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Started by Shadrack22 on Feb 12, 2017 12:35:17 PM
Do you suffer from bibliomania?

Do you have an overwhelming urge to buy and to surround yourself with books? Do you have a tottering pile of books on the bedside table? Do you have a lengthy 'to be read' list? Are you unable to pass a second-hand bookshop without emerging with yet more mildewed tomes?

Talk about it here.

Turkish - 12 Feb 2017 12:57:13 (#1 of 112)

Yes. I had to take a load of books to the local second shop recently. Because the house cannot hold any more. I found it very difficult emotionally. When I was working in the camps and moving from country to country I fantasised and promised myself a house full of books. And so I did in Brussels and London. But there is room for no more. It is incredibly hard to admit that. It feels as if I am betraying myself and my promises.

RosyLovelady - 12 Feb 2017 13:10:39 (#2 of 112)

I once took a load of books to a second-hand shop in my neighbourhood (yes, quite a few years ago). I almost immediately regretted parting with them. Luckily the internet came along and now I have replaced them all, as well as the ones I've lent which were never returned.

MrRosy and I manged to rid ourselves of some duplicate copies when we merged our book collections. Even so, we have to shelve a lot of them at double-depth which I find abominable: the one you're looking for is always on the back row, by law.

invicta - 12 Feb 2017 13:13:36 (#3 of 112)

Yes. I have a "to read" bookshelf, and a number of books queued on the Kindle I got for Xmas. In an effort to keep the number of books in order I have taken to using charity shops and (in particular) my kids's scout group second hand bookshelf as a lending library - all the pulp detective fiction I like tends to end up there, eventually, so I buy it for a quid or two, read it, then put it back for someone else to buy. So far this is working....

uranrising - 12 Feb 2017 15:56:34 (#4 of 112)

I've been some sort of book person since before I was toddler.

I've diverted occasionally into other areas, like football, and then diversified into music, film and so on. Been an accumulator since I discovered the second hand bookshop. It was partly to do with not having much money + the joys of the hunt for treasures.

Since my last move, not working where books were free, and having found so many I wanted, the accumulating has become a trickle. It's just that the pleasure still remains and the lure of 'you-never-know-what-you'll-find'. And it's more fun than web-finding.

And it's better than women - (only kidding).

darkhorse - 12 Feb 2017 16:07:46 (#5 of 112)

I try to treat second hand books like they're library books...Take them back after I've read them, in most cases.

One thing that made me a little less hoardy (I'm not massively hoardy by nature anyway) was dealing with the stuff accumulated by deceased friends/relatives.

I regularly pop into charity shops, but only buy the ones I know I must have or that I'll read straight away (eg, got Nick Hornby's most recent for a quid last week). The amount of times I've seen Chris Mullins' diaries and thought, "No, not yet..."

Every month I buy two or three off my "wish list" from the internet.

dreams99 - 12 Feb 2017 16:11:20 (#6 of 112)

Yes to all questions. The only books I take to secondhand shops are duplicates, where I've bought something I already have. I buy at about 4 times the rate I read. Cutting back the buying this year as various other expenses are becoming more of a priority, but I still haven't had a month in the last 16 years when I've read more oils than I've bought.

foghorn - 12 Feb 2017 16:29:16 (#7 of 112)

Also yes to all. I picked some Bukowski books in German out of the rubbish just the other day.

Despite a great deal of discipline in my current, tiny, town centre flat, I´ve done it again and accumulated a lot. There are boxes on top of the groaning wardrobe and large messy stacks of shame. Really don´t want to part with these as I´ve kept it pretty much to a core of books that I really value. Currently looking at the sort of home for the autumn of life where a library is not a problem, but shipping is worrying me.

The future Mrs.Horn worked in publishing and is worse.

Bleu11 - 12 Feb 2017 16:40:46 (#8 of 112)

> I picked some Bukowski books in German out of the rubbish

Did it smell like ham?

thisonehasalittlehat - 12 Feb 2017 16:45:08 (#9 of 112)

I reckon I've read enough books now.

solomongursky - 12 Feb 2017 16:47:39 (#10 of 112)

If I read a paperback and enjoyed it I go on Abebooks and you can often buy a signed first for less than the cost of the hardback.

AlanII - 12 Feb 2017 16:52:53 (#11 of 112)

Have an acquaintance who has literally filled his house with books. He moved to fill another one with the same.

foghorn - 12 Feb 2017 16:54:59 (#12 of 112)


A little bit. He enjoys a curious status here and we had a picture in a student wohngemeinshaft that I lived in of him and his bird.

So I have a soft spot for him. What I really like are the wonderful dated covers.

RosyLovelady - 12 Feb 2017 17:01:57 (#13 of 112)

Wow, Alan, that's serious stuff. We only built an extension. Now I wish we'd made it a two-storey extension because of all that doubling-up of the books.

I rarely, if ever, buy hardbacks. It's partly inverted snobbery, and partly because hardbacks are too big and unwieldy for arthritic hands. Besides, depending obviously on what sort of book it is, a paperback edition is often more up-to-date. Electronic books won't do at all: they don't fully exist and yet they're bloody hard on the eyes.

JudgeMentalist - 12 Feb 2017 17:03:28 (#14 of 112)

I'm a recovering bookhoarder, I'm down to one fully stuffed 7ft bookshelf, surplus from a library, and a couple of old CRT TV cardboard boxes.

shelve a lot of them at double-depth which I find abominable

I put them on the upper shelves where they're out of line of sight. But I only look at the rows behind every few years, so it's always a pleasure to rediscover something I'd half forgotten I owned.

JudgeMentalist - 12 Feb 2017 17:27:46 (#15 of 112)

Bear with me, a show called A Series of Unfortunate Events, it's easier to watch this short clip than describe it, so please have a look. :

See that baby Sunny? That was me with books from a very early age, topped the reading age tests in infants first year, the following years involved Famous Five etc with a torch under the bedsheets long into the night. And so it continued through uni, mid-20s, 30s, and then a not quite mid-life crisis, more of a mid-life declutter. And the books had to go, well, some of them.

Nowadays I've hundreds if not thousands of books on my phone/tablet/USB key! But I couldn't bear to part with that one bookshelf full of my lifetime favourites. Local jumble sales, and Oxfam shops, WHSmith, as a uni student the Charing Cross Road bookshops, and the rest bring back fond memories.

TenGorillas - 13 Feb 2017 06:36:27 (#16 of 112)

Nope. I rarely buy books other than for teaching purposes. I just view the library as a massive offsite extension to my living room.

yumyum - 13 Feb 2017 06:51:23 (#17 of 112)

I am the opposite. I walked away from a house my ex and I sold in forrin, leaving thousands of books behind, taking maybe 100 favourites with me. I wish I'd not done it but I was going from a big house to a small flat and I was being practical.

solomongursky - 16 Feb 2017 00:12:54 (#18 of 112)

Sniffing round auctions is fun too, Trollope's complete works, 72 volumes, £250:

Or the delux full set of Harry Potter for £800:

RosyLovelady - 16 Feb 2017 08:11:53 (#19 of 112)

I enjoy bibliomania. if that's what it is. Suffering isn't part of the experience.

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