Musing Mondays - giving and keeping books

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS is about the giving & keeping of books!

If you keep your books, where do you keep them? And, if you give them away, who do you give them to? Do you participate in Bookcrossing, BookMooch, PaperbackSwap, or the like? Do you give your old books to family & friends, or donate them? Are any of your books in storage due to not having enough space for them all? Or, are you one of the lucky ones who has their own “library”? Feel free to share pictures, if you have them!

Where do we keep our books. Well here

This is a picture of our bedroom with the books lining one wall. Yes, they are double shelved and triple stacked. Plus I have several boxes of books from my apartment days that are in the closet, but I won't show you those. It's kind of a mess in there. We simply do not have enough room in our little house for all of them. I don't know how many times I've said this, but we plan on having a library room in our next house.

Hubby is getting slightly sick of the growing pile you see in the right side of the room. I have started turning them into the used bookstore for store credit. Which only means I'm replacing them with more books. Because who can resist buying nearly new books for $3 to $4 dollars. When I can walk out with a stack of 6 books in which I've only spent $14.00 versus buying two new books for the same amount -- Well, you get the picture.

My son's bookshelf is also overflowing, but his room is a mess right now, so no pictures. I do have a nice pair of bookshelves in the living room which is kept nice and neat - most of the time.

Yes, that is part of a treadmill you see in the bottom of the picture.

I don't participate in bookmooch, bookcrossing or anything else. Perhaps I should start. I probably should start doing some book giveaways on my blog as well. Let's make that a goal for next year, shall we.

Check out the other participants answers and links over at Should Be Reading.


  1. Oh my gosh - that's a lot of books! You're right about only getting more books when you trade them. I have over $30 of credit at my used book store and I'm keeping myself from going there until after the holidays! Thanks for stopping by my blog, Robin. Come back again!

  2. Isn't that how it goes. You try to do something to get rid of books, and the stacks just keep growing. But hey, its better than shoes cluttering up your room, right? There was a charity shop in the last town I lived that sold any of their books for $1 a dozen. I could spend $5 dollars and come home with 60 books, it was great (and dengerous).

  3. Wow! You have a lot of books, and let me just say I love the pictures of your books and the shelves, they seem to really have 'character' somehow.

  4. Hey! How did you get into my house to take photos! LOL! Glad I'm not the only one with overflowing bookcases.


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