Is there such a thing as too many books?
Once the ceiling starts sagging, you know you should have stuck with the paperback edition.
Books are heavy, some more so than others. Come to think of it, just because you resort to buying paperback editions only probably won't keep the ceiling from sagging if you keep on piling them up by the dozen. Bottom line would be you buy two paperbacks instead of one hardback and no matter how you look at the it they will need the same amount of shelf space and the weight will be the same too. The only difference being that the actual amount of books would be higher if you stuck to paperbacks only. The ceiling would still be considered a safety hazard for those living downstairs.
Have I lost you yet? Yes? Never mind. No? Don't worry, we're getting there soon enough. You see, the average person doesn't have the luxury of owning a library the size of an Olympic-sized pool, which causes a problem all fellow book hoarders are painfully aware of - the question of storage.
Don't blame it on too many books. Blame it on too little space.
Ultimately I'd prefer to keep them all, but when all the shelves are packed, trunks are filled, and boxes stacked, then there is no way around admitting that you've got a tiny little problem. Until I find out how to get a suspended ceiling in place to put all those books there which I am bumping into while navigating my apartment, the only solution is out with the old. Let's face it, otherwise there'd be no place for the new.
Personally I have reached the limit of available shelf space at least a dozen times already. Every time this tragic event takes place I set out to do a little book purge and get rid of those volumes I don't see myself reading again. And even though I know I will never read these books again I never make it through this process without the obligatory sad face and weary sighs.
Since I started buying more and more used books this isn't as hard as it used to be compared to when I picked out books I bought new and which cost way more money. Apparently it's easier to throw out stuff that costs less. The only upside I can see is that I can share the bookish love with fellow readers, sometimes make a buck or two reselling, and most importantly have enough space again to bring in some new books.
When all else fails there's always the Kindle!
What are your thoughts on this? Do you admit to owning too many books? Are you even a compulsive book hoarder? Have you ever run into problems with declining shelf space? Be honest, how many books do you own? And how many more do you think you'd be able to squeeze in?