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There comes a life altering moment in every book lover’s life. It is the moment that your bookshelf can’t fit one more book. You go to add your latest tome to the stacks and find that the books just won’t budge. The stages of grief are always the same, and the sooner you know them, the sooner you can get on the path to recovery.

 

 

1. Denial

Sure, at first you think “no biggie, I just need to rearrange everything to make space.”

No. This does not make mathematical sense. This is the point at which you need to acknowledge that you may have a situation on your hands.

 

 

 

2. Shock

You rearranged all of the books anyway. Surprise surprise, there still isn’t space left. Reality has started to set in. You may feel that you’re having an out-of-body experience, similar to when you first understood that your parents would someday die, or learned what they actually put in hot dogs.

 

 

 

3. Bargaining

You love your bookshelf. It has housed your most beloved possessions up until this moment. You are willing to work with the shelf. Maybe you can take one book off and keep it on your nightstand instead. Or display it tastefully on the mantel. But which book will be it? This will be the hardest choice you’ll ever make in your life.

 

 

 

4. Acceptance

Fool. You knew deep down that you could never choose one of your books to leave the shelves. Which is why it’s time to make a change, and get a bigger bookshelf. Or another one. Or five.

Remember: change is GOOD! Plus, now you have to fill your new shelves. Let’s hit the bookstore.

 

 

Watch dramatic footage of a booknerd experiencing the pain of a full bookshelf: