Sunday, September 10, 2006

The CBM Private Library

You've met the cats, so I thought I'd tell you a bit about my books. I still have books from kindergarten, though only one or two survived my sister, and many of my oldest favorites are slightly decrepit paperbacks from my high school and college years, some held together with a rubber band. Mostly I read sci fi, mysteries, historical fiction (not bodice-rippers!), and biography. Some of my favorite authors are listed in my profile. I collect and skim reference books and a diverse range of nonfiction. Perhaps oddly, I seldom buy the 'Book of the Moment' books and I rarely like them, and I don't belong to any reading groups. Once DH and I went through a Louis L'Amour phase, and we have all 80+ of his novels in faux leatherette; finding all of those was fun, most of them in used bookstores here and on our travels.

When we remodeled our house it involved ripping off the back of the house. So most of the library went into one of those 'U Pack It, We Store It' containers for a year or two. We were slow remodelers, mostly because we did a lot of the interior finish work. When the remodel was done, DH gave me a huge gift: he designed and built floor-to-ceiling bookcases at the dining-nook end of our kitchen. As you can see, they are pretty much full, but I love just looking at all that wonderful pile of reading material, past, present and future. The stacks have kept growing. We have 2 or 3 bookshelves in every room in the house except the bathrooms and our little office, which is taken up with desk, PC, printers and so forth. Yeah. That many books. Many more and I'll start having to stack them in the remaining corners.


jayne said...

Glad you've got your comments working now. Did you get to read them at least?? sniff.

I love books too, as you know. I read a lot of sci-fi in my teens. Heinlein, Bradbury (fave), tons of Star Trek and Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Blog is looking good -- congrats on getting your side bar up and running.

Cindy G said...

Another bibliophile here. I am also a big Dorothy Sayers fan, and just discovered Ellis Peters.

CatBookMom said...

Several of the Lord Peter Wimsey books are on video, as are most of the Brother Cadfael stories (that one has 4 sets!). I find the authenticity of the Cadfael stories to be endless fascinating! d

Trish said...

A girl after my own heart! I, too, find it difficult to get rid of books. DH and I have bookshelves everywhere, on every floor, in every room (except bathroom). We each have notes and notebooks from college, also. Sick, I know.