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Is it an unhealthy obsession to be taking photos of your books? I'm thinking it might be...

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This week's pile of books acquired... well the last couple of weeks anyway. I'm blaming nakeisha for the top two, the TV series, Waking the Dead, for the next two, someone, but I can't remember who, for the book of essays by Ursula Le Guin, and anglersrest for the last one. None of it has anything to do with me. That's my story and I'm sticking to it...

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The books in my Chunkster challenge minus two - one of which has been read and one of which is being read.

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Part of Mount To Be Read. Though some of these have been read, the Pratchetts for instance. And what's weird is that I had no idea I had two copies of The American Boy by Andrew Taylor until I looked hard at this pic. Anyone want one?

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More of Mount To Be Read... but not all... it's a mountain that's spread itself (again *I* had nothing to do with it) all around the house. Both these bookstacks are in my study. I'm kind of weird in that I like to keep my treasured books close. I stand and look at them sometimes and they make me smile. I'm either easily pleased or this obsession is indeed becoming unhealthy.


Well, I loved Kinsella's Undomestic Goddess so I'm expecting to like the Shopaholic ones when I get to them. I believe the new one is either at the top or near the top of the fiction charts.

And I rearrange my bookshelves about once a month just so that they look pretty >.>

So glad 'tis not just me... ;-)
Oh, you've just made me feel so much better about my own Mount TBR! I had a grand attempt at tidying this afternoon, firmly resolved to send some books to the charity shop and reduce some of the teetering piles! And did I succeed? Well, let's just say that the piles are not teetering any more. No, they've been re-stacked more tidily and straightened up so they no longer teeter, even though they have the same number of books in them!
Now I know what I need - more bookcases, so that I can admire them properly (and remember what I've got!). Cos it's possible, just possible, that I might have the odd duplicate myself here and there! Sometimes it's difficult to see quite what's on some of my bookcases because of the piles of books in front of them. And I'm impressed that you have bookcases with room to spare on them! *g*
And that "buy with 1 click" button on the new and used section of Amazon has a lot to answer for.
Thank you so much for cheering me up after my failed efforts to lose some books!
One of the most difficult things in the world, isn't it?

I occasionally manage to persuade myself there's something I will never read again and donate it to the library sale. And resist the urge to buy it back...

I don't think it's porn if the books are decently clad in their jackets *g*.
And resist the urge to buy it back...

It's so true! Oh, it's so nice to know it isn't just me. I am among kindred spirits!
One of the most difficult things in the world, isn't it?

It's incredibly difficult. I really think I like collecting books as much as I like reading them. And these days the covers are extremely tactile too, that doesn't help!

I don't think it's porn if the books are decently clad in their jackets *g*.

I'm really bad at getting rid of books too. And it's daft because I'm really not much of a rereader so keeping them all is a bit silly. I suspect I like collecting books almost as much as I like reading them. It might stem from a childhood where having books in the house wasn't really encouraged, so now I want to fill my own house with them - just because I can.

Yes, I still have some space on my bookshelves here in my study. This is because I cleared out some clutter from the lower shelves so that I had more room for books - I was after creating a travel book shelf. I've since filled quite a lot of the space but thankfully still have some left. I seem to be quite good at creating book space but am fast reaching the limit of that I have to admit. I'm not eyeing up a space in the dining room for a shiny new bookcase. :-)

Pleased to have cheered you up. You are not alone. *g*

And thank you, btw, for your lovely e.mail. Now that I'm a bit better and things are quieter I'm hoping to get caught up. I still owe you one from weeks and weeks ago.
I'm not sure whether it's an unhealthy obsession or not, but since I'm enjoying your photos and your obsession as well, I think it should carry on! I found myself peering at the spines, thinking ooh, yes, that one! and what is that pale blue one in the middle of the first pic.... Nearly as good as wandering around people's bookshelves when you visit! *g*

One of the worst things about being temporarily (well, since 1999...) itinerant is having my books in boxes on the other side of the world, rather than right here on shelves where I can gaze at them and feel happy. In fact I keep thinking that maybe, since I'll be back for 8 months, I should get them all out, just to sort of... make sure they're okay...

And isn't Shopaholic great!
If I visit people and they have bookshelves it's the first thing I head for. With almost indecent haste...

The blue book in the middle of the first pic is The Wave in the Mind by Ursula K. Le Guin. It's 'Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader and the Imagination'. I saw it talked about *somewhere* and as I like the author and enjoy essays and needed another book to get me up to £15 free postage on Amazon... that was what I got, along with the holocaust books.

And isn't Shopaholic great!

I don't know yet, but suspect they will be. *g*
Not unhealthy at all.

And blame away, I don't mind :-)

So no more book buying for you for - oh, I don't know, at least two days.
oh, I don't know, at least two days.

*Absolutely* not. *cough*

We won't mention eBay. No... best not.


Who said that?

*Looks around*