There Is No Such Thing As Too Many Books


My family might disagree. They love to tease me about my ever-growing book collection. They roll their eyes every time a book shows up in the mail and they complain because I am taking over their bookshelves. My son jokes that I am just waiting for him to grow up and move out so I can turn his room into a library. The thing is, that isn't a joke. I have it all planned. I am going to line the walls with shelves, buy the world's most comfortable chair, and never leave the house. I am sure my husband will keep me supplied with tea and chocolate. Since I plan on having lots of shelves to fill I might as well start buying books now. That sounds eminently reasonable, doesn't it?

In all seriousness, I allow myself to spend a small amount on books every month. Since I buy most of my books secondhand I can make that small amount go quite far. Then I have the fun of waiting for them to show up in the mail. It takes some of them a while to arrive and I frequently can't remember what I purchased so it is a bit like getting a gift I gave myself. This month I bought a few extra books because I took a carload of stuff to Goodwill to donate. Of course, I had to look at the books while I was there. It would have been rude not to.


My non-fiction obsession seems to be continuing. I only bought two fiction books. One was an Agatha Christie novel I forgot to photograph. I already read it and stuck it on a shelf. The other was The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer. I am trying to fill in the gaps in my Heyer collection and was very pleased when this arrived. It has been a while since I have read it. Most of the time, I am successful with my secondhand purchases. However, while this copy looked pristine when it arrived it fell to pieces as soon as I started reading it. I am reading it now and each page comes lose as I turn it. It won't go to waste though. I have a decorating project I want to do that requires book pages. I refuse to destroy a perfectly good book for a craft project but one that has already fallen apart is fair game.

West With the Night and The Siren Years were both books I read about on some blog or other. I am doing my usual abysmal job of keeping track of where I read about books. Churchill's Angels was a Goodwill find. I am fascinated by Churchill and it fits into my interest in WWII. The Only Way to Cross and The Big House were not books I had ever heard of but they looked interesting. I picked up Walden because my son had to read excerpts from it for school and said he wouldn't mind reading the rest.


Isn't this book pretty? It is a much nicer copy than I thought I was getting and I was very excited when I opened the package. Once again, my kids thought I was a little crazy. I have had several people on Instagram recommend this to me. I don't know why it has taken me such a long time to get around to buying it. I love wartime diaries and people speak highly of this.

I do realize my house is getting a bit overrun with books. Occasionally, I wonder if I really need to buy any more right now. Then I tell myself not to be silly. There is no such thing as too many books.


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  1. They look like great books, especially the war diaries book. We just moved to a different house and I'm waiting to have bookshelves built on two of the walls in one of what was probably a guest room. That will be my library, with a comfy chair, and windows looking out onto the back yard. Meanwhile, about fifty boxes of books are waiting for their new home. I know that after the shelves are filled, books will continue to creep around the house.

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    1. So, basically, you are living my dream and turning a spare room into a library. It sounds lovely. Books do have a way of creeping out of their designated spots though. I always think the houses with books scattered everywhere are the best houses.

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  2. A busy month! These Wonderful Rumours! is great fun and I adore The Siren Years and am always excited to see other people giving it a try. I think Ritchie is one of the best 20th Century diarists and certainly my favourite of the wartime diarists.

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    1. You must be the blogger who wrote about it then. I distinctly remember the post but I couldn't remember which blog it was on. I thoroughly enjoy wartime diaries so I am sure these two will be read soon.

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    2. Claire v kindly gave me a copy of The Siren Years - and it's wonderful! These Wonderful Rumours has also been on my list, and has leapt up it now that I see the cover is so stunning!

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    1. Well, it does sound amazing but it is unlikely to happen anytime soon since my son is too young to move out. I just like to tease him.

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  4. Good haul! I didn't enjoy West with the Night as much as I'd expected to. Something about the writing style, but a fascinating story though.

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    1. I'll have to report back once I have read it. Sometimes a writing style doesn't work for the reader no matter how good a book it is. I suppose that is part of what makes reading blogs so interesting. There are so many opinions on different books.

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  5. My favorite quote about this is by Terry Pratchett. It goes, "If you have enough book space, I don't want to talk to you." And that's how I feel!! I have big dreams of having a big library one day but until then I will squeeze my small bookshelves and stick piles of books around the house. My husband jokes that there are piles of books everywhere but I know he thinks it's funny and doesn't really mind. Because really, there is no such thing as too many books.

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    1. Oh, I like that quote! My family is the same. They love to tease about all the books but they are great book buying enablers because they know it makes me happy.

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  6. I am now in the situation that you're looking forward to with a four bedroom house for just the two of us. Despite this we still have to have overflow bookcases in the garage. Just think how much more expensive it would be if you had an addiction to shoes! I also love wartime diaries. I've just finished The Oaken Heart by Margery Allingham, very interesting.

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    1. That is how I shall reassure myself when I feel my book addiction is getting a little out of control. It could be shoes. I feel that reasoning is impossible to argue with. Also, any house that is so full of books that it requires overflow bookcases in the garage is a house to be proud of.

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