4/365 – Bookshelves

I have a really hard time giving away books – the exception being books I really didn’t like (because if I wouldn’t recommend them, why would I keep them?) and books that I wouldn’t re-read (one shot mysteries). But there is the whole problem of what to do when you run out of room.

I have a floor to ceiling built in, compliments of my brother, Tom. He made it for me last year – the first time he’s ever built anything like  it – and I love it. I could barely wait for the paint to dry so I could start alphabetizing all my books and I spent many evenings after the books were shelved sitting in the armchair across the living room, sighing contentedly.

But that wasn’t enough. I needed more shelves, so instead of buying a sofa table which would only collect clutter, I asked him to build me a book shelf that would do double duty as a sofa table. it is the perfect piece of furniture – functional and pretty, too. I don’t think there’s anything my brother can’t do!

I have a great IKEA bookshelf in my bedroom which is reserved for my tbr books. I know – I have a teensy addiction to book buying and I know that eventually I am going to run out of room.I have always dreamed about having a library – a room devoted to books; a quiet, comfortable place to read and dream and write. Someday, maybe.

No surprise: I love bookshelves. I think they’re an essential piece of furniture. I love to see what’s on other people’s shelves. I love for visitors to see what’s on mine. It’s one of the main reasons I can’t ever see me buying an e-reader, although I do understand their appeal.  Book shelves are art and apparently I am not alone. Check out the shelves at Bookshelf Porn.

I am gratified to know that I am not alone.

4 thoughts on “4/365 – Bookshelves

  1. The Culinary Chase January 4, 2012 / 1:06 pm

    The books we keep speak volumes of their owners (pardon the pun!). I can’t wait to house our books in proper shelving! Our new house will provide that much needed space but will have to wait until we move back to take advantage of it. Well done Tom for a great effort! 🙂

    • Christie January 7, 2012 / 8:40 pm

      He really did an excellent job, considering he’d never done anything like it before. That said, there’s nothing he can’t d.o. I am so lucky to have the brothers I have.

  2. lynnenne January 5, 2012 / 1:33 am

    Wow, Tom really outdid himself! The shelves look great, and the table, too.

    • Christie January 7, 2012 / 8:39 pm

      Too bad you never got to see them in person. I might bring the kids down to Hfx over the March Break. I’ll let you know!

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