We have a lot of books. A lot.
When we moved into the house, we brought with us 7 large bookshelves and 2 small ones. We unpacked what books we could and left the rest in boxes. We didn't like have all the boxes of books sitting in the family room, but there was no where else to put them. We decided we would just buy more bookshelves and get all the books out of boxes. In the last month we bought 5 more large bookshelves. They are completely full now, but our boxes are empty. There is one in the living room, three in the family room, one in each of the three kids bedrooms, two in my loom room and four in the master bedroom. Yep, our rooms are lined with shelves of books. It's a little crazy and out of control, but we love our books!
In our dream home, we will have a library, the way they do in the old fancy homes. Like in Clue! I think Professor Plum used the Abridged Oxford Dictionary in the Library.
I don't often by books and when I do, I prefer not to pay full price. I love 50 cent books from used bookstores. Over the last year, I've started collecting some of my favorite young adult and children's literature. I'll have to post a picture of my young adult collection one day. I have a bunch of name books! I also have more parenting books than I care to admit to. Too bad they haven't helped me that much.
Yes, one day... someday in the future, we will have our library. Then we can reclaim the rest of the house as living areas. Until then, thank goodness for bookshelves!