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The Particular Happiness Of Bookcases

The last time I had a bookcase was about 18 years ago. Although it was well used, with Enid Blyton squeezed into non-existent gaps and Ladybird books (remember those?) filling up whole shelves, I didn’t get much satisfaction from it because although I liked reading it was just a hobby. And where childhood is generally simpler than adulthood it is easy to take things for granted.

Finally I have a book case. I need one more, but it’s so nice to be able to pick up a newly finished novel and put it on a shelf – well, as long as the author’s surname is within the range of A-O, which is what my current one stretches to. Such a small thing, but to me being able to remove and replace a book at leisure without going through unorganised books is incredible. And it’s allowed me to see that I actually don’t have all that many books, which is in a way brilliant. It means there is a bit of space for a few more purchases.

I’ve been sitting on the floor in front of the bookcase with a book in one hand, a coffee in the other, and pen and notebook in front of me. Sitting on the floor obscures the ceiling and thus makes it appear that the books reach the top (I know I’m not the only one who dreams of a library akin to that in Beauty And The Beast). Having literature to hand and to gaze at while you’re working is a wonderful thing and I am finding it so inspiring.



May 18, 2011, 12:59 am

Who wouldn’t marry the Beast to get a library like that? :D

I haven’t had a bookcase in years either. My books have been stacked in 4 foot piles in every nook and cranny of my room for years. :P Love that you have a new bookcase – photos please?

Have you seen bookcasep* (Yeah, I didn’t put the real word because this would probably go straight into the junk filter :P) It’s like a bookworm’s heaven!

Charlie: True, you would be tempted. :D

I’ll take some photos and put them up in a few days. The room is like a storage centre at the moment, but with the items being books it’s not so bad! I haven’t seen that site, but from the domain name it sounds awesome so I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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