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Five Ways: Books

I’ve been reading a lot lately. I don’t know if it’s going to last. In 2012, I read a grand total of 20 books and that, barely. This year, I’ve already read 7, but I feel like I was reading a lot in the first couple months of the year last year too. Either way, I’ve been having difficulty thinking about much else other than books. That’s where I went last week, why I hardly posted at all, deep into the depths of Every Day, Every Hour by Natasa Dragnic and then The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.*

I used to claim that I don’t like the look of books in a home, that I thought bookshelves full of books look cluttered and busy. I think I may have said that purely because I wasn’t reading much, because, perhaps, I was burnt out on reading after five years of an English Literature degree. Now, as I feel myself diving back into the written word, I want to be surrounded by books. That means bookshelves, but it can mean a lot of other ways to display books too.

Bookshelves:

Standard, but necessary for high volume. There’s no way to replace bookshelves in a home except by getting rid of most of the books. I crave more bookshelves.


Vignettes:

This is the perfect way to display a few special books or particularly pretty ones, in a little pile of pretty spines with a vase or a lamp and some artwork, a gorgeous little space with a literary touch.


Bookends:

I suppose this concept is very similar to vignettes, really, but I think it could extend beyond a simple few books to store a whole row of books, or even two rows, back to back, if more space is necessary for high volume storage – and display. Bookends turn any surface into a bookshelf. A sideboard, the edge of a desk, a TV stand.


Stacks:

This one wouldn’t work for us at all, but it might for you. Our dogs would have a hey-day with any books we decided to use for a coffee table, or a bedside table. It’s a unique idea. I don’t love it, but if you truly had so many books, your house was overflowing, and if you didn’t have enough coffee tables, it might be a decent idea. 

Frames:

Maybe this idea doesn’t actually count. It doesn’t give you storage options in any way. It involves displaying your favourite books by cutting off the cover and framing it. Who’s cringing right about now? Me too. I wouldn’t be able to do this to the copy of a book I read, have read, and want to keep on my shelf. But I do love the idea of finding an old copy of Madame Bovary or Dracula or my childhood favourite, The Golden Compass and taking that second copy and turning it into art on my wall. 
The only problem? What do you do with the rest of the book, the pretty cover-less thing?
Is your house full of books or do you limit it to your few favourites, books you could never bear to get rid of? How do you display them?

* The links will take you to my reviews of these books on Goodreads. It is my goal for 2013 to write a review for every single book I read. Linking my love of reading to my love of writing may be one of the reasons I haven’t been able to think about much else other than books. (Feel free to follow my reviews and, if you note in a message when you add me that you follow my blog, I would love to follow you back!)

Of course, many of the books I read will still be reviewed here as well as there!

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