I am totally addicted to watching Hoarders and Buried Alive. After each episode, I find something to throw away or donate so my personal hoard is getting smaller. However, I find it extremely difficult to get rid of books.
While watching Hoarders, I get a little nervous when I see houses filled with books. I really want to sort through them to see if there are any I would want to read or add to my collection.
In 2010, I counted my personal library and ended up with 2600 books, give or take a 100. Since then, I've pared down my collection, but it hasn't been easy. My daughter refers to my library as "my mother's freakishly large book collection". My son just shakes his head.
In general, people are amazed when I tell them I've read the majority of my books. Many can't understand why I keep them if I've already read them. Those people are non-readers.
I still have my first two books purchased from the Scholastic company when I was in the first grade.
I would love to hear from other bibliophiles. What's your take on books, libraries and hoarders?