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So … the books that you own (however many there may be) … do you display them proudly right there in plain sight for all the world to see? (At least the world that comes into your living room.) Or do you keep them tucked away in your office or bedroom or library or closet or someplace less “public?”

Ideally speaking, if space is irrelevant, I would like my books on full display on shelves lining the walls. Urban living doesn’t agree with this idea. Until I buy a house that will luxuriate the idea of a personal library, books read during my college days will be stored in boxes. Recently I purchased a couple fixtures at Borders closing sale and those would be the last bookcases I’ll ever acquire for the apartment due to space limitation. Novels are arranged by alphabetical order of authors’ last names. A full display of my books is not only a desire rooted in vanity. I’m the kind of person who always pull out old books on the whim for an affirmation of themes, ideas, and quotations. My books always have to be handy.

6 Responses

  1. I like to display my books. Check out my answer for this week’s Booking Through Thursday

  2. All of my books are housed in my craft room where I just put them in alphabetical order..it was quite fun actually! 😀

  3. Im the same – space just doesn’t allow them all to be on display at my place. I live in a 2 bedroom apartment, so I have one full case book case in the bedroom, as well as achest full of books in the bedroom, then another full bookcase in the living room, and the rest are in boxes stacked in the corner of the dining room, half hidden from view behind the dining table.

  4. I once had a huge library on display. I even battled with an unruly department store to try to get a bookcase I loved. I still have the bookcase but it isn’t as full as it was back then. I have donated or parted with most of my collection, and I only keep the very special books these days. And they are on display in my dining room. I much prefer to give books away now and share them with others, rather than keep them all to myself. But the ones I do keep are very special. I download more books on my iPad today than the physical books I used to buy.

  5. I have my books on display, as much as possible. But there’s never enough room. I will say though that my husband and I bought our house based on the generous amount of built-in bookshelves, and they’re already filled to overflowing.

  6. Since I’m a bookseller, books are everywhere in my house. In fact, my bedside table is built out of coffee table books. On the other side of the bed is a stack of advanced reading copies that publishers have sent me. I have one bookcase that holds books that I hope to read one day, or my favorites. I don’t really keep books, anymore, unless they’ve touched me in some way.

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