Books! Books Everywhere! (Be Warned This Post Contains Book Porn)

I have mentioned a few times this week that my house has slowly but surely become a bit of a death trap due to incoming books (through publishers, the library but also mainly me finding bargains here there and everywhere) over the last few weeks. Well, I thought that I would share with you all just how bad things have actually got before I finally, because I still haven’t, got round to sorting them out.

Back in my old London flat, and the flat before that, I could pretty much let my books take over the house. I was deaf to my ex-husband’s pleas for actually having some space anywhere at all, I don’t think this is one of the reasons that we are ex’s, moving on… Then I moved to my aunt and uncles house and so I had a major cull and allowed myself only six boxes or paperbacks and three big duty weight bags of hardback books. Two of the boxes and the bags of books were allowed in my new room, which was the size of a small studio flat, the rest of them lived in the garage with a few boxes of the books that had read and wanted to keep when I eventually lived somewhere I could house them all.

I am now in such an abode and while I had yet ANOTHER massive cull before I moved, and then moved again to be here, and was down to the five boxes that you can see on the right hand side, which of course are now covered in piles of more books!

In fact the whole of, what I call, ‘reading corner’ has really become rather over run with books. The shelves, no more bags yippee, of hardback books are now having to be used as a shelf themselves and so has my reading chair (we are decorating so do forgive the rather shocking walls and lack of carpet, its rustic/Pompeii chic). Reading corner has actually, and literally, become TBR corner…

And forget my normal books by the bedside on my bedside table; they are now covering the bedside chair and bureau too…

It doesn’t stop in the bedroom either. Just look at the dining table, which shows the level of naughtiness I am at as I have read no Mary Stewart but bought all these as the local grocers was selling books for 10p each (so how could I not)…

Proof copies have started to decorate the table in the lounge window (where a copy of 1001 Books To Read Before You Die seems somewhat ironic)…

Library books have been popped on the hall table (well chest of drawers) and simply left there because there is frankly no room left elsewhere, though the ladder does lead to what will be the mezzanine ‘reading landing’ and spare room…

I was wondering where I had left all the books that Oxford University Press had kindly sent for Classically Challenged the other day and couldn’t find them. I scoffed when The Beard said that I had left them in the bathroom, I mean really who would do that? Oh…

Even the gorgeous shelves of books I have read is getting covered from above, even though there is space for more of them on the shelves, but that is how lazy I have been…

And as you can see even poor little Oscar is in slight fear for his life now that I have started using the coffee table…

So I guess I really better go out and sort it all out hadn’t I?

Does anyone else have the same problem? How do you go about sorting it all out? Where is the strangest place that you have ever left piles of books? Do you think this is some kind of addiction?

*Note – I did actually tidy up for these pictures, it was actually much, much, much worse.

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21 responses to “Books! Books Everywhere! (Be Warned This Post Contains Book Porn)

  1. Love this post Simon! I think the books look great and enhance the rooms to be honest. I’m just curious though, how do you decide which books to cull? I tried the same once, and could only find 3 books that I could actually give away (and choosing those 3 was rather difficult!) Even those that I’ve read I like to keep, so that I have the chance to read them again if I ever feel the urge.

  2. carolee888

    The strangest place is one of my kitchen cabinets. I had more dishes than books at the time. Now, I can hardly wait to sell out house, move and buy some serious bookcases. I have one folding one and two that I put together myself but they are short, only four shelves each.

  3. Well, my two rooms are such a chaos when it comes to books that I could not take any pictures of them. I have books everywhere, except for the bathroom, mainly because there is no room for them in there :) I used to have two boxes with books under the table but I somehow managed to move them on the balcony… Oh yes, this is an addiction, but let’s say it is a clever one :)

  4. gaskella

    My ex did cite my lack of control over acquiring books as a contributing factor! It’s so bloomin’ difficult though… I’m starting to get there over book-culling, but it is soooo difficult but with a four figure TBR, it needs to be done.

