Nov 14, 2010

Shelves: I haz them

The little attic flat I moved into recently only had the very basics in terms of furniture, and “the very basics” did not include (somewhat puzzlingly for the likes of me) shelves of any kind. At first I wasn’t going to do anything about this, as I’m only living here temporarily, after all. But one year is not that short a time, and considered the piles of books that already covered my floor after only two months, getting some inexpensive shelves began to seem like a very wise idea. An afternoon of work and two hammered fingers later, behold! my brand new bookshelf:

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Here are a few close ups, in case you want to do some proper book snooping and read the titles. You can click on the pictures to further enlarge them:

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Top to bottom:
  • Children’s and YA, mysteries, speculative fiction, and Zombies versus Unicorns (I am and always will be Team Unicorn, of course.)
  • Historical fiction, general fiction, and bookmarks.
  • Non-fiction, Viragos, and classics.
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  • CDs, videogames and DVDs.
  • My boyfriend’s TBR shelf.
  • Library school stuff.
It’s amazing how much less chaotic and more homelike the place feels now that there’s a proper bookshelf in it!

61 comments:

  1. I love your picture, wish my bookshelf could be so organised (I lack the space to have any organisation right now). Is that perhaps a Billy? And is it weird to say that I have a weird feeling of wanting to visit just to browse your bookshelves? It might sound a little stalkerish, after all.. But I can never resist looking at other peoples shelves.

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  2. And I hadn't seen your pictures in close up yet! It is not large enough to really see your CDs, but you have a The National 7 inch!

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  3. Ha ha, I'm like that! I guess Ana anticipated on this by providing larger pictures when clicking on the links.

    I like how organised it is. And so much space still... Now, don't go thinking you have to fill it all up - it's OK, we understand if you don't. :-)

    BTW, is that a full box of book marks? So many?

    http://leeswammes.wordpress.com Leeswammes (Judith)

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  4. Iris: It's not weird at all! Or stalkerish! I love looking at people's shelves. The CDs are Sufjan Steven's The Age of Adz, Mellon Collie and The infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins (my boyfriend picked up a used copy the other day because it was in better condition than his old battered one :P) and Mogwai's Happy Songs for Happy People. That's all we have at the moment because most of our original CDs are back home. We digitalized pretty much our whole collections before coming over :P And yes! It's the Abel 7" single :D We don't have a vinyl player over here as you an imagine, but it serves decorative purposes :P

    Leeswammes: I collect bookmarks and seem to have developed a weird need to pick JUST THE RIGHT ONE for each new book I start. Please don't judge me :P

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  5. I love the bookmarks!!! lol and you are so right about "having to read the titles" lol I've been known to turn my head sideways in order to see what a stranger is reading!! gah! I think I shall start collecting bookmarks too! I just received a handmade one recently, it will be among the first ones!!!!

    (p.s.: I give you but a few weeks and suspect those shelves will be filled to capacity!)

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  6. You ALWAYS need a bookshelf :)

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  7. Deslily: I suspect we might have twin homemade bookmarks, hehe :D They're a great thing to collect - pretty AND useful! Also don't saaaay that :P What will I do with all these books when I have to move again? I really need to stop even GOING into used bookshops :P

    Lenore: I knew you guys would understand :P

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  8. Yay for bookshelves! And I LOVE the bookmark collection. So purty!

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  9. I'm so impressed at your organization! But of course, it's only a matter of time before your books are arranged according to Dewey Decimal! :--)

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  10. I always think that stacks of books on the floor are decorative to start...and then I go crazy and have to shelve them somewhere! I completely understand the need! Your shelves look great, and I hope all's well with you up North :)

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  11. I love looking at other people's shelves as well. And at the books that they are reading. Thanks for sharing...this looks great!

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  12. Our old house in Wisconsin had built in shelves all over the place and we missed that SO MUCH when we moved down here...they really do make a house look/feel more homey!

