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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

For those times when you have no idea what UKL just did in a book, or why. Also goofing off.

A note on spoilers: I'm thinking they are inevitable in a thread of this nature, so be warned those who dislike spoilers. There is a new spoiler tag here on GR, if you would be so kind as to hide really spoilery spoilers.

In order to make a spoiler tag, just type the word spoiler between these: <> to end it type /spoiler between these: <>

Thank you!


message 2: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana | 144 comments Mod
I'm trying to dig out mine and I can't find them! This is where some sort of system to my library would have been helpful. As it is, they get filed sort of chronologically by acquisition date, with the oldest at the bottom of the (almost) pile. All my shelves are overflowing two deep with more crammed sideways at the top. Tell the truth. Yours are too, right? I'm not the only one?


message 3: by Mir (new)

Mir | 31 comments I feel for you. I've moved several times in the past few years, each time to a smaller places. At least 80% of my books are boxes, some of which are in my parents' garage or loaned to friends. And of course I didn't keep track o what went where...


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Poor thing. Sadly, I must disclose that my books are shelved by subject, and my F&SF is alphabetical by author. Please don't hate me. I started this when I was a 9 year-old Girl Scout going for a Collector badge of some sort.

Also, I sometimes pull out books and group their titles entertainingly to see if anyone notices, e.g.,

Less Than Zero
Count Zero
Ten Little Indians
A Hundred Years of Solitude
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Ten Thousand Light-Years From Home
Infinite Jest


message 5: by Tatiana (last edited Feb 27, 2011 02:24PM) (new)

Tatiana | 144 comments Mod
Less Than Zero
Count Zero
Ten Little Indians
A Hundred Years of Solitude
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Ten Thousand Light-Years From Home
Infinite Jest

Sho, this made me laugh out loud. =)

At one time when I had just made a pyramidal stack of individual bookshelves for ease of moving when I was in college, and when I could fill all the shelves as well as the gaps between, I actually had room for them all only one deep. I was enjoying having a nice artsy-looking apartment then, so I arranged them by the color of their spines. It looked cool and worked really well, since I knew all my own books by heart then and so whenever I wanted to find something I could remember what color it was and go straight to it.

Also, I had ruthlessly sold a big chunk of my collection to a bookseller prior to that to make it smaller for moving. I still miss those books, nearly all my paperbacks from my first fling into science fiction, lots of old out of print (now) Heinleins, Asimovs, Clarks, etc. and the first round of my UKLs. I can't wait until e-books are good enough and have everything.

One thing that makes it impossible for me in the last 10 years to keep my books in good order is I inherited first my dad's library then my aunt Nonie's. But I really do need to start sorting it into some sort of system, I think. Maybe y'all will inspire me, with your awesome sorting skillz! I'm very impressed.

Sherri, I try to buy around 10% more books than I'm reading at the moment, as sort of a bank account of books. I don't like to run out of something new to read. Since Dad and Nonie left me their books, that really doesn't matter anymore since I can spend my whole life reading all their stuff.

Unfortunately there is a good deal of overlap in our interests, though. I have 3 copies of Feynman's Lectures on Physics, for instance, which is surely excessive. Anyone need a copy and willing to pay the shipping? Two copies available are free to good homes.

Sherri, I loved those Scholastic books too, and was allowed to buy all I wanted! Mom thought books were a necessity, not a luxury, luckily. They were so great!

Miriam and Sherri, I feel so bad for you that you have to have your books put up in storage! Have you ever accidentally bought something you already had? I've been moving to successively bigger places, and that can't keep up forever, so eventually I'll have to cull my library, but it's not easy.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

We got $2 for Scholastic books every year, which meant 2-4 books depending on price.

am I the only person who buys books knowing that I might not read it NOW but EVENTUALLY I will need that particular book?)
No, I run about 200 on the To Read shelf at any given time. If I see a book I want and I have the money, I don't usually see a reason to wait.


message 7: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana | 144 comments Mod
I started keeping a lot of my to-read shelf on Amazon's wish list. Now when I first want a book, I put it on the wishlist and that helps me not forget about it later on when I want to buy some books. Also, I can group my purchases for free super-saver shipping more easily that way, too. And I found it keeps me from impulse buying. I let things sit on the list for a month or two before buying them, and I find sometimes that I don't really want it that much later. Also, at Christmas, when Santa usually buys me a stack of books, there's a spot where he can find a list of things I've been wanting.

