I am saying YES because I've moved 23 times, and most were courtesy of and paid for by the military. When I split with my ex and had to fund moves on my own, and realized I had stacks and stacks of books I was never going to read again, I started offloading all those books. I sold probably a ton of books at HalfPriceBooks. I am a Yuge fan of the local library.
It all depends on what you consider to be too many books. In 1999 when I was moving house I noticed how many books I had accumulated over the years. Knowledge is weighty matter, especially, when you have to carry box after box up three flights of stairs.
I wanted to vote both ways, I know I can (and do) have more than enough books and I will not live long enough to read them all but on the other hand, I can't help myself. A good book comes by, open to possession and I can't pass it up. Of late I have tried hard to limit my "book" collecting to Stephen King (and his son) books but I have a very hard time getting rid of excess books that I already own. Did haul 2 boxes to the library for their sale last year but have not looked at the home "library" for discards since. I rarely feel any compunction about collecting more ebooks.
This is JUST my King shelves:
I have a full wall at the end of my living room floor to ceiling and wall to wall shelves full of books and magazines with some of my mothers teapots and so forth of the very top shelves. I have so many interests and mom always said I was one that could read a book and learn how to do anything. She exagerated of course the way mothers do; but I have learned a great deal from books.
I don't just read all my books- I read them repeatedly. I had too many hard copies in my Kentucky home, so when I moved to Thailand, I donated the best illustrated nature books to my home-schooling-mom niece, and the rest to the local library.
Now my Kindle app storage is getting crowded, and some are books I don't read that often, or had enough the first time. The best thing would be to own a Kindle reader so I don't have to pay for new books, but can just "borrow" them.
The most burdensome feeling connected to lots of books is space and mobility. I like to travel a bit and of necessity, have to leave some books behind. With fiction it doesn't matter much because they've either been read, occupying shelf space or yet to be read and trip eligible. By far, most reading is non-fiction.
Except for biographies, texts and topics are often interelated and I enjoy the stimulation of cross-referencing to compare related concepts expressed by original thinkers who've assigned different labels or even coined terms applied to their ideas. Being without access to compare one text with another while away from home is very frustrating.
Kindle is no less frustrating. I mind far less losing and replaciing books loaned out to vanish, than losing a tablet containing many titles to some thief or, worse yet, absent minded old bastard...
This site can be a refreshing alternative sometimes to the, albeit better researched and articulated ideas of acclaimed and obscure origiinal thinkers. It is alive and interactive. Exchanges are still lacking in desirable quantity but quality has appeared now and then and is worth it.
I'm thoroughly confident that it will serve as a filter in meeting women with similar curiosities, knowledge and passions to share.
I would argue that the number of books seen in the photograph is "not even nearly enough books". Sadly, most of mine are gone forever - my ex didn't share my love of books, and so the vast majority of my collection went to a landfill site within days of our marriage ending. Many of them were virtually irreplaceable, having been first editions signed by the author, very old or discovered on book markets in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Also Kindle has helped me greatly with this issue.
Less trees killed so I can re-read my favorites all the time.
I do love the ones I've got in my library in the basement though. But Kindle is cheaper and doesn't weight what book does either. (Important when you already had carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists!).