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Subject: SOMEWHAT OFF TOPIC: STORAGE OF "BOOKSHELF" BOOKS
Date Posted: 3/14/2012 1:49 PM ET
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My hubby is having a fit about my bookshelf books, which I have stacked neatly in paper shopping bags in a corner of our computer room/home office.  He wants to see them all gone and is threatening to A) put them in the trash/recycle bin or B) donate them somewhere.   I would have a fit about that, of course.

I wanted to ask:

A) How many books are on your bookshelf?

B) How do you store your bookshelf books?

Date Posted: 3/14/2012 2:37 PM ET
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A) How many books are on your bookshelf?

I don't know I have never counted.

B) How do you store your bookshelf books?

I have a couple of bookshelves.  Outside of that I have a couple of Rubbermaid containers full of books that go under my bed.

Just a few suggestions:

1. If these are books you have read that are on your PBS bookshelf then have a sale in the book bazaar and get rid of a few.

2. Put you Wishlist on hold for a few weeks and don't order any books for a month to help get rid of some books.

3. If you don't have one already use this a bargaining point with your husband to buy an ereader.  An ereader can store hundreds of books but take up the space of only one trade sized book.  You have a golden opportunity here.

Date Posted: 3/14/2012 4:34 PM ET
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I have anywhere from 100-200 on my shelf at any given time.

I keep mine in my laundry room in Rubbermaid containers.  The bookshelf in my bedroom is all books that are on my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 3/14/2012 4:42 PM ET
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Right now i have 124 listed on my PBS shelf. Ive had like 20 requested in just the last couple weeks! Which is always nice to clear some space. LOL. I keep the ones posted to my shelf in a small utility type cabinet in the corner of my dining room. This way they're seperate from 'my books', but they're not in anyones way. It works for me.



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Date Posted: 3/14/2012 4:45 PM ET
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The bookshelf in my room has roughly 60 books on it.  I have a box under the bed (out of the way) of unread books.  The rest I recycle/trade pretty soon after I read them to keep them out of the way. 

Date Posted: 3/14/2012 7:19 PM ET
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My on my PBS bookshelf books are stored in an underbed storage box that's plum full.  I have resorted to paper bags though when I get on a roll and have a large PBS bookshelf.  I have mostly MMPB size books on my shelf and if you put them spine up in a brow bag, you can get like 4 rows of them across a paper grocery sack.  That's a lot!

Date Posted: 3/14/2012 7:20 PM ET
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I have about 70 books in a large Rubbermaid tote.  When the tote gets full, I tend to post less and donate more.  When the tote is empty, I post more and donate less.

Date Posted: 3/14/2012 10:47 PM ET
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ebooks.....I HATE them.  Can't trade em on PBS anyway.  

I already have rubbermaid containers under my beds -- those are for my keepers. 

Hmm.   Perhaps another large rubbermaid container in the office would be neater than the shopping bags & let me know when they. 

I should consider offering some sort of deal in the Book Bazaar.   I really don't want to because the logistics of which "bonus" book goes with which order would be sort of a pain to keep track of.  

We have a local UBS that takes used books in credit for trade.... maybe that's an idea.   I'd just worry they might go out of business and then I'd lose all my credits. 

Date Posted: 3/14/2012 11:17 PM ET
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I have one box. I will not let my bookshelf go over two pages or one box. (I do have a second box of WL books that I plan to offer and clean out this month.). I do take books to FOL and the used bookstore when I go over the one box. I'm going to have to be able to reach the office window to open it once the nice weather arrives...
Date Posted: 3/15/2012 1:46 AM ET
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Can I be blunt? If your hubby is complaining about them, then they have already affected your quality of life and your marriage. How badly do you need to hold onto these books? At what point is the balance lost between saving books under the bed, saving books on bookshelves, and now saving books in shopping bags against having your hubby comfortable in his own home and not worried that Hoarders is going to show up at the door?

Get rid of them. Tomorrow. If you have credits, use them as wishlist books come in. If you don't have credits, put your shelf on vacation hold and read some WL books off of your TBR and get some credits. And in an absolute worst case scenario, you can buy a credit in the book bazaar for about 25cents more than mailing a book out. If you need one, buy one. But get the bookshelf books out of there and continue to do so until  the remainder of the books in your home fit on a bookshelf he's comfortable with.

Date Posted: 3/15/2012 5:55 PM ET
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I have a special bookshelf for my posted books.  I don't usually keep anymore than 50 or so posted here. 

I kind of agree with Nancy, especially after looking at your bookshelf.  It looks like you might have a lot of fairly common books posted.  I'm not dishing the quality but some of those are probably pretty heavily posgted and you may wait a long time for them to be requested for a full credit. One has been on your shelf since 2008. 

If you need credits and don't want to purge them-run a deal and move them out.  You get some credits and DH is happy that you cleared some books out.  If you have credits than just donate them somewhere. 

