Last Updated on November 5, 2013
I know that many of us (including me) have started to use an eBook reader like the Kindle, or an iPad (it’s my favorite gadget to read books) or something else, but most of us still love books the old fashioned way: in paperback or hardcover format. And I bet most of us still have at least a bookshelf – or at least one shelf – full of books. So show me your bookshelf, and I’ll show you mine 🙂
All my live I was surrounded by books – by real books. New books, old books, bought books, borrowed books, traded books, all kinds of books. I love the smell of new books, and I also love the slightly musty smell of books that have been around long enough to tell a story.
So how many books do you have at home? I have over 1000 right now at home and in storage, pretty much all over the place. I used to have around 2000, until I’ve donated about half of them to our local St. Paul church’s charity book shop. Early on when I moved to Cyprus from Hungary, the small bookshop of this church helped me a lot as I could buy quite cheaply some of their books to read. I eventually built up a small bookshelf. Later on I started trading books with others all over the world through Bookmooch and the old Bookrelay (now changed to Bookobsessed).
Once I got some spare money I started to buy books (which I still buy even today). Until eventually I realized that I no longer have place at home to get new books. I do buy more eBooks these days than paperbacks, but I still have many actual paperbacks and hardcovers – many that are still waiting for me to read them! Talk about a book hoarder.
So here is my small challenge, should you want to take it. Take a photo of your bookshelf and post it in the comment section below. When you comment on this post, there is an option to add an image, which is very easy to use.
In the meantime I’ll post some of my bookshelves and books scattered around the house. As my apartment is quite small, I don’t have those gorgeous wall to wall bookshelves, so I put my books wherever I find an empty place (which is getting less and less these days). Thus…excuse the mess, please!