I don't think I've participated in the Book Blogger Hop since last year, but this week's seemed like a fun one. Over at Crazy For Books, they're asking us how many books we own.
Well, I have no idea. I've never counted, but my husband and I are both bibliophiles and collectors. I've been working in the book industry in one form or another since 1997, and he's a book designer & illustrator, so yeah--pretty much all books, all the time in our house. When I moved in with him, I brought with me a few thousand books, but he lived in a big house, every room of which is decked out in books. In the kitchen alone, he has a few hundred cookbooks. Our bed is surrounded by books, our bathroom has a mini-library, and we even have a bookcase on the landing of the stairs. I think it would be impossible to count, but here are a few photos to illustrate the point:
|The aforementioned bathroom|
|The studio (very cluttered!)|
|Even our kitchen table is actually a slab propped up on two small bookcases!|
I like e-books, but I don't really understand people who don't also value the book as object. I also love revisiting the person I used to be when I pick up a book I read in the past and see all of my old (penciled) marginalia. I do think I need to weed through our books, though, because there are some around here that neither my husband nor I have consulted in a very long time. Plus they're collecting both dust & animal hair when I stack them on every available horizontal space, and I don't want to damage them.