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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Booking Through Thursday...Storing my books

Today's Booking Thru Thursday question is:

“How do you arrange your books on your shelves? Is it by author, by genre, or you just put it where it falls on?”

It is 5:00 a.m. I want so badly to go take pictures of all my bookshelves, book baskets, book closets and book hiding places. But...it's 5:00 a.m.
I have a husband asleep in one room and a son asleep in another.
And well, I would probably be embarrassed to actually see in pictures how many books I have.
In the Library Thing, I have cataloged over 400 books. I never finished that project and I have bought more since then. And that didn't include my "children's" book collection (which I would say is close to 200) or my cookbooks collection ( you can check that out here ), which is just over 200.

I must state right here, that my house isn't as unorganized as it sounds. And anyway there is a whole decorating style that tells how and encourages us to decorate with books.
Check out this book: House Beautiful's Decorating with books. In the book .....
Hueston encourages readers to keep books "stacked on an ottoman, piled on the floor, lined up on a bench, or ... draped over a ladder," in addition to keeping books "confined to shelves and tabletops."

Hooray for me!!! Because...um no, my books are not arranged nicely by author or genre on a bookshelf. I try, but for the most part, no.

And just last night, I asked my husband if he could build us some bookshelves. I want one whole wall in our bedroom.....floor to ceiling...as our headboard.
He just rolled his eyes at me.

It is 5:30 a.m. now, and I'm off to Reno and the bookstore. Have a good day everybody!


Jo-Jo said...

I've asked my husband several times to make me bookshelves...floor to ceiling would be dream wouldn't it? lol

Rachael said...

I would love built-ins on either side of my fireplace. We have books absolutely EVERYWHERE..and man do they ever attact dust!!

Bluestocking said...

LOL!!! Have fun shopping!

My answer is up!


Smilingsal said...

I like your dream bookshelves. Happy BTT!

jlshall said...

Yes, that's what I want in the bedroom, too - bookshelves would be the ideal headboard. I'd always have something nearby when I want to read in bed.

bermudaonion said...

Okay - I need that book about decorating with books. My books are stacked around my bookcase, but they're all in one place.

Sara said...

I would love to have a floor to ceiling bookcase, but that will not happen till the children are on their own. And my storage is like yours - random - no order whatsoever!

Charli and me said...

You certainly have me beat in the book department. I don't have that many but I do have quite a few. I took a peek at your cook book collection. You have some nice titles there. Happy BTT!

claire said...

Lol, that's funny! I'm content with my bookshelves for now but it's my husband who's dreaming about making me floor-to-ceiling shelves and dedicating a whole room to my books. :)

Nicole said...

Haphazardly is a great word. I think I should probably be up to 500 in Librarything but I haven't been so good about putting my books in there lately.

Sandra said...

I don't have nearly as many books here because I "weeded" them when I moved, but I do have some stacked "decoratively" on tables, and three under a lamp on one side of the bed, to make it the approx. same height as the lamp on the other table. The ones on shelves, are "organized" by size and color -- not the best way when it comes time you want to FIND one, but I do like the way they look! :)