Monday, December 3, 2012

Musing Monday...Watch Out Imaginary Kitty!!

Let's start this bright, shiny new week by checking out this week's Musing Monday, as always, from the desk of MizB at Should Be Reading....

This week’s musing, courtesy of Booking Through Thursday, asks… 
How do you organize/store your books? Do you go through them often? Or do you pretty much just shelve them and then leave them alone until you need them?  

What is this thing of which you speak...organize??
Oh, you are so funny...organize my
Oh, wait.
You are serious!

How do I organize my books?
That would be pretty much not at all.

My bookshelves are full. I guess I could cull out some and replace them with new books but honestly, it would be like throwing pebbles at a tank.
The number of books I have is way beyond that.

At first, when I first started blogging, I had a few neat piles, then a few unneat piles, then piles so tall they threaten to topple over and crush my imaginary kitty, Kitty. Then I discovered the wonder which is the plastic tote box. You can hide dozen of books in each one, put them in the basement and they are gone. Ok, not really, but they are out of my sight and Kitty..and my real cat, Giant Fat Cat Larry..are safe.

At first I tried.
Books to read.
Books to review in order.
Books I read.
But book keep coming in and not going out.
There in lies the problem.
What to do with books that I have read?

Now, books I bought, actually paid for, I feel free to give away or sell. I give some to my Sil. The problem is that, try as I might, she gives them back. But there are others to give to. I could give them to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. I could leave them in airports or waiting rooms at hospitals. I can sell them, at a used bookstore or on Amazon.

 I have gotten better about borrowing books from the library, but that is a minor issue. The majority of books that come into my home are gratis, free, given to me, in return for the hope that I will write a review. It is those books that trickle in from authors and publishers for review. What to do with them when I have read them?
 Now, some actually say on the cover "Do Not Resell". Even when not stated, that is the understanding, isn't it. What do they want me to do with them?

Look, I understand. They do not want this book to cost them another sale. They already possibly lost one sale to me in a marketing effort. Now, they would like me to write a glowing review, causing thousands to rush out and buy the book, pouring money into the pockets of all involved so they can buy things like food and clothing and pay the mortgage. They are not in the business of more people getting free books.
OK, I agree...but what I am suppose to do with my copy?
If I can not give it away.
If I can not sell it..
Throw it out??
Because I can not throw a book out. The thought causes me almost physical pain. It is just so, so wrong.
 So what to do? Any suggestions?

 In the meantime, I am off the WalMart to buy more plastic tote boxes.
 Maybe look for a house with a bigger basement.


  1. Nothing in life is perfect until the fulfillment of your own created contentment ....

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  2. I still give arcs away. Living in FL presents its own storage problem as the attic would just about fry anything you put up there and we have no basements.It's a dilemma, for sure.

  3. You do have a problem there. I am not a book re-reader, so I have no problem giving books away. I have never sold a book to anyone, when they come into my small home once read, anyone is welcome to take them to read. I don't have a lot of room to store books. If I had kept all the books I've read, I would have to move, there would be no room for me to live. Happy Reading...

    1. I am not a re-reader..which makes keeping them all the more senseless.
      maybe I should require all visitors to TAKE a book. including the mailman.

  4. You not organized? . I'm surprised lol. I do have a system, I have to since the memory tends to have "senior moments lol. Just a suggestion, I agree with you as to the ARCs, but space is needed, so I host giveaaways with them. Have a great week.

  5. Toonman built me some shelves to go on either side of our bed with two shelves above the bed connecting them .. i have my books grouped by author for the most part .. with hard cover on the upper shelves and paperbacks on the lower with tschkas in between ...

  6. Were you writing about your books or mine? That sounds like my house!

  7. I hae over 600 books and I can't bring myself to part with any of them and I need to buy more bookshelves to put them on since I am low on book space. I really need an office with built in bookshelves in the walls. My Musing!

    Vyki @ On The Shelf

  8. I think I am edging toward 2000...

  9. My organization system is by size of book -- I must line them up with the biggest and tallest ones on the end … then going down and then up again. Someday, though, i want to try by color. : )

    And I struggle with the whole Vine books -- how you are supposed to keep them. Are they going to come after me and ask for them back????

    1. ok, I could totally go for the color thing!!

  10. Oh, I agree with you--I could never throw away a book! It pains me just to write that! ;-)

  11. Great answer. Even though I had shelves built I quickly overran my space. Thanks for visiting.

  12. I can lend and donate to library for their sale but I couldn't bring myself to throw a book out. Maybe you could start doing some of that amazing book art with the Review books when your done with them! Just a thought ....

  13. Nearly forgot : my muse is here

  14. I only get rid of the books I don't like. (Which aren't many) I can't throw books out, either. I have been known to recycle some, very few, which to me is... slightly less bad.

    My Musing:

  15. :) i cannot throw away a book too.. and though i love your system, i have to have a semblance of organization because dh needs that:)


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