Friday, January 28, 2011

There a-movin' on up, to the big leagues!

This post is dedicated to my poor, neglected books, which have lived with patience and neglect on a closet floor for the past five years, brutalized by cold basement temperatures and haphazard tossing (see earlier post on My Book Pile=My Brain)

The are no longer homeless!

I've got one shelf (of many) dedicated to the YA I've been reading.



And here's one (behind glass!) dedicated to Tolkien. We are LOTR geeks, and not ashamed to admit it.


And one shelf for some kid classics I've read hundreds of times. Really. I can comfortably quote any of these Laura Ingalls Wilder books. ("Where's my half-pint of sweet cider half-drunk up?")


Of course, I won't stop dog-earing them and dripping soy sauce or cookie crumbs into them either, but this is at least a step in a civilized direction.

Do you treat your books well? Or are you as abusive to them as I have been?

50 comments:

salarsenッ said...

Doesn't it feel good when they have a proper place? I just reorganized my office, last night. Pulled out an old bookshelf and filled it. Go figure.

Erinn said...

congrats, it' feels good and gives you the illusion of order and maturity... or it least that's what it does for me.

I'm off to watch Dora the explorer and not because my 3 year old wants to watch it.

Jess said...

I'm drooling over your shelves (especially the Tolkien one)! Love the L.I.W. quote :)

Laura Pauling said...

I probably don't give them the royal treatment. I have stacks on the floor by my bed. And all my Black Stallion books are in a box in the attic!

Matthew Rush said...

I see you have the New Line Special Extended Edition DVDs mixed in there. For that: You. Are. Awesome.

There is no other way to watch the films. I can never get enough Tolkien. NEVER.

Emy Shin said...

Ooh, that's such a nice shelf! And I love seeing Lloyd Alexander on your shelf -- I loved the series.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

My books are neatly shelved and often rotated...but I'll bet they could use a good dusting.

Happy Weekend!

Cherie Reich said...

I love having books on book shelves. They look great!

Unfortunately, I have too many books, so some are on the shelves I do have. The rest are in boxes, bags, or sitting in piles on the floor.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Ooo, pretty shelves. I baby my books, but they don't have pretty shelves to live on - just plain, cheap plastic ones.

mist of the blossom rain said...

My books used to be piled in the attic, but I soon made a spot in the room for them, it makes me so happy!
I noticed you had Life as we Knew it on your shelf. What did you think of that book? I read it last year, and I can't say if I liked it or not. I was wondering what your opinion of it was.

Carolyn Abiad said...

After moving around in boxes for years, being shoved into basements, and once flooded in my vacant apartment,(RIP to many :()my books finally got a nice shelf last fall. The problem is there are still too many for the space, so my paperbacks are all crammed into a chest and gardening books are still under the bed. I do give hardcovers a nice bookplate if I'm lending them out though. Hopefully, they'll want to come back now that they have a shelf to call home!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I have six book cases in my small apartment. Sandra, my best friend, says I live in a library! And I, too, have a Tolkien shelf ... and a C.S. Lewis shelf and a Mark Twain shelf. Sigh. We book lovers are a breed apart.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I buy a lot of hardbacks and try to keep them as pristine as possible.
And what's wrong with being a LOTR geek?

mshatch said...

I have book shelves for everyone (too many actually -I'm trying to sort and give away) as well as a lawyer's bookcase with three glass doors and a key to lock. I do love my books but I have way too many. Your books look happy :)

Meredith said...

How nice! What a great collection of books. And yay for Laura Ingalls Wilder--I devoured those books when I was younger!

Carol Kilgore said...

As a military family, we have moved a lot. My books have been boxed, bundled, stored, scattered, and shelved. Right now most are shelved, some behind glass, and some are in a closet. I'm trying to become stricter with myself about the ones I keep. The rest go to the library resale shop.

The Red Angel said...

You have a wonderful collection of books! :) I love LOTR!

As much as I loved the feel and look of new storybooks, I also appreciate old, tattered, abused ones too. That sounds kind of brutal, I know. xD But I like to think that spaghetti sauce stains, folded pages, and other evidence of abuse is really just a sign of love. You've carried your books everywhere and they've been with you through so much...

Kind of like the story of The Velveteen Rabbit. =)

~TRA

http://xtheredangex.blogspot.com

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!!! I love your book arrangements!! Yay!!!

I too love my books - all of them!! but I tend to abuse them somewhat! I don't have enough shelves so some are boxed up willy-nilly!! I hope they forgive me! take care
x

Munk said...

Is digitization abuse?

Erin Cole said...

Most of my books are on a shelf - my geeky suite is Terry Goodkind and Nevada Barr - but my kids love to rearrange them, and occasionally, I find rainbows and flowers drawn on the pages. I don't think the books mind and I just try to smile!

JEM said...

I'm afraid I'm very good to my books. I don't let other people borrow them (especially not the partner-in-crime, he's a shameless spine breaker), and I don't eat around them. They're pretty much the only thing I'm actually clean around. Weird...

