Sunday, 30 August 2015

The situation

It seems that I have a bit of a situation....  You see there is this.


This is the yet to be read pile.

And this.  Plus about twice as many more.


And three more bookcases full too.  Which between the above and the three bookcases comprise our keeping books.

I have weeded out these for the charity shop.


And when most of these are read they will be heading there too.


More time reading, less time crocheting perhaps?

Or not....

Oh, and I just remembered another bag full that are still to be read.  At least only about half of the three bookcases full in the office are mine.  They are mostly cookbooks in there too.  Which surely isn't soooooo bad is it!!!

I used to read a massive amount, but not so much these days, but as you know from my Reading My Books Challenge (click the label at the bottom of this post to find out more) I am now reading more than I used to.  I do need to speed up though as at the current rate I have 10 years worth of reading here.

I bought two more yesterday as well!

Eeeeekk!!!

Amy

p.s. There is a reason why the books are randomly piled up like this.  More to follow on that in a few days.  I don't normally keep my books in random heaps!!

56 comments:

  1. Books have a crafty way of multiplying don't they. But a nice pile of unread books is a happy thing I think - all those adventures still to be had. I always wish there was more time for reading as well. My eldest has piles of books all over the floor of his room at the moment - my job this morning - putting together a bookcase. Just as soon as I've finished having a sit down... CJ xx

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  2. I have a basket by my bed which is overflowing... I made a deal with myself... Two books from the basket and then I can buy ONE... So the pile goes down and I can still have the pleasure to buy some...

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  3. I have a soft spot for books and often have several on the go at once, I dont like to part with them though I am self confessed book hoarder still I could be into worse things :-)

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  4. I have the opposite problem- what to read when I've finished my current Dr Watson thriller :o) x

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  5. I consider myself a slow reader compared to my husband who can have at least 5 books on the go at the same time. Like Dawn I find it quite difficult to part with books, but find it necessary to take a load of them to the Charity shops from time to time.
    Happy reading Amy.

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  6. Same situation here. I've now got my eye on an empty-ish shelf in the fridge.

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  7. Very Inspector Rebus... or is it Wallander? One of them lives in piles of unread books! I have a lot of unread stuff, but a lot of my reading now is on the Kindle, so you can't see the piles.
    Good luck sorting and reading; I'm looking forward to seeing why you keep them in piles (hope it's good)

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  8. No such thing as too many books and it is important to have a large and varied 'to be read' pile as you never know what you might be in the mood for

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  9. I have a stack if books in between my dresser and a cupboard that are waiting to be read. Now that I'm not working, I'm going to have to make a point of reading more and then passing them on to others. Good luck getting through yours. Definitely don't give up the crochet. :) Best wishes, Tammy

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  10. Well, seeing your book piles has made me feel a lot better about mine!

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  11. I too am on the lookout for more books in preparation for winter reading, when we don't get out and about as much. I am not as good as you though I keep them and have bookcases all over the house. Sorting out the bookcases is on my to do list.

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  12. I have to admit since learning to crochet my book reading has slowed considerably. I do get more read when I have to catch the bus to Leeds as it's a 2 hour round trip so I always have a book in my bag. I also get uninterrupted time to read when I have a bath - but only cause I haven't been brave enough to try crocheting in the bath - yet :-)

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  13. Your piles of books make me smile Amy. Good luck with it all. I don't get through as much reading as I'd like, and much less than I did when I was young. So there is the little pile beside the bed, and a few more on the floor. And the magazines in the toilet... And the Kindle, where I download anything I hear about that seems appealing. Oh dear!! xx

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  14. Dear Amy
    Another book collector here too! The piles of books look familiar...I do read a lot though, but still can't keep up with my ever expanding collection! I tried the 'one in, one out' rule which didn't last long, although I really should try it again.
    Too many books? Never! Just not enough bookshelves/bookcases!
    Best wishes and happy reading
    Ellie

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  15. Oh dear Amy! Have you tried Bookaholic's Anonymous!! One day I plan on having a room that is booklined... one day!! xx