Santa is great about bringing books to my house!


message 8: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana | 144 comments Mod
Wow, Sherri, that's a great idea! I totally didn't know change machines would do that.


message 9: by Mir (new)

Mir | 31 comments I don't hate you, Sho, although I'm somewhat jealous. I would do that if I had space. I used to own a house and had whole rooms devoted to books. Back then they were organized roughly according to genre (sf/f here, mysteries next shelf, non-fiction by topic in its own cases) but I never managed to part with as many books as the space I'm losing in the move. My shelved books are pretty organized, but there are only three bookcases worth (plus one of cook books in the kitchen) versus 40 crates in my garage and another 20 or so at my parents. And some of those are ones I left when I went away to college and would have to be excavated from behind three or four additional layers of boxes. AND I'm rather afraid that's where my Leguin is because I tried her in high school on my mother's recommendation.


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

I hear you. All but a case of my books were in storage for 2 1/2 years related to a tiny apartment and then an internship in another state. For better or worse, my mother called one day and said I had to move them because she was remodeling. This led to an important conversation with the new beloved that began, "I have something important to disclose. I have about 2,000 books in storage and I need to move them here in the next few months." To her great credit, the new beloved replied, "Then we'll have to start looking for a house."

Even with the house, though, my office at work is full of books and my "office" at my practice is clearly a library, not a working space in which to see clients.


message 11: by Mir (new)

Mir | 31 comments A house is a good solution. Also finding a partner who doesn't share your desire to collect books.


message 12: by Robert (new)

Robert (flagon_dragon) | 49 comments Do them in that order otherwise the orgasm is kinda wasted.


message 13: by Tatiana (last edited Feb 28, 2011 06:01PM) (new)

Tatiana | 144 comments Mod
Lol! I dream of having oak shelves with glass doors to keep the books from getting dusty. I like the kind that has cut-glass or leaded glass, kind of like a stained glass window but not stained. You know the type I mean? The doors should open upward and slide into a track at the top of each shelf. I need several sets of floor-to-ceiling shelves like those, and then I think I'd have enough room. Then I could start arranging them in some kind of order again. That would be so awesome!


message 14: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana | 144 comments Mod
No, I've never been there, but that library looks scrumptious! I've been reading various how-to's online about building bookcases. When my last bought bookcase came in (it's not fancy at all), my son and I had to assemble it. It's really not much harder just to build it myself, and that way I get to choose much better materials. I may just have to learn how to do this, then every time I fill up my shelves I can find a new spot to put some more, and build them to fit. That would be so fun!


message 16: by Phoenixfalls (last edited Mar 01, 2011 12:33AM) (new)

Phoenixfalls | 17 comments I've been keeping out of this thread, because any talk of book organization is likely to set me off on another reorganization of my own shelves, and that means buying more bookshelves because there never seem to be enough, and my pocketbook can't handle that right now.

But that picture of the Biltmore Estate. . . WANT. Absolutely LUST for.

I know it's kind of batshit crazy, but I totally understand how Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson can be married and living in two separate houses. . . with a third just to handle the overflow of their libraries. ;D


message 17: by Phoenixfalls (new)

Phoenixfalls | 17 comments Levenger!!!

I think the moment my parents knew I was hopelessly addicted to bookish things was when they noticed that I snagged the Levenger catalog every month just to drool over the bookcases and organizers and beautiful pens. . .

Now I've gotta go google "library porn". . . look what you did! ;D


message 18: by Tatiana (last edited Mar 01, 2011 03:06PM) (new)

Tatiana | 144 comments Mod
Wow those look great! My experience from buying bookcases is that most of the affordable ones are made from particle board with wood grain veneer or wood grain wallpaper stuck to the surface. I bought the ones that looked like they'd be made of plywood, which is way stronger, because it said they were made of laminate. What they meant, apparently, is that the wood grain wallpaper was laminated to the underlying particle board. =( It looks fine but some of the shelves are already sagging, and it won't last very long. Yet I can't afford to buy the hardwood versions, which are a whole lot more expensive.