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  13. I'm impressed that you still have space on those shelves! :-D

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  14. You're quite right–shelves can make a home. My brother and his wife are lucky enough to have some beautiful built-in shelving around the fireplace in their place. I love looking at other people's shelves; it's the first thing I do in someone's house.

    Aw man, your paperback of Leviathan is so much prettier than mine–I've got the new US covers, which have poorly photoshopped models on them. Sigh.

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  15. Pretty bookshelf! Always important to have :)

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  16. Totally agreed that shelves make a home! And Iris, last year when a bunch of us were together at the National Book Festival and hanging out at Swapna's place, we couldn't stop looking at her shelves and she said, "this is like porn for us." So true. ;P Love scoping out other's shelves.

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  17. Yay for bookshelves! I was lucky when I moved, because my aunt and mother drove me up, so I was able to bring a small bookshelf. When I move into my eventual apartment, I will at least have that home-y touch. :)

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  18. Good job! Hope those fingers have recovered ;-)

    Bookshelves make a home and I bet they fill up fast no matter how hard you try to hold back.

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  19. Can I request that we see a pic if your bookmark collection at some point, I should really make some with all the pretty card, buttons and bits I have x

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  20. Lovely, Nymeth. I'm so glad you are settling in. I am in desperate need of at least one more shelf, the piles keep growing even though I have tried to keep myself on a buying ban for over a year. Have a wonderful week.

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  21. I have to agree with everyone here, a shelf really does make a home! Yours looks very nice; the smashed finger bits don't show at all.

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  22. oh so true about needing book shelves even if it's a temporary home. We're renting for a short period and the flat having in build bookshelves was one of the things which attracted us to it. It instantly makes it feel like home. Well done on your hard work.

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  23. So considerate of you to provide closeups so we can snoop through your books! It's funny, since I went to college in 2001, I've not lived in the same apartment for more than a year. So when you say you'll only be in your place for a year, that sounds like the proper length of time to me! Congrats on the shelves--they definitely make a place feel lived in and organized, I think.

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  24. I bought extra bookshelves for my new apartment, too. I HAD bookshelves, of course, but then I decided I needed more. :) I'm very proud of them! I put them together all by myself and they were $10 each--such a bargain.

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  25. *smiles* Thanks for the closeup, I'm an incurable Elephant's Child when it comes to other people's books. You have Forever Rose! Now I need to check and see if you have reviewed it.

    BTW, is your bookshelf actually narrower at the bottom than at the top, or is that just an optical illusion? The latter, I am sure, but it would be amazingly cool if it were real!

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  26. Yay! I love them! Also, it's sweet of you to designated a shelf for your boyfriends TBR books. Very thoughtful :)

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  27. Wow, the new bookshelf looks great, I love your bookmarks collection!
    One can never have enough bookmarks. Nor books. Nor bookshelves ;)

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  28. Everything is so organized! I love it.

    Sadly, my bookshelves are over-taxed and therefore very very messy. I've even started a floor collection of book stacks and I have a fairly large desk collection too. Clearly I need more shelves!

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  29. Yay for bookshelves! Congrats on that great addition to your home. There is nothing like being surrounded by books to really help lend peace to a room/home.

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  30. Fantastic shelves Nymeth.
    I like the bookmarks too!
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

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  31. I love snooping on other people's bookshelves. :) I love seeing how everyone organizes and decorates their shelves. They can have so much personality!

    I collect bookmarks too! I have a little tin on my nightstand that is stuffed with them. I have to take my time and pick one for each book I read. My husband thinks that I'm absolutely ridiculous, but the bookmark has to go with the book.

    And now that I made myself sound like a babbling idiot, I'm going to go finish my book. :)

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  32. I LOVE seeing other bloggers' bookshelves! :D Your post reminds me I need to go shopping for a new shelf, lol.

    Love the bookmarks!

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  33. I love the new bookshelf! It is so neat and orderly, not at all like mine, which has books crammed in all over the place! I hope you soon fill that new shelf with wonderful reads!

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  34. It wouldn't have felt like home to you without some bookshelves.

