or at least on their way.
I did the count I promised in that post– of the books that are still accessible (i.e., not boxed under the house): 627
I’m actually certain this number isn’t accurate, since I counted in 8 catigories in 11 different areas (shelves and piles) in my house, so there was too much room for confusion and flubbing.
25% ———– Children’s picture and board books
25% ———– Non-fiction/ thinking/ reference
16% ———– Novels (all ages)
10% ———– Bibles, studies and “religious” books
10% ——— Folktales (individual picture books and collections)
6% ———— Music and How-to books
5% ———- Entertainment (plays, Calvin and Hobbes, etc.)
3% ———— Poetry
Amazing, really, how many books I own. Interesting, too, that most of those I choose to keep accessible are the ones I’ve already read.
I suppose there’s two main reasons for owning books (anyone want to suggest more?):
- To have something new to read when you want it.
- To be able to refer to something you’ve already read.
I’ve decided all the books I buy at the used-book stores must come from the first type of owner. That type of reading/ownership is utterly foreign to me. I almost never let something leave if I think I might want to refer to it again.