August Break: Bookshelf

Bookshelf. I am a reader, a collector, a piler, a hoarder, a curator, a bibliophile. In my living room, there are three stuffed cases. In the spare room, a floor to ceiling built in along with a smaller one in the corner. In my office, there’s a smaller case and various piles. It looks like a mess, like chaos, but ask me where a specific book is and I could find it. It might look like madness but I have a method.

P.S. You can also see the feet of my four Holly Hobbie dolls on this shelf, one of the only toys I kept from when I was little. I had to hide them there because Ringo was convinced they were dog toys.

7 thoughts on “August Break: Bookshelf

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      I did see that article. And don’t worry about suggesting my space might be a mess, it absolutely is controlled chaos, but that somehow feels much homier to me. 🙂

  1. tinakomi

    I have SIX bookcases filled to the brim, as well as piles in other places! And you wouldn’t believe how many books I sold at Powell’s before I moved here! Now it’s getting a little scary because in no more than probably a couple of years I’m going to have to move again, most likely to low income senior housing. Do you what that means? Tiny!!! I know “Tiny Houses” is the new trend, so I’d be a trend follower, but I think I have to get my books down to no more than three (3!!!!) bookcases!! All the rest of my stuff I don’t really worry about selling/gifting/donating, but the books? Yikes!! I suppose I can “Kindle” a lot of them, but it’s not quite the same, ya know?

  2. Rita Ott Ramstad

    So glad you explained the Holly Hobbie feet! (I was wondering…) And books are my downsizing sticking point, too. I was looking at my biggest bookcase last night. I haven’t touched most of the books on it in the 3 years since we’ve moved here (when I did discard many). But, I still want them. They are like old friends.

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      That and quilts are the hardest things for me to get rid of. I also still have towels from 20 years ago (they are rags now). I’m asking for a Kindle for my birthday to see if that might help with the book situation. I actually got rid of 1/3 about 5 years ago, but there’s still a lot.


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