3.29.2011

Librarian envy...

Our little house is being over-run with books. Every room has a giant pile and I sometimes wonder if we'd still have stacks everywhere if we had an adequate number of bookshelves (whatever an adequate number is). I never regret buying a book, so I'm thinking the stacks would continue...


kitchen
books everywhereThis may be the worst pile right next to my favorite chair in our living room. The lamp has been rendered useless.

books everywhere
kids room
kids room
Anyone out there share my compulsion? Do tell.

41 comments:

Anja said...

Oh yes. And I'm a click away from ordering more of them right now... Lovely pile photos!

Alison said...

You can never have too many books! We have a whole room filled with bookshelves plus more in the study and sitting room and still need more bookcases. It doesn't help that my husband is an academic and needs tons for his job and I have a cookery book addiction. Books make a house a home.

Traci Hendrix Hart said...

Books and albums and portfolios...and tutus, hanging up with the jackets! I love it!
Pile away, I say!!!

Amanda said...

i LOVE books. if i'm going to read it, i'm going to want to keep it. i have quite the library, mostly in book shelves though.

donna!ee said...

amen sister...books are GOOD! :)

Amy said...

I, too, am a lover of books...in our freshly re-built house we added walls and walls of "book shelves", seriously, we added over 10 shelves that are 5 feet or longer to house our books and it still doesn't seem to be enough. I just keep on buying them. I agree with Alison, yo can never have too many books!!!

sewn by blythe said...

Glad to see we're not the only ones. Our daughter's book shelves in her bedroom and the living room are so full we had to set aside a 5 foot bookshelf in our basement to house the overflow. I should add she's 9 months old.

frecklewonder said...

uhhhhh YEAH. i come home with books weekly. (cough) almost (cough) daily. heh.

Steph said...

I've always wanted one of those closets Kurt Russell built for Goldie Hawn in Overboard.... only, not for shoes, but for BOOKS! Wouldn't THAT be awesome?!

Jane said...

I adore books. I have 100 plus books on my shelves and counting. I do feel a little guilty about how many dead trees that would mean, but I try to do little things to help the earth.

Why don't you check this vid out so you can get some ideas yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJRSDeQbtI

Kim Hambric said...

Books Books Books! What a wonderful thing to have to many books.

Ten years ago, my husband and I designed an office for our books. Then we designed a wall of shelves for our living room. Then we added more in the living room. Then we added shelving to the dining room. The upstairs if full. Books are taking over again.

But that's o.k.

mixette said...

My parents' dining room is lined floor to ceiling with (full) bookshelves on three walls. Big windows on the other. Pretty much an ideal room and a huge influence on me. Books, books, and more books please!

e'clair said...

Nothing beats the convenience of just looking something up, and I find that I remember better when my books are within "looking distance". Alas, I had to leave a suitcase of my most prized ones behind when I moved - and yet... I seem to be a magnet to books, and do try to pass on those that I do not use regularly, because when one doesn't have space, it can get a bit overbearing.
But better books than anything else in my book :)

thelittlebig said...

I am a librarian and my husband and I have so many books we designated the office to be our official "library." It's one wall plus of books. I have to keep them very organized because, duh, librarian...

It's to the point that I'm giving some of my books away to my readers. I want to buy more, you see.

(You can see the library here: http://thelittlebig.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/after-the-library/)

Nancy said...

I'm in process of letting go of a lot of mine actually. SOMEONE decided he needed to clean out his work desk and that he absolutely DEMANDED his half of our bookshelf. Haha. So then I supposed I could let go of a few...but I did it through a mass email. I just can't let them slip into the wrong hands it seems...

Laure said...

Yikes! Looking at that makes me cringe - piling your books on the side like that puts excess pressure on the spine, prematurely aging the binding. If you want your books to last, get thee some bookends!

Sarah said...

For sure! I recently culled some of my books, and while they were still in my car waiting to be dropped off at Goodwill I found myself in a used bookstore buying more....

Dana said...

I almost took some similar photos this morning when we returned from the library. And I was reorganizing my "living room" books yesterday and dreaming of a whole wall of shelves to put them on. "Books are friends, One can't have too many friends."

Kelly Kilmer said...

Guilty as charged! We live in a one bedroom apartment. We have 13 bookcases that line the walls, but we still have piles of books. Crazy, huh? I buy books before anything else.

María said...

I'm afraid I have to say we too are compulsive book readers and collectors. This is one of the main reasons why I hate moving from one house to another, and we've done it several times by now.
I always feel at home if my books are with me.

María

Carrie said...

Our house is overrun with books. I wish they were as neatly stacked as your books though! Our books are giant piles on the floor, spilling under the bed, falling off the bookshelves, stacked on the stairs. It's rather terrifying actually.

Eden Hensley Silverstein said...

You're not alone! They seem to multiple in my house too. I don't have enough book shelves so I got metal bins and put those on the shelf and filled each bin with books. The pluses are that I can fit almost 4x as many books as before and my husband doesn't see them.

Hmmm... I might need to rethink my book storage strategy. I didn't know that stacking books can hurt the spines (thanks for the tip @Laure).

