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Can You Own Too Many Books?

The simple answer? No, of course not!

But the real answer is never that simple. And although my true answer really is no, I think there’s a lot more to it than that.

So when is having a lot of books a bad thing?

1.When you have way too many books on that physical TBR

I always draw a line here. I just can’t handle looking at my shelf and thinking “oh no I’ve only read half of those”! After around 10-20 physical TBR books, I just have to stop buying until I’ve read a few more!

2. When you don’t actually like any you own

I just can’t own books I rated 3 or below stars. In the end they just annoy me when I look at them!

3. When you can’t fit beautiful new releases on that shelf

I always want to buy new releases I see all over the internet, and if they won’t fit on my shelf then it really annoys me.

What can you do to clear some space on that shelf?

1.Do a book swap!

Your okay-will-never-read-again book could be someone’s new favourite. And you could find a great book out of it, too!

2. Donate them

There are plenty of charity/second-hand book shops around, so you can always donate those okay books to make room for more! I tend to do this most.

3. Buy a bigger bookshelf!

Of course, this is the one that makes most sense. So head over to Ikea and keep all of the books…and don’t feel guilty about adding to the pile – because no one wants a bookshelf with empty sections!
What do you think? Is it possible to own too many books?


May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


I'm a 20 year old bibliophile, bookseller and publishing student who reads mostly YA! I review and blog about books here at The Books Are Everywhere.

5 thoughts on “Can You Own Too Many Books?

  1. Book swaps are definitely a great way to interact with people and share the love of books 🙂 I did one recently and will be posting about it soon.

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