One of the downsides of taking a temporary assignment was that I couldn't bring all my stuff with me. This meant leaving behind a bunch of books. I have a book problem, I will go to a used book store (or free book exchange!), or even an awesome local book shop and walk out with an arm full of books. I also get books passed onto me by my mom and other literary obsessed friends. I can't read books as fast as I acquire them, which meant I had a great collection of "to-read" books back in California. This comprised most of my book collection since I rarely hold onto book after I read them (unless they are a favorite or signed or something). I like to pass them on to someone who will like them, sell them back to a used book store to get credit to buy more books (!), or just donate them to a free books exchange/local thrift store.