Amy said...

Oh, I do understand! Before our move, we had quite the stack collection ourselves...but we had to donate almost all of them, and they were the hardest things to see go. Thank heavens for the library! I comfort myself with the knowledge that almost everything we had can be borrowed there. And something very freeing can be found in negative space, don't you think? (how's that for a postive spin??? I'm trying!)

xoxo.

Courtney Simchak said...

I can't stop buying books! My husband and I have rooms divided by bookcases, nooks, shelves and tables stacked high with books. It satisfies my "wish-i-was-a-librarian" dream. I just need hundreds of super cute book plates now.

The placement of your books are wonderful -- looks like well placed art with the plus of functionality. The photos are beautiful too!

I am glad to see there are fellow bibliophiles out there!

Astrid said...

What a lovely look into the corners of your house. Could that be a race car bed?!

I most definitely share your book-hoarding woes. We are, in my opinion, three or four bookcases below adequate, and so have major stackage, which, I'm embarrassed to admit, isn't even in the corners... it's in the middle of our bedroom!

billie said...

I have so many books around that I decided to go through them and put aside all the novels I read and organize a book exchange afternoon sometime in the spring. Everybody comes with a bunch of books and takes as many as they brought.
Some sort of alternative recycling.

karen said...

I loved your pix and loved the comments too. I was cleaning over the weekend and was remarking to myself that every room has books in it, some neatly on shelves, others piled as well as my magazines. I like knowing that no matter what room I am in I can find something to pick up and start reading. Comfort! Karen from CT

Anonymous said...

if you don't already know it... http://bookshelfporn.com/

Tracey said...

Oh yes, I'm right there with you on the books - but your stacks look rather lovely and elegantly dishevelled (unlike my own).
:)

ms. said...

it's true. i keep thinning them out but their volume somehow never decreases!

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Wow! I'm SO relieved to hear that I'm not the only one with a major book obsession. Laure, thanks for the tip! Holy cow- I had no idea that stacking books like this puts pressure on the spine. Yowser.

Astrid- that is a car bed- you can see more photos of it here. Our 3 yr old loves it. :)

Billie- a book exchange is a fabulous idea!

Anonymous- thanks for feeding the fire with www.bookshelfporn.com. Beyond awesome!
xo,
Abbey

Erin Lang Norris said...

We are just now starting our adventures in book collecting.

I'm mainly interested in design, garden and how-to books. Since I can't really spend much money on them right now, I feel like I can't get the books I REALLY want, but I have found some decent ones at the thrift stores lately! :)

Oh- and a question for you: Do you find yourself looking for awesome kid's books as well? I have seen so many and my "book want" list is probably 20% children's books.

Holly said...

Oh the photos I could share of our own home...piles of books in nearly every room--no, other than the bathroom, I think they may be in every single room. I blame the thrift store for tempting me to buy all the books...

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Holly, I also blame the thrift store. :)

Erin, kid's books, art books, and interior books are my main weakness (in no particular order). My wish list is embarrassingly long. I've been buying kid's books FOREVER- long before children were even a glimmer. It didn't help that I worked here for a while. :)
xo,
A

emilysmithpearce said...

Glad to know there are still some book nuts out there besides us. We have culled our collection several times but we're always buying more. So cool that you used to work at the Carle Museum. I'm a children's writer but haven't had the chance to go there yet.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

yes we have piles everywhere- here is a link to our library- you might enjoy it for the rainbow as well!
http://ladyofthearts.blogspot.com/2010/03/who-cares-if-it-doesnt-make-sense-it.html

Emma at The Marion House Book said...

We've got stacks too! Unfortunately, many are in the basement.

Chris said...

I can always use another bookshelf for my ever-expanding collection, but I'm starting to run out of space in my humble abode. Love the books, love the photos, but please tell me...where did you get that awesome orange chair?! I love it!!!

Paulette said...

My dream home has a gorgeous set of built-in bookcases but even in said dream home there would be stacks of books. Right now, I have my fiction, poetry, and memoir/biography stuff in bookcases but my design books are scattered in pretty (I hope) piles throughout the house. As for the hordes of magazines...I did make a rule that I was no longer allowed to buy a book unless I was going to read it right away. I lasted about a month. And while I do want an e-reader, I don't think it'll impact my buying of physical books too much cause of the gorgeous covers, and old out-of-print editions and stuff I swoon over. Uhm, this is the longest comment I've ever written on a blog. Yeah, so I guess I'm an addict, er I mean a collector, too.

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

emilysmithpearce- you will LOVE it! Go, go, go! :)

Ren- Lady Of The Arts- your bookshelves look awesome!

Emma- I was too embarrassed to say that we have boxes in the basement still (BOXES). Don't tell. :)

Chris- the orange chair is an Eames rocker. My best friend gave it to us at EZ E's baby shower. Best.Gift.Ever. :)

Paulette- I'm swooning with you, girl. Big time.
xo,
Abbey

Megan said...

LOVE books! I live in a studio apartment and my books take up most of the room - ha!

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