I recently watched a youtube video by the booktuber Cindy Reads where she talks about only having 4 books in her whole collection. This got me thinking about my own experience over the last year and a half of book blogging.
I remember when I first began and anytime I saw another blogger’s beautiful collection of floor to ceiling books I firstly felt admiration then a tiny sense of inadequacy. It’s probably super silly but I did feel like I didn’t have enough books to be a book blogger and that if I haven’t read all the extremely hyped YA books that we all see floating around then I wouldn’t be qualified to discuss and talk about books in this space… Which is of course beyond stupid especially knowing myself that I don’t like to stick to one genre; so I couldn’t possibly have read all the books from it.
Since then I realised that my tiny city centre apartment cannot possibly handle the rate I was buying books to try and keep up with new releases. So I’ve taken to only buying a new release if its something I’m extremely interested in especially when a new hardback can set you back £15 which very quickly add up!
Now I mostly read Ebooks, Library books and audiobooks it might not look as impressive but I have completely come to terms with the fact that as a full time worker & adult, I’m never going to be able to read ALL the books I see. I’ve also massively grown to love my smallish collection of books (120ish) visiting my main shelf regularly and looking at my most loved stories.
I guess what I have learned is having a huge collection isn’t always achievable for a number of factors. But Most importantly the number of books in my home has no impact on your worth as a book blogger.
P.S I genuinely adore seeing peoples bookshelves (my fave videos are shelf tours) so I hope this didn’t come across as negative, I just wanted to share my perspective on the feelings I’m sure lots of us have had. Sending love to you all.🌼