Carolyn of Riedel Fascination has asked people who’re doing one of her challenges to ‘show me your book stash‘, because she wonders what they look like, where they are, and how tipsy the piles are? In other words she wants to see photos of your books wherever they are, on shelves, in piles, propping up the piano, whatever, and put them into a blog post.
It should be no surprise to anyone who reads my blog that I am a bookaholic and there are book shelves/cases/piles of books in nearly every room. They keep changing as I move books around from the shelves into piles deciding what to read next. They start off in some sort of order separating fiction from non fiction and in a-z author or subject order – but they get out of control as I take books off the shelves/piles and somehow they don’t get put back in the same place.
Anyway here are some photos of some of my ‘stash’ (click the photos to see them full size):
First some shelves in the hall. The books here are a mixture of books to read and books I have read and include both fiction and non-fiction. The fiction is mostly double shelved.
Next a few of the books on the shelves behind me as I sit at the computer. These are books I have read and am keeping (for now at any rate – they do get ‘weeded’ every now and then). The back wall of this room is lined with books.
An orderly shelf in the kitchen of just a few of my cookery books – the rest are on other bookshelves elsewhere in the house.
But now for the book shelves that are not so tidy! The bookcase in the living room – again a mix of unread and read books with a shelf of old LPs at the bottom. This is a bit of a jumble really, double shelved with books plied on top of other books in heaps!
Here are a few of my book piles – the pile next to my computer. For ease of taking the photo I’ve put these in one pile – they are actually in two piles, so not quite such a towering pile. This pile shows just how disorganised I am – books I’ve read and not put away, books I’m going to read, library books and a notebook at the bottom of the pile – not the best place for it!
Two little piles on the floor below the desk. Some of these are books I’ve recently acquired, either bought or borrowed from the library. Others are books, like Dominion that I’ve read recently!
And finally books on the floor in our bedroom, another mixed pile. I’ve just finished reading the Bainbridge book this morning and there are two or three other books I’ve read before and have been tempted to re-read. The other books are all books that have been on the floor too long – I have to dust them! They are books I’ve wondered about reading next but have been left for later. I will read them one day …