So you guys. Since early 2012 I’ve been working on this post I wanted to do about the differences between myself as a reader before I was a blogger and after I became a blogger because my habits have changed SO MUCH. I kept putting it off because of wedding plans. I wanted to make this cute graphic that was a list but, when I finally started to work on it this year, it was just looking TOO crowded with about 30 different things and overwhelming and not AT ALL what I had in mind. Then I decided…why not make it a series? The more I thought about it — it would lend to a better discussion if I just give you one at a time. I’m kind of glad my original idea didn’t work out because I’m liking this better. Check the end of the post for previous Before & After’s.
I kid you not…I had ONE tiny bookshelf that had three shelves on it and all my books fit. I bought books sometimes but I bought them at a much slower pace and always seemed to get rid of ones that weren’t favorites very easily. I didn’t have this compulsion to buy a ton of books. I’d browse and pick one that I PRAYED would not be a waste of money or went in specifically looking for a book I was recommended. I used the library a lot (still do) so I wouldn’t have to feel bad if I hated a book.
Now I have four bookshelves, books in the trunk of my car, books stacked in closets, books in boxes and books still at my parent’s house overtaking the built-in bookshelves. Straight up, I’m a book hoarder now. My poor husband swears one day he will wake up suffocated by books (ok I kid..it’s not THAT bad). I do pass a TON of things on but the fact of the matter is that I buy books at an alarming rate. For every ONE that I read and pass along (or keep if I will reread/it is a fave) I’ll buy ten times that. My shelves overwhelm me because I know I’ll never realistically be able to read all of the books I own — especially when you factor in all the new releases I’ll buy. It’s frightening and depressing that I won’t be able to read ALL OF THE BOOKS. I don’t know why I BUY so many. One of my bookish resolutions this year was to cull my books and get rid of stuff I know I won’t read or ones I’ve read but won’t reread. I’ve started but I’ve got a long way to go.
Let’s Talk: If you are a blogger — have the amount of books you own just exploded now that you are a blogger? If you aren’t a blogger — what are your book buying habits? Do you find yourself buying more because you read book blogs? For everyone — Does anyone else have too many books that you don’t even have any more shelf space? Are you a hoarder or do you get rid of books easily? Does anyone else get overwhelmed about the fact that they will never be able to read all the books they own or am I the only crazy? lol I’d love to know all about your book buying habits!
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