Okay, this is definitely a book lover’s dilemma. My TBR pile keeps growing perilously taller. Death by falling books is just waiting to happen.
Having a (literal?) ton of books means that I keep upgrading to bigger bookcases. Unfortunately, during this timespan, my home has not expanded.
I also house books in this ornate wooden trunk my mom gave to me. Side note: She used it to store beautiful clothes.
I’ve donated a number of books to my local library in the past. However, they’re not currently accepting donations. On my daily walk, I sometimes drop off a few copies at various Little Free Libraries.
Over the winter holidays, though, I saw friends with book trees. These were tomes stacked in a way to resemble a Christmas tree. I wondered then if I should be creating displays of art from my book piles.
This could be literal art. I’ve seen Pinterest pics of books, their pages open, gorgeously scattered across a wall. The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles has a beautiful book tunnel. At The Ripped Bodice Bookstore in Culver City, they have books suspended from the ceiling.
Maybe I could turn my books into furniture? I’ve seen a photo of a table made from authors’ works; there’s a board at the top and bottom, with a literary stack in between. With the amount of books I have around, I could perhaps create a couch—but I doubt it’d be very comfortable.
Here’s what I’ve done so far with my books to re-use them:
- Zoom: That’s right. Pile those babies up as a stand for the proper eye-to-camera height.
- Bookshelves: It’s quite bookish, but I use them for bookends.
- Weights: I probably should use them for exercise, but instead I’ve weighed down flowers (to press them) and homework (to uncrumple them).
Please tell me: What are your solutions to book overflow?