The problem with books.

To be sure to the book lover, it’s hard to see a problem with books. Other than the fact there’s not enough time for them all. If you work out how many books you’d like to read, and the amount you manage to read each year, then the number of years you possibly have left in life… morbid or not, it really makes a difference in how willing you are to spend on a book.

That aside, bookshelves. I really want to re-organise mine. However, my books take up:

  • one wall of a room, from ceiling to floor, mostly double-stacked as the shelves are fairly deep.
  • the side of my desk, that has two shelves built in, and the top of my desk
  • two small tables crammed in somehow between my desk and the bed
  • another bookshelf, that almost reaches the ceiling, about 1.5m wide

Then there’s also the books that have floated out to be in the living room bookcase, that takes up the entire main focus wall.

And the crates of books in cupboards and downstairs in storage. And the seven massive bags too heavy to carry, of books I plan to donate to the library. Though I guess they don’t count – perhaps I’ve become carried away here. Yes.

The problem is, where I live is very humid. Books yellow here within two-three years. Bugs get to them, no matter how they’re stored – I don’t exactly have the space or money to store them all in air-tight containers. Books should be displayed! Anyhow. I’m thinking of getting rid of a lot of them, whether to libraries or charity, depending on their current quality.

Then the rest? Re-oganise. But oh the effort, only to be then ruined once another dozen books arrive in my life.

Yes. This is the problem with books. It’s a pretty wonderful problem to have, as far as problems go.

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About thiefofcamorr

Katharine likes to think she’s a Sky Pirate and that takes up most of her time. When she isn’t treasure hunting, she’s writing or playing video games and wishing Doctor Who and Farscape were real. She started writing at age 12 and has written almost every day on paper and most certainly in her mind otherwise – or at least, she used to, and is hoping to get back into that mindset asap. She tends to like the idea of fantasy, but her ideas themselves always seem to gravitate towards science fiction. Katharine is a judge in the Aurealis Awards, and would really like a pet chocobo.

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