Rory wants to know, what is on our shelves. Rory asks: How large is your shelved book collection? Do you actually have a shelved collection of hard copy books or a digital collection only or both? Are you willing to show an image of your collection in the shelves?
I have been downsizing my book collection for a few years. I have gifted many to others. I currently have 4 large boxes in my garage waiting to make a trip across the country to my cousin. I have sent off books to family and friends that I think they will enjoy. I have donated numerous boxes of books to thrift stores.
I had bookshelves built in my living room right after I moved in, in the 1980s. I had my brother and spouse build me wall to wall, floor to ceiling, shelves for my books and salt and pepper shakers in the 1990s. In addition, I have books in my bedroom, books in guest room, books in my sewing room, and books in my scrapbooking room. I have children’s books in most rooms for the grandkids to enjoy also. I have an entire IKEA bookcase in the garage for the grandkids. When they find one they really want, it goes home with them.
I do not have digital books. Truth be told, I do not have a Kindle, nor an iPad. I have been told I can download books to my computer and read them. I need to get my tushy in gear and learn how to download books. I signed up for a virtual library card with my county, but have not taken advantage of their wonderful offerings.
Before the pandemic, I would frequent thrift stores and find wonderful books for 99 cents to 2.99. It was a glorious hunt for lovely books. Books tended to whisper to me and I would typically purchase the ones that spoke to me. Now, Amazon Prime is my friend for books. I have so many in every room that still need to be read, I should not buy anything for a year or so. But I know that is not going to happen.