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  35. This post has so much awesomeness in it :D You're so right too. I remember when I first put my shelves into my new room in my new house..I thought to myself "now it feels right!" I love the books that you have :D And I love your little tub of bookmarks :D They make me so happy!!

    Mathie has a fantastic TBR by the way!! I want to read them all!

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  36. I had to enlarge to check out which Viragos you have! I've got Devoted Ladies by Molly Keane too but not the rest. I so wish they were easier to come by in Canada, there's only one used bookshop in my city that seems to have them and some are rather dilapidated, with very tiny print. Have been wanting to take out all the Viragos my library has lately, just for a bit of pre-reading week research!

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  37. I think a bookshelf is a must have, even if you're only going to be somewhere for a year. I'm glad you decided to get one!

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  38. Shelves definitely make things more homely :)

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  39. I agree with how much difference a bookshelf can make having put one up recently. You have a gorgeous bookshelf.

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  40. Love your bookshelf! I love DIY ones and I've also build quite a few on my own. The latest two in my apartment doubled as a table too from the way I positioned them on the floor. LOL!

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  41. Cozy! Somtmes it's just the little things that make a place "home", even temporarily.

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  42. I love perusing your new shelf. Every new place needs a shelf of books to feel like home! For the longest time in one of my student apartments I just lined up my books on the windowsill; when I got an actual shelf it felt so nice! And I love the little container you have full of bookmarks!

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  43. Lovely lovely lovely! but they are looking a bit bare, my dear. You do plan to fill them up properly don't you. ;) Maybe another trip to the used book shop? You know I tease...

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  44. Is it wrong to enjoy snooping around your bookshelves. To be honest, it was a bit like deja vu, when I realised how many of the same books I own.

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  45. I love the shelves! I think it is well worth it to have shelves. You are right about 1 year being a long time; too long to have books on the ground!

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  46. Wow, I wish I had something like that! Looks great.

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  47. Aww nice. And your bookmark collection is bursting just like mine I see.

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  48. aw, I love bookshelves. So glad your home can finally feel like home now.

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  49. Beautiful bookshelf, Ana! Glad to know that you got it made in an afternoon :) I 'snooped' around your bookshelf, and found quite a few books that I have on my 'TBR' list - like 'Clouds of Witness' (I have the same edition as you do), 'Journey to the River Sea', 'The End of Mr.Y' (I have the same edition as you do), 'Lord of the Flies' and 'Possession'. It looks like Sarah Waters and Wilkie Collins occupy a place of honour in your bookshelf - there are multiple books of them. It was also nice to see Emma Donoghue's 'Slammerkin' in your bookshelf - I want to read that too.

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  50. Christina: Thank you! :D

    Jill: Ha, we'll see :P I'm inclined to follow the Nick Hornby system and arrange them autobiographically ;)

    Kate: Haha, same here. At first I didn't mind the piles - but them I started tripping on them :P

    Sam: I'm glad you all enjoyed the peek :D

    Amanda: Built in shelves would have been so great! Sadly none of the flats we looked at had them :(

    Other Jill: Probably only a matter of mine, as so many of you predicted :P

    Clare: I've seen those US covers and I'll have to agree :P

    Amy: You all understand me so well ;)

    Other Amy: lol! Swapna is absolutely right, of course :P

    Jenny: Hooray for being able to take a shelf! It made me sad to be unable to bring any comforting, homely things. Maybe I'll bring back stuff like my crocheted Cthulhu after Christmas to make up for it :P

    Beth: Almost fully by now :P

    Katrina: Yes! I'll post it sometime soon. I did that a long while ago, but my collection has of course grown A LOT since then :P

    Gavin: It's almost like the books reproduce, isn't it? :P

    Jeanne: I have to say it turned out much better than I'd imagined! For a while there I was afraid it wouldn't stand up :P

    Joan: I so wish I had found one with shelves! Sadly we had to find a place in less than a week, so we couldn't afford to be too picky.

    Erin: Hehehe, I know how you all think :P And you know, you have a point - it's not all that uncommon to move every year!

