Two Dozen Ideas for Home Bookshelves

February 5, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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


Featured Bibliosite: The Yellow Library

September 15, 2015

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It was over five years ago that I first stumbled onto a fellow booklover’s step-by-step account of how she and her husband (who live in the Philippines) turned an empty room in their abode into an attractive and inviting home library.

At the time, I left a comment on Wanda’s blog, promising to post a link at The Atlanta Booklover’s Blog to her charming and excellently documented saga.

Reader, I forgot to do that!

This morning, I serendipitously re-stumbled upon Wanda’s blogpost and I am hereby belatedly (to put it mildly!) making good on my original resolve to showcase Wanda’s do-it-yourself home library creation project.

Five years later, Wanda is still blogging about her bookloving activities. She regularly posts photos and reviews of various bookish products – nifty bookmarks, reading-themed jewelry, etc.- as well as (among other things) reviews of the books she’s finished reading.

Thanks again, Wanda, for your excellent blogpost about how one booklover created a bright, comfy reading spot  – and Long Live The Yellow Library!


Spying on Other People’s Bookshelves

August 17, 2015

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From Theodore Dalrymple’s The Pleasure of Thinking: A Journey Through the Sideways Leaps of Ideas (Gibson Square Books, 2012):

“I know many people who, when they enter a house for the first time, are inclined (even if they control themselves) to go straight up to the bookshelves to find out what their hosts are made of: for taste is a more reliable guide to character than opinion. I am like this: I control myself, but in a room with a substantial number of books I feel a tension mounting in myself until I have found out what they are. Indeed, I often fake or manufacture a reason for sidling up to them, and examining them out of the corner of my eye.”

Quoted by Patrick Krup at his blog Anecdotal Evidence


Personal Libraries: Pro and Con

May 6, 2013

In 2011, The New Yorker published James Woods’ lengthy complaint about having to dispose of his recently-deceased father-in-law’s enormous personal library. (Woods’ essay appears with others in his 2012 collection The Fun Stuff.)

In a blogpost written earlier this year, Nigel Beale, aka the Literary Tourist, takes issue with Woods’ cynical view of the value – and meaning – of (other people’s) largish personal libraries. Read Beale’s eloquent screed.