a little library with books in English. So whenever I have some books that I have let’s say 1 and 3 in series and no intention to read it ever again I give it to them. Just last week I gave Sonja (the librarian) first two books in Hush, hush series and she ordered the other two. At the end of the day we’re all happy because I can access them any time I want and many other can as well. Great post 🙂
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  7. Send some my way! But then, I need a new bookshelf. My old books, I’ve donated already. I think that’s a good option for you. Either gift them (to me) or donate them! 🙂
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  8. Totally. I have books all over my house. I recently went through and got rid of a bunch, but there are still a lot of books that I really want to read so I don’t want to get rid of them. I don’t buy a lot of new books, but I still keep adding to my pile as time goes on. LOL I don’t know what to do except try and read faster and then pass the books along.
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  9. Lily B says:

    Ha sounds like my problem. I have books in boxes, in my closet. On the floor. Near my bed. On the table. On the dresser. On top of the computer, near the computer desk and under a chair. It’s like.. It can be overwhelming. I don’t want to give my babies away either 🙁 but I wish I had more space.
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  11. MEL you totally read my mind!!! I actually put a bunch of books I bought years ago but have never read on ebay because I have NO MORE ROOM on my bookshelf omg. And I’m not going to read all of them either!
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  12. whoops my old comment got deleted but BASICALLY I totally agree it’s such a huge waste of paper and ink because I’m not likely to read all of the books I have and it just makes me so sad because they could have so much more potential and better homes. Fantastic post, Mellybean! <33
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  13. I have books everywhere! But I have my own house so I am allowed to overrun it with books 🙂 I collect books so I keep all my books – unless I absolutely do not like the book (which only happens in vary rare cases. I believe you can never have too many books. I currently have 681 books. Maybe you can use the books for giveaways? Or sell them or give them to people for free if they are willing to pay for postage?
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  14. Kelly says:

    We have double the trouble at our house. I’m a book nerd, my husband is a gamer, we have hundreds of blu ray and DVD’s as well. I have five bookcases and counting, but we’re lucky we have a big house. I only started reading again in mid 2012, and when I put it like that, I can only imagine how much I’ve spent. Rather than trading, maybe just offer books for a small fee plus post, your bound to get rid of them that way. I should follow your lead and stop buying. I seem to some on average $50 per week on books.
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  15. My coworker has daughters who love to read, so when I notice I just have too many books that are hanging around that I don’t really need, I pass them on to her to give to her daughters. I buy a lot of ebooks too, which don’t take up space, but I am a sucker for physical books and all of their prettiness. Even if I don’t think I will read it again (or have a chance to read it at all) I still buy books that I want that are pretty for my shelf. I also tend to buy a lot of physical books of review books I have read if it’s a book I enjoyed. I hope that I will get to read it again at some point, but mostly I just want to support the author and publisher by buying the book. Then there are always the books that are signed that I must have!!! I try to be good about not buying too much, but sometimes I can’t help myself.
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  16. Nara says:

    DUDE ME TOO. My shelves are **THIS** close to being completely full! I think I need to give some of my books away. Because there are a lot of them that I’m pretty sure I’m never going to read again…
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  17. I do have a lot of books, but there is no such thing as too many books, just too little room (and time) haha. No, serious, I do own a lot of books I still need to read and I’ve cut down the amount of books I buy to only special occasions or long awaited books 🙂 So when I buy a book it’s one that makes me extremely happy and I end up reading them soon.
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  18. Nemo Rosa says:

    ughh! I feel the same way! I filled up my entire book case and have random stacks of book everywhere, what i started doing was giving a few to a used book shop in my town, it’s hard to say goodbye but it’s neccessary 🙁

  19. Henrietta says:

    It’s so hard for me to part with any of the books that I have, so I can understand why you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by your book pile. I guess for those that you know you’ll never read, you can pack them up and donate them. For me, I keep a stack of boxes besides my book shelves – I label the boxes as “will-read”, “not-for-me” and “maybe” – and then if the content of the boxes start to overflow, I know it’s time to re-evaluate. I give away the ones in the “not-for-me” box, and then I may put some of the books from the “maybe” box to the “not-for-me” box. And sometimes, the books in “will-read” will go to the other boxes. I only place the books that I absolutely love on my book shelves. Before I bring in the boxes, I used to stumble a lot when I was in my room because most of my books were scattered on the floor :p
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  20. I feel the same way, and I have also been on a book-buying-ban but, I still get books each week, and a lot of them I will not read. I’ve been doing more giveaways and I am planning on donating to a local library if they’ll take them 🙂

