Bookfessional: My House is a Maze of Books

Posted June 2, 2017 by Jessica in Bookfessional, Jessica / 7 Comments

Bookfessional: No Such Thing as Too Many Books

Earlier this week, one of my husband’s coworkers posted this picture on Facebook and asked me if DH (Dear Husband) needed a project . . .


You: Why’d he do that?

Me: B/c DH has been telling tales. *flares nostrils*

You: o.O

Me: And b/c he may or may not have tripped over a stack of books lined up against the hallway wall, causing something very much like that scene in The Mummy that ended like this:


In my defense, I’m in the middle of remodeling my office.

And by “remodeling,” I mean temporarily moving most things that previously lived in the office elsewhere.

Like the hallway.

But even if I wasn’t existing in a state of chaos, I’d be forced to admit that . . . I have a problem. Part of the reason for the remodel is that books were already lining one side of the hallway in waist-high stacks, and that was in addition to the three and half full bookshelves (most of which were packed two-deep, paperbacks behind hardcovers), and the precariously (floor-to-ceiling) stacked towers lining the wall along the side of the bookshelf nearest the office door (which prior to the mass exodus, hadn’t opened more than forty-five degrees in years).

Basically, kicking DH out of our shared office space—don’t feel sorry for him, he’s getting his own man cave downstairs—is, at best, a temporary solution.

Something has to give.

But what?

I have this habit, you see . . . Even though I prefer to read books on my iPad (b/c easier to keep track of notes, for reviewing purposes), I keep buying physical copies too. And I’m not going to lie, I will never stop buying hardcovers of the books I love best . . .

But maybe I’ll stop buying new series from new authors before test-driving the ebook first. And maybe I’ll give up paperbacks altogether.

We’ll see.

What about you? Are you overrun with physical copies of books? How do you decide which books get shelf space?

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My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.



7 responses to “Bookfessional: My House is a Maze of Books

  1. Kimberly

    I got lucky. My mother-in-law loves to read so her son (my DH) was raised to believe it was completely normal to have tons of books around the house. He was raised right 🙂

  2. I have made a strong effort to not have physical books except the signed ones which may be hardcover, paperback or audiobook. It is not easy. I am having trouble letting go of some unsigned print copies even when I have it on the Kindle. I do have 19 bookcases and there is space on some of them, since I have been making progress. Anne
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  3. Jessica from a GREAT read  

    Yeah my room was tough to navigate when I had my literal TBR pile sitting in front on my bookcase. It was all good for awhile, then naturally it started to cover two shelves. I then bought myself a huge trunk from Target to serve as a “coffee table” in my room. Initially I think it was designed to hold things like pillows and blankets in one’s living room, I chose to store it with books! And it’s SUPER heavy! Lol! It has no handles so it will have to be unpacked when I do eventually find my own place. I dread that day because I think of all the books that will need to be packed and packed light. I can see why people go for ebooks, but I still can’t bring myself to go that route for my way of reading. Especially when the majority of the books I read end up being the same price for the ebook, so why not buy the real one and hopefully meet the author soon and get it signed?! Lol!

    It’s sad that I also bought two new bookcases less than a year ago. One is completely full of read and the other is 4/5 filled with TBR because I ran out of room in my trunk. Soon I will have to move those on the shelves back to the floor in front of my bookcase in order to have room for read books. I have a closet shelf filled with more read books as well. I think I noticed it slowly beginning to dip in the middle, which freaked me out so I took out all my international editions and moved them into boxes. There’s still a lot of books up there, but I did remove a great deal. Some were hardcover and others were really thick paperbacks. Next I might be moving my ARCs that I’ve decided to keep. I know probably 90% of the books up there are paperbacks so at least I have that going for me. A place of my own would be nice though because all the spare room can be used for books!
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  4. I know I’m weird– I don’t buy books. Every now and then I’ll pick up a book at the dollar tree/thrift store but for the most part I’m a library-book-type of gal. Any book that my library doesn’t have right away I can always get shipped in through inner-library loans for only 50 cents!
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  5. Stephanie from Once Upon a  

    Yes!! Because I might want to read it in the physical form. Then later I kick myself because dummy you prefer your Kindle anyway! I too am in the midst of packing up and relocating my books because my husband may kill me otherwise. (Not really but an accidental avalanche of books might.)

    Sigh. You know what the real problem is? Ebooks will never be as pretty as the physical version. And they don’t smell as nice. However I need to let go of that because 90% of the time I really do just want the ebook so I can read comfortably in bed. I can always buy I book candle I suppose. 😉
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