My #50by50 years have come and gone, both the lead up and the bonus time when I was actually 50. I’m now 51, and there are a couple of items that I started during the period that I haven’t written up yet. One of those was a commitment to purging some books from my collection.
To be honest, I have no idea how many books I have in the basement. My educated guess is somewhere between 1500 and 2500. A huge range I know, and a large number of books. I’ve held on to them over the years, and they have followed me through multiple moves. For some of those homes, the books were basically just piled on a big book shelf four and five layers deep or left in boxes for a while. Most are mysteries, and while I occasionally go back and read some, part of the reason I have them still is that they are part of series. » Read the rest