Is there an option for expressing the opinion that books are massively overrated and something that I would never willingly allow to darken my doorstep (let alone any other part of my house)?
Even though I'd never seen her blog, or noticed her comments elsewhere, or otherwise "met" her, I knew that she loved books and was just being deeply ironic.
Since then, she's posted many pictures of the books overrunning her house - most recently last week, when she challenged me (and others) to show what's on our shelves.
|M's room has a tall, skinny bookcase, full of kids books, which is attached to the wall so it doesn't fall over when she climbs it. We still have a handful of board books for nostalgia, but the other night she asked me to read The Reluctant Dragon, also known as the "blue dragon" - a book with considerably more words than pictures.|
|The Scrabble books have a place of their own, all together, because I am playing nearly too many Scrabble games on-line and via email!|
|Right near the couch are a few gardening books, in case I need to consult Dirr or Ruggiero or Armitage at a moment's notice. There are more gardening books elsewhere; these were later arrivals and don't fit on the shelf where the others reside.|
|Here's a tiny selection of cookbooks, with Joy, James and Julia right there in the middle. That particular copy of Joy was my maternal grandmother's - it has little notes of hers in pencil in the margins.|
|Lastly, and sadly, here's one of the many boxes of books that are still living in the cellar. Yes, we have no bookcases. Buried in those boxes are things I need - my dictionary, a one volume edition of all of the Mapp & Lucia books, an extra copy of Mistress Masham's Repose to give to my niece, etc. Sigh. Not only would getting the books out into the open air be good for my soul, it would free up so much space in the cellar. Someday, someday.|
What's on your bookshelves?