Book Lust

18 Jul

We’re big readers in this house. We like books. A lot. I would like to say that we are good library book-checker-outers, but we aren’t. We can spend hours at Island Books. In fact, I put myself on a book diet last year because I realized I had a book-buying problem. That diet went just about as well as any other diet I’ve ever been on and I have a stack of books on my bedside table just waiting to be devoured.

Brett, the philistine, has gone to the dark side and reads ebooks. I personally can’t do it. I hear all the reasons for it and I understand and respect them. Being someone who travels a lot, I get the convenience of having an ebook instead of carting around two real books, you know just in case you finish the first one. But I like the smell of books and the feel of books. I like taking a book in the bath with me and I don’t like the idea of holding an ebook in a baggie while I’m in the bath.  Plastic just kills the mood. Plus, I like to talk to Roger and the staff at Island Books about their recommendations and I just don’t feel good about taking that awesome service and then going to buy the book somewhere else. That high-touch experience is something I love about buying from local and independent booksellers. (If you feel the way I feel about real books, you must pick up It’s a Book by Lane Smith.)

I like to keep my books. I re-read my books. I like to write in my books, underline passages that I like, mark places I want to refer to. Maeve and Ainsley have inherited this gene as well. Needless to say we all have some issues with book storage. The excess is currently stacked near the fireplace, which some recent posts have led me to believe might be okay.

Check out this post on fireplaces as book storage.  How gorgeous is that? Maybe that’s what we should do once we remove the old stove.

Also, stacking books as object d’art is an excellent way to take your beautiful books and give them a home in your décor. I keep some of my art books stacked on an end table. (Check out the awesome mid-century glass grapes from my grandmother’s house!)

We have a very long bedroom that begs to be separated into two distinct spaces, one for the bed and another for a little sitting/reading/writing area for myself. I dream of these corner books shelves and am wondering how difficult they would be to build. And maybe this gorgeous dove gray Eames chair to cozy up with a good book and a cup of tea.

And just because I can’t get enough, I love this book case inspired by mid-century built-ins. Wonder if this could be a DIY project as well?

Right now, it’s raining outside and I love the sound of the pitter patter on the skylights.  It’s soothing and cozy and makes me want to crawl back in bed with my book. I am currently re-reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. I just can’t seem to help myself with the architect thing. It’s a very different read for me than it was twenty years ago and I am not sure how I feel about it. Another architect-type book I am dying to read is a historical fiction about Frank Lloyd Wright by T. C. Boyle called The Women. I think that will be next on the list.

What are you reading now and where do you like to read it?


5 Responses to “Book Lust”

  1. Michelle July 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    I heart this post…I too have a massive book problem. My question always is “is this really a problem?” then I stub my toe on another stack of books. I am currently trying to find more creative ways of housing my collections as well. Also on the fence on the e-reader too…as a graduate student, I am thinking the text book rental thing from Amazon almost pushes me over the edge. Just might have to take the leap!

    • Brandy July 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

      I am so glad you liked the post, Michelle! I have to say, I still have a lot of text books from school (the ones in the photo with the glass grapes) and I really still like having them around. Enjoy!


  2. sleepingdogtextile July 19, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    I am reading a variety of books – non-fiction and fiction. Fiction: mysteries by Janet Evanovich and Sue Grafton. Non-fiction: The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard.
    My favorite place to read is the great outdoors – while walking to work. Yes, while walking to work! (I have never stumbled while holding a book. The only times I tripped was without a book. Go figure.)

  3. Andy Pierce July 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    I saw a pic of a DIY (although prob advanced level) swinging bookcase that opened to a small library that would be very cool to do. Create a secret sanctuary for your book time. Especially if it had a skylight in which to enjoy the pitter pattering of who knows what.


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