Tuesday, April 2, 2013

B is for Books

I refer to myself as a book hoarder. 

I’ve loved books as long as I can remember. My mother likes to tell stories of me walking around the house as a small child (before I could read) carrying my favorite books and talking aloud to myself, making up stories to go with the pictures. Reading is probably my all time favorite hobby. It serves so many purposes: entertainment, education, enlightenment. 

I happen to live with another book hoarder. My boyfriend is the only romantic partner I’ve ever had who loves books as much as I do (both of his parents were librarians). During one of my first visits to his house, I saw a copy of Great Expectations lying on an end table and I knew it was yet another sign that we were meant to be! Living with another book lover is great most of the time, but sometimes overwhelming. There are stacks of books on pretty much every flat surface in our house, in our cars, in bags we carry everywhere we go, not to mention the multiple book shelves we have plus more boxes in the garage...

There are definitely worse things we could have piled around our house, I suppose. To be honest, I often think of how lucky I am that I can stumble across something that gives me as much joy as finding a favorite book at a yard sale. I like to think I'm rescuing them, from being unappreciated, to a lucky spot in one of my many beloved stacks.

         My work space


  1. My wardrobe and any spare corner in my bedroom is stacked with books but now I have invested in a Kindle. All my books are in one place!
    Visiting from A - Z

  2. We have so many books! There are bookshelves everywhere, even on the stairs!
    I used to work in a library before I took early retirement, but with all the books at home it feels as though I never left! ;-p

    Just called in on the A-Z blog-hop - nice to meet a fellow hoarder!

    SueH I refuse to go quietly!

    Twitter - @Librarymaid

  3. heres to the happy book reading couple!
    its too bad ebooks are displayable! i'm proud of my books!

    nice to meet you!

  4. I was a book hoarder too. Then I divorced and had to leave a good portion of them with the ex (who has since passed away which means my beloved collection went to Goodwill, no doubt). Moved into a small rental home and my books remain boxed from the move in June, 2011. :(

  5. I even love to buy books that I know I will never read. I keep them around at if I did!!

  6. a kindred soul, I hate to get rid of any of them, but they do take up a lot of real estate in our small house, and the children have quite the collection themselves!

  7. I love everything about books. I love the way they smell, the way they sound, and of course, the words on the page!

  8. I call books found at yard sales "cheap thrills" and get so excited when I come across one of these treasures. Enjoying your posts for the A to Z!

  9. My whole family loves books. Every time we get together we are swapping them around. We mail each other our used books, even when the freight costs more than the book! My husband bought me a Nook and I wasn't sure I would like the feel of an e-reader over a book. I find I do enjoy reading on the Nook, and it is so convenient to just buy a new book when I finish one, but there are days when I just need to feel a real book in my hand!