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What’s the largest your personal library has ever been? What’s the greatest number of books you’ve ever owned at one time? (Estimates are fine.)
Is your collection NOW the biggest it’s ever been? Or have you down-sized?
What’s the fewest number of books you’ve ever owned (not counting your pre-reading years)?
I have absolutely no idea how many books I have, but my collection is currently at its smallest for quite some time, as I’m now only keeping books by certain authors and the occasional exceptionally good stand-alone that I think I may read again ni the future.
I used to keep all my books, regardless of whether I had enjoyed them, as I just couldn’t bear the idea of parting with a book. This, of course, led to me having precious little room for new books! I had several bookcases stuffed to overflowing, books in cupboards, books under the bed, and box upon box of books in the attic.
At last, I decided to have a good clear out. I donated many books to charity shops; sold many online; left them in the wild or at bookcrossing sites with a log number; gave them away to family and friends. Yet I still had many books lying about the place – and this was before I had a monstrous pile of unread books (now known as Mount To-Be-Read).
Enough was enough, I made the executive decision to take things down to the bare minimum and donated around 200 books to a local library that has no book acquisition budget. While I was at it, I took another look at Mount TBR and added a bunch of those to the pile for the library as I no longer had any interest in reading them.
Now I have a more manageable amount of books – one very large bookcase in the livingroom which, with books doubled up, has plenty of room for more books as I add to my standing collections. Mount TBR is now more of a hillock, as I’ve reduced it to around sixty or so (down from more than 250!). I’ve also started using the library more to try new authors.
Now, if I can just keep up the good work…