As I complete this week’s meme, I am celebrating my birthday. I’m now officially as old as the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. If you haven’t read the book or listened to the original radio show, I highly encourage you to add it to your TBR or TBL immediately!
How many books, approximately, do you think you have in your personal collection?
Honestly, I’ve lost count of how many books I have. We’re fortunate to live close to a great used book store and so we make a trip once a quarter or so to exchange one round of books for another.
I do have some books that I’ve kept for various reasons. Some are autographed copies of books (I’ve got a couple of books autographed by Garrison Keillor, one by Peter David (should be two, but my ex-wife kept my autographed copy of one of my favorite, first-edition TNG novels…no, I’m not bitter, why do you ask?) and a few others). I’ve kept some books that I enjoyed or are on my favorite list (To Kill A Mockingbird, for example) or that we wanted to have a full set.
But a lot of books I read and put onto a shelf that is the transition shelf. They may be kept, they may go to the used book store as a trade credit for more books or donated to our local library or VA for others to enjoy.
So, needless to say the exact number of books in my personal collection varies and can be a bit fluid.