Each week with my Mailbox Monday posts, I tell everyone not only how many books I found in my mailbox, but how many books I put in there for the mail carrier to deliver to new homes. Since I joined Paperback Swap just over a year ago, I've parted with over 700 books. (Don't worry. I still have over 2900.)
This has created some gaps on all the shelves out in the library, but as far as my TBR shelves were concerned, space was at a premium, and I was starting to stack piles of books on top of the shelves. I can't stand that, so something had to be done and pronto.
Last week I spent most of the afternoon sorting and sifting books. It's something I like to do, and I always seem to find books that I forgot I had.
The first thing I did was move the remaining books from one bookcase in the library and combine them with what was left in another bookcase. This left me with one empty five-shelf bookcase.
Then I moved into the living room and sorted through all the books in a 7-foot tall double bookcase. You can see it over there on the left. This bookcase contained the college textbooks I kept, art books, reference books on collectibles, and other types of non-fiction.
It didn't take me long to have three mountains: Mt. Donate, Mt. List on Paperback Swap, and Mt. Move to the Library. I must be getting a knack for this after all these years because Mt. Move to the Library fit neatly in the bookcase I'd just emptied...with room to spare.
I moved the Paperback Swap pile into the office so I could get online and list them, and I bagged the books to be donated and put them by the door. I was ready for the next step, which was dealing with all my TBR books.
These two photos to the left and right are now my TBR shelves. I wish the huge bookcase unit had more shelves because there's some wasted space there, but it's something I can live with for now.
As you can see, there's room on each shelf, and all the books are shelved alphabetically by author. The bottom two shelves on the left are all the books I have posted on Paperback Swap, and one up from the bottom on the right of the same bookcase are books that I still have to list. I learned the hard way that it's not a good idea to list everything at once, or I'll be packaging and labeling like crazy and then hauling everything out to the car to make a run to the post office!
There was also another benefit to my sorting and shuffling, but if you have a tender constitution and become upset easily, I'd better warn you not to take a look at this last photo....
See what I mean? My husband and my friends have asked me if hell has frozen over. It's been a very long time since this house has seen an empty bookcase! Want to know something else a bit unfathomable?
It's still empty!
No, I'm not going to mail it to any of y'all. It's going to go back to doing what it's done in the past: showing off some of my collection of antique glass and stoneware. I thought I'd be nice to it and give it a breather. It's been good to me for a lot of years!
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.
- Phoenix, Arizona, United States
- Hi! I'm addicted to books (especially crime fiction), laughter and traveling off the beaten path. In my free time, when my eyes aren't glued to the printed page, one of them is usually pressed against the viewfinder of my camera. Let's see... books, laughter, travel, photography. Anything else? Oh yeah-- my dream house wouldn't have a kitchen!
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