After 7 months of blogging, I finally reached meltdown mode with the pile of books taking over my living room. What once used to be a few precious winnings, gradually became boxes and piles of books won, gifted, bought (damn you Borders closing sales! *shakes fist*), or received for review. I began to fear for my sanity, as well as my marriage.
Bless his heart, the hubs hasn't mentioned the three piles of books sitting on the floor. Or the pile on the shelf. Or the mail that brings bookish things with increasing regularity. I just had a feeling it was coming.
"Listen, honey. I know you love blogging and all, but I thought the Kindle was supposed to reduce the number of books we had laying around."
In an effort to avoid that little conversation starter, I went on a frenzy this weekend. I organized the books into a "keep" pile and a "don't need to keep" pile. The "keep" books went on a special shelf in the living room to be gazed at adoringly.
And, erm...the "don't need to keep" pile? It's, um, *whispers* it's still on the floor.
When all was said and done, I counted 67 books that I have acquired over the last seven months. It easily needs its own bookshelf. The pile is cuh-razy. And it doesn't even include ebooks! I did buy a Kindle to avoid massive piles of books. Blogging has changed that.
Now I crave real books. I want to look at the covers and feel the pages. The only problem is that it takes me forever to read them because I only take my Kindle on my commute, and that's when I get the most reading done. What's a girl to do?
I feel a little bit better now that it's organized, but it still feels overwhelming. I thought about putting myself on a book buying ban, but I know I wouldn't follow it, so what's the point? I'm not sure the best way to handle this going forward. Stay organized? Buy a new blogging-only bookcase? Never enter another contest again? (HA!)
Do you have unmanageable book/review piles? How do you handle them? Hit me with your best advice, because I need it!
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