Hi everyone. This is my first time to participate in Booking Through Thursday, so, if you're new here, hi and welcome to Your Move, Dickens. I'm Darlyn, and we usually talk about classics around these parts. This week's Booking Through Thursday topic is:
What’s the largest your personal library has ever been? What’s the greatest number of books you’ve ever owned at one time? (Estimates are fine.)
Is your collection NOW the biggest it’s ever been? Or have you down-sized?
What’s the fewest number of books you’ve ever owned (not counting your pre-reading years)?
I wish my personal collection looked like this.
I currently have around 300 books, more or less. If you look at my shelf, you'll probably think I'm bipolar, since the genres are all over the place. I have a lot of Stephen King thrown in with romance, fantasy, young adult, chick lit, and, of course, classics. Each month, I seem to go through a phase where I buy just one particular genre (it could be chick lit, fantasy, or something else), resulting in the eclectic mess that is my personal library.
Most of my books are secondhand, due to the fact that I'm addicted to secondhand bookstores. I can't walk out of one without buying something, anything. It's a sickness.
My collection now is probably the biggest it has ever been. I've been buying books for as long as I can remember, but I used to give away the ones I finished. For some reason, I've turned into a hoarder these past couple of years, so you'll have to rip a book away from my death grip, before I can give it away.
And the fewest number of books I've ever owned? This is a tough question, because I barely remember my pre-addiction to secondhand bookstores self. It seems so long ago. I turned into a total bookworm in the third grade, when I got hooked on Nancy Drew mysteries. So, I remember owning a few Nancy Drew books and storybooks. I think they occupied one shelf on my bookshelf, while the rest were filled with toys. Now, I have a bookshelf divided into six shelves, and they're full. I hope I can get another one soon. Heh. Heh.
What about you? How's your personal library doing? Are you trying to expand or trim it down?