    Heindenkind: Definitely a bargain! Mine was about twice that, which all things considered is still not bad.

    Mumsy: Sadly an optical illusion, but I agree, that would be awesome! :P I haven't read Forever Rose yet because I had to get Caddy Ever After from the library first, but now that I've done that I plan to start it soon.

    Brenna: Considering that we're supposed to own the shelf jointly, I actually feel bad that my stuff ended up taking over most of it :P But it's not my fault that I have more books!

    Estrella05azul: Exactly ;)

    Jen: Well, for now anyway :P The mess is probably a matter of time.

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  51. Sorry about your poor fingers, but the shelves are great!!

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  52. I love your shelves! I'm of the same mind : shelves do make a place more homey, and they also look really nice. Also, I love your basket of bookmarks! Do you pick at random, or do you choose something that suits the book you read?( I know I would, tee hee!)

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  53. Becky: So true!

    Naida: I need to post a more detailed picture of them sometimes! It's a great little collection, if I may say so myself :P

    Allie: I completely agree! The ones in my "real" home had a lot more in terms of decoration, but these will get there in time :P And you're SO not alone in having to pick the "right" bookmark for each book.

    Melody: I'm glad this was a useful reminder ;)

    Zibilee: Well, give it time :P

    Kathy: Exactly! You guys always understand me so well, hehehe.

    Chris: That shelf could be named, "Books I try to push on all the people I love" ;)

    Carolyn: Sadly I didn't get on with Devoted Ladies, but I hope you'll have more luck!

    Wendy: It just didn't feel right not to have one!

    Verity: Exactly :)

    Violet: I saw yours too! They look great :)

    Alice: lol! DIY can be fun, but also dangerous when you're as clumsy as me :P

    Daphne: It really is :)

    Jeane: Mine is an attic flat, so there weren't even windowsills to use! (The place does have windows, but all but one are in the ceiling).

    Trish: Aaargh - don't tempt me :P

    Vivienne: It's not surprising, considering we do have pretty similar taste :D

    Kathleen: Exactly! I'd be sure to trip on them sooner or later :P

    Veens: I just hope I won't need another one before the year is out :P

    Jodie: And these are not all - I've got more at home :P

    Rebecca: It definitely feels much more homelike :)

    Vishy: I do love Mr Collins and Ms Waters :D It made me smile to hear that we have so many of the same books in the same editions!

    Staci: An accident or two was absolutely inevitable :P

    Kay: It definitely has to suit the book! I'm so glad I'm not alone in having the need to do this :P

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  54. hee hee; we all get so excited about SHELVES!!! congrats. :)

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  55. Care: Give me a G, give me an E, give me another E, give me a K, give me an S ;)

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  56. As a fellow LIS student, I cracked up when I saw Gorman's book front and center on the lower shelf! I think every library student has that book.

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  57. I know exactly what you mean about the difference some bookshelves (with books on!) can make in a house. The landlord came over the other day, looked at our place and said, "Wow, this place looks really cosy!" And I was like, yeah, it's because of the bookshelves I brought in! :D
    Glad you're making your flat look more like home, even if it's "only" for one year.

    ps: your boyfriend hasn't read His Dark Materials yet? O_o

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  58. You talented ladies really make me look bad. Great job on the bookcase; it looks great.

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  59. Zelma: Ha - probably, yes :P That was actually a library copy, as I decided to take a look before investing in it. But I think it's definitely one I want to have around.

    Valentina: I know! And this after 6 years together. Makes me feel like a failure :P

    Diane: It's a good thing that the bits where the nails attaching the back to the shelves are actually UNDER the shelves don't show in the picture ;) But hey, it hasn't collapsed, so mission accomplished :P

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  60. I love looking at people's shelves! I spotted Scarlett Thomas there. It's amazing how a bookshelf can complete a room, isn't it?

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  61. Horray for bookshelves! I'm glad you decided to get some. I know I wouldn't feel at home any place without them.

    And yay, I can see DOOMSDAY BOOK on the very end of your top shelf! I really hope you enjoy it.

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