You may or may not know but I recently moved house and one of the biggest challenges – aside from finding a van big enough to transport all of my furniture – was packaging up and moving my most precious possessions; my books! Unfortunately I was moving from a fairly decent sized flat to a very small box room and thus had a horrid task of reducing my book collection. It was tough. I had to decide very harshly which books to keep and which to get rid of.
Most importantly, I got rid of a lot of books that I had read but wouldn’t re-read or at least, wouldn’t re-read any time soon.
Some I had to ask myself if I was actually going to read the book and if I was leaning toward no then it went into the get rid pile. It was tough but I had to do it.
Thus, when I finally got to my mum’s house and we’d transported the books I had decided I was keeping, my sister asked me a very important question, Have You Read Them All?.
Obviously there was a big no in return (my sister is not a reader, she does not understand book love), but it did get me thinking and so I decided to create a book database collating what books I owned and finding out just how many books I had read compared to how many I had not.
Looking only at my physical books that I currently had in my possession, I was actually more than a little alarmed at the final statistics but at lease I know I will never run out of reading material!
I own 1097 books. And this is the total after getting rid of about 300 before the move!
I have read 98 of those books.
Meaning I have 998unread books in my possession. Nine Hundred and Ninety Eight.
I currently read one, sometimes two books a week – but let’s go with two for this – which means that I read a maximum of 104 books a year which means that I basically own ten years worth of reading material.
And that is only my physical books. I don’t even want to go diving into my e-books, nor mention the fact that I also have library books out and keep receiving books in the post as well.
I will never say I have too many books but I will admit I do have a lot. And now I well and truly understand why the most common thing I say is…
I have it but I haven’t read it yet!
Honestly though, I’m still so in love with my book collection and wouldn’t change anything about it for the world!