Thursday, December 15, 2011

Even more bookshelves...

We have had a couple days of cold December rains, the kind of wet that just cuts through you even when you are inside with bread baking and tripping over a kitty determined to sleep in the middle of the floor.  Today the rain is to end and the temperatures plummet.

Christopher will be staying here tonight so I've promised both the guys homemade chicken soup.  I am so glad I defrosted a whole chicken a few days ago.  It now resides in a hot oven, sitting on a bed of frozen onions, celery, and carrots (a good thing to have frozen as I am out of fresh celery and carrots).

After an hour in the oven, it will all be transferred to the stock pot on its' way to become a healthy meal after the sun sets.  I can hardly wait...  In the meantime, I am going to attempt to get caught up with e-mails today in between laundry and other necessary items on the gotta do list.

As promised, here are a few more peeks into my bookshelves... this time the living room (sorry for the flash!).  My two large bookshelves there used to reside on corresponding sides of a fireplace in a former home.  Now they are rather overpowering in the small living room but that is okay... decorating with books is always welcome here.

The blue books are my collection of Anne Morrow Lindbergh diaries, which I plan to re-read this winter.

Carolee, you are in between Colson and Friedman!


My books are not exactly in perfect order but for the most part... there is a pattern.  Sometimes they are mixed up just due to the size of book a shelf can hold.  I hope this incomplete glimpse into the living room shelves is fun for you!  I love seeing people's bookshelves.

All pictures can be enlarged by clicking.

While my books have been collected since I was a teenager, many of them were purchased at library sales for a dollar or less.  A few were found third party through Amazon for very inexpensive prices (like the Anne Morrow Lindbergh diaries).

Some older books were gifts from friends who knew I'd take very good care of them.  I love old books.


Angela said...

Love this. I see some favorites of mine plus lots that I haven't read but would like to try. I, too, love my books and am puzzled when I visit a house without bookshelves. What do these people DO?

Jayne said...

This is big eye-candy to me, and I see you have some Miss Reads in hardback. Although I have collected all her books, most are paperbacks.

I am now collecting Elizabeth Goudge, I only have 'The Heart of the Family' so far. Is it any good? Is it a good place to start, I am wondering.

Sandra said...

I've really enjoyed seeing your books. I have many of the same but have seen a few that I'd like to add to my bookshelves (like I need more books, lol!).

It's encouraging to see others who love books and keep them close at hand. A lot of our books were also bought at yard sales, thrift stores or library book sales. It's hard to resist them when they're so cheap. :o)

Heather said...

I have loved looking at your bookshelves. You have some great books!! We have a lot of the same ones. ;o)

Rebecca said...

I see many familiar titles on your shelves. My husband and I were just discussing our book situation yesterday. Our home is full of them; his shelves in the office are overflowing.

WhatEVER can we do?

In spite of the overflow, almost the first place I head when I visit a thrift store is the Used Book Section!

Somehow I never realized there were so many volumes to Anne Morrow Lindbergh's diaries. Sigh. Guess I'm back on the trail again!

Anonymous said...

Yea! More books!!! ...I could not get the last picture to enlarge. It just went black. Anyone else have this problem,..or is it just mine? Sarah

Vee said...

All wonderful...I see so many of my own favorites...and enough new ones to me that I am curious and would like to take it down from the shelf and read.

Anonymous said...

I have floor to ceiling wall to wall shelves on one bedroom wall. (It was a gift from my sweet hubby.) I thought for sure all those shelves would hold my book collection. Wrong! I've looked at some of your pictures of books in previous posts and have added a few more to my collection. They have spilled over into the office and I'm contemplating adding two new shelves in the office. Isn't it fun!?! We don't have a library so I have to build my own. Thanks for sharing! Hubby isn't a book reader but he never complains about my books. He's wonderful! Pam

Anonymous said...

You have some terrific books. Some of those are my favourites too. Now I want to pull them out and read them again :)
Actually it might be better for your books not being stored by a fireplace because the heat might dry out the bindings.

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

I LOVE browsing people's bookshelves. Between the piano and bookshelves, those are the two places my heart tends to gravitate towards when I visit someone's place for the first time.

Enjoyed your 'eye-candy' as Jayne put it!

Mrs.Rabe said...

I could spend a happy year reading your books!

Such a delightful collection!


matty said...

What wonderful books. Aren't they nearly intoxicating when you look at them?? What a nice collection you have!

...they call me mommy... said...

Whoa...I just wanna put ALL of these titles on hold at the library! :) I've recently begun reading Miss Read, starting with her Christmas stories! I love her!!! :)

jlt said...

After seeing the books on your shelves, I *know* we would be friends in real life. I have so many of those on my own shelves or on my wish list to find. Thank you for sharing a piece of you.

Lori said...

I made it in Brenda!

I love seeing your bookshelves, I happen to think that books are the best decoration you can have. :)

Your brownies sound wonderful, I will try them over Christmas when my daughter is home. Thanks Brenda!