Today’s “sparks” come to us from Booking Through Thursday.  Our question of the day:

What’s the largest your personal library has ever been? What’s the greatest number of books you’ve ever owned at one time? (Estimates are fine.)

Is your collection NOW the biggest it’s ever been? Or have you down-sized?

What’s the fewest number of books you’ve ever owned (not counting your pre-reading years)?

When I downsized four years ago, I did give away some books…but over the past years, I have also accumulated quite a few, too.  So, when I went around counting and estimating this morning, I came up with around 1,000 books—including the TBRs of about 144.  The largest it has ever been.

They’re on shelves like these:

Or these:

And some are here:

They do surround me in my cozy little space.

Once upon a time, I mostly took books from libraries…and my smallest personal collection might have been during my teens, when I had maybe twenty books of my own.

What about you?  What is your personal library like?

26 thoughts on “THURSDAY SPARKS — BOOKING — JUNE 30

    1. I started zealously working on reducing the TBRs, and even started a blog to help me do that. So I’m kind of proud of it. My old TBRs are 60 something, and the others are the new ones. So, as you can see, I keep taking more in!

      Thanks for stopping by, readingwithtea.


  1. My collection is at its lowest since I agreed to borrow more books than I buy in an effort to help the family budget. I have been successful at this for over 10 years now. My library grows with gifts, giveaway wins and ARCs.


  2. Great photos – You have a lot of books!
    I also didn’t think about including my Kindle books in my answer.
    Thank you so much for checking my BTT post out too!

    Best wishes!


  3. As many as I’ve given away (and the apartment I live in has a “library” next to the laundry facility with a “take a book, leave a book” general policy where I’ve left a number of books rather than do otherwise) I still seem to wind up with more. I’ve avoided two Half-Price Books stores near me for months in an effort to 1. save some money and 2. keep from winding up with even more for the TBR pile.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my post!


  4. Wow, I love the pics! Bookshelves LOOK so nice, don’t they, even aside from what they contain. I remember my very first studio apartment: it was small and drab, and the one thing that gave it any color was my bookshelf.


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