Confessions of an Addict [24]: Oh ye, yellowing pages!

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The sun is great, isn’t? Vitamin D, natural light…but when we get too much love from Mr. Sun, we burn, burn, burn. The picture above is the front windows in our cabin. It’s a very serene place to watch the sun disappear into the horizon. And while it’s very beautiful, it’s terror on my books.

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When the blinds are open, the sun hits the books in all its bright glory. While I really love how bright it is, I never realize the how it ages the books quite hastily. I often sit on the couch and read, but I’ve never really notice how sun drenched most of my books have become. There’s a tell-tale sign that the pages are losing its original white colour.

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Like these books, for example;

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Or these –

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I don’t know if you can notice, but seeing the ‘oxidation’ process up close is a different experience altogether. I don’t really know why I’m troubled by this; though, let’s not get carried away. It’s not the end of the world, these are books that have been here for at least a couple of years and then some. While I’m a fan of collecting old books, it bothers me when I see MY copies age. I think the problem here is, that most of these books haven’t been read.

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If you’re a new follower, or have just met me, then you probably haven’t seen these shelves before. I did a post a while back about my bookshelves in the cabin and have mentioned that these shelves house books that I have put on the back burner for now (then). I’ve collected more books since that post. Right now, the chances of these books being read is pretty slim. Unless I’ve ran out of books to read in the city (our house), or if all the bookstores in the world closed doors (oh the horror!), I’m probably not going to drive an hour or so to the cabin just to pick them up.

I guess my point is, that’s the reason why it saddens me to see these books age right in my eyes.

And yet I can’t bear to let them go.

I need therapy.

  • Acid free paper doesn’t yellow. That is why there is a very white book among the yellower ones. I have a copy of the Mill On The Floss with a 1924 inscription and it has very thin very white pages.

  • That is an amazing and beautiful book shelf. But I agree.. it will ruin your books and anything else the sun can fade. I had to put some dark curtains in the room where my books are to keep the sun off of them. I do love your shelves though!!

  • Whenever I see my copies of the Twilight Saga or Percy Jackson Series (one of the firsts books I read besides children’s book from the library), I get sad and almost on hysterics at seeing how fast they’re yellowing! And they don’t get any sun, they’re in my room where the sun doesn’t hit. And when I see a book that my mom says belonged to my great grandmother, I’m normal and gosh is it yellow.it’s weird I guess, to see the books you love get old and the ones you haven’t read too. But it’s also a part of being a reader and a bookworm, to love them in all their stages and appreciate them even more because of the fond memories. I still love to pieces my first Twilight for all the memories it holds other than the original story by Meyer. But I know, it’s a bookworm thing to sometimes cringe.

    OMG you have a cabin with that many books! (First time I see your shelves). I want some… I own a copy of One For The Money and it’s getting yellow, even though I bought it when the movie came out. And The Statistical Probability! I want to buy that one <3

    Getting to read all those might take some time, specially when you keep adding, but I know some day you'll have all the time int he world to read all those. With the sun, the old book smell, in a freaking cabin, that'd be bookish heaven <3 haha

  • Don’t we all need therapy, though? Looking at those pictures made me sad. I’m the same that seeing MY books age is just upsetting, whether they’ve been read or not–though unread books are more sad for sure. I would say it’s impetus to read them…. But I probably won’t. πŸ™‚

  • Oh wow! I wish my books have those kind of shelves. I love the arrangement! Pretty.

    -Dannielle

  • haha you don’t need therapy. Our books are our babies and whether you’ve read them or not, its perfectly normal to want them in pristine condition. Are there any rearrangements that can be made to move them out of the sun’s path?

    • The entire room is pretty much sun-drenched so, unless I use the living room as our bedroom and vice versa, there’s no other place for them. πŸ™

  • Wow! That’s a lot of books for your “Probably Won’t Manage to Read” pile! I think all of us book bloggers need therapy for one reason or another! πŸ™‚

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Oh nooo seeing your books age must bring such a pang to your heart! I kind of love seeing aged books at the library and stuff because it means it’s well loved, but not one you curated from the book store yourself T_T beautiful bookshelves though!

    • Thanks for understanding, Jeann. It is a painful thing. I just think it’s too soon.

  • That makes me sad too because I think I’m not doing enough to preserve them. However I’m just glad I can still read them and whatnot. Love your bookshelves!!

    • Thanks, Marianne. Only booknerdigans can appreciate my lamentations. lol.

  • Ok first of all, you are crazy, ok maybe not I would lament and rant about this as well because I have the same amount of books that sit unread. I freaking love that you have such a beautiful cabin. Those yellowed pages sure are yellow especially for books that aren’t that old! I would expect that of a 20 year old book. The sun is wreaking havoc on them!

