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How's your library?

Postby Rainswept on Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:39 am

So, I'm moving next month and I began packing this morning. I stopped by the bookstore to bum boxes for moving and scored 15 boxes. Once I started filling them I found that 15 book-boxes isn't even enough for my actual books.

I've got 5 full bookshelves and one waist high one. One of the fulls is for magazines, comics, graphic novels, and video-game guides etc. The rest is books. Once I own my own home I plan on having a library room.

You guys?
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Re: How's your library?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes on Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:52 am

Two full bookshelves, along with two full end tables, (two shelves in each) and working on a third bookshelf, which happens to be exceptionally long, around 2-3m. (Equivalent of two bookshelves, roundabouts.)

Local bookshop had a closing down sale, so we (my family and I) scored around 100-200 books. We're putting them on my new bookshelf as we finish them.
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Re: How's your library?

Postby Mad Willyum Bonney on Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:54 am

*sob* My comic collection , all gone matey...sold , given away and stolen *sigh*.
My love affair with collecting first additions ended some time ago along with all the esoteric paper stuff I used to collect like pop up books , cards , stamps etc .these days I'm trying to get rid of stuff .
All I have left is four boxes of reference books , any paperbacks I buy gets traded or passed around or stored on someone's else's bookshelf .
Anyways , this house is rather small for a library and I wonder if I'm going to stay so my answer is no .
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Re: How's your library?

Postby Moral Minority on Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:36 am

I don't read as much. I go for quality rather than quantity of books. I must say, hovewer, that I gave out my Macedonian-language collection of books (which was enough to fill my entire room) to my brother... he doesn't read at all, so it is safe to assume that I have given my booksaway for nothing.

Will post pics of my favourite books soon.
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Re: How's your library?

Postby Rev. Rowan Redbeard on Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:28 am

At last count, I had 68+ linear feet of books.
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Re: How's your library?

Postby Zankou 2.0 on Wed Jul 30, 2008 10:43 am

Pathetic. There are so many books I don't have.
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Re: How's your library?

Postby fueledbycoffee on Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:04 pm

My car's trunk is filled with books, and I have two closets full of them. Along with a random book strewn here or there. My library's awesome in a pathetically bad way.
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Re: How's your library?

Postby Elastoman on Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:51 pm

Right now it's all in boxes. There aren't a lot of books in those boxes, but they're all ones that I like. And multiple copies of some of them (The Monkey Wrench Gang for example) because when I loan them out, I don't expect them to ever come back. We'll see how many shelf feet they occupy after I get moved.

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Re: How's your library?

Postby pieces o'nine on Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:21 pm

I smiled at your 15 boxes for moving, Rain. Yes, you underestimated.

I've done two major moves in the last four years: for the first I pared my lifetime accumulated reference & reading library from *cough* EIGHT *cough* floor-to-ceiling bookcases in my library/studio room down to five. (Granted, I had videos and music there as well, but still...) The local high school art teachers got a nice boost for references, and I released most of my theology (and heresy!) texts to people who would benefit from them. I still had forty (40) 'medium-sized' boxes of books, dvds and cds.

Can you say, 'biceps'? :D

Recent move pared down further: I arrived here with only thirty 'medium-sized' boxes. I'm down to (six) 6' tall bookshelves without the 22" extensions that took them to the ceiling in the old place. Gak!!! I'm running out of books!!!

And I always cough up money for book boxes at U-Haul so they're new, sturdy, and stack well. A co-worker gave me a tote bag long ago with a quote by Desiderius Erasmus: "When I have a little money, I buy books. And if any is left, I buy food and clothing." I am amazed at how many people live with no visible signs* of literacy.



* Unless you count TV Guide, I guess. :?
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Re: How's your library?

Postby Edd on Wed Jul 30, 2008 4:49 pm

Rough estimate: about 800 books in my personal library. That’s not including my wife’s or daughter’s books or any movies or cd's. I have three six foot high bookshelves, two three foot high bookshelves, all full to overflowing and stacks of books in a closet. I had to give up my library room temporarily to make room for some family members who moved in about eight months ago. As soon as a room becomes available again, I’ll find another bookshelf or two. Books are my passion.
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Re: How's your library?

Postby Cricket on Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:52 pm

When I was a kid, my sister came home from school in tears, with a rather snarky note from her second grade teacher stating that said sister was over-reacting and being ridiculous...because she'd freaked when given her homework assignment - count the books in your house.

After we split the house up in sections and spent all evening counting, my mother sent her own note back, with the total (2000 and some), and a sternly worded warning to the teacher to get over herself.

Fifteen years (and half again as many books) later, my ex looked around with concern and said "Our house isn't going to end up looking like your mother's, is it?" (I was building bookcases at the time).

Pretty much, it did. Someday I'll count them, but I'm guessing close to 2000...I don't buy a lot I would have before the internet.
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Re: How's your library?

Postby Rev. Rowan Redbeard on Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:56 pm

That's why I count my books in linear feet. Measure a single shelf, multiply by the number of shelves on that bookcase. Repeat for each additional bookcase (remeasuring when moving to one of a different width).
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Re: How's your library?

Postby pieces o'nine on Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:35 pm

Well, if linear size matters, I'm down to just a tad over 111 linear feet of books.

(dvs and cds have since found their own, antique bookcase)



[EDIT] The tad is an archaic unit of measure, like chain and cubit and stadium. [/EDIT]
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Re: How's your library?

Postby Wawizzle on Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:51 pm

I have a closet littered with books on the top shelf and on the floor.

Defiantly nothing to compare to the massive Rainswept Library.
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Re: How's your library?

Postby Detective TurtleHolmes on Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:53 am

I have no money left, but I'm saving up to buy more books.

Also, I've found a cache of books in my massive garage/shed combination. There's about 500 or so in there, all safely stored in boxes. Lucky it doesn't leak.
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