Books, books and more books!

First, congratulations to Diana Savastano, the winner of our “peeping girl” Kindle giveaway! I am proud to introduce…Peggy Pixel! Doesn’t it sound like Dick Tracy’s girl Friday?

When trying to figure out what content gets the most “clicks” –a way of measuring a page or post’s popularity on the internet–the “experts” often point to those that contain pictures, especially pictures of babies and pets.

Well, I don’t have babies or pets.

But I do have books.

So here are some photos of a portion of the books in my house. Note I say a “portion.” I am not sharing pictures of my toilet, or my bedroom, or my kids’ rooms (aka, disaster areas), or the cobwebby space in the basement where I have one of those giant rubber bins of paperbacks.

(Please. I have standards.)

So here goes This is the one corner of my living room. Most of the books are hardbacks, a composite of history and a few holdovers from my college days. We did designate one shelf to hold our DVDs, mainly boxed sets of special collections.

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On the other side of the wood stove is a matching set of shelves. These contain, well, I’m not really sure. My husband’s collection of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fury (the Game of Thrones source material) is there. I slogged my way through Jordan, but I gave up on Martin. Sorry.

Note: The hubby built both sets of shelves. We are book people, after all.

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Next, we move into the den/library. This room was a bit of a disaster when we moved in, with indoor/outdoor carpeting that had been glued to the underlying hardwood, and a crackle-painted piano with a mirrored panel (as a pianist, I wanted to cry). Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves also built by The Hubby with help from a guy I used to work with. He wanted me to proof his Master’s thesis and offered to pay me. I asked if he had any experience with building shelves.

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The subject matter of these books–again, mostly hardbacks–is…eclectic. Again, we have the obligatory hold-overs from college. Classic fiction. My complete set of Harry Potter and my Jane Austin omnibus set. A whole shelf of theological books (mostly The Hubby’s).

Did I mention we are book people?

And then, there is my shelf, a cheap-o bookcase from <insert name of discount store here>. Top shelf are my favorites. Middle is craft, bottom is “books I’ve been a part of” either because one of my stories is in it, or it’s from a critique partner.

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You can kinda see a pile of mass-market paperbacks on the floor.

I am sure I am not the only person whose house looks like this. Books everywhere. Because while you cannot have too many books, you can have too little shelf space, right?

So tell me I’m not crazy; others have book collections like this, right?

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Author: Liz Milliron

Liz Milliron has been making up stories, and creating her own endings for other people's stories, for as long as she can remember. She survived growing up through reading, cutting her mystery teeth on Agatha Christie, Mary Higgins Clark and, of course, Nancy Drew. As an adult, she finds escape from the world of software documentation through creating her own fictional murder and mayhem. She lives near Pittsburgh with her husband and two teenage children, and fantasizes about owning a dog again - one of these days.

8 thoughts on “Books, books and more books!”

  1. Wow – I love the woodwork. The shelves are excellent!

    I admit to being green with envy at y our collection. I used to have books everywhere, shelves in the master, the second bedroom was a library /office with books double and triple shelved. Then came the first move and I culled the herd (mostly paperback romances that I would never read again). OK, built shelves for the next house, again, books everywhere. Then came the move to Maine. A series of moving company mishaps (they couldn’t find a driver to do the Miami to crown of Maine run in November) meant the truck that was supposed to leave Miami and go directly to Maine was unpacked and everything stored in a warehouse. We had no idea until the truck, two weeks late, arrived in Maine. Among the items that were not repacked on the truck – sixteen of twenty boxes of books.

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  2. I love the shelves in your den! I had something like that in mind for my loft/home office until the time I started thinking this house is too big for me. Definitely next house: lots of built-in bookshelves. Right now I have 8 free standing bookshelves of various heights plus the piles of books. The piles add such a lovely splash of color.

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  3. I love books. Had to give away a lot when we downsized to an apartment. I’ve noticed they’re creeping back in. Tried to just use library but can’t. I have to have some books to keep.

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  4. Your last pic made me laugh, Liz. We have a nice set of built-ins on either side of our fireplace in the den also, all artfully arranged kind of in categories … travel, vintage, humor, Harry Potter. And in our bedroom, we have two tall and one short cheapy laminate bookcases, with stuff we don’t necessarily want guests to see — my research books, crappy paperbacks we can’t bear to get rid of, hubs’ college textbooks that I keep throwing out and he keeps retrieving. But then there’s MY shelves — beloved books from my childhood, and signed copies from writer pals. And, of course, that other bookcase in the spare room with four shelves of my TBR books … and our nightstands … and the overflow in the spare room ….

    God bless people who make bookcases!

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  5. Like all good book-people, we have bookcases everywhere. By far the most are in a bedroom we turned into a library with six tall cases. I carefully organized the fiction shelves alphabetical by author. The non-fiction was a bit dicier, but I tried to organize by subject. Unfortunately my husband wasn’t paying attention when I carefully reviewed the plan with him, and one of these days I’m going to have to tackle it all over again. In our reading room there’s another bookcase stuffed with my TBRs, not to mention the pile by my pillow.

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  6. Your shelves look great! And so well organized. Mine are totaling running over. When I had them built, my carpenter decided to eliminate one entire bank of shelves because “nobody has that many books”–wrong! I made him put them back in, and now I’m out of room.

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