Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Where the Magic Happens... and an INTERVENTION!!

My boyfriend, enabler that he is, kindly put up these pretty new purple bookshelves for me over the weekend, so that I could get the book piles and stacks, the ones that were taking over all of the flat surfaces in my bedroom, onto some shelves. Of course, now that I have the extra room, some of the areas look a little sparse, and this is making me crave new books! It's a never-ending, vicious cycle.

So this weekend, I reorganized, I catalogued, I counted... and I decided that I need an intervention. I have 213 books sitting on various shelves in my home that I have not yet read. That's a freakin' lot! I'm not quite at the point some are with owned-unread books (*cough* Tweety "429" Bird... LOL!), but I will be if I don't pace myself.

So... I've decided that I will not be buying any new books for a while... I will still accept review copies because that's a service to the reading community *buffs halo* ;), but unless it's a book that I just HAVE TO HAVE NOW NOW NOW, I will restrain myself from buying new books or visiting the library.

*shudder* It hurts already!!

Anyway... Let's take a look at why I need an intervention. Brace yourselves for the beautiful horror. O_O

This photo was taken with my cameraphone last night, because silly me, I forgot to take a picture of these shelves with the good camera, which The Boy had with him. The angle isn't the best, but with only the overhead light, it created a wicked glare on the artwork behind the shelves (which I created myself using super-secret methods), and glare is annoying. So I went with a more obscure angle, which means I'm artistic and quirky. Or something. *sigh*

Oh well. Here we have both sets of my Harry Potter books, US and UK paperbacks, one of my Tolkien trilogies (the omnibus edition) along with The Hobbit and the Silmarillon, the Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough, the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, and a bunch of other random books. I won't list the books in every picture for you, that would take a reeeee-he-heallly long time! (Plus I have a different list which I'll talk about later...) Just this one because of the glare-reducing  artistic angle. :P

In the corner there on the right is the cat-tree where our little monsters like to watch The Outside. The plant you can see is some kind of sage, I think maybe? I don't know. It's pretty and soft and smells lovely, though, so I like it.

This is Bedroom Bookcase #1. My bookshelves are all in kind of awkward positions because my house is old and it leans and sags. So unless the bookcase is bracketed to the wall (and some are) it has to be strategically placed in a position where it's not likely to fall over. This is a strategically placed bookcase, which is to the left of my little workdesk (which is always a disaster area!)... I cropped out the desk. You don't want to see that. Your retinas will thank me. :)

This one has lots of random books on it. At one point I had tried to sort between what I'd read and was to be read, but now I have no sorting system except for my Stephen King books, which I'll get to a little bit later.

As you can see, I'm a fan of the double-stack. Which is why I feel like I have wasted space in the other book-strewn areas of my bedroom. This should not be confused with the double ROW, because that's just wrong. You can't even SEE the ones buried behind... I need to see my books, to admire them.

This is the view I have of my BookZone from the desk where I sit right now. Well, I'd have to turn around, or develop a really flexible neck, but you get the point. So we have 4 sections of books here, from left to right:
  1. On Top O' The Dresser
  2. Big Tall Bookcase
  3. Under The TV
  4. New Purple Shelves
On the dresser, sideways stacked, are the books that I need to mail out soonish, including Matched by Allie Condie and The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff, both of which are going to Star Book Tours to make their way into some readers' hands. If you're interested, stop by and join!

Big Tall Bookcase has ARCs that I need to read stacked up top. They are hard to see in the picture. =\ The rest is just random and series books.

Under the TV are the books that I don't really "read" or read books that I am willing to give away or swap. Reference books, duplicates, etc.

And finally, the Purple Shelves. My new favorites. (Is it fair that shelves would automatically become my favorite book-holding items simply because my favorite books are on them? I'll give it some thought.)

Sing it with me now... ♪♪ These are a few of my FAVORITE THINGS! ♪♪

Aren't they beautiful? I think so. :) The sketch in the first picture is of The Boy a few years ago, done by a NYC street artist in Central Park. Expensive, but I love it, so it was worth it. :)
These are organized with a few smaller hardcovers first, then on top the rest are books that relate to the Dark Tower series. The last book, facing front, is a book about King himself. 
The bottom shelf is in no particular order at all, except that the paperback Bachman books are together toward the end, and the non-fic books are together, then there are my graphic novels, and then another About King book.

Go ahead and admire... I'll wait.

So there you have it. About half of these books are ones that I haven't yet read, so I need to do that before I buy more. Remember all that cataloging and counting and stuff I mentioned? If you want to see the full list of the books I own but haven't read yet... Click here... :)


  1. *whines* I want some pretty new purple shelves :(

  2. I love seeing other people's book shelves! Sigh... I've been going to school, trying to finish my degree and moving around a lot, so I have no space. All of my books are in plastic tubs, and most of them are in storage. Sigh. It's tragic. I'm jealous of yours!

  3. Thanks Ashley... I love looking at other people's shelves too.

    Every couple of months I have to reorganize... I paw through them and read and pull them off shelves and don't put them back and then they end up in stacks everywhere and then I have to reorganize them... and then I slowly do it all over again. LOL

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