4 and a bit more bookshelves....

I haven't had any time in the past few days to sit peacefully and write book reviews....so here are more pictures of our bookshelves.

This first picture is in the upstairs hallway, another one built by my husband. It's built against a mansard roof, which means that the wall slopes inward, but no as much as a gable. So when you stand in front of these shelves, they come right at you....here we have on the left some modern fiction (mutual), on the top mostly my old Penguin classics, moving into a bit of biography to the right (also mutual), and finally my husband's martial arts books. It will come as no surprise anyone who's met me that I have no martial arts books of own.

Moving on to a much more interesting set of books, I offer my 10 year old's room. The built-in bookcases around this sticking out chimney (not the same as my bedroom's chimney) were one of the first things we did when we bought the house (and it's just the picture that makes it look slanty. I hope). Before he was born (but after we knew he would be a boy) these shelves were pretty much filled with those of my books I thought a boy might not blush to have (I kept the L.M. Montgomery and Laura Ingalls Wilder in my own room). He is gradually colonizing these shelves with his own books; space is being freed up as younger books migrate to his little brothers room. There is clearly room for more shelves to the right of the chimney--perhaps this winter. And now the boy is taller, it seems that it might be time to move his poster up a foot or so...

This shelf too is partly a creation of us parents...although it's become mostly his own, with just a few carry-overs from us:

This, however, is all his own:

And finally, here's his bedside table. His father is reading Lord of the Rings to him on the nights that it's his turn, and I am reading him The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, abridged on the fly, when it's mine.

Of course, this only shows the books that are neatly put away....he, like the rest of us, has left a debris trail of books elsewhere in the house.


  1. I love the bookshelves, but even more than that, I love the bedtime reading selections. I'd love for someone to read me Tolkien and Oliver Sacks on alternating nights.

  2. A timely post for me as I consider how to go about creating the bookcase space I really need. I have books on the stairs and landings, books under the stairs, books in the bedrooms and in the bit we call the 'computer room' though it's really just the passage between the living room and the kitchen. Books in the so called dining room which is the only room we can fit a table. Books.... but the thing is, all in raggle-taggle unmatched stand-alone bookshelves. Oh for at least one area of fitted shelves!

  3. You have A LOT of books. I love seeing other peoples bookshelves. Do your kids have their own bookshelves? Mine took over a few here, and it was hard juggling space.
    Your shelves looks wonderful.

  4. Always one needs more bookshelves...I saw, the other day, bookshelves built into the wasted space that lives inside one's walls--and started daydreaming...

    This last lot is almost all (technically) oldest boy's shelf space. But someday neither boy is going to want Green Knowe and Misty of Chincoteague in their rooms either, and then what will I do?

    And I agree, Toby--Tolkein and Sacks together make for a very savory literary snack!

  5. I am loving your bookshelf pictures! And I am so jealous of all of your built in bookcases. They're gorgeous.

  6. Thanks! Sadly, that's it for the built ins, for now at least...but we have Plans for more.

  7. Great idea to utilise the space down the side of the door.

    bespoke bookcases


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