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Subject: How big is your Keeper Shelf?
Date Posted: 6/25/2008 7:06 PM ET
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Mine is getting too too big. I probably have 200 or more. I need to start downsizing.

Marie



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Date Posted: 6/25/2008 7:10 PM ET
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Well, it's 3 bookshelves overflowing with books, so it's getting to be a bit too much.  : )

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 7:10 PM ET
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Mine is about 25 total.  I'm pretty picky on what I keep.

Sherri

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 7:45 PM ET
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Same as Sherri- not very big.  Mine is a mix of genres- not just romance.  I have all the HP books, all of the Outlander books, some classics, and non-fiction, and I would say I have probably fewer than 25 total.  Everything else I read and swap, because I'd mostly rather read books I haven't read before than books I already did.

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 8:00 PM ET
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Fiction paperbacks - maybe 3 to 6 at best.  A few I consider classics ( I've had my original copy of I Am Legend since I read it over 30 years ago. ) and a few unusual titles that I expect to be collectables.

Non-fiction  -  five floor-to-ceilling bookcases!   A reference library on a number of favorite  topics.

Sue

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 8:10 PM ET
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I don't keep very many. I have maybe 5 and I think they're all unpostables.  But I liked them enough to keep them for reading in the tub or while eating instead of offering them as freebies.  Occassionally I'll keep one for a while thinking I'll reread it but then months later I'll post it because I haven't looked at it once.  I have 300 unread books and a husband who hates clutter.  So I send then out. 

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 11:34 PM ET
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well, i have a library room.  so, lots!  :)

but the romance section is only a couple of short bookcases, and only about 70 are on the keeper shelves.  if you count the In Death series by J.D. Robb as romance, add that whole series to my romance keeper count.

my romance TBR is probably about twice that at the moment.

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 8:05 AM ET
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Oh man I would love a Library room!

Sherri

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 8:19 AM ET
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I don't even know how many I have as keepers, but I am sure it's in the triple digits.  I have a lot of paranormal series keepers (Dark Hunters, Southern Vampire, Immortals After Dark, Midnight Breed, T-FLAC, etc) as well as historical fiction series/authors (too many to list!).  My contemporary keepers are fewer but are growing (Lori Foster, Rachel Gibson, Erin McCarthy, to name a few).  I am going to try to do some organization in my computer/library room today and tomorrow, as there are piles of books sitting everywhere and it's even begin to drive me crazy.  Most of them are not read yet, and close to 80% are new books that I bought, so I'm not ready to just do a purge and post them to clear some space. 

However, when I do get around to doing a purge, I'll post here first, as I have quite a few WL books (assuming they are still WL at that time).

 

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 11:57 AM ET
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I probably have around 100ish and that's after I did a major purge of my bookshelf last year (that includes all of the In Death series and Dark Hunter series so that's a chunk right there). I need to do it again soon.

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 12:33 PM ET
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prob 200+

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 1:25 PM ET
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You know, my actual stack of  "keepers" is surprisingly not huge - probably less than 100 books total.  It just so happens that I have to store them with Mt. TBR (which is 200+ books:P) due to lack of space.  If you asked my hubby, he'd say I have thousands of books:P  The reality is currently somewhere around 700.  That's almost 200 on my PBS shelf, somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 in keepers & TBR, and the remaing 200 or so are the ones I've gotten from various other places aside from PBS (UBS, yard sales, thrift store, library sales, etc) and haven't finished sorting and deciding what to do with.  I've sold a few of the collectible ones I found at the thrift store, library sales, etc. offered several on the WL thread, and the rest is usually just meat & potatoes stuff I either add to my PBS shelf or put in with my TBRs after they've been sorted, checked & cleaned.  I'm like a miniature book clearing house here, but I have so many other things going on, I don't always feel like working hard enough to stay on top of it:P

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 4:24 PM ET
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My new house has a library.  It's small and not very fancy but it's loaded with built in book shelves.  This might be my daycare room so I'm not sure it'll be a good place to store my romances and erotica books. 

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 4:26 PM ET
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Did you get that house then?  Congrats if so!

