As this long, cold winter continues to stretch on, I've been enjoying breaking up the monotony a bit by doing some things that are a little out of the ordinary . . . such as pulling out all of my books, sorting them by category, and then seeing if there were any that I did not want to keep. As one who loves books, a project like this was so much fun!
Due to lack of bookshelf room, a large portion of my books are stored wherever I can find a place to put them . . . piled in stacks underneath the table on which my computer and printer sit and in a previously empty desk drawer to name a few . . . .
History, reference, and more
More history, science, and readers
While I was going through books, my Mom came up at one point and when seeing piles of books spread out in a circle around me, she stopped to enjoy looking at some of them. At one point, she made the comment that with the variety and number of books I have, there's enough there to provide nearly all of the materials one would need to homeschool through 2nd or 3rd grade! And if I never have opportunity to do that myself, I'll certainly have a lot of books to share with others. :)
Once I had gone through all the books and had a small stack of ones to get rid of, I put back the ones to keep . . . only to remember that quite a few of them hadn't been added to my book list yet! (I keep a running list so when I am at book sales, etc., I'll be able to quickly see what I already have.) So out came all of the stacks again and after a bit of work, all of the titles are now on the book list.
Part of two shelves on my bookcase (and where I keep most of my antique books)
Out of curiosity, I counted up how many books I have, and the grand total (as long as I didn't miscount!) was 643 books. I didn't realize I had that many! And given the fact that I still have a long list of books I would like to add to my collection (mostly antique fiction, Lamplighter books, and scriptural/spiritual reference books) that number will likely be increasing. :)
Part of the other two shelves on my bookcase
Once all of that was done, I updated "The Bookshelf" page on my blog . . . while it doesn't include anywhere near all of the books on it, it has most of my favorites and ones I would recommend!