Friday, 5 September 2014

What can I do with all these books? - Housework/Funwork 31

Books, books and more books!!!!

Just last week my husband and I went on holiday to relax and read.

So before we went we did something rather important.

We made sure we had decided on what books we were going to read.

Years ago we always had to come to an agreement over books before we could pack because we needed to pick 4-6 books that we both wanted to read and then we could share the books while we were away, simply because books took up weight in our luggage.

Now we take our kindles with us but we still sat down to make sure we had the books we wanted down from the cloud on our devices so that we could read what we wanted at any time regardless of WiFi.

Oh the joys of the kindle.

We have loads of ebooks and I'm usually keeping an eye out for good ebook offers so the amount of those on our kindles are ever increasing.

By this stage you may be wondering why I am talking about books & ebooks when this is my series about Housework being Funwork.

Well this month is my month to concentrate on the overhaul and inventory of the STUDY.

So what about the books on our bookshelves in our Study?

And in the cupboards under the shelves?

And on the wicker shelves?

And on the shelves of the printer unit?

And on the desk?

        and ssshh on the floor?

Well my husband did suggest one time that we could throw them out and only have ebooks.

Sacrilege!  cried our oldest son who was with us at the time.

As for me I just said

"what if we want to read them again?"  


"we haven't even read them all yet"

Well we did do a bit of a clear out when we were moving house last time but there are still many to keep so they need to be sorted better on the shelves and inventory made of them.

I have my spreadsheet of my list of the full set of Heron Books of Agatha Christie novels that I had collected over the years (the red hardback set filling a shelf on the second bookcase from the right in the picture above)

this is just a section of it here.

I also have my list of Nelson DeMille Books which I did last year.

A couple of years ago I had started a spreadsheet for all the other books on the bookcases  (an excerpt from it is below)

but I didn't keep it up.

Then I thought maybe an app for my ipad to keep all the data there because I love my ipad.

So in the past few months I have had a look for apps and of course being the person I am I really only want a free app or at least one that is very very cheap.

Well I found a few apps and tried them out

but they seemed to be even more time consuming to put in all the data than my Spreadsheets were!

So I decided to go back to the original Spreadsheet and update it as I sort through the books.

This however will take me some time this month as I know I will get caught up in the

"Can I bear to part with this book?" 

"Maybe I can find this book as an ebook" 
as I go along.

Ok think it is

and FUNTIME as I start to go through these books because I really do love books.


  1. I love the fact that you have books in the house. Very cool.

  2. I love books and reading. I agree it's sacrilege to throw out books because there are always places that will be happy to take them in order for other people to benefit from them.

  3. aaa I love seeing book shelves filled with books, nice to see that technology hasn't completely taken over, hope you manage to get them sorted :) thanks for linking up with #readwithme x

  4. It's always difficult to decide which books to part with isn't it?

  5. So, I can relate ... love to read and have books everywhere, but we no longer have more than 1 bookcase. I've piled them on the floor, on my dresser, on my nightstand. And, there are boxes in the garage.

    My solution is to borrow books from the library (this after purchasing 6 books on vacation).

  6. My daughter (18) prefers books over the Kindle or Nook or any e-book reader. And I still have some books here that I'm like you are with. I can't bear to get rid of them, neither can my hubs!!

    Thaks for sharing!

  7. A spreadsheet is a great way to keep track of all the books you own, and which ones you haven't read yet! That would be a pretty daunting task to put it together, though. I love the Kindle because it hardly takes up any space. It's great for traveling, like you mentioned! I still like having lots of "real" books, though.

    Thanks for sharing with Hump Day Happenings!

  8. I desperately need to get rid of some books from my collection, but I have the same reservations that you do. What if I want to read it again!? What if I haven't read it yet!?!

  9. We used to have too many books as well, but donated most of them to schools, hospitals and of course Goodwill. Thanks for sharing another great post at the #WWDParty.

  10. Congratulations! It seems that many were curious about all those books because this was the #3 most read post on last weeks link up. I featured it this week on link up #14 at
    God bless.

  11. We were just going through our books this weekend and it was painful! We were overflowing and needed to weed out the ones we aren't reading again. We still aren't sure where they are going though- I can't toss them ;)
    -S.L. Payne,