Usually I'd be the first one to say that one can never have too many books. That way you are never without a good story to get lost in. Plus there are certainly worse, and weirder, things to collect and surround yourself with. However, looking at my double-stacked, jam-packed, sagging-in-the-middle book shelves, I have to wonder if there actually can be such a thing as too many books. Living in a small-ish Japanese apartment doesn't help either as we simply don't have any extra space for more shelves.
My book collection really went a bit wild when we were living in England. Far too many book stores to tempt me, with their sales and all those shiny covers beckoning. After having lived in Japan for a few years it was like heaven to have big book stores full of books in English! I don't remember now how many exactly, but we did have quite a few boxes of books, mostly mine, when we moved back to Japan. And then when we moved a couple of years ago, from one side of Tokyo to another, my books alone filled something like 30 or 40 boxes!
What has me especially thinking of this now though is the prospect of moving them yet again. With an international move likely early next year, I look at my loaded shelves and feel bad for the books there that I haven't read yet. Some that came with me from England and are still sitting there waiting to be read. And I think of the packing. Although the unpacking of the books on the other end is always fun! Like Christmas! Or is that just me?
Books. They're heavy. They take up a lot of space. But they also provide hours of pleasure, and I can't imagine my life without them. However, I've decided that I really shouldn't be adding more to my shelves in the meantime. I'm looking at you Book Depository and your 10% off sales that make me buy more books! ;)
So I've decided to go on a kind of personal book-buying ban, and I'm mentioning it here to hold myself accountable. Completely cold turkey is just too hard but I'm going to be quite strict with myself. So I'm only allowed to buy at most 6 books (one each month) for the remainder of the year. Mostly to allow for any new releases that I absolutely must have (like 1Q84!). I'm also still allowed to accept a few books for review if they interest me and I think I'll be able to read them, and especially if they're ebooks, but I will really limit those as well. And entering the odd giveaway is allowed, if it's a book I really want. But no more book buying! Or technically, almost no more book buying! Wish me luck! And feel free to yell at me if you see me wavering!
Japanese Literature Giveaway for 3 contemporary JLit stories, and this coming Saturday I'll have a few literary titles to share with you for the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop, so be sure to check back.
Is there such a thing as too many books?
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