My book collection drives my husband crazy. For most of our married life (12 ½ years), these books have resided in boxes that get moved from room to room depending on space needs. Since starting Romance Novel News, my book collection has outgrown all of the boxes, and it got to the point where books were starting to take over our living spaces.
So, my husband had a brilliant idea when Borders went into liquidation – rather than buy books, why not get discounted shelving units. We purchased 12 3-foot sections that are roughly 7 feet tall. My husband went to one of our local stores right before they closed for good, took the shelves apart and carted them home. He was like a man on a mission, getting them set up in one of our spare bedrooms.
Then it was time for me to unpack all of my books and put them on the shelves – which was an absolute blast. I had to stop several times in order to read some of my favorites. It took me about a week to get them all shelved. Of course, then I felt the need to start arranging them.
I didn’t get too far arranging them. At this point, I do have the books by my favorite authors all grouped together – or at least most of them. But I have lots more work to do.
I am in heaven. I can’t even explain how happy it makes me to walk into my new romance novel library and browse the shelves. There are so many forgotten treasures and well-read favorites.
Some interesting things I have discovered:
- I am thrilled to be able to have all of the books in series together finally. This will make it so much easier for me to re-read the entire series or to just check facts from previous books. I have been dying to re-read all of the books in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series.
- I have 6 ½ shelves of books by Diana Palmer. Some of them are definitely duplicates or reprints, but I have lots and lots of books by this author.
- I have way more books than I should. I need to cull my collection and do a weeding project (the librarian in me is quite gleeful).
- I now have open shelves for my review copies and ARCs. I’m hoping this will help me be more organized – well, at least as far as print books are concerned.
- I was very surprised by the number of Silhouette First Love books I own – almost 4 shelves worth.
- There are so many books that I would love to re-read. They are constantly calling to me now that I have uncovered them.