Yes, I am a bit late for the Sunday Salon, actually I could be early – that will be a first! Over on the KindleKorner mailing list there has been an interesting debate in answer to the following question
“Can a person have too many books?”
I have to say, I have not followed the debate closely, but I have pondered the question. The reality is what is too many books? Define what is too many?
I asked a friend via email and she responded. She also said that I could share the comment here – isn’t that nice of her. She responded by saying someone who is brought up in one faith has only the need for the one religious text that is relevant to that belief. A religious scholar might have every religious text ever written and then strive to find more. OK, I see the difference. So, a person who has 4 or more bibles has too many? The answer was technically yes as they only need one (perhaps 2 – different versions, writings etc). So my friend defines too many as the difference between enough to function and wanting more.
She then said look at your bookshelves and see what books you have and ask why do I have this book? She predicted the results would be interesting and they were.
My books can be broken down into the following & my book catalogue can be seen HERE where I also catalogue books I have read, but no longer have – books sold, borrowed & library books etc
- Local History
- Italian collection
- Genealogy in Italy
- Fiction & Non Fiction
- Biography / Autobiography
- How to books – Excel for Dummies
- Pharmacy related books
- A complete set of Noddy books from my childhood
- 3 books from hubbys childhood
- Random books that appeal
- Sets by particular authors – books typically I will re-read
- Elm Creek by Jennifer Chiaverini
- Harry Potter
- Fishing – none of these are mine – all hubbys
- Texts and books regularly used
- Sentimental books
- Specific collections
- Fiction books I will read again – usually sets
- Fishing books
My Grandmother had a saying “if in doubt, don’t do it”. Well perhaps I will use that ethos as I cull the books and back to the original question. Does it really matter I have too many books? No I don’t think so!