You can always put those books on the top shelves and put the wee ones books and toys on the bottom (reachable) shelves.

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 5:06 PM ET
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Two cases of books in the playroom closet (mine).  5 overcrowded shelves in the mudroom/library (3 shelves alone for Nora Roberts).  Probably another 20 in the downstairs bookshelf.  But I'm going through all of them (except my Noras) and posting them.

My new rule is if I haven't done a reread in a year, it's no longer a keeper for me.

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 5:47 PM ET
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I have about 150 on my keeper shelf and just as many in my TBR pile. My keeper shelf was bigger until I found this site, however my TBR shelf was a lot smaller...

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 7:39 PM ET
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 I have about 50 or so...books on my Keeper shelf~ they are mostly my Collection of Debbie Macomber books,

I keep her books after I have read them.

My TBR pile is around 50 or 60 books, used to be a smaller number until I joined PBS...:)

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 7:55 PM ET
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Well I'd have to say I'm in the triple digits as well --- at least 300 -- I keep a lot of the series I like, Leslie Kleypas, JR Ward, Christine Feehan, Nora Roberts, some Jillian Hunter, Kay Hooper Bishop series, and even -- a few Diane Palmer. There's also Sci Fi, some classics, and detective -- John Sandford, Patricia Cromwell, and Jonathan Kellerman.

 I just like too many genre's and since I can read books over -- especially my favorites - I tend to keep them --- My TBR pile is getting laughable thanks to this site - and the book sales --- but its fun and I have so loved reading what you all have to say and have lol on too many occasions. I  have a library nook I guess you'd call it in our family room with some full book shelves (and a pretty ugly TBR and posted pile behind the sofa) and another small bookshelf in the bedroom for my private stock and a few more TBR's) . One day they'll be organized and entered.........

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 9:03 PM ET
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Series books are part of what keeps my TBR and keeper drawers stuffed.  Somewhere along the line, I got into this insane loop of wanting to have all or as many of a series as I could easily lay hands on before I would start them, and then I have a tendency not to let any of them go until I've either finished all of them, or decided I'm not going to.  Some sort of bizarre OCD ritual, no doubt:P  I've learned to view myself as a total package rather than dwell on the individual flaws.  Believe it or not, it helps.  I have the entire Jillian Hunter Boscastle series sitting in one of those drawers, and I'll either eventually haul it out & finish it, or get rid of it.  Same for what appears to be every historical ever written by Susan Johnson.  Don't ask me - it seemed like a good idea at the time...  I'm only two books short of a complete Jo Goodman collection, and I think I've only read 2 or 3 of her books so far:P  Eloisa James is pretty well represented here, as are Catherine Anderson, Victoria Alexander, Shana Abe, Elizabeth Thornton, Lisa Cach, Tina St. John, Madeline Hunter, Diana Gabaldon, Lorraine Heath, Cheryl Holt, Sandra Hill, Emma Holly, Julia Quinn, Karen Hawkins, Patricia Gaffney... need I go on?  Unfortunately I can.  Not to put too fine a point on it, but if some catastrophe were to befall mankind tomorrow, the publishing industry ran out of paper, or just stopped making books altogether, suffice it to say, I'd be good for a few years:P  I get big eyes for everything I see, and then once I get it, the buzz wears off and I'm looking at something else.  This is exactly why I have a ton of credits right now, and barely use BOB at all anymore.  It's gotta stop before the house is a library & we're all sleeping on the porch.  I'm sick & need help:P



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Date Posted: 6/26/2008 10:05 PM ET
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Kim you are hilarious....

I feel guilty buying books if I have some that I haven't read. I have a couple of baskets full with unreads right now that cause me stress. They are mostly random ones I have gotten from my mom and some classics I want to read at some point in life. I don't keep any of the romances I get on PBS. They get listed as soon as I finish them. The only other books I have floating around are my listed items.

