Sunday, July 8, 2012

Bookshelves

As I'm off to enjoy myself with my family for a couple of weeks I thought I'd leave you with some pictures of my bookshelves (please excuse the dust). This is partly because I love pictures of other peoples shelves (complete with making squinty faces as I try and work out what books I can see on them) and partly because I'll miss my books - specifically when I realise that what I really want to read is 'x', or the thing I might like to cook is 'y' but I can't quite remember what goes into it. 'Y' will be a cake.
          











These are almost all my cookbooks, but not by a long way all my whisky. Or gin. 


                 
















The Virago books had to be moved into my bedroom when they took up to much space elsewhere, I still need more shelves but if I'm to sleep lying down (which seems the best way) it's not going to happen. Perhaps a bed built on bookshelves would be the answer? 
    The sitting room shelves - hard to take pictures of due to a wall being in the way, books are now pretty much floor to ceiling and increasingly double shelved. I wish ikea still sold these bookcases, they were really cheap, fit masses of books, and are totally inoffensive (they were also unbelievably easy to assemble compared to the bloody billy bookcase in my bedroom - for details of that particular trauma see here ). 

Right, that's it, weather permitting I won't be online much over the next two weeks after which I'll be back, hopefully refreshed, cheerful, and with books to talk about.                                                                                                              

23 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing, I am relieved to know I am not the only one with bookshelves like this filled with books and other stuff!

    Enjoy your holiday.

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    1. You most certainly aren't alone in that Jo :)

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  2. I do enjoy your blog...thank you, your photos made me smile. I don't think you'll ever be a kindle girl..do you? Enjoy your Scotland trip...looking forward to reading about your holiday books. Best wishes, Helen

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  3. I do enjoy your blog...thank you, your photos made me smile. I don't think you'll ever be a kindle girl..do you? Enjoy your Scotland trip...looking forward to reading about your holiday books. Best wishes, Helen

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    1. Thanks Helen, and no, I'm not a kindle girl!

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  4. I also love looking at people's bookcases, and I do the same squinty thing, trying to read the titles or authors. At least I can see Persephones, Penguins, and Oxford Classics, as well as the Viragos (which I envy you).

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    1. It is good to be home again with my books. The Virago's are my pride and joy, the Penguins are chosen partly for their titles and partly for the authors - I should be more scientific about it.

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  5. Ah, books, whisky and gin, what could be nicer? Have a lovely holiday.

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    1. It was a really lovely holiday Helen :)

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  6. Oh, I am so envious of your beautiful Cornishware. Have none at all and been wanting it for years! Its lovely to see your shelves - I am sure you have far more books than me since I have been quite good about weeding recently. I do recognise a lot of shared books though! Hope you have a wonderful holiday Hayley x

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    1. A lot of the Cornishware was seconds bought years ago, I still get bits from time to time but it's mostly out of my reach these days :( I bet I don't have more books than you though - I know what you're like :)

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  7. I love your kitchen shelves. They make me think of a cozy rainy day in the kitchen. John recently informed me that he thinks my Virago collection is really ugly. But then if he had his way he would ban all paperbacks from the house. Good thing he isn't in charge of my library. He can have the rest of the house.

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    1. A lapse on John's part, banish him to the garden! I think I prefer cases of paperbacks, tatty or otherwise, than hardbacks which don't give nearly as much away.

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    2. I totally agree. Hardcovers, even used ones, seem soul less.

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  8. My bookshelves are a feast to the eyes!

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  9. Wow, they look very nice, thanks for sharing. Have a lovely break, hope the weather is going to be good for you.

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  10. Impressive organisation! Love looking at bookshelves of other readers.

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    1. Hardly any organisation, very careful picture choices. Looking at other peoples shelves is a pleasure - I do like being nosy!

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  11. Your shelves look great! Though as a Scotsman I'm inclined to say the whisky looks just as good! Above all, thank you for reassuring me that I'm not the only person who couldn't put IKEA's bloody BILLY bookcases together!

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    1. Col - More Whisky came home with me. No whisky was involved in putting up bookcases - inclined to think it could only have helped.

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  12. These are some beautiful bookshelves. You should visit this site for more ideas about a bookshelf. Thanks for posting.

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