My house is rather small.
Approximately 1,800 square feet.
We have over 2,200 books in our house.
Do you want to see where we keep the books?
Last summer my parents built these book shelves/cupboards for us in our front room. This is where we keep our "pretty" books. They are mostly religious, historical or classics. And most of them belong to Utah Dad.
Only months after moving into our home nearly 7 years ago, my dad helped us build the bookshelves/desk I designed in our upstairs loft. It currently needs some repairs but has served us well. This is where I keep my books that I've already read. It's also where I work on the computer, so I spend a lot of time right here.
On the bottom shelf we keep a lot of the books for the kids. I've collected many of these at used book sales at libraries. There is a second layer of books behind the first on these deep shelves.
The girls have this shelf in their room that is rapidly filling with Amberly's novels. They also have a shelf in their closet that has lots of picture books and board books that belong to the younger girls but their closet is messy and I didn't take a picture.
Along one wall in our master bedroom we added these cheap Walmart shelves and quickly filled them to overflowing. Besides the encyclopedia (why do we still have it?) and the years of National Geographic magazines, this is where I collect the books I still plan to read.
This smaller bookshelf is also in our bedroom near my side of the bed. It is filled with the books that my friend recently gave me before she moved out of the country. I plan to read them--eventually.
Someday we will have a house with a library and all the books can be in one room. This is my dream. Until then, we'll keep figuring out spaces for the books I just can't help collecting.