5 Perils of Book Hoarding

September 16, 2015 Challenge, Discussion 50

When people join the book blogging community we really should warn them of the biggest side effect: book hoarding. All casual readers become collectors when they join the blogosphere and their TBRs grow with an alarming rate. It’s not long until books take up every spare space in your house.


This hoarding is dangerous and not without its risks. We could spend all day here coming up with a list of ways books destroy our lives, but here’s 5 perils associated with book hoarding:

1. Extreme Violation of Health and Safety

When you truly become a book hoarder, your bookshelves are overflowing. It’s not long until books are piled on desks, tables, floors, any spare flat spaces. Once those are taken up you get to the chairs, the fridge, the wardrobe. Every hallway is blocked by books. If your house were ever to catch fire it’d have plenty of kindling to catch quickly, and when you try and escape the fire you probably won’t get very far.


2. Death is One Fall Away

As you pile books around your house they have a tendency to get taller and taller. As things gain height they also become structurally unstable. And with the number of books we have it could become an epic series of dominoes and I really hope your head isn’t at the end.


3. Emergency Savings? Never Heard of Them

Gaining all these books requires money. Unfortunately Sim cheat codes don’t work IRL so money is finite. We should be saving it for important things, but often books are at the forefront of our minds. This means that when we are in a situation where we need emergency funds we have to beg friends, family, and random strangers for help.



4. A Never Ending Quest

When you have overflowing shelves you end up putting books wherever they fit. Well at least I do now. Once upon a time it was organised chaos but now things are… everywhere. This makes finding specific books a challenge, especially if you haven’t thought about them for a few months. Any time you want to pick up a certain book you better call in the squad to help you search thoroughly.


5. No pets for us

Sure pets are cute and really add something special to all the book photos we love to take. But do you know what else pets do? DESTROY BOOKS. And take up space. And require feeding and effort. We don’t have time for that, there’s too much reading to be done. Plus we want our books to smell like paper and glue not animal urine.




I should probably mention “perils of book hoarding” was the September post theme for the Book Buying Ban Challenge. I’ve been doing pretty well on this challenge! Been receiving a lot of review books (which means I’m not doing to crash hot with the TBR smash challenge) but haven’t bought anymore since the Bookfest relapse.

Are you a book hoarder?
What perils did I miss?



50 Responses to “5 Perils of Book Hoarding”

  1. Jee Ann

    No!!!!!!!! I was afraid to open this post, lest my conscience start screaming, “GUILTY!” I have print books in my shelves I haven’t read yet. I have a growing list of TBR ebooks on my phone and tablet. Not to mention the Kindle books I have. Healthy? Safety? Pfft. What’s that? Sigh. This post is a good reminder for me, Bec. Thanks :)
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    • Bec

      They do not deserve to live in your presence anymore if they destroy a book :P Dogs are higher risk animals than cats!

  2. Tanya

    Hello. My name is Tanya and I am a book hoarder. And I make no apologies for it. :) Since they’re (mostly) contained to one room) and look all nice and pretty on their shelves, I think I’m still safe.
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    • Bec

      NO RAGRETS!! They are beautiful. I’ve had to split my books over two rooms because they won’t fit in my bedroom alone D:

  3. Haraiah

    Ha! Number 3 and 4. I’m a hoarder. When I’m not on a ban, I buy not less than 15 books a month. Right now my shelf can’t spare any more space so around 200 of my books are in boxes or are still in their mail packaging. Recently I made a list of those books and taped it outside each box so I at least know which box they’re stashed in because yes, finding them is freaking exhausting.
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  4. Kyra

    YES to all of these! At one stage there was literally books all over my room, I had a special book corner full of books, then there were books on my chest of drawers, next to my bed, on my windowsill, in my bag – EVERYWHERE. But I loved it like that! ;D

    And ugh yes, I really try to save but then I walk into a bookstore and it’s like pssh, #yolo haha!

    Great post!
    Kyra recently posted…The Process of Reading the Last Book in Your Favorite Series (The pain. The feels. THE TORTURE.)

    • Bec

      So cosy!

      The only reason I haven’t spent any money in bookstores recently is because I’m actually broke.

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      Cat urine is not a nice smell haha. But at least you don’t have to worry too much about the cat chewing up books and making them unreadable!

    • Bec

      I have a general idea of where all my books are because I have specific bookshelves, but it won’t be long until I loose track…

      One day I want a house that has all the walls lined in bookshelves.

  5. aentee

    I used to read primarily ebook, but ever since joining Instagram I have joined the ranks of book hoarders. And all of your points are 100% accurate, I still fear for my life AND WHAT I WILL DO WHEN I FINALLY HAVE TO MOVE FROM THIS APARTMENT. Packing is gonna be a giant pain.
    aentee recently posted…Book Review: Queen of Shadows

    • Bec

      I need to read more ebooks to save my sacred space!