Jessica



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Date Posted: 6/27/2008 12:15 AM ET
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Lol - well, as tragic as it all sounds, I actually do have a plan, and I am starting to get a handle on things.  I just came to some realizations late, and I'm still working on trimming some of the fat & changing my book ordering habits accordingly.  It's all in the interest of keeping me in good books for as long as possible, as cheaply as possible, so I just have to keep that in mind and supress those urges to collect everything ever written by some author whose books I've only read one or two of and don't even really know if I like that well:P

And I do try to list most of what I get as soon as I read it - except for those dratted series books! - or I'll substitute a library or yard sale bargain  to make up for something that's stagnating on the old TBR.  I read at a pretty fast clip, so I am reading this stuff, just not fast enough to overtake anything for a while:P  I think I have in the neighborhood of 700 books here, but the last time I did a book count, I was a couple hundred over the estimate I had made, so...  But that's also when I started running permanent specials too, and I know it's shrunk quite a bit since then.  All I'm really ordering now is WL offers, so with specials regularly keeping more books going out than coming in -  when it comes to PBS anyway - I think I'm starting to make a little headway.  And since most of what I currently request is all WL stuff, I'm trying to put more effort into hunting up other WL books to put back in, instead of just buying whatever I see that interests me.  I think that a lot of us are doing something to that effect lately, because I see more WL offers than ever these days.  I run across WL things more often than I had realized before, and I guess it's because I wasn't looking at anything I didn't have a personal interest in myself.  Now when I see a book I know is WL at the thrift store for 30 cents or whatever, I will pretty much always grab it whether I want it or not because I know somebody else will.  I just went berserk for a little too long, ordering anything & everything that looked even vaguely interesting to me, and now I'm feeling the bite.  I know I was a lot more discriminating at this last library sale than any of the previous ones.  I ended up working my arse off to find what I bought, and walking out with a lot less books, but I also didn't have boxloads of books everywhere to trip over & stub my toes on either:P

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 7:08 AM ET
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Keeper shelf? Keeper room-- my library and craft room. I read voraciously. I reread favorites until they fall apart and I need to buy a new one. My Mercedes Lackey shelves I probably read thru once or twice a year. I *do* weed out books fairly often, but acquire more than I weed, and the rate book acquisition seems to have increased greatly since I found this site! I have logged almost 700 books into my catalog, and I think that is likely only half of my library, not counting kids books like Hardy Boys and Little Golden Books! My non-kid library is probably 50-50 fiction/non, with fiction being mostly SF, fantasy, and paranormal.

Paranormal romance? My keepers are probably about 4 shelves worth. I'm keeping about 1/3 of the authors I try in that genre. Other romance-- I kept very little (Robb, Gabaldon) until I came here. Now I'm finding a few more authors to add to my keepers.

 

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 7:13 AM ET
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I keep everything or just about everything so mine is huge and way out of control..I'm thinking I'll get a grip..but I have 'extra special keepers' that aren't too many I dont' think!

Date Posted: 6/29/2008 3:19 AM ET
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Kim, if you're sick, I'm ill right along with you. I tend to be a completist as well, glomming everything I can by authors, even if I've barely tried them out. i'm getting better at sharing, but with authors I like, I like to keep everything of theirs. This is not very realistic. I think part of the problem is I'm a selective re-reader. Which means that even if a book as a whole is not desert isle status, there may be parts that I like to revisit again and again. Thus, I need to keep the book. I also have a hard time giving up a book, even if I know I could just get it again on PBS or get it from the library (maybe) but it won't be in as good a condition as the one I have right now, necessarily. I also keep a lot of the older romances I have out of nostalgia, like my Lindseys and McNaughts, even if I haven't really read them in years. I also have a problem with having books that I've been meaning to read but other things get pushed in front of them on Mt. TBR. For example, I've been meaning to read some more Marsha Canham and Jo Goodman, but then I'll get some new releases (like the new Chase, Quinn, Hunter, etc.) and think I should read those first and swap them to someone else. Or I know that some book is considered really good even if I haven't gotten to it yet so I snatch it up when I see it. And I have some that I keep even if they're not DIKs for me, but if they're hard to find or out of print. But if pressed, and I had to really purge I would say my true keepers are less than a 100. :)

Date Posted: 6/29/2008 4:44 PM ET
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I don't have a keeper shelf!  I just started reading again and want to get books.  Of course in order to do that I have to get rid of some too!

Jodi  

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