What could be more fun for the creepy bibliophile in all of us? Below are links to pictures of my bookshelves. We only have two, at the moment, which are devoted to books. There are two more, across the room, which do have books on them, but mostly it consists of comic books, dictionaries, peculiar reference books, and piles of papers in no particular order. And while that might sound interesting to look at too…the problem is, they aren’t in any sort of layout where you could see anything but piles and you would just get a sense of “Pete could use to organize once in awhile,” and telling me that wouldn’t do any good.
Furthermore…on these two shelves, my wife and I (mostly me…the vast majority of these books are ones I read. My wife reads less than I do these days, being busy and tired) put up the books that I knew I liked, or planned to read soon. I’ve read most of them. Most of them, I’ve read dozens of times over.
We have twelve, or more, big boxes full of books cataloged and stored away in a dark, dry room, because if we put up our entire book collection, we would need at least six more shelves just like these two, and I bet you we’d still wind up with leftovers. This is why I keep trying to find a way to build something into a library. (When I am rich and famous, and we build our own house, not only will I have a terrific study, but we shall have a beautiful library with mahogony shelves built into the walls, hard wood floors, reading lamps and plush chairs, and a hidden sound system tuned to a classical music station. And maybe a fireplace. And tall, thin frosted windows here and there.)
There are other books I really like, and the reason you don’t see them on the shelf is…they are off, they are on the table next to me (and by the couch, and by the bed, and by my desk) and are in various states of being read.
Without further ado, here’s the pictures. (They are big, the better to see them with.)
And…I pass this on to Ed. Ed! Take pictures of your books, in some form (even if it’s just opening up a box and photographing it. Or your shelves, if you have ’em) and post them, so we can oggle at your books.