A Booklover’s Dilemma

September 7, 2018

Bookaholic Cafe recently posted a booklover’s realization that, come moving day, she was definitely relieved to realize she’d stored her home library in a computerized gadget instead of buying them in their print versions.

Some of the comments readers then posted were very interesting.

Read the post and the comments.


Downsizing When You Own 35,000 Books

September 4, 2018

Alberto Manguel photo

What’s it like to move from a home with thousands of books to a “small apartment”?

Famous book lover (and book writer) Alberto Manguel knows, and this past summer he explained to an ABC reporter what that feels like – and how he came to own so many books, despite the fact that he works in a library.

Read the story from ABC’s website.

Found via The Book Project’s Facebook page

Wrong. So Wrong.

March 11, 2018

Backward-facing books

We agree with John Warner, aka the Chicago Tribune’s “Biblioracle,” that there is only one wrong way to organize your books. And this is it.

Found at The BookCase Project via Facebook

3/25/18 Postscript: Here’s a similar plea not to do this to your bookshelves.

Found at Bookstr

Two Dozen Ideas for Home Bookshelves

February 5, 2017


Some of these 24 ideas posted by BuzzFeed for shelving books at home have been posted before, some are downright dreadful-looking, and all of them look fairly pricey. But – hey – there’s no harm in looking, right? Maybe you could adapt one or more of these ideas in a more affordable form?

Found on BuzzFeed’s Facebook page

A Gallery of Window Seats

February 3, 2017


Although I’ve never found window seats comfortable myself (at least, not since I was a kid), window reading nook photos are always so attractive-looking!

If you’ve always hankered after installing one of these in your home, Onekindesign has posted photos of 35 different examples to inspire you.

Found at the Book Connections’ Facebook page


“On the Heartbreaking Difficulty of Getting Rid of Books”

May 23, 2016


Over at Literary Hub, blogger Summer Brennan thoughtfully examines whether it makes sense to apply the clutter-ridding principls espoused in Marie Kondo’s bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to one’s personal book collection.

The comments of readers of Brennan’s essay are as thoughtful as the essay itself.

Whatever you think about this dilemma, I think we can all agree that hanging onto or getting rid of books is far from a rational process.

This is definitely one of the best essays on this topic I have read. A bonus is Brennan’s hyperlinked list of nonprofit agencies that will accept any books you do decide to “let go of” in any of your impulsive or long-put-off purges. (And don’t forget your local public library, most of which also accept donated books in decent condition.)

Found at Sue Searing’s Facebook page

On Leaving Books Behind

October 21, 2015


Antioch College president Mark Roosevelt muses on the psychological and logistical difficulties of purging his large personal library as he de-camps for a new academic post, moving from Ohio to New Mexico.

Fellow bibliophiles who have coped with moving their own, more modestly-sized, home libraries merely from one side of their town to another will certainly recognize the poignance of Roosevelt’s predicament.

Contributed by Atlanta-based bibliophile Katharine Suttell