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New Book-Related Furnishings

I’d like to share with you a few things I’ve received and bought related to books, a sort of reading life help, if you will. I’ve been quite excited about these items, two in particular have been a long time coming, and as we all like books here I thought you might be interested in them too.

A photograph of two framed pictures that consist of the text of Pride And Prejudice and Wuthering Heights. The text has been positioned in such a way as to create white-space that shows scenes inspired by the books

At Christmas I received two framed pictures. At first glance they seemed nice enough – scenes inspired by classics, in this case Pride And Prejudice and Wuthering Heights, but then I looked at them more closely…

A photograph of the pictures up close

That’s the first chapter of the book, in a tiny font and acting as the background to the image. I’m not sure yet where I’ll be putting them, nevertheless I’ll find a home for them sometime and I know they’ll look great.

Moving on from artwork I’ve wanted a magazine rack for over a year – my parents had one at home, bamboo, that I always liked (don’t ask me why, it’s an odd thing, I know) and I wanted something on which to display some magazines I’ve kept over the years. Magazines in Hindi I like to pretend I’ll be able to read fluently someday. Persephone Bi-annuals I reckon would be nice to share and flick through. In all about 10 items.

A photograph of a cast-iron black magazine rack

Enter the charity shop. I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me to look for one there, especially as magazine racks were more popular in years gone by, but I visited a couple with a friend who’s moving house and found one that’s pretty near perfect. £3. Sold.

A photograph of a small standing bamboo bookshelf

Something else I’ve wanted is a small standing shelf for my review copies and other books on my to-be-read. The only one I could find was a metal one from Ikea, a curled steel design for £25 that says ‘princess room’. The charity shop had an equivalent in bamboo for £2. The back sticks out into the shelf space but after some experimenting I’ve realised that one book per opening works fine and if I keep to that then I’ll be forced to think even more before accepting review copies because there’s only room for seven books. I intend to put review copies on the bottom and my own books on the top. For now it’s on my desk and I’m feeling rather organised and very happy.

What furnishings have you recently acquired?


Jenny @ Reading the End

February 9, 2016, 2:08 am

Excellent! Beautiful! I love getting useful furniture at the charity shops, although it’s rare for them to have the exact type of thing that I want at the time when I want it. Your little bamboo shelf is great!

vicki (@skiourophile)

February 9, 2016, 11:25 am

Those word pictures are stunning – and I think that everyone should have as much book storage as they like/want/need. If only one could get the rooms to magically expand to fit!


February 9, 2016, 5:37 pm

I love those pictures! No new bookish items for me.


February 26, 2016, 3:27 pm

Jenny: That’s true. I was lucky this time, though, that said, they often have things you didn’t know you wanted/existed!

Vicki: Yes to that!

Jessica: Is this where I say ‘ahh, but books themselves count, too’ :)



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