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An Affair, A Fetish

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Do you need to have your owned books out where you can see them, or are you okay with them being stored away?

An integral part of a reader’s life is the collection itself. If space is not a constraint, I prefer my books to be shelved neatly in the living room for the whole world to see. Visibility is vanity in action. The same vanity-dictated mentality is the reason why I am not completely sold out for electronic reading devices, despite the fact that I own two. They are more for the sake of convenience while I’m en route. Ideally speaking, I have no scruple populating my living room with book shelves on three walls just so my books are at my finger’s tip. They are part of who I am, and what I do. Like many couch potatoes who make television their prime-time companion, I’ve got my books. After I graduated from college, the living situation demanded a part of my collection put in storage. Although the arrangement didn’t impose much inconvenience, since books sent to storage were the ones I most likely won’t re-read, there was this antsy feeling as if I was missing a limb. My books and I contribute an affair, a fetish, a comfort, an obsession. I want them out there on the shelves. I enjoy the liberty of rifling through them, smelling the pages, and finding a particular passage in them.

5 Responses

  1. I absolutely understand your feelings and agree with them all!!

  2. Total obsession here, and affair if you will. I like the sound of that. LOL My problem is my bookshelf is now too small and I don’t have room to expand. So, there are neat stacks of books practically on every endtable and nightstand, and also on my desk.

  3. I’m with you, all day long on this one, for all of the same reasons. Hey, I don’t buy designer clothes or wear make up…the least I can do for vanity’s sake is put my books, attractively where people can see them, right? ;O)

  4. No space in the living room, so my “library” is in the basement, on shelves. They do however need organizing so I can find the book i want quickly!

  5. I agree with you. I want my books accessible, where I can see, touch, and feel them! I consider them to be part of my decor.

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