I used to post more heavily posted books to work up FIFO before I read them. But I've decided that I have plenty of credits, a huge TBR and the heavily posted books are just being donated. (actually I've been donating any that my library has in multiples before I read them)

Date Posted: 3/15/2012 6:05 PM ET
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Use the book credits at the UBS right away on books you haven't read yet.

I used to be anti-ebook as well. But I love my Kindle.  I am not converting completely.  But many books are now lendable and fairly cheap if not free.  My library has a lot of Kindle books. So fare now at least a dozen of my print TBR books have popped up as Kindle freebies.  I got about another dozen of my WL books either free or for under $2.99 (many also lendable) on Kindle.  I still have a full WL here but only for books that aren't lendable, aren't discounted in ebook and aren't at my library.

Plus like Nancy says-you can buy credits pretty cheap, if not cheaper than mailing the books out if you run out. 

Date Posted: 3/15/2012 8:50 PM ET
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I am not converting completely.

Neither am I, but I still have a shelf for my dead tree keepers, and I still buy at the UBS and here at PBS.  I think there's a fine line between having "a stash" and hoarding.

Date Posted: 3/16/2012 8:33 AM ET
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I realzed that I had sort of crossed over into hoarding recently.  Which is why I started seeing what was at my library that I can purge.  My physical TBR has been going down steadily since I got the Kindle. Trolling for freebies fills that need to acquire without costing me money, gas or shelf space.  I have no problem purging books I've read. Just with ones I haven't read yet because it might be the best book I ever read.  (even though I know it won't be).

I am lucky to have a job where I can read.  My job tends to be either insanely busy or mind-numbing slow.  So I read during the slow. The Kindle is much easier to deal with at work.  I'll be loving that Kindle tomorrow when I'm getting my hair permed and sitting there for 20minutes with rollers in my hair. 

But when I sit down at home to read, I prefer a print book.  I also refuse to pay more than $3 or $4 for a book that I can't trade anywhere. 

Date Posted: 3/16/2012 8:37 AM ET
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If it makes you feel good to keep them and you have a space where you can put them in a plastic bin and store them out of sight: then keep them. But since you've read them and they aren't WL here, I would just make DH happy and get them out. It doesn't sound likes he's asking you to purge your whole TBR pile. Just to get rid of the ones you've read already and aren't likely to read again.

MY ex-DH used to nag me over my books too. I didn't have nearly as many then as I do now. But I told him when he got rid of the 300+ wine bottles, several hundred cigars, a couple of hundred empty cigar boxes filled with corks and the room full of fishing gear-I would purge my one bookcase of books.  My obsession to acquire more books didn't start until after he left.  It was pretty cheap shopping therapy for me.

Date Posted: 3/16/2012 9:17 AM ET
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How badly do you need to hold onto these books? At what point is the balance lost between saving books under the bed, saving books on bookshelves, and now saving books in shopping bags against having your hubby comfortable in his own home and not worried that Hoarders is going to show up at the door?

I was going to refrain from saying something, but this just bugs me.  Every time someone posts on here about having too many books (whether it's 20 or 200), this person chimes in with a bad attitude about keeping so many books.  Hello!  This is a book trading site.  Most people on this site love books, love to have books and love to read books.  That normally means they have more than one or two laying around.  And on paperbackswap, you need to have books in order to receive more books.  How can you justify donating all of your books and then spending money buying credits to get more?  That defeats the purpose of trying to save money by trading books with other members, correct?

I also don't appreciate the Hoarders comment.  I have two large rubbermaid containers packed away in my laundry room with shelf books.  I also have a full, tall bookshelf in my room that is filled with books I haven't read yet.  Yes, I have a lot of books.  They are neatly organized and I am nowhere near in need of Hoarders showing up.  Now if someone has two million books sitting around collecting dust and taking up space where normal people would live.... call the show.

I think, back to the original post... the trick is to find a storage idea that your hubby will accept.  Maybe donate a few that are slow moving and aren't going anywhere on here anytime soon.  I just recently donated a bag to goodwill - books that were either too old, too worn or whatever.  But honestly, can you tell me your husband (or anyone's for that matter) has NOTHING you complain about?  I'm guessing he's probably not a reader (mine isn't either) and so he doesn't understand the whole book thing.  Find someplace out of the way (and out of sight?) that you can store the books you want to keep.... most likely once they are out of sight, he won't mind!

Date Posted: 3/16/2012 6:47 PM ET
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I have a box that I keep my PBS books in by my desk. Beyond that, I have 17 book cases spread out all over my house all filled in some cases two stacks deep with books. My hubby can't say anthing because they are half his books. So he is just as bad as I am. Books have never been an issue for my marriage. We both love books. I don't see myself as a hoarder though, because if a book doesn't work for me I trade it or use it for credit as my UBS . My kids would probably disagree with me though.

Date Posted: 3/16/2012 7:16 PM ET
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Well Michelle, to answer your question-

Right up front I will tell you I am not a rereader or a keeper person. That has never been a secret around here. That doesn't mean I think every person should believe what I believe or do what I do. But, in this case and in the case of the lady whose roommates were chapped because she had so many books her books had become a fire hazard due to the amount of paper and the stacks of them that she had all over the house- yes, the books need to go.

