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02 April 2010 @ 01:35 am
You can take the girl out of the bookstore, but you can’t keep the girl from sneaking books in and rearranging her shelves so it looks as if she hasn’t bought far more than she can possibly read within a reasonable period of time.

I meant to dive into a full accounting of the books I have on hand, but I just don’t have time to sort through the ridiculous number of tomes in my attic. Let us take a look, instead, at what’s filling the shelves in my wonky, tilty office.

It’s probably best to start with my ‘have been read’ shelves. Don’t think that this contains the only books dear to my heart; rather, it holds those I’ve recently read and loved and/or those NOT packed away in boxes awaiting the day I have a handsome, sprawling manor with a library of my very own.

Apologies for the blur. Still, there’s plenty to be seen: the Etruscan horse carving. The Susan Death sickle. My joust helm. The entirety of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. The LotR box set.


Next shelf; still blurry. If we're being honest there, though, half the fun is in ‘try to spot the title!’


Likewise here:


Blurry shot of one half of a shelf:


...and the other:


Then there’s this. Note the stack on the left hand side. I've duplicate copies of several MWT books. Why, you might ask? Because I'm likely to give a set to YOU. Then you will be hooked, and you will know the awesome that is Gen. Moving on...


Um... what’s up with this veritable HEAP of unorganized books? Is it a sign of my inability to manage the books I have at hand? Or does this bode another massive book giveaway in the coming months?


Dammit! I forgot to take pictures of my TBR shelves...

... or did I?

More pics tomorrow. Fair warning to non-book geeks: just walk on by.
Ratesjul: world booksratesjul on April 2nd, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
Initial comment, before looking at bookshelves...

Who in their right mind would you walk on by?
Ratesjul: flying kiwiratesjul on April 2nd, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
And, on having read and looked.

Kate Jacobs is cool!
It took me a few moments to figure out that MWT means Meghan Whalen Turner.

I recognise a few books that I have ... The Changeling Sea, Briar Rose, Outlaws of Sherwood, Hero and the Crown, The Blue Sword, Crown Duel, Tam Lin, a stack of Madeleine L'Engle, Tammy!, Secret Country!, Shannon Hale...

I do wonder what "Chalice" is about, and the NZ Flag makes me happy! :)
wench18wench18 on April 2nd, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
Chalice is a McKinley book and is a very good read. I've read it several times and enjoy it each time. McKinley really is an amazing story teller.
wench18wench18 on April 2nd, 2010 10:27 am (UTC)
Excellent looking library! Many titles have sisters over here. Love the DeLint stack. Pamela Dean - but how do you still have those when you gave them to me? What is Graceling?
Zoë Tzoethor on April 2nd, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)
I've started using empty tissues boxes to create tiers on my shelves so I can have two lines of books and still see all the titles. I'm ridiculously pleased at my cleverness. :)
Ratesjul: world booksratesjul on April 2nd, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
that sounds like a great idea but I can't picture it.
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on April 2nd, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
This makes me want to take pictures of my own shelves. LOL
formerlyfbformerlyfb on April 5th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
I look at how organized your bookshelves are and all I can do is shrug and think "well you haven't lived in your house all that long, yet..." I refuse to think of book collecting as something that could be considered clinical---after all, you never know when you are going to be trapped in your house by flood or snow or weather too fine to get in your car and you just NEED the right book RIGHT NOW. :)
Kelladyjoust on April 5th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
That's only one bookshelf; you haven't seen the others, nor the boxes upon boxes and bags in the attic. :)