Angela Felsted said...

I love your new book shelves, how organized you are. My kids destroy my books, but you know that. It's really pretty sad watching your friends get drawn in and ripped up and the like.

Colene Murphy said...

They look so pretty up there!! I love the Tolkien section! And yes, much loved books do get abused. It's a sign of your love!

Liza said...

My house came with built in bookshelves. They are filled! Occasionally I weed some out, but it is so hard...I love them all.

Talli Roland said...

I'm quite abusive too. They're under beds, drawers, in closets, piled on desks...

Krispy said...

Your bookshelves are lovely! I like keeping my books in PRISTINE condition, but sadly, most of them are in piles on the floor. This is because I have ONE (small) bookcase in my entire house and it's already double stacked with books. I've been promised another book case once I clean out the old books and the room (to make ROOM for the new bookcase). But yeah, that...hasn't happened yet. :P

Holly Ruggiero said...

So neat and tidy. Does it feel weird now or cool?

The Golden Eagle said...

Those bookshelves look great!

I sometimes do things to the pages of my books--so I'm a little abusive. :P

lbdiamond said...

I think books belong on shelves when I'm not reading them. HOWEVER, I do have a stack of books on the floor, on the coffee table, in a bag next to my bed, in my purse...yeah, I'm an addict.

Melissa Bradley said...

My books have proper shelving, but I, too am guilty of the salsa drip, the crumb, the tea droplets and the dog earring. My books are my favorite things. :)

Christopher said...

I just reorganized my bookshelves so they're doing good.

Also, i don't know what it is but I could look at pictures of bookshelves all day.

Jonene Ficklin said...

There will never be enough shelves, and yours look beautiful!Yeah, my favorite books look, well to put it mildly, loved. They have other stories written on them in spatters, dog-eared corners, and *gasp* underlining on the parts that moved my world. Gotta love books!

M Pax said...

Many are on shelves. All the new ones are in a pile in the corner. Pretty shelves.

Chris Phillips said...

Feeding your books soy sauce and crumbs from foods that require soy sauce is in no way abuse.

Ciara said...

It depends on the books. If it is anything JK Rowling or Suzanne Collins wrote than they are treated like fine china. Everything else is USED.:) BTW - based on the picture we love a lot of the same books. :)

Corey Schwartz said...

We have 22 bookshelves in our house and they are all overflowing. I finally got a Kindle.

Alleged Author said...

We are Tolkien fanatics at our house, too! Our Tolkien books are kept behind glass, and I never loan them to people. How lovely to meet another fan girl!

Paul S said...

I'm glad you're a Tolkien fan like me Lydia, but I was wondering have you read the whole of the Silmarillion ?...because I've never met anyone who has !

Jemi Fraser said...

I laughed at Paul's comment. I love LotR & Hobbit, but I couldn't finish Silmarillion either!!

Do I spy the Anne of GG series on those shelves as well. That's another favourite of mine!

Bee said...

My books get the royal treatment. And I'm super possessive about how people i lend out my books to, handle them. A hint of abuse and they wouldn't hear the end of it.

Heh. Good ones up there.

Sarah said...

I don't treat my books well at all. Most are in my basement because I don't have room for all of them. And then ... I have a Kindle, so 99% of my bookbuying in the last two years has been of the electronic kind. It does make it a bit harder to share, though :(

DL Hammons said...

I'm happy to report that 95% of our books are just as pristine now as they were when we brought them home from the bookstore. Each one is a mini-trophy, and we treat them as such. :)

cleemckenzie said...

Wow. Now I feel guilty. My books are all jumbled on top of each other and on the floor by the bed. Guess I'd better get cracking and straighten them out.

Carol Riggs said...

My books are fairly pampered puppies! They are all in the bookshelf. But I don't have that many, due to moving a lot a while back and downsizing. I cashed them in at a local bookstore so others could read them, and gave away the rest. :) Now I'm down to under 20 books.

WritingNut said...

I love your shelves! I've had a huge chunk of my books packed away since we moved (YEARS ago) because there just isn't room. One day I plan to have a gigantic library (like the one in Beauty and the Beast :D).

Clara said...

I LOVED your Tolkien section!
For this and so many other things, youve got an award at meh bloggy. =)

Dawn @Lighten Up! said...

Some of my books rest like your pictures. And some of them are in the cold basement hell you mentioned. Love Laura Ingalls Wilder - just got my first full set with the Garth Williams (my favorite illustrator) drawings.

jdcoughlin said...

My books are some of my best friends. They've been around the world with me. They have all the wear and tear to prove it. I'm not easy on them. I leave them facedown on my nightstand. I dog-ear their pages. I make notes on the endpapers when I can't find anything else. But, I love them. Love Laura Ingalls Wilder, too! Her and I go way back.

Beth said...

Well-used books are well-loved books, and I make no apology for that! Loved the half-pint reference from Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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