There's No Such Thing as Too Many Books—Here's Proof

Audrey Hepburn reading a book with George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany's
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The more the merrier!

I Firmly Believe You Can Never Have Too Many Books—Here's Why

I love books. I really do. I've incorporated it into my job, I come from a family of writers, and I'm lucky enough to read some great work from talented authors.

I believe there is no such thing as too many books. My small apartment might disagree, but it's true. I love looking at them, I love smelling them, and I love getting a new book delivered to my front door or the joy I have walking out of a bookstore with a new purchase. And of course, I love the way they make me feel. They make me think, research, laugh, cry, question my own sanity, and increase my intelligence.

In a world where people are getting rid of things, I want more. More books to add to shelves and nooks and crannies. I want to be a little old hoarder surrounded by so many books I have to make walkways out of them. I want them in the tub, I want them in the kitchen, I want them on my bed. There is no such thing as too many books and I'm here to prove it.

I Firmly Believe You Can Never Have Too Many Books

When it comes to books, I am "the more the merrier" kind of gal. In my dream home, I envision an office with built-in bookshelves on every wall. Maybe they are alphabetized, maybe even color-coordinated. As of now, I have a fairly small collection of books in a bookcase I bought off of NextDoor, an app where neighbors sell goods to one another in an online garage sale. It is small but mighty, housing many books I've accumulated over the years both as a lover of reading and a book editor. I love owning (and borrowing from the library, but that's an article for another day) a vast array of books.

From mysteries to memoirs, I love them all. And I don't have plans to get rid of them anytime soon, much to my fiancés chagrin. I love my book collection for many reasons mainly because, you can never have too much of a good thing—especially if those things are books.

1. Books Bring Happiness (to Me) and Others

Reading books can make you a happier person. Obviously, Crazy Rich Asians might make you feel better than The Diary of Anne Frank, but reading affects you positively. Reading can help your memory as you get older, improve your mood, and make you a happy person. If you surround yourself with things that improve your mental health, why not add more books to your life?

2. You Need a Number of Books to Start a Collection

If you want to start a collection, like I do, then well, you'll need to acquire some books. Some writers take great pride in their collection. Whether it's a big or small one, I think starting one now will continue to bring me joy and pride in the coming years. Even if space is limited!

3. For Endless Entertainment When Your Electricity Goes Out

Recently, my electricity went out and my initial reaction was to panic. We were in the middle of the horrific documentary, Abducted in Plain Sight, when it happened, so having no light became increasingly scary. We grabbed flashlights and sat in the dimly lit living room thinking, "well, what now?" I looked over at my small but mighty collection and grabbed The White Album and started reading. Not only was it was fun to read by flashlight, like a child who isn't ready for bed, but I was distracted by the darkness and instead transported into Joan Didion's '60s America.

4. To Share Them, to Re-Read Them, to Pass Them Along

While I adore libraries and think they are an important factor to our society, owning books brings me more satisfaction. And less late fees. When I look through my collection, I find books I used in high school. A beat up copy of To Kill A Mockingbird with folded pages. The House on Mango street with passages highlighted from page to page. They are fantastic stories I was lucky enough to have to read, but they also capture a snippet of time when I was a student. And maybe one day my children or nephews will be able to borrow a copy when it's their turn.

5. Technically, They Are Part of Your Decor

And if you want to get really surface level about books, they act as home decor. You have coffee table books to read and enjoy, but also to act as a center piece for your table. You might add some underneath lamps, propped up in your kitchen, or on side tables. Most novels have beautiful covers that doubles as art for your home.

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