Today’s guest post comes from Christine at Bookishly Boisterous. I love reading Christine’s blog because I appreciate her snarkiness, her commentary, and our similar taste in books. I live vicariously through her tales of teaching English (egad, that could have been me!) and she is currently enjoying her summer vacation.
I’m Christine from Bookishly Boisterous and I’m excited that Julie has asked me to talk a little bit about my home library. It’s definitely my favorite room in the house and probably the most “done” of them all.
We have five Billy bookcases from Ikea, four with height extenders and one small one. Honestly, they do the job right now, but I’m nowhere near in love. Our hope is to one day have some sturdier, nicer looking built-ins, but that’s a ways down the road. My husband and I were both English majors and are still avid readers, so our collection is fairly massive and ever-growing (I’m estimating we have around 800 or so books).
Our fiction is organized alphabetically by author- pretty straightforward. After that we have literary criticism and anthologies (oh, the good old Norton!), and then my husband’s graphic novels. These have posed some challenges, as some are odd shapes and hang off the shelves. The following section is nonfiction, which is categorized by subject area, and then alphabetized by author. I’m a little less rigid here, but we do have sections for health/fitness, entertainment, art, history, memoirs, and travel. Rounding out the collection is a shelf of children’s books (yes, that’s where I put Hunger Games, thanks for asking).
I’ve tried to add personality with various snapshots from our wedding and of famil y and friends, as well as various other little candles and trinkets we’ve picked up here amd there. Recently we finished up our little library by decorating the adjacent wall with 1948 typewriter, photos, and a new clock.
I think the most important thing when creating your home library, whether it’s a corner of your room or a whole house is that it works for you. I wanted a place that was both aesthetically pleasing and functional, as well as a space where I could sit and read with plenty of light (I still need to find a dang ottoman so I can stop using my exercise ball, though). Despite my purist inclinations towards alphabetization I love seeing the creative ways people choose to organize, whether by color, size, or even length!
A special thanks to Julie for asking me to guest post! Let’s all be jealous that she’s on vacation.