Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: Do you look at your shelves and stacks of books and wonder how you have ever read so many books?
I don’t wonder precisely that, but I guess I do wonder similar things. I get most of my books from the library, so I know that the books on my own personal shelves (700 or so) are only a fraction of the total books I’ve read. I’ve read daily for as long as I can remember, so the total number doesn’t feel shockingly high to me. Or maybe it’s just that I’ve done enough math to get used to the idea.
Since I feel like I rarely buy books, I do sometimes wonder how I amassed as many as I own! Some I’ve had for twenty years, though, and there have been some notable trips to library book sales that brought home a dozen books, so I guess it’s added up over time.
I also sometimes wonder how I would ever have time to reread all the books I own, if I wanted to, because there are so many other new books in the world. I feel vaguely as though I reread most beloved books every several years, but mathematically, it would probably take me five years of nothing but rereading to get through my collection…so, yeah, there are some books I’ve owned and not reread for a long time! But perhaps someday – that’s why I bought them, after all.
Does it sometimes surprise you how many books you’ve read, or how many you own?