Booking Through Thursday: Size Matters

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)?

It’s probably the largest now. The count of my actual library (which doesn’t include books I can’t get rid of, for various reasons, or my Tolkien collection, because that’s cheating) is something like one hundred and forty six books on my one bookcase. When I have a place of my own and I get to have my own office, I expect that number to rise… slightly. I’m super-picky about what books I actually purchase; unless I stand a chance of rereading it, it’s only worth a rental, even if I absolutely love it.

I don’t remember any numbers for when it was smaller and I was younger, but I imagine around the one hundred mark is more or less about right.

11 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Size Matters

  1. oh my! I’m afraid to count my books (might then have to acknowledge to my husband just how much $$$ I spend on them). I must have at least about 500.

  2. I probably have between two and five hundred books. I never get rid of books, and I have stacks and shelves worth that I have yet to read. This is including the 100+ strip books I got when I first started working for Barnes & Noble (had to clean out the old store), paperbacks, hardcovers, old textbooks, and bags of books I haven’t read yet.

    This doesn’t include any of my trade paperback comic books.

  3. Gosh, I can’t imagine having that few! I’ve never actually counted mine, but I estimated (some time ago, before the majority of my books were in storage) based on average number of books per metre of shelving that I had around three thousand. I have more now, since I almost never get rid of books and am continually buying new ones.

    You seem to have commendable self-restraint (mind you, being a student probably keeps one’s book-buying to a minimum)!

  4. I have a ridiculous number of books. I have something like 300 books at my New York place and 500 more in Louisiana for when I have a big enough place in New York to house them all. BUT, I want to have more of my loveliest books here in New York, and to that end, I am planning on reading and eliminating a number of the books I got for fifty cents at book sales and then never read. I am hugely picky about what books I buy at full price, but when they’re fifty cents or a dollar I lose all my willpower.

  5. At one point my collection had climbed to over 5000 hardbacks and even more paperbacks. When I moved, a few years back, I decided it was time to downsize. I donated the majority of the books to the friends of the library book sale. (The joke that year was that I WAS the book sale.) Now I own about 2000 books total, hardback and paperback.
    The fewest would be hard to figure, but I probably had a couple of hundred when I still lived with my parents. I also had over 18,000 comic books, which I sold most of at the same time, keeping only about a thousand, which had some sentimental value.

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