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  22. Oh yeah, I have way too many books. It’s bad. And worse, I literally have one whole bookcase of UNREAD books. I just don’t have the time. And I can’t give books away, I get hives just thinking about it.
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  23. Irish says:

    Wow, that is really a dilemma. Why don’t you ask your parent if they can buy a customized bookshelf then? One that will fit perfectly in your room and will fit all your books. I think your parents will be proud that you own books instead of buying useless stuff. I’m actually planning to hire someone to build a customized bookshelf in my room.
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  24. Omg, I was just thinking this this week! I got more books in, took them over to my “coming up next” nightstand, looked at the lack of space, and just retreated silently, because I felt so overwhelmed. SO MANY BOOKS. It’s a good problem to have, but…still. I’m not even requesting all that many books anymore–haven’t in ages, but the unsolicited copies alone could probably take up a small cottage at this point.

    Yeah. I haz this problem, too. I try to send to cobloggers, do giveaways, and on rare occasion, trade, but…it’s still a lot.
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  25. I just did a massive spring cleaning of my bookcases. I got rid of about 100 print books, and now there is so much space in my shelves. I don’t buy too many print books though; I mainly buy ebooks. There’s no physical clutter with ebooks 🙂
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  26. Stephanie B says:

    Lol. I don’t own THAT many books but I am getting to the point where I don’t have enough room for them. You could donate books you don’t want to read or have read and feel like you don’t need to keep to the library or something. That seems like a great way to get rid of ARCs.
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  27. Oh yes sister – I definitely have this problem. I keep finding or taking over more spaces in the house to store them though. One day an area will be book free – the next week it will be lined with books and the husband won’t know what hit him.

    I have seriously slowed down on my requesting too. Honestly though I do want to read them all and thankfully I get way less unsolicited books than I used to.

    Psst store them in your bedroom closet too? Lining the windows…uhh onto the kitchen cabinets!? haha Having too many books is a lovely problem to have really.

    Donate the ones you don’t want to Toys for Tots. The less fortunate kids seem to really want books.
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  28. Kelly says:

    I have the hardest time parting with books I’ve purchased/acquired in some way, even when I didn’t like them. Maybe I’ll re-read them one day, and like them more? Maybe I need that visual reminder to remind me that the book I’m currently reading isn’t as bad as “x book” was, in order to figure out where to put a mediocre book on my rating scale. Maybe I’m just a closet hoarder and can’t help but feel a little anxiety about being separated from my babies!

    I don’t think my problem has gotten as big as yours, yet, but I can see it reaching that point if I don’t find a way to slow the accumulation…
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  29. My gosh I know how you feel, Melanie!
    I have books in the guest room, too! XD I have two shelves in there, and a few bags, and then some piles. Luckily we never have guests over, haha.
    I’m a book hoarder. It’s the only way to explain it. I buy lots of books that I want to read and that are gorgeous and that I know I will get to someday. And then I buy more. And request books, and get given books, and win books and then I am just in a spiral of books. And then comes the problem of NOT WANTING TO GIVE THEM AWAY. I am possessive of my books. Even if I know I will never read them again, they hold memories for me. And they’re beautiful, and they’re MINE. And I hate the thought of giving them away. It actually gives me some weird kind of anxiety. For the first time I can remember, I gave away two books on Monday. This was SUCH a big step for me. And I regretted it when I handed those pretties over, even though they were both two star reads. But now I have gotten over giving them away and now there’s a tiny space that I can replace with books I might love!
    So later this year I am going to challenge myself to REALLY think about what books I want to keep. Ask questions like: will I ever really read this again? Did I love it so much I want it taking up space? It will be hard, but I want to make time and space for the books I love!
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  30. Michelle says:

    I feel your pain Melanie! To be honest, I didn’t start buying crazy amounts of books until I started blogging…and then I started requesting as well. It wasn’t until I moved a few months ago that I really cut back buying books because I just do not have the space anymore. And so many of the books I own I haven’t even read! So this year, I’m really trying to read them before I buy others. I tried not to request books too, but then I got the opportunity to review books for work and requesting them was part of that. I try and donate a lot of books to my old school library or give them to other bloggers, friends or colleagues. But, I still have a massive collection at home (and now I also have a huge pile on my desk at work). I think it’s the book blogger’s eternal dilemma!
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