This has been something that´s been bothering me for a while now. Enormous bookshelf collections.
You´ve seen the bookshelves from Bookstagrammers and BookTubers. You´ve seen the pretty colorful collections all neatly stacked or organized by color, size, genre, series / standalones.
And you´re sitting at home / work / school wondering: ” How?”
Who wouldn´t feel a little book envy after seeing all those amazing bookshelves from book bloggers or avid readers? Uuhm… Not me. I have many questions before any sort of envy can pop up.
What do these people do for work?
How long have they been collecting?
Do they have a social life?
What jobs do they have to be able to afford so many books?
Do theses people know people who know people?
Have they slept with a librarian?
How many publishers have they had dinner and drinks with?
SO many books. So many bookshelves.
But guess what? There´s no need for book envy. Of course, we´ve all had those “Aw, I´d like to have something like that one day.” moments. But if you really think about it- Those pictures are just pics from people showing off. Because most don´t just take a pic from a particular bookshelf spot ( as many do ). There are no cool angle shots. Nooo, they give us people a nice view of the whole deal, showing off their impressive book collection. Something like this:
Lovely, isn´t it? I actually pity the person who owns that. Just the thought of dusting off all those books ( and it looks like it´s close to 400 ) gives me a headache. This is a clear example of showing off the pretty. Which is fine. I show off pretties, too.
The amount of books you have does not show any of us how much of a devoted reader you are.
I have a feeling that this needs to be stressed out a little more, although I believe many readers share my view.
- You are not more intelligent if you have a room full of books.
- You are not worth more or less because of your book collection.
- You should not feel ashamed for owning 20 books instead of 500.
While this isn´t necessarily a case of unrealistic expectations ( because I truly believe all those people ( who upload those kind of pics ) have a room full of books. It´s more of an intimidation issue.
It pains me to hear bookworms say ” My bookshelf isn´t impressive.” That sentence is so wrong on so many levels. I can hear the sadness and imagine the shame in their words. Okay, fine. So you don´t have 500 books. Neither do I. Who says you have to? You have books- That´s impressive enough. I know people who don´t own books. ( A shocking reality for us book people. I always imagine books in their homes when I visit.)
Look. I don´t have the money to buy tons of books every month. And to be honest- I don´t have that much time to read. But I am more than proud to own the collection I have.
Isn´t it enough to just own books? What difference does the size of a book collection make? A bookworm is a bookworm, am I right?
The bottom line is: There´s no rule on to how many books you have to own to be a member of the book loving gang. As long as you find joy in reading. You can have 10, 20, 50, 100 or more books…. you´re still awesome.
Own the fact that your bookshelf is the size of a cooler. Be proud to have 1 bookshelf with all your favorite books.
You don´t read for anyone but yourself.
So, in celebration of being a happy owner of a micro library… Here is my personal book corner.
One would think that, as a book blogger, I´d have more books. And, you´re right. I do have more. But I´m weird. I have all my golden copies ( that´s what I call my absolute favorite books ) in the bedroom in a drawer ( Yes, I have a book drawer. Stop judging. Lol. As I said- Weird ). I´ve also cleaned out my bookshelves recently ( books I wasn´t too fond of found new homes). But that´s another topic for another time. And and and * waves arms * You should also know that my husband and kids have their book spaces as well.
Feel free to add your 2 cents! I´d love to discuss book collection sizes.
Feel hugged and appreciated.
Morgana ❤ ❤