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  16. I have gradually been going through book pile similar to this. It's been a fantastic adventure. ;))

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  17. All you need now is a nice bit of peace and quiet and a cup of coffee to while away the hours. x

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  18. LOL! My dear, you have a reading addiction! :) Not a bad thing though. I should read more. Thanks for popping in and hope the weekend was good for you.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  19. Ha ha, Amy! I have a similar situation. I have about 100 books to read and then my mum lends me hers when she is finished with them, I sometimes pick up one or two when I take Faye to the library and of course I end up buying more too and can't possibly keep up! I'm trying very hard to up my reading this year. I was aiming for 50 but I've only just hit 25 so I think it might be unlikely. I love reading so much but with the other hobbies, it is hard to fit it all in, isn't it?

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  20. My bookcases are mostly full of reference type books, but do have a small one with novels, some read, some not. I read a lot when I was young (before I married), then once I had kids it came to a fullstop. When I was made redundant I started again, but have slowed again over the last couple of years, but really should make more time to read again, as I've a few that I'd love to get into. Look forward to knowing why the books are in stacks! Take care.

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  21. I weed my books (for there are thousands of them, in every room in the house) every couple of years and between, if a book is one I'm not enjoying, it goes straight into a bag for our next visit to the charity shop. But they arrive quicker than they go out, so I'm always left with huge piles like yours ... there is no remedy, I'm afraid. Stopping buying books isn't an option.
    Margaret P

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  22. when we moved, i had a massive purge of the bookshelves. i went through this ridiculous minimalist phase and thought it would be better to have ebooks than real books. nothing against ebooks, but they just aren't the same.

    i do try and restrain myself though -- by avoiding secondhand bookshops etc because i just can't be trusted. and i'm horribly greedy when i go to the library....

    i agree with CJ above, a great pile of unread books is a truly marvelous things. makes me a bit giddy to think about it, actually. :)

    xo

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  23. Hehehe looks achievable to me lol. I've got back in to reading again but I've been using a kindle app on my phone. Means if I'm waiting in the car at traffic lights (DH drives but I can't read when the car is moving) or in a waiting room I can grab 5 minutes with a book. I still prefer the proper paper ones though

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  24. Isn't there a saying: 'You can never have too many books'? Or was it 'shoes', or perhaps 'bags'. Whatever. Books, lovely books. As a book editor, I'll always choose a lovely, physical book over the electronic version. Great to see that you do too!

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  25. We're just back from England and I'm trying to get caught up with all my blogs. I'd love to dive into your TBR stacks. Love the car photos, we went to a steam fair while in England and saw a load of vintage cars there.

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  26. Also meant to say about your check engine light, we have Mazdas and if you don't screw the gas cap on right that light comes on and they'll charge a $100 to turn it off. It's such a wide spread problem that it warns you about it on the gas cap.

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  27. Hello, Amy! Your books look very interesting. I'd love to help you by reading some of them! :D
    Have a lovely week and see you soon! xx

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  28. This looks so familiar! I used to have stacks of books waiting to be read. Now the stacks are all on my Kindle where they don't take up any space. The problem with that is because I can't see them I often forget what I have. Good luck working your way through all of them!

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  29. Lots of reading in your future if you are to get through all those books. Ever thought of setting up one of the Little Free Libraries that are very popular in lots of places?

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  30. Look on the positive side : you're not likely to run out of books soon ;-))))

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  31. I had piles that looked very similar before I moved house. I gave most of them to charity but I really should have kept some that I keep looking for ha! X

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  32. My goodness ... that is a lovely lot of books.
    I always do more reading in the Autumn and Winter months, but I am looking forward to finding out why your books "are randomly piled up like this."

