I LOVE books! I have many other shelves and boxes with children's books, art books, teaching books, history books etc. We have a garage that my husband has never parked a vehicle in because it is filled with boxes of books.
I have a friend who was on her way to China to visit her young grandson. She asked me if I had any children's books that she could take to him. When I told my husband I was going to give her some. He smiled.
"Did you tell her you had 2 to 3000 books she could have?"
"Honey, she couldn't fit that many in her suitcase."
"Hm, but you could give her that many and you'd still have more."
One time when I was moving a gal I knew was thinking about going back to teaching. She and her husband were planning to go to Alaska. She mentioned she didn't have any of her books. I gave her 11 large packing boxes of books. Her husband told her she couldn't accept anymore!
My one big regret is that I never learned how to make those wonderful big bookcases. I think every bibliophile should know how to make bookcases! Otherwise they sit in boxes or on non-stable bookcases made from cinderblocks and boards. I have had lots of such shelves give way because of too much weight on them.
I once attended a Scholastic Book Fair Training session and won the main prize - a collection of new books. I called my husband and told him. He groaned, "Where are you going to put them?'
"In the school library."
Thank goodness he is a reader, even if he's not a collector.