      We recently moved house and packing up all my books was a task and a half, I tell you. But reorganising your bookshelf again is very satisfying.

  6. Wattle

    I am totally a book hoarder *sigh* but my cats have learned they cannot eat the books, so they can stay :P

    I was watching Midsomer Murders the other day (as one does) and a lady died after having a very tall pile of newspapers fall on her. All I could think was ‘if it were books, that could be my house when I’m old’ lol
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    • Bec

      Your cats are worthy of a bookworm.

      Newspapers are no where near as heavy as books! They could really do some damage

  7. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    I used to be really good at not buying and keeping so many books, but now I’m starting to get out of control. At least I know that a girl in my book club needs books every year for an event called Blind Date with a Book, in which every student that signs up gets a book to keep. So that gives me motivation to give my books up instead of allowing them to sit around collecting dust. I know they could be potentially going to a teenager who might just have an awesome life changing experience reading them :)
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    • Bec

      I’m doing the opposite! I was out of control but now I have to be in control. I really should go through my books and donate some eventually. Someone else may love them more than I did.

  8. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Book hoarding REALLY IS hazardous to our health! The constant fear of bookshelves buckling under the pressure and sealing off our exits, the never ending risk of being buried under a pile of books that were stacked far too high to be safe! And the life-threatening anxiety of never, ever being able to finish reading all the books you own before you die at their hands (or pages?) GAH! This post cracked me up Bec, because it was funny but also true. Locating a specific book within the piles could literally eat up hours of my day. Sigh XD
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    • Bec

      OH MY GOD THE ANXIETY! I FEEL IT! I have so many books on my TBR and so many more books I want coming my way and how can I possibly read them all!

    • Bec

      Thanks! The lengths some people have to go to to find those rare collectables is crazy! I admire their determination.

  9. Romi

    I have to say that I think I’m much more of a low key book collector than I thought! So many posts about hoarding and death by collapsing books and it makes me realise that, yes, I have a lot of books, but no, I do not keep/have as many as a lot of reviewers. I’m very selective about what I keep/get, though, and a lot of books that I enjoyed but didn’t love I donate. I want to have books lining my house! I WANT A HOUSE MADE OF BOOKS! One day. One day.

    • Bec

      There are some people who get a crazy number of books out there! I dream of being able to afford that many books. I really wish I had the ability to be more selective! It would be kinder to my bank account.

      Yes a book lined house is my dream!

  10. Alexandra

    This list is absolutely amazing and hilarious and glorious!!!! I think my worst “problems” (since when are books a problem?!?) are #3 and #4. I spend pretty much ALL my money on books and I’m constantly reorganizing my shelves and putting books in random places so I never know where to find them! Such a great post, Bec!

  11. Stephanie@ThesePaperHearts

    I’ve definitely become more of a book hoarder since I started blogging. I’ve started pre-ordering books a lot more now than I ever did before book blogging. New releases are just so shinny *_* It was kind of a problem for me earlier this year when I was in a big book slump. I wasn’t reading many books but they kept showing up in the mail lol. I started to run out of room on the shelf I used for tbr books :P
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    • Bec

      Oh yep me too. You just become aware of so many more books and it’s incredibly hard to resist! My TBR shelf is overflowing. I’m going to need a second one soon.

  12. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    I relate on an emotional level to your point about having books EVERYWHERE. I have them on my coffee table, on the chest next to the dining table, on the couch that never gets sat on … and there’s a spare room in the house that is FILLED with them. And yet, I still keep buying them. What the heck?

    Also, I heartily agree with you on the “casual collectors become hoarders when they enter the blogosphere” comment because YES. I used to buy a lot of books, but now I AM DROWNING UNDER THEM since I started blogging. But I’m not complaining because I love books *rolls around in them*

    HAHAHAHA, I challenged myself not to buy books, and I lasted, like, one week. You go, Bec! You can do this <3
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    • Bec

      It’s a serious addiction. We need an intervention.

      Like I’ve said many times, not having any money whatsoever is the biggest advantage when trying not to buy books haha

  13. Sarah @ The Country Bookworm

    This is totally me. My problem is I buy a bunch of books I’m lusting after, and before I can get through them, I find a whole new crop. I bought 20 books in September alone!
    I’m starting a meme on my blog, #ThirstyThursday, where you can post what you are lusting after, or just HAVE to have. I feel like that ties in nicely with book hoarding!
    Also, when I think of book hoarding I just picture Golem saying “my precioussss.”
    Sarah @ The Country Bookworm recently posted…#ThirstyThursday

    • Bec

      That is how I ended up with 142 books on my TBR pile… oops. Haha that does fit nicely with book hoarding!

      I wanted to use a Golem gif but I couldn’t find one!

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