15 July 2014

English Major Problems

This four-stack-deep tower o' leaning books is just the bittiest fraction in the ongoing ever aggrandizing, lit-hoarding saga that is my life. Which rears, and again rears, its ugly head when the reshelving bug bites. Always late at night. At what point are books -- or stacks of them -- a safety hazard? We are so far past that point. We have learned to step around them. When one must turn to her partner and say, "It's well into the hundreds, for sure...but how many hundreds do you think?" -- it's perhaps near exceeding mass limitations. Ask my elevator when we move next spring.

But, no bother! One cannot have too many. Methinks it mad to limit such joy.

For now: file this under English Major Problems, and I'll be back soon with an official book number count. Deal?

P.s. What are you reading now? I'm reading this.


  1. you've just described my life in a blog post. i just finished my first year as an english student and i'm already in the same boat. my room is bursting with books... but i wouldn't have it any other way :) after all, there's no such thing as too many!

  2. girl, i feel you :) i was a Lit major so i still have things like the Norton Anthology laying around my house! but i can't seem to get rid of them...

    - sarah

  3. yep. i feel ya too! i finally was buying too many books that i had to get a library card. makes me miss writing in my books :( I'm reading #girlboss right now. AMAZING.

  4. I'm reading the Marriage Plot right now. So far so good.


  5. I'm finally getting into the chronicles that are Wildwood. And loving every bit of their childlike whimsy!

    1. So great! I had my copies signed by Colin Meloy, and I pretty much didn't sleep for two nights after that because the Decemberists are, like, my favorite band. EVER.

  6. Hi! Coming here from AT, had to comment as a fellow Denverite, grad student and book lover. We moved recently and had 22 boxes (beer cases) of books... I have no regrets. Currently reading, "The Old Man and the Sea", up next "Lord of the Flies". It's a classic novels sort of summer! Loved seeing your loft featured. Have a beautiful day!

  7. John Steinbeck's "East of Eden".. disturbing and wonderful. :) But really, you cannot have too many books.

  8. I love living surrounded by mountains of books (I have no idea how many I have either) and I'm often bit by the reshelving bug myself. I'm currently reading Snow Crash, which my boyfriend recommended to me.

    decked out in ruffles

  9. I know exactly what you mean! I graduated with an MA in English Lit in 2008 but have spent my whole life hoarding books. It's at the point where I just hope that someday I have a fine old house with a room I can turn into the most amazing library. I recently moved out of an apartment I'd lived in for 12(!!) years and let me tell you, the books were by FAR the worst thing to move. Tip: To avoid a broken back, invest in or rent a good dolly before you start moving your own mountain next Spring! :) PS: From the looks of the stack I share a lot of your tastes in literature. It's a good selection.

  10. I'm envious of your stack, you have so many great titles! I'm in the middle of a Lit major and wishing I had a bigger collection! If only a student budget would allow!