When your reading habits begin to interfere with other people's lives and comfort levels, then in my opinion, it's time to re-evaluate your priorities. If I recall, you're married, right? He leaves the toilet seat up. He doesn't do laundry. Whatever it is at your house, think about the things that you would do differently and don't say anything about. Think about what it takes for you to say something to your hubby about a personal habit of his. At my house, it takes a lot. So, I would also assume, it does at OP's house. Her husband hit a wall and said something. That's not something you take lightly. 

I didn't tell OP to get rid of her TBR. In fact, it pains me to read some of the posts of people who throw away their TBR without reading them. No, we're talking about already read books that are sitting around in tubs under the bed and sitting around on bookshelves and now sitting around in shopping bags, all in the hopes that the OP's reading taste matches a far off requestor and not knowing how many people are in front of her in line before a book gets requested. I just went and looked in the Book Bazaar and the first 3 people selling credits are selling at a rate of 2.35, 2.40, and 2.50-all of which are less than it costs to mail a book.

I am not a fan of buying credits and not posting back into the system, but that's not what we're talking about here. We're talking about pleasing one's family and getting rid of the thing that irritates them. Just donate the bookshelf, read and post the TBR wishlist for future credits, and quit worrying about having a bookshelf. If more wishes are granted then WL books posted, then buy some credits to get through. But don't keep holding on to bins and shelves and bags of books just in case and annoy the family when for the same amount of money, you can make them comfortable in their own home.

For full disclosure- my keeper shelf is 25 books.They fit onto 2 small shelves of a staggered bookcase. Most are family heirlooms and worthless to anyone else. My WL bookshelf of WL books I have read but not yet posted becasue at the moment I don't need the credits, is at 22 and is kept in the sliding door shelf at the bottom of that bookcase. My TBR is at 55 and is in 1 Rubbermaid container in my closet (not full). That is down from 3,  as I practice what I preach. The rest? Well, my 500+ reminder list is housed in a schoolkid's spiral notebook on my shelf and I check them out from either the paper or the digital library one at a time. I don't read any less than anyone else here, I just learned that like OP, my hubby has a limit on how many books are around and I found a way to accomodate that.

Date Posted: 3/16/2012 7:25 PM ET
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Now that I've mastered my Nook - not an easy journey - I've been able to cull some books that I can download to the reader, just recently I pulled the Lady Julia Grey books I had (first 3) when, in my enthusiasm, I downloaded the Julia Grey Bundle and proceeded to read through them all back to back. Not what I'd intended doing, but bottom line is I've read them and culled them.

I recentlhy pulled all the Lawrence Blocks I had as they're all available from the library. And as I'm scrolling through available ebooks I'm finding more books I can post here or donate. Who knew when I bought so many of those books that there would be e-readers and I would have bought one.

GAil

 

Date Posted: 3/17/2012 7:32 PM ET
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Gail, glad to see you're enjoying the Nook now!

Date Posted: 3/17/2012 8:37 PM ET
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Love my Nook!

Date Posted: 3/17/2012 10:24 PM ET
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I wasn't going to say anything either but then it went this far ...

At my house, it takes a lot. So, I would also assume, it does at OP's house. Her husband hit a wall and said something. That's not something you take lightly.

Why would you assume such a thing?  Do you assume her husband's hair is the same color as your husband's?  That he's the same shoe size?  They are all equally absurd assumptions. Personalities and relationship styles and norms vary just as widely as hair color and shoe size.

Date Posted: 4/12/2012 5:16 AM ET
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OK, I have over 200 books on my shelf but they are contained in 2 rubbermaid containers in my basement.  I often run deals on the bookshelf to reduce the size.  The trick is to make sure you print out the PM with the requested books, or pull the books while looking at the PM list and then delete the "freebies" manually from your shelf.  The other option is to have the requester "order" all the books directly from your shelf and then you buddy back to them the credits for the free books.  That way PBS keeps your shelf automatically updated.

I too have pulled older less "pretty" books and either donated them to goodwill or taken them to the UBS for credits.

My problem is that every time I get my TBR list down below 400 I can't resist getting more books.  I am working on reducing it, but it is a slow process.... as they say tho' Life is a process!

Good luck with what ever you decide to do about the books.

Louise

Date Posted: 4/17/2012 2:23 PM ET
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I've changed storage methods as the number of books on my shelf has fluctuated.  Sometimee they were stacked in a book case, other times in plastic totes under the bed.  At the moment my bookshelf is very small and fits into one plastic storage tray that sits on a bookshelf.  DH would never threaten to dispose of my books since he has way more tools in his possesion, and doesn't store them nearly as neatly as I do my books.

Date Posted: 4/17/2012 5:13 PM ET
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I have paper boxs (the kind you get for office machines - 100 reams) stacked up in my computer room. The cat would be heartbroken if I got rid of them. They make a perfect kitty window seat!

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