Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My sagging bookshelf

I was going through my bookshelf the other day, looking for space. You see, I have this awful habit of acquiring books even though I have books already. It's an obsession, really. And sometimes they tend to pile up. Right now, the three bookshelves in my bedroom are double-stacked and two of the four drawers of my dresser now hold books. So this week, I decided to do something about it. For every new book I bring into the house, I have to read/give away three books.

This isn't easy because sometimes I don't want to give up a book after I read it. But that just means I get to read more books before I bring one in the house, so that's not too much of a problem. The new system seems to be working to slim my shelves (I've already given six books away), but it's had an unexpected side effect. I'm finding all kinds of treasures I didn't know I had.

Last week, I started this fantastic English mystery series about an ex-pat American who moves to a village outside of London. It's called Arson and Old Lace and I finished it in a day. Of course now I want the second book, but not until I give away three more books. I also started Mary Jane Maffini's mystery series about a professional organizer. It's a kick to read and I wonder why I let those books sit on my to-be-read shelf for so long.

I suppose the good thing about waiting so long to start a series is that I don't have to wait for sequels. And it's fun wondering what other surprises are waiting on those bookshelves. I'll be sure to let you know what other treasures I find.


Blodeuedd said...

Good idea! I am staring way too many series, and seldom getting rid of books

Jes said...

I have a bunch of books from work that they were going to throw out. I couldn't bear to see them get thrown in the trash. Some of these books are ARCs and you never know if that particular book/series is going to take off. BTW- who won that contest from a couple of weeks ago?

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin said...

I've recently faced up to the fact that I need to start weeding my more aggresively. One thing I've found helps is if I find a friend who should enjoy this book more than I do. I think one friend is in danger of getting four books for this very reason. I know she wants one of them, and I think she'll like the other three better than I do, too. {Smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

Sharon S. said...

since I got my kindle I don't have to much of a crowding problem anymore. I usually buy the first book in a series on paper. That way I can share my crack habit with others and get them hooked .

@Jes, I won the 5 books Angie picked up at RWAcon. If that is what you are thinking of.

Angie Fox said...

I'm the same way. I like to hold onto books. I figure with one in, three out rule, the ones I do hold onto will be easier to find. Here's hoping at least!

Angie Fox said...

Very cool on the ARCs, Jes. I always keep those too. You never know.

And which contest do you mean? Now I'm curious too.

Angie Fox said...

Your friend is lucky, Anne. I've gotten some of my favorite recommendations from my friend Debbie, as well as some friends from a reader board I'm on (they graciously let me stay after I turned author).

Angie Fox said...

Ha! I like that, Sharon. Crack habit. I'm going to have to remember that.

I finally broke down and downloaded Kindle for PC last week. They had one of my books as a free download and I was just curious to see what it looked like.

Naturally, I ended up downloading about ten other free books. I have to admit, it's pretty neat. I read a NASCAR romance that I wouldn't have tried otherwise and I really liked it. And, yes, no bookshelf issues.

Sharon S. said...

I saw your book on there for free and bought it even though I own the paper copy because...it was FREE! Was the NASCAR book "Hot Finish"? I won that one and have it on my real shelf.
My husband and kids call my books crack. I don't think they mean it as a compliment . Someone, somewhere mentioned having a fiction addiction. I want to get a shirt that says that.

Jes said...

Hey Angie,
I was referring to the August 31st blog on here about favorite (real/hope to be real) vacation destination. You posted that 1 "lucky commenter" would either receive a book or a t-shirt. Have a good day

Wendy Lady said...

It's hard to get rid of books, especially if you read a lot of series books. You have to keep all the books until you finish the series (just in case), and you certainly need to start another series before the next book in the old series comes out...it's a vicious cycle!
I also read Arson and Old Lace about a month ago, and was sad to see there is only one more book in the series :( I haven't been able to track it down at my local books stores yet, but am searching hard, it was a great start for a new series.