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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My Home Library

I spent a great deal of time this weekend putting together my library at home.  Before, my bookcases and books were taking over our bedroom.  It was starting to get cluttered in the bedroom, so my hubby was very helpful in helping me clear out my craft room so I could turn it into a library.  I am so happy with the way it turned out and the best thing was that there is still room to grow not only on the shelves, but also room for more book cases!  Now I didn't include a full picture of the library because I am ashamed to say that the carpets need to be replaced and the paneling painted, but budget won't allow that for me or the landlord.


This is wall one.  On the top shelf you can see all of my signed copies of books. Notice I put these high up so my kids can't get to them as easily!  The second shelf are my ARCs and the binder has my unbound ARC of Delicious by Shayla Black.  The third shelf are all my Harlequin books. Those are three rows deep of various lines of Harlequin: Blaze, Intrigue, American Romance, Temptation, Desire and Super Romance.  The fourth and fifth shelf are mainly books that have various authors instead of just one author.

This is wall one still, left to the previous picture.  These are books by authors P-Z of their last name.  Notice I do have room to expand! LOL.  I can even make 2 rows if I must! 

This is Wall 2 and it is directly across from Wall 1.  At the top in the bag are books to donate to my local library.  They are in desperate need of book donations because we are such a small town, they never can afford to get new books.  Next to the bag is my checkout library books. Usually I have at least 10 checked out, but I haven't had a chance to swing by there in over a week.  The rest of the shelves are authors with the last name initials of A-C.

Wall 1 directly to the right of previous shelf.  On top are my ARCs and books received for reviews.  The pile to the very left are books that I have finished and need to write up my review post on.  The rest are seperated by month to post for tours and release date.  The shelves below continue in alphabetical order from C-G. Behind it is an open window like feature so I put smaller shelves here. Behind it is the hallway down stairs with my cute baby pictures on it! Wasn't I a cutie? LOL

Wall 1 still to the right of the previous shelves.  This holds the rest of my books for initials H-O.  Can you believe this bookshelf was only $25.00 from Walmart! It is huge! My hubby bought it for me thinking it would hold all my books with some room left over. HA! Only if he got me about 6 more! If you notice to the very right of the picture you see cupboards and a shelf that runs the length of the wall. That holds games and stuff my children make in a tub for scrapbooking.  I have all of my completed scrapbooks on this long shelf. My chairs and reading lamp sit directly in front of it, but I had to move them for the pictures.

So now you have seen my home library and also my serious obsession with books!  It is hard for me to get rid of a book if I really loved it!  Can you guess how many of the books in the shelves are my TBR pile?? LOL...Hmmm sounds like a good idea for a contest maybe. I might have to do that someday!

So what does your library look like? Is it in tubs? Shelves? Baskets? Leave me a link so I can check out yours as well!!


Blogger ReaganStar said...

nice.. yeah i soooo need some of those 25 bookshelves... from walmart.. I inherited through my neighbor moving out a new desk which has giving me 4 new places for books HAHHAHAH I will have to get new pics up for you once I tidy it up and reorganize.. we barely have room to walk int he living room as I took them all out and am reorganizing HAHAHHA

April 13, 2010 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

LOVE this post! I'll have to do one like this now...I love seeing people's bookshelves! We could certainly share books....we have really similiar taste from what I see there. I need to organize mine badly. They're kinda just all over the place right now. *sigh* you are so organized...wanna come do mine?

April 13, 2010 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Amy J said...

@Lori: your library is a dream for me! Yours is so nice looking! You got the flame lit under me to get mine going. I do scrapbooking and card making.

@StarShadow: I told my hubby I need more shelves because it wont last long! The shelf with my ARCs was a Goodwill find for $20! I can't wait to see yours!

@Kris: I can't wait to see yours! I love looking at everyones shelves. I find new books and authors that way. I will come do yours for a small fee of books! LOL

April 13, 2010 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How fun! Looks like you had a good time getting everything put together just right. Now you can find what you want when you want it and have a quiet place to read and ponder! Mine are all over the house and will have to be organized better one of these days :)

April 13, 2010 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

I am still working on organizing my books...but those shelves from Walmart would work for me!!!

Gorgeous library!! You put so much work into it...looks fantastic. You have given me the motivation to work on mine...LOL!!!

April 13, 2010 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

Very nice pictures. I love the shelves. I did a post similar last year that I believe I mentioned to you. I meant to update it in February but didn't get to it. But I think I'm gonna aim for the end of this month to do my post. My shelves need straightening before any picture taking goes on. ;)

April 13, 2010 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger We HEART reading said...

totally jealous. I need to take better pictures.

April 13, 2010 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Allie said...

Wow! I love your shelves and I am seriously jealous. We don't have room to display all my books on shelves, so right now I only have one shelf out in our bedroom with my classics on it. The rest of my book collection is in boxes in one of the closets. :( I cannot wait to have my own library to display all my books!

April 13, 2010 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I dare say, my dear, you have lots of books! very cool.

April 13, 2010 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger CHRISTIE said...

You’re so organized and have an awesome book collection! We just got one of those big shelves from Walmart this weekend but it’s black. I’m thinking about sending hubby back for a few more so I can have a nice organized office. I have 3 smaller shelves from Target and they are overflowing. Plus craft stuff shoved in the closet. If only I could get the motivation ;)

April 13, 2010 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger My Book Barn said...

Very cool post! It was neat seeing someone's shelves. You're so organized, it makes me sick! lol O.k...jealous! ; )

April 13, 2010 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) said...

I have shelf envy! I have one 3 shelf bookcase and I turned a CD rack into a bookcase but my TBR pile is literally falling down around me! Must check out those walmart bookcases!

April 13, 2010 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Kelsey said...

Wow, lovely organization! Wish I was that organized! lol. I am somewhat, but I wish I had more of a system.

April 13, 2010 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger ♫♥✿Chas @ LovLivLife Reviews✿♥♫ said...

OH...M....G.... you are organized!!=) I have no system but maybe I will have to figure something out!

April 14, 2010 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Erotic Horizon said...

Well done on the organization hon... I turn my head when I pass my stack of books now...

Neat shelves only last for a while for me...

Congrats and go hubby for all the help..


April 15, 2010 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

So neat and tidy! LOL I try to keep my authors together too, but Grace will go over and grab them once in a while...the Dean Koontz ones 'cause she likes to look at the picture of his Golden Retriever...Trixie. LOL Great pics Hun!

August 25, 2011 at 7:21 PM  

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