First, let me say, I sometimes get carried away by flying monkees. Now here are some of my shelves:
OK, take a breath. You’re in this for the long haul…
I’ve shown you a bit of my world. Will you show me yours? Call of the Siren and I would love to go a-gawking. Cheers!
Other bookshelves for your viewing pleasure:
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42 thoughts on “Revealing My Boo–ks (some of them)”
Good Lord! You make me look quite restrained! And you’re so organised – there’s a definite logic to your system, whereas mine just involves bunging a book in anywhere I can find a space…
So that’s what IQ84 looks like in hardback (I kindled it). Did you need some kind of lifting gear to read it? And is there really such a thing as the Best Writing on Mathematics? 😉
Ha! I’d say I do quite a bit of “bunging in” to get things to fit. We used a small crane to read 1Q84, and yes, some of the best “math writers” do other things, like play the piano. One interesting essay in the math book is written by Vijay Iyer who discusses the Fibonacci series and how he uses math to structure his music. Fascinating stuff! We heard him in concert here, and the man is amazing! Anyway, I just realized that I shelved “Shame” and “Hunger” on opposite ends of the same shelf. Hmmmmm. What does that mean? :o)
The missing words seem to be ‘Shame…I have no chocolate or I wouldn’t be feeling this…Hunger.’ See? It makes perfect sense, now! 😉
But of course! Must find the chocolate stashed somewhere among all these books! I’m feeling faint…
I updated my page, just for you. http://wp.me/P2jC53-Oi I added a few pictures of my bookcases. the space is tight, and the lighting dim, so they are not the best quality, but it was fun to do. I can hear my thought splashing in the well as I drop it. 🙂
And thank you for updating your page in response to our bookshelf blog hop. It’s kind of like a garden tour. :o)
It is! 🙂
I love what you’ve done with the place!
I’ll soon put up pics of my books, too. What’s fair is fair.
The clock is ticking….
Whoa, dang, you took a lot of pics. Nice!
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Like I said, sometimes the flying monkeys carry me away. :o)
Love this post, what a great idea! Look at all those lovely books! Beth
Oh please, can I take a look at your shelves? :o)
Ack, I don’t really have proper shelves, my books are just strewn everywhere! haha!
Just one teensy, tiny peek? :o)
Wow! I think you got a little of everything! Nice collection. My shelves aren’t that organized.
Organization is highly overrated. Unless you’re OCD, I guess. :o) Give us a peek at yours?
Too scary. My books are scattered all over the house!
more revealing than an underwear drawer. I may do this, too. thanks for the inspiration
Oh please turn your “may” into a “will”! I’d love to take a peek.
There’s an added benefit to this for really lazy, disorganised people – not unlike myself. I can now sit downstairs, hunt down a book on the laptop and then go straight to it! All that squatting and stretching to see top and bottom shelves is a thing of the past… 😉
You are so right. I now remember our insurance company telling us we should photograph all the books we own. If some disaster strikes we would immediately have a record of them all. Didn’t think about the benefit of quickly finding books from remote locations. I wouldn’t call it lazy though, I’d call it efficient. :o)
That’s because you’re a very nice person… 😀
Another method is to make a list of books owned, and add to it as new books arrive. I do mine on the computer, on Excel, and have it backed up in several places. Handy when in a bookshop and not remembering which books are already owned. Whip out the iPad and look it up.
That’s a brilliant idea! This plan would have saved me from buying the same book twice many times. 😀
I miss my books after looking at these. Beautiful. I think books together make art.
I agree! That’s how I defend my library from the “books are not art” vulture in my house–the one who prefers “Noise” to “Silent Muse.” 😮
Just added ReadnCook’s boo–ks. Woohoo!!!
Once I unpack them I will get a pic for you.
You’re the best!!!
I’m with Penelope Lively, I miss books I’ve culled in an aim to rationalise my bookshelves but I don’t have room for as many books as you have!
Just as work expands to fill the time allotted, the number of books expands to fill the space allotted. Gotta get more space! Thanks for stopping by!
No no – work may expand to fill the time allotted, but the number of books expands to EXCEED the space allotted. Books are like Japanese knotweed, – if you clear a space in your book garden you will find that more quickly than you thought possible the cleared space becomes stifled and strangled with a plethora of new book roots which choked the clear space in the moment you took your eyes off it.
How do they do that? Not to mention, I swear, downloaded themselves in droves to any ereaders?
Never mind the fact that insects called bookworms devour books, it is the other way round – voracious books devour readers. And as for those utterly SHAMELESS books who insist on returning to chomp through the hapless reader again and again – have they no pity? Why do they insist on waking me from my slumbers, whispering seductively – re-read me, re-read me NOW?
What you are describing is something Einstein never developed a theory for—the physics of books! The empirical evidence is overwhelming. Where, oh where are the great minds of our time who can find a solution to this problem?
I’m sorry I missed this post when it first went live. I am not a book hoarder, because I am a minimalist by nature and my house is too small. 🙂 But! If I could have one room at my disposal, I would turn it into a cozy library. It would be my sanctuary.
The founders of our son’s school own a place where the kids go for “farm school” where they learn about planting, harvesting and science in general. They turned a small outbuilding into a library. It is my dream. You would love it!
I am enough of a book hoarder that I visited all the folks on your list. Felt a bit like someone peeking through a window. I will post mine on zenkatwrites for the hell of it today. Juneau girl here! Like your site.
Oh, yes! Another one I can add to my list. Can’t wait to take a peek!
I’m thinking about making up a bumper sticker: