I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
Recently, over at Modern Mrs. Darcy, blogger Anne Bogel confessed that she can't resist inspecting the bookshelves of anyone she visits. The comments revealed that not only do lots of other people do the same, but also that many of us love to show off and discuss the books on our shelves. Common ground is found, conversations are launched, and new ideas are discovered.
Anne invited her readers to join the discussion and post pictures of their bookshelves. So here's my contribution . . .This bin sits in our living room. It's where we keep books that we've borrowed from the library. We also keep library books in the sofa cushions, under the children's beds, and on the floor of the minivan. As you can see, my children are on a My Weird School kick these days. Regular readers of Modern Mrs. Darcy may also notice one of Anne's recommendations.
I also keep library books in a pile beside my bed. These are generally parenting and housekeeping books. That is, books that make me feel like a bad parent and a bad housekeeper.
Most of our books live in the basement:
I can't show them all to you. There are far too many since my husband and I are literary pack rats.
Here is a collection of Bibles in various languages and versions:
We have to double-shelve some of our books. Here is a collection of books that I only bring out at Christmas. The rest of the year, they hide behind Christian living books:
We usually don't bring guests to the basement, though. The books we like to show friends are in the living room. Here are some very old books including several that my grandmother used when she was a girl in school:
Finally, here is our collection of signed books. Every Saturday, we check the literary events page of the newspaper to see who is coming to town promoting their books. Sometimes we go on our own, and sometimes we drag our daughters along so that they can experience real boredom by standing in long lines.
Here's a sample of just one of our autographed books. This is Susan Cain's Quiet:
Thank you for indulging me, dear readers! This has been fun! Be sure to check out the other bloggers participating in this link-up!