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How many books do you own?


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How many books do you have? How is your library comprised? I would estimate that I have around 400 books, comprised mostly of classic literature, science fiction, and thrillers. I am in the process of organizing and cataloging all of my books, so maybe in a few days I will have a more accurate count. :)
My library is constantly expanding so it's hard to keep upe!


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My library is quite small at the moment with around 60 books and 14 mangas. Hoping to expand soon :D At the moment its arranged by non-fiction, fiction and fantasy sections.


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Hundreds. Litteraly. We hardly have any room left in our tiny apartment and my mom keeps ragging on me to sell them or something.

truly violet

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we have books in every single room, and indeed are looking for a new house with more wall space for these books.
( oh and a barn, as I soon will have sheep and would like goats and chickens as well...... )
however I have been collecting for over 40 years.... so I suppose that is to be expected.
heaven forbide I part with one...... not one of my precious treasures....
they number now I imagine in the thousands. I ran out of bookcases and they are now climbing the stairs, piled on the floor and every available horizontal surface.
( watch, don't sit down too long here, you will be considered a shelf)
who dreads the day I have to downsize


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At a rough guess, 8,000 - 10,000.
The collection is comprised mostly of literature (about 50%) and large sections of history, history of science and technology, mysteries, sci-fi, children's lit., philosophy, and biography.
I really should count them some day, but there are just too many. Plus, I dumped about 20 boxes (mostly drama, duplicates, anthologies, and some sociology, etc.) during the last move.


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I have around 150 at the moment, 95% of them being unread. I often wish I could take a month off from work and just devour them all!


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I'm cutting and pasting a psot i na similar topic here I made answerign thsi question:

I'm actually really good about reading things when I get them only delaying for very short periods of time, I have some 3,500 fantasy/sci-fi novels, maybe 100 mystery novels, and maybe 25o other fiction/non-fiction novels (admittedly some are doubles or even triples copies and so forth, when I went back and bought first prints, or limited editons etc). That's hardcover novels (most of them as some first prints are paperback).


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I must have thousands, because I have got rid of very few books in my life. I still have all my childhood Enid Blytons etc. Just this morning, I counted over 250 books crammed into my one bookcase. :eek: The rest are packed away in boxes, wardrobes, the loft etc.


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I still have plenty of books and cherish all of them. It would be the hardest decision one could ask of me to give away some of these books. They are part of me and I need them for reading and re-reading but also for my life-long "studies". I think it is important to continue studying even if one is already out of school...
Well, to put it clear. I "still" have plenty of books! A few years back, when I lived in Italy, I had to keep part of my belongings and among them many, many books, in a wooden shed. For some reasons it burned down and, with it, all my books. You can believe that I really suffered from a big loss. Some of these books were books I still had not read and were written in foreign langues, thus difficult and very costly to buy again. In a column of writer Paulo Coelho I read that he has taken a drastic decision to reduce the amount of his books and keep them down to a certain number.. (see below). Personally, I am not yet ready for that; maybe it requires a certain maturity that I am not up to yet, or a renounciation that would play just to hard on my need for fresh books :) !

I paste in here the article I mentioned:
On books and libraries

*****At the end of this Warrior of Light Online I comment on my earmarked books. Actually I do not have many books. Some years ago I made certain choices in life, led by the idea of trying to obtain maximum quality with a minimum amount of things. This does not mean that I opted for a monastic life – quite the contrary, when we are obliged to possess an infinite number of objects we have immense freedom. Some of my friends complain that because they have too many clothes they waste hours of their lives picking out what to wear. Since I have reduced my wardrobe to “basic black,” that is one problem that I do not need to face.
*****But I am not here to speak about fashion, but about books. To get back to the essential, I decided to keep only 400 books in my library – some for sentimental reasons, others because I am always re-reading. This decision was made for several reasons, one of them being the sadness at seeing how collections carefully gathered during a lifetime are then sold by the pound without the least respect. Another reason was: why should I keep all these books at home? To show my friends that I am cultured? To decorate the walls? The books that I have bought will be infinitely more useful in a public library than in my house.
*****I used to be able to say that I need them because I am going to consult them. But today, whenever there is any need for any information at all, I connect the computer, type a key-word and what I need appears there before me. That’s the Internet for you - the biggest library on Earth.
*****Of course I still buy books – no electronic device can possibly replace them. But as soon as I finish a book, I let it travel, give it to someone or hand it in at a public library. My intention is not to save forests or be generous; it is just that I believe that a book has a course of its own and should not be condemned to remain immobilized on a shelf.
*****Being a writer and living off copyrights, I may be advocating against myself – after all, the more my books are sold, the more money I earn. But that would be unfair to the reader, especially in countries where many of the government programs for buying for libraries do not use the basic criterion for a serious choice, namely the pleasure of reading a text with quality.
*****So let our books travel, be touched by other hands and enjoyed by other eyes. As I write this column I remember vaguely a poem by Jorge Luis Borges that speaks of the books that will never be re-opened.
*****Where am I now? In a little town in the French Pyrenees, sitting in a café enjoying the air-conditioning since the temperature out there is unbearable. By chance, I happen to have the complete collection of Borges at home, a couple of kilometers from where I am writing this – he is a writer that I am constantly re-reading. But why not try the test?
*****I cross the street. I walk for five minutes to another café, equipped with computers (a type of establishment known by the sympathetic and contradictory name of cyber-café). I say hello to the owner, order a very cold mineral water, open the page of a search program and type some words from the only verse that I remember, along with the name of the author. Less than two minutes later I have the complete poem in front of me:

*****There is a line by Verlaine that I’ll never remember again.
*****There is a mirror that has seen me for the last time.
*****There is a door closed till the end of time.
*****Among the books in my library
*****there is one that I’ll never open again.

*****In fact, I have the impression that I shall never re-open many of the books that I have given away – because something new and interesting is always being published and I love to read. I think that it is wonderful that people have libraries; the first contact that children have with books is usually through curiosity for those bound volumes with figures and letters. But I also think it is great when at a book-signing I meet readers with very used copies that have been lent dozens of times, which means that the book has traveled like the mind of the author traveled while he wrote it.

Source: (c) Paulo Coelho


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It depends whether I count: just the ones that are mine - with my name in the front (about 75), the ones that live in my bedroom but once belonged to my parents or other reletives (about 200), the ones that are family books and I KNOW my sister's going to abduct them when she's older (50 maybe), the books my friend's mum leant to me and I have a feeling she'll be happy if she doesn't get them back for a LONG time because of the space the take up (about 100)

or the books that live in the rest of the house, (the roof, under the house, the shed, the garage) which would make several thousand.
Unfortunately my parents have an annoying habit of unearthing a box of books, to discover I've read half of them already.
I have used readerware for a few years now and I find it very useful. You do have the link there and the program writer is very helpful.


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My, my dad's, and my mom's, books can amount more than 20,000 books. We have an enormous library room with tall bookshelves containing many many books. It takes us a lot of time to collect them all. My father started collecting books in this library a long time before he married my mom! :)