  5. It’s my life all over; but you look so organised and the piles are so inviting. Every time I move house I have a cull, well, try to. Move number 4 now and I’m boxing everything up and trying to be rational. My other half constantly says I must stop buying books (but is happy to read them) and I have to admit to an addiction.
    Don’t mention the CDs, DVDs, videos, tapes and LPs.

  6. This is why so many people gravitate to your blog…you are just like us!
    On a recent podcast you mentioned that you wished there was an app to help you keep track of your books, I found one today…BOOK CRAWLER. From the little I’ve played with it, I think it’s really going to help me keep track of my stacks of books!

  7. Kats

    Simon! Clearly the answer to your books taking over any physical space in the flat is simple…. I don’t dare say it out loud, but it starts with a “K”….
    (okay, ducking and diving to get out of here as quickly as possible now before you throw one of your many books at me – ha!)

  8. As soon as I read review books…I mail them to my sister…would you like her address?

  9. I don’t have this problem at all. I stopped buying when I ran out of space. Too simple huh? :-)

  10. Alison P

    You have no idea how reassuring it is that there are other people with a similar “addiction” and book filled homes! Perhaps you should have a Savidge Sale and invite us all to purchase (ie cull) your books for you?!

  11. Actually, I quite like the look of your house (rustic walls excepted) with all the books – it wouldn’t bother me at all to live somewhere like that. Although I do appreciate your problem in actually locating the right book at the right time…
    I’m not allowed to go to these excesses, however, so have to give books to friends or charity shops or donate them for the school fair etc.

  12. I loved this Simon! I’ve been admonished many times for my many bookshelves and stacks of books throughout the house! Thank you for making me feel like I’m not the only one in the world with piles and piles of books! :-)

  13. Your books all look like they are artfully placed by an interior designer! My bookcases are a right mess and I have little book cairns all over the flat. I found cobwebs on one the other day!

  14. I have the same problem, but because there are only two rooms I can keep books (the living room and the bedroom) it means I have to cull constantly. I have them piled everywhere, including a stack of around 200 in the top part of my wardrobe (who needs clothes, right?) and easily another 200 piled up four deep in the corner of the living room. I am due for another cull soon, because I am quickly running out of room (again).
    PS>Your house is lovely!

  15. The books in your home look neat compared to mine. We have books everywhere (visitors have to move them off the sofa before they sit down)… I do try culling, but it makes me feel like a murderer, and I tried sorting them into poetry, novels, history etc, alphabetically arranged within each section, but they wouldn’t stay where I put them – they upped and moved without me doing anything. And there’s no room for more shelves, so they have squatters’ rights on furniture, under furniture, in furniture, on the floor…

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  17. Christy

    I believe books should occupy every corner and every surface of our homes. They can get out of hand now and again, and when this happens, I choose the books I know I’ll never read again and give them away. Those I can’t give away, I trade at the local half price book shop. A book for a book.

  18. kaggsysbookishramblings

    It’s reassuring to know I’m not the only one with a serious Book Buying Illness… I have had to move some volumes into storage into boxes under every bed in the house – my children are not happy :(((

  19. I’m glad you added the note that you had tidied up for the photos because I was thinking “that doesn’t look bad at all”, which may tell you about the state of my house viz piles of books! In my defence, we are doing some building work and redecorating at the moment, which included piling a whole bunch of stuff into the dining room/library, so my bookshelves aren’t easily accessible. Which is why there are small piles of books on every chair or table…

    Books are good decoration. It’s fine. I’d hate anyone to visit my house and not see any books, after all.

  20. Of course it’s an addiction, Simon! And we all have it ha ha. Looks to me like your stacks are pretty in order. Normal, I mean.

    As for culling, my strategy is to say goodbye to: (1) books that I’ve read and didn’t really like that much; (2) books that I tried to start reading but couldn’t get into; (3) books that, when pondered upon, I realise I didn’t like the thought of reading them.

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