    Happy Bank Holiday Wishes

    All the best Jan

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  33. That's a lot of books Amy! Maybe you could use some for presents? Finding reading time can be a struggle, can't it? Happy reading. x

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  34. Oooh! I'd love to have a rummage through those for the charity shop, the Agatha Christie would be coming home with me for a start. Actually, it might be one I've already got. I tend not to keep books once they've been read, I just don't have the room to do so, and my reading pile is considerably smaller since I became the owner of a Kindle, you can pile them up on there and not lose any space.

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  35. Reading takes a lot of time, doesn't it? I love to spend hours doing it, too.

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  36. Look at those books!!!!
    I love books!
    I believe that no one can have too many books! I Often read a book and then pass it on to a friend, but I also have some books that I keep for my children and future grandchildren.
    I hope you have a great week!
    Tammy

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  37. that is a lot of books! but it is so lovely to have so many books to look forward to! x

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  38. This is part of the reason I don't buy books anymore - where do they get stored afterwards!! Now I just utilise the library, which if I haven't enjoyed a book, means I haven't lost any money.

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  39. Say, you are really behind in your reading. That's what I've been doing - polishing off a book over a couple of days and moving on to another. There's no time for spending on the computer to visit blogs when you're in to a good mystery. So, my blogging circle of friends gets smaller yet but I'm not ready to quit as many of my friends are. This makes me sad, I met them through things in common and liked to read about their lives and activities in posts but after a number of years, many are saying they don't find it gratifying any more.
    At least once the gardens are finished I'll find a bit more time for visiting.
    Have a great week Amy!

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  40. I think the problem is, not that there are too many books, but that you need a library like Belle gets from the Beast (in Beauty and the Beast). Then you'd have to have lots and lots and lots of books to fill all those shelves. I've made a start on the books - now I just need a Beast to give me the library! LOL

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  41. Most of the books on my shelves are 'waiting to be read' (although at the moment they are not on any shelves at all - just sitting in boxes in the garage waiting for shelves upon which to sit). Try to look on it as your own personal library, there to be dipped into and browsed when you need something to read. Reading must continue to be a joy rather than a chore and it doesn't matter to anyone how fast or slow you read them - as long as you enjoy the books and take something from them. Judy.

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  42. That is the dilemma among us crafters . . . shall I knit? Read? Cross Stitch? Take a nap?

    So many options, so little time.

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  43. now I know why we are bloggy friends, it's because of the books! I love your pile and your love of book buying keeping hoarding and reading :)

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  44. Looks like you are Wealthy - with sooo many adventures to dive in to . .
    hey, can't cook books go in the kitchen . . You'll NEED them someday soon, right???

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  45. I'm right there with you as far as having books and loving to read! I donate a lot to my local libraries, schools. Also sometimes its fun to do a giveaway on my blog. :-) Not only do I buy them... I'm checking them out from the library all the time lol. Good luck!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  46. I think you need to take a vacation and a blog break and just read! :)

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  47. Good for you for getting organized with these. REmidns me that I need to do the same. I'll send you some more - haha. JK

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  48. My goodness Amy you have a lot of books! I spend my free evenings crocheting and so I don't read as much as I used to which is a shame.
    Marianne x

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  49. We are now using the lovely local library, that way all books have a deadline for return and don't pile up.

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  50. I love a good book and I know how hard it is to weed through them all to donate. I give a lot of mine to the local library for their annual sale. It gives them funds and helps me to have more space. Happy reading.
    Meredith

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  51. Like SeagullSuzie I do use the library a lot so don't buy so many books as I used to, but sometimes I am tempted and at the moment have a little pile of unread books, those I don't want anymore I take to the second hand book shop at our nearest NT property or to a charity shop. It is hard to part with much loved books though and we have shelves and shelves of those:)

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  52. Never enough hours in the day to do all we would like to do.

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  53. I'm in exactly the same situation - at least I get to read on the train to work! I'll have to keep going till I'm 200 to get through all mine!
    Best wishes
    Helen

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  54. I don't see that as a "situation"...oh wait...it may be to those who don't enjoy reading!!! Happy reading!

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  55. Oooo - lots of lovely books, my weakness! I see a couple of titles and authors there who are amongst my favourites :)

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