Week after week in my Mailbox Monday posts, I tell you how many books come into the house and how many go out. Paperback Swap is the major reason for both the arrivals and the departures. To date, you've only seen my TBR shelves that are bursting at the seams. Those photos were shared during Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Since you haven't seen the shelves in my library, you have no real idea of the effect Paperback Swap has had on that particular room. I thought I would dig up Before and After photos to show you just what has happened to my library shelves since joining.
[I'll warn you that most of the Before photos were taken during the 2007 holiday season, so pardon the decorations. Most bookaholics can ignore fripperies and focus on the books, so I don't think I'll throw too many of you into It's Too Soon to See That!!! Syndrome. Also...don't forget that you can click on each photo to view it full size.]
FAR LEFT: The bookcase on the far left holds non-fiction, and you can see that I haven't parted with very much on those shelves. The bookcase on the right is the beginning of my fiction shelves, authors A to B to be precise. It's not exactly stuffed, however....
LEFT: Look at the difference now! There are some major gaps on those shelves, aren't there?
FAR LEFT: The bookcase with the motorcycle helmet on top is Fiction, Authors C-D. There's a shoji-type screen in the corner and the books continue on in the next bookcase.
LEFT: You can see some gaps on the shelves of the first bookcase, but you can tell that I haven't really gone through the books on the next one, can't you?
FAR LEFT: In this group of photos, the major thing to look at is the row of books on top of the 3-shelf bookcases. Full up, aren't they?
LEFT: In this photo, you can see that the top row has been reduced by half (I ain't gettin' rid of my Jasper Ffordes and F. Scott Fitzgeralds!) and there are major gaps in the shelves below.
FAR LEFT: Get a load of that top shelf now! Compared to the Before photo, there's scarcely a book up there, and I'd like to keep it that way. Most of the books in the bookcase units are leaning in one direction or another, too.
LEFT: Just thought I'd show you more gaps. That third shelf holds Harry Potter, and I don't think he's going anywhere either!
Hopefully you can see the success I've had with Paperback Swap now that you've been able to take a look at Before and After. I do have bulging TBR shelves, and the fiction that I do have is being pared down to my all-time favorite books-- the books I would re-read when I feel so inclined. The other books have been traded via Paperback Swap, or they've been donated to places where they are needed and will be read and appreciated.
You haven't seen all of my bookcases, by the way. There are nine more. Big ones. I would like to be able to condense all my books so that they would fit into the library. We shall see if I can make that come true.
If any of you would like more info or tips on using Paperback Swap, please ask. And don't forget: these are the shelves of someone who had been a dedicated book hoarder for decades! I need a strong presence of books about me to feel truly comfortable and at home. I've parted with close to one thousand books, and I'm not even close to breaking out in hives.
My Book Rating Scale:
A+...Don't delay, get your hands on a copy of this book!
A...I loved it!
B...I really liked it.
C...I liked it, with a few reservations.
D...I finished it, but it's not my cup of tea.
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