Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fall Into Reading: Our Collection of Books

Each week, Katrina at Callapidder Days asks a question of those of us participating in the Fall into Reading Challenge. I usually just answer her questions in the comments on her blog, but this week she asked:
How large is your personal/family collection of books? And where do you keep them?
I couldn't pass up the opportunity to photograph all our books and show you what we really have. So, we'll start with my daughter's bookshelf:


And here is my son's:


This is my TBR pile, which is on a top shelf of my desk in my office. That pile on the right is what I'm supposed to read for Fall into Reading, along with several books on my Nook.


Downstairs, in our living room, we have three bookshelves. This one has some more recent reads as well as some old reference books:


This shelf has books I haven't read in many years. One of the things on this shelf is all the books on religions that I read when I was in my 20s and fascinated with religion. I'd love to find time to re-read some of these books someday:


Then there is our shelf of very old books:


I love these books but also worry about them. I really should learn more about how to take care of them. I have a huge, beautiful Shakespeare book that is in poor shape now. If anyone knows anything about caring for old books, let me know!

That's it, for the most part. I have a few other books here and there but I try to keep them all on one of these shelves. We also have some library books, which we keep separate so we don't lose them. What about you? What does your book collection look like?

5 comments:

  1. I really think this is the perfect question for a picture - I, too, put up some pictures of my bookshelves. We used to have a complete works of Shakespeare - it was my dad's from when he was in college. Somehow it got lost, but I often wish I still had it.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  2. That's quite a lot of books! I love your daughter's bookshelf!

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  3. I love it, Julie! If I did this I'd be posting just as many pictures!

    Book addicts non-anonymous - we are! :D

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  4. Don't you love this question? It's so much fun hearing about everyone's books and reading habits. I also used photos to illustrate our overflowing collections! I just love being surrounded by books, though I think we probably have too many. I kept thinking I was finished with my post and then would remember yet another bookcase somewhere in the house!

    Sorry, I don't know anything about old books but wish I did. We have some really great old kids' collections that are probably degrading as we speak.

    Sue

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  5. There's a slim book called The Care and Feeding of Books Old and New that you might check out. I too should actually read it as I have some older books i know I should be taking better care of. Two things I know: Don't shove books all the way against the back of a book case, so that air can circulate around them, and occasionally vacuum them with an attachment.

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