    • This is my point, exactly! They’re only two years old! This is definitely premature aging. πŸ™

  • Okay, I just checked my books and yes, some of them definitely looks yellower that they should – damn. (But at least they are all books I’ve already read)
    We should do group therapy! Haha. πŸ˜‰

    • *cries* Thanks, rub it in, Cayce. Lol. πŸ™‚

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    I feel like this is something you don’t notice until you see a new book next to an older sun soaked one and once you notice it you can’t un-notice it. Lol, if that makes sense. I still live with my parents so when I leave usually someone will open all the blinds in my room -_- Otherwise I keep them closed.

    • It’s the weirdest thing. I was just sitting on my couch, reading as usual, when I noticed it Friday night. I was such in a tizzy that my post went up that same night. I was THAT disturbed. πŸ™

  • You have so many pretty books! I have the same problems with unread books having their pages turn yellow somewhat quickly. I live in Southern California, so it’s usually really sunny in spring and summer, and the sunlight hits a lot of my books. I’m kind of OCD about my books, so it bothers me a little, but I figure it’s kind of inevitable, lol. Great post, Joy! πŸ™‚

    • I wonder if I’ll feel differently if these books were read?

      Thanks, Montana. πŸ™‚

  • Christy

    #firstworldproblems for sure. lol! The sun and books are two of my favorite things, so a lot of my books turned yellow. But I know what you mean. It’s a sad thing.

    • Thanks, Christy. I knew you’d understand. πŸ™‚

  • This is the first time that I see this bookshelf and itΒ΄s really great but I get your point with the yellow pages. πŸ™

    • Thanks, Adriana. It’s such a painful thing to see them aged so fast! πŸ™

  • First, your wall of books is gorgeous!!! I love it!

    Secondly, I think things like this bother us because over time these books (and it characters) have become friends and family and we don’t want to see anything bad happen to them. I have a set of very well loved HP books and now as my kids are old enough to read them they are getting even more loved and while I love that they are reading and loving them, I realize that I can’t protect them forever. I have had to tape up a few of the bigger books spins and I cringe every time I have to repair one.

    • Thank you! I must say my husband did all the work setting it up. I just shelved the books. πŸ™‚

      I can only imagine how beloved those HP copies are! I hope your kids will appreciate them when the time comes.

  • You’ve made me SUPER CONCERNED about my own books and their aging. Super super. Like, I am three buses and a moped away from calm right now. *stares*

    • Lol! Only book lovers could see where all these panicking is coming from. Just…breathe. πŸ™‚

  • I feel your pain, my love. The sun is awful! lol πŸ™‚ It has destroyed a lot of my books too πŸ™ It just makes me so sad. Agh. So unfair. Sigh. I’m sorry it destroyed your books too. *Hugs* <3 Thank you for sharing Joy πŸ˜€

    • Thanks, Carina. We can only do so much. I do have books in my basement but that’s another problem altogether – a.k.a moisture. Eep!

  • HA! The last line of this post cracked me up, because that is how I feel all the time! I need therapy, too. But oh dear I love your shelves–they’re gorgeous! I also really get depressed when the pages of my books turn yellow (even if I like old books, too!) I have one shelf right beside our window so… πŸ™ I also have another one that’s more indoors and protected, but that’s where I keep my older books so, well, they’re still yellow. >_<

    • Thank you, Aimee. I try to protect them like I do with my children but I can’t watch them all the time. Lol. πŸ™‚

  • you have a really beautiful place. And you’re right I realized that for my books a while ago and it’s realyy sad because it’s the same for all, some more than others. The ones on my shelves are a little better but my TBR pile is right in front of the window and well it’s more difficult for them.

    • Thanks, Melliane. Books near a window is even worse. There is this used book store by my kids’ school, and every time I drive by, I cringe when I see those poor books soaking up the sun. :/

  • Super envious of your fabulous bookshelf, Joy! I need one for my loft. I only have one, and it’s filled with books already. Some books are now beside my TV, and on the floor πŸ™

    • That seems to be a problem with the majority of us, book hoarders – lack of space. We all know the solution is to stop acquiring books, or give them away, but I can’t even.

  • I have the same dilemma, considering I have a few books on hand I still don’t have time to read them, yet I acquire books from time to time. It saddens me as well that I don’t get to read them on time before they yellow their pages.

    • Ah #bookhoarderproblems lol. I hope your at least able to read from time to time. I know you’ve been quite busy with work. Have a great weekend, Jay! <3

  • Your cabin is so beautiful Joy! It’s so amazing that you have so many books just sitting in your house away from home. I hate sun damaged books as well, and try to protect mine as best as I can. It’s a shame yours is yellowing, but hey, it’s still better than wrinkled pages or *gasp* missing pages!

    • Thanks, Joy. πŸ™‚ I’m not looking forward to that day when the covers lose their colours entirely.