Reader, Writer, Reviewer

The History of Book Shelving

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Not only do I love this article (via BookRiot ) for its lovely history of book shelving, I also adore the pretty pictures.  And like the author, I have to begrudgingly admit that I house a healthy portion of my library on (gasp) IKEA Billy Bookcases.

 As it turns out, for a great deal of their history, shelves were much more haphazard than they are today. Before they even displayed books, they supported piles of scrolls…  But around the time the codex emerged in the first century AD, open shelves—which now housed two clashing forms, the long cylindrical scroll and the flat rectangular codex—began to be considered hideous… Hence the innovation of vertical storage.

So (change of subject), life is going to get pretty chaotic for Julz in the next few weeks.  Don’t be expecting many reviews because I’ll be focusing on my ABNA judging, but I’ll try to do some short posts here and there about my overall experience, though I have to maintain some level of confidentiality about the content.   And you’ll probably get more Shelf Lust posts.  Let the madness begin!

Author: Julie Merilatt

I live in a Chicago suburb with my husband and a house full of books. Book collecting, reading, and reviewing consume my life. I have a special affinity for all things Alice in Wonderland. I began my education at Carthage College, wanting to be an English teacher. Eventually I decided that Carthage and I weren’t a good fit anymore, so I transferred to North Park University, where I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher. So I finished my education with a degree in English with a writing concentration. I was always a voracious reader and wrote my first review in April 2007. I don’t remember why exactly I decided to write a review, only that I had just finished The Agony and the Ecstasy and had a strong feeling that I needed to express how I felt about it. This inspired me to write reviews about each book I wrote and after posting on Amazon for two years, I was invited into the Amazon Vine program. I am also an active reviewer/member of Goodreads and enjoy being an active member of the online book community.

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