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Monday, March 02, 2009

Have a little look at my books

Last week, one of my 4 Corners writing partners gave us a look at one of her bookcases. She really started something; the next day, another 4 Corners friend let us into a corner of her library. It's my turn now!

(If you click you can enlarge the pictures. Of course then you can see how blurry they all are.  One of these days I'll actually learn how to use the camera.  Geez.)









Apparently I'm not supposed to dust anything or rearrange anything - just take the picture as it is. Ha. Okay. Hope you like looking at dust! I did cheat a little bit, but it was mostly because I realized I left a few books out.

This is my To Be Read Shelf, the way I found it.  Geez, what a mess.  The only way to clean that up is to READ!  mwa ha ha ha...


I tidied it up just a little, and added the books I had left out.  It's like they're breeding or something. Little baby paperbacks, taking their first words out there in the big world.  Or something.



It's actually getting a little crazy in this house.  I'm showing off eight shelves from our massive oak bookcase in our upstairs living room.  But that's not all.  I've got another set of shelves downstairs, behind my desk, at the back of the family room.  Jethro's got a few in his office. There's another in our bedroom, not to mention the stacks of books on each bedside table.  On top of that, each kid has a bookshelf in their bedrooms!  

We might just use books as furniture soon.  

And you?  Have you got shelves groaning under the weight of all those beloved books?  Do you lovingly dust them or get preoccupied and just stuff them wherever, or do you go in phases like me?  Would you show your books off on the intermittent net for anybody to see?  (If you do, leave me a comment so I can go check them out.)  Do you ever get embarrassed by what's on your shelves, maybe thinking it's too lowbrow or too highbrow?  Lotsa words, not enough pictures?  I couldn't show you my picture books shelf because there's a stack of report cards and school stuff blocking the view.  And yup, it's dusty...  Gotta go take a stick full of feathers to them now.  I'd love to hear about your bookshelves when I get back!  


10 comments:

jules said...

Dern, I have only two bookshelves, too small and totally inadequate. Most of my books are still in boxes. Must.go.fix.that.

Biddie said...

You have Coraline?? And BAD Housekeeping? Lol. That rocks.
So many of my books are still in storage and there are ever so many more that are just..unaccounted for.
My movies, however are all over the place...

hayseed said...

I have many books, low, high, and middle-brow. Thanks for letting me have a peek-I may do a post on my bookshelves, but no dusting, huh? Might cheat a little on that.

dilling said...

my books are all still packed in boxes from when we did the bedroom remodel. I couldn't bear to put those old nasty dorm room shelves back up...it's funny that just yesterday, Michael and I were talking about this very thing... I think we're both missing our friends around us....our books.
hey? by the way???? I saw "Where the Red Fern Grows" on your shelf. That is where my love of hounds began. I still have my first copy...dog-eared(pardon the pun) and tattered. You know he had no education, couldn't punctuate or anything? His wife put in all the proper punctuation after he wrote the whole thing in lower case, no periods, no contractions, no upper case? He had some stories to tell and she believed in him...and now I have owned nothing but hound dogs...my first stuffed animal that I remember is an old houndy thing that is named Old Dan that my gramma got me after reading the story to me...he's still with me, now...and my goddaughter still has Little Ann. I gave her up so long ago....i don't think of books as high low or middle brow...do they teach? do they entertain? do they take you away? isn't that all they are supposed to do?

Shelli said...

books as furniture - i see a new trend! that would save the pub biz huh?

pseudosu said...

Dust = having a life imo. I love how haphazardly some are stacked-- also the little things along the front of the shelf. Reminds me of my set-up here.

The Preacherman said...

Four book shelves bending in the middle and boxes and boxes of books in the loft. Sometimes I sit in the loft an hour or two reminding myself what I have and can read again.

Love books.

Michael said...

We used to have a room full of bookcases in our old house - the floor actually sagged. Then we moved house and forced ourselves to be ruthless with the book buying obsession.

One day I might go cold turkey, get rid of em all, and buy a Kindle. Yeah, right...

Kerri said...

Yours put mine to shame. I better start buying more ;o) Btw, is it bad that I read Thorn Birds when I was nine? I only confessed to my mom a couple years ago. There s/b a statute of limitations on grounding!

marsh to the fore said...

I can't show you my bookcase yet, but just wait! It's a building! Glenn has taken one of his bookcases, and after clearing it for me, is starting to stack up my collection for me. given I can't move right now.

By the way, yours is awesome. Dust? Just adds to the mystique.