Thursday, October 6, 2011

Our New Home, Take 2: The Library

I get so many comments about my books whenever they pop up in the background of a photo that I decided to dedicate a whole post to them.  I reorganized the shelves today, which provided the perfect excuse to start photographing.

Things started out very messy.

Luckily I had a helper.

A couple hours of alphabetizing, shuffling, and breaks to play fetch later, things looked like this:

Come closer...


Take a gander at the "to be read" shelves.

Note that some of my Harry Potters are so worn I had to buy a second copy.

Admire the decor.

Thumb through Kyle's two shelves.

Flip through a magazine.

If you're feeling ambitious, try and decode some of this little beauty.

Then check out my autographed copies.

So whatcha think?  I'm pretty impressed with it, myself. 


  1. Nice! And I'm so jealous, I want the complete works of Jane Austen myself.

    Wait, I do have them on my iPhone...but it's just not the same.

  2. this has to be one of my favorite blog posts ever! also, from what i can see of the bindings that jumped out at me most, i have a lot of the same books you do. which means that you have awesome taste in books in my opinion. oh, and i read roll of thunder hear my cry in seventh grade and remember having to read the whole series and now i suddenly want to go and reread them. amazon, here i come! what are your favorite books from the ones you have? i'm always on the look for something good to read.

  3. I am jealous! I showed this to my fiance and demanded that I have a room just like that someday!! Amazing! I don't care if I have a nook. I will go out and buy all the books I've read on the nook. I'll buy it from halfpricedbooks if I have to, just so I can display it in my library. :)

  4. nomadicbark: The thing to realize here is that it's taken me 21 years to accumualte all my books. lol. It was a VERY slow process, aided by a very supportive family. This is no where near the "end goal" for my library either. Whenever we're done moving around with the Army, I want to have shelving built wall-to-wall. This is really only about 2/3 of my collection, also. The rest is back in the states in storage.

    Sarah: Asking me to pick a favorite book is like asking someone to pick a favorite child. I really don't know that I can. The Harry Potter set, obviously, are really high up there. And I love, love, loved The Time Traveler's Wife, The Fountain Head, The Handmaid's Tale, The Kitchen God's Wife, the Inkheart series, the Hunger Games trilogy, and everything by Maggie Stiefvater (my copy of Shiver is on loan right now, and I actually only have the second and third books in that series on my kindle)...

    Sarita: I found that copy really cheap! It was only around 10$ in the clearence section at Hastings. There are tons of editions available, so it's fairly easy to find. I actually don't recommend buying them all in one volume though. It's SO hard to lug around. I just put singles on my kindle, and I plan to get single copies for my shelves, too.

  5. PS, if any of you have read the Blue Bloods series and can give me some motivation to finish the first book, I'd appreciate it. I can't make it past a chapter in. It's not grabbing my interest.

  6. Wonderful bookshelves--especially impressive considering how young you guys are!

  7. I love all of those books! It looks great!

  8. the fountainhead? i grew up with everyone telling me how unbearable ayn rand books were and suddenly i'm hearing great reviews about a bunch of them. i'm thinking i'll actually have to give her a chance. i also googled the handmaid's tale, and it looks good, too.

    about the blue bloods series, is the first book marked or something? because i read that last year and it was really hard to get started with it, but after i had a long reading session i got into it a bit more. kind of how you can get into a stupid reality show you swore you'd never watch when there's a marathon?

  9. Ok so after reading this post I definitely had a weird dream last night that I traveled out to where you are to spend a week with you seeing all the sights and you showed me this book that said "Good decisions" that you are your husband keep on your bookshelf and at the bottom of the list it said, "Befriending Kelsey". Weird. I know. Weird.

  10. Sarah: We read The Fountainhead in high school. It was a whim of my senior English teacher. She ordered brand new copies for our class specifically, and the class was devided pretty much down the middle with those who loved it and detested it. There wasn't any middle ground. I really really love it. But if you don't, I won't take it personally. lol.

    The Handmaid's Take was awesome. It led me to try The Penelopiad which was also good, but a little depressing. I also have a book of Margaret Atwood poems now. I haven't read anything by her I haven't liked so far.

    I think the first Blue Bloods is just Blue Bloods, unless I missed one. It's seems kind of shallow. The characters feel really stereotypical. But I really should give it more than a chapter to change my mind...

    Kelsey: Oh man. That's a random one. You can totally come hang out for a week if you want though. You know, if you just decide to hop a random plane to Europe. ;)

  11. I just realized you had to get all these books to Germany. Did the service pay for your shipping?! If so - VERY COOL!

    1. Yep. But they would only pay for 1000lbs of household goods since I moved after Kyle did, so I had to leave my sofa, recliner, and kitchen table in order to bring the books. Clearly my priorities are in order... ;)


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