Particle board is heavy and weak and very cheap. If it gets wet it disintegrates. Plywood is strong but still fairly inexpensive to buy, and if it has oak veneer it's also beautiful. Best of all is something like Cherry solid wood, though. It's beautiful and strong but a bit more expensive. If I build my next set of shelves myself, I might be able to afford the solid cherry, I hope. I'm working on the design phase now.

Sherri, those shelves from Levenger look like they'd be fairly easy to build. I love the modular design because it means you can stack them differently based on whatever space you have available. Have you thought about trying to build them yourself?


message 19: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana | 144 comments Mod
I know it's kind of batshit crazy, but I totally understand how Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson can be married and living in two separate houses. . . with a third just to handle the overflow of their libraries. ;D

Phoenixfalls, that totally makes sense to me too. Getting one huge house between them might work as well, but then they'd have to move all those books!


message 20: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana | 144 comments Mod
Yes, and just having space to work takes up a lot of room that could otherwise be devoted to more bookshelves.


message 21: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana | 144 comments Mod
That would be pretty awesome. I need lots of books right by my bed.


message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

http://boingboing.net/2008/02/24/bed-...

This seems claustrophobic though.

It's funny, much as love books, and struggle with my bookshelves overflowing, I have become a hardass about the number of books in my house. If they don't fit in the available bookshelves, something needs to go. My partner is the hoarder - it's very hard for him to admit he will never ever read those James Dickey novels again.


message 23: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana | 144 comments Mod
Wow, that is so cool! The books should be on the inside, though, so you can roll over and find something great to read any time of the day or night. =)


message 24: by Robert (new)

Robert (flagon_dragon) | 49 comments Soooooooo - veering drastically way from the shelf-porn:

Anybody read The Eye of the Heron? I didn't think it was tha great and I was wondering if I missed something important. Tell me what y'all thought about it. (Did I just have an attack of Texan dialect?)


message 25: by Robert (new)

Robert (flagon_dragon) | 49 comments Oh - please feel free to carry on posting shelf-porn, but if anyone can also comment on The Eye of the Heron...


message 26: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana | 144 comments Mod
I did like Eye of the Heron. One thing really notable about it is that it started out with a male protagonist, like most fantasy and sf books then, and then, (view spoiler) So that was the end of her writing only male protagonists. It was a feminist awakening for her of sorts, I think.


message 27: by [deleted user] (last edited Mar 02, 2011 03:08PM) (new)

I always felt like Eye of the Heron was where some of her ideas from The Dispossessed were working themselves out. Honestly, I don't know which was published first, but I'd guess Heron. The peaceful society in Heron felt a lot like the one on Urras, or Annares - I feel like she made these names sound the same for a reason - the anarchist on the moon society is which one I'm referring to. How does a non-violent society deal with a violent one? Can non-violence really enact change, or is it doomed to get crushed under a boot?

The moment when (view spoiler)


message 28: by [deleted user] (last edited Mar 02, 2011 03:11PM) (new)

Sherri wrote: "I'm thinking I should ask our exquisite moderator to let us start a thread JUST to post pictures of our bookshelves -- it's obviously an obsession we share! :D"

Ha! I think book porn falls under the goofing off mandate of the first post, but just a reminder that anyone can create threads, not just the mods. Just go to topics:new, and go to town.


message 29: by Robert (new)

Robert (flagon_dragon) | 49 comments Yes - I am not objecting to shelf-porn!

I want to think Heron is an early book, 'cos it has much in common with the Hainish books but somehow doesn't seem as good as most of them. Pehaps because it doesn't have the outsider character from the Ekumen? What do people think of the ending of Heron?


message 30: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana | 144 comments Mod
It seems to me that on forums that like things kept neatly under threads that stay on-topic, the conversation tends to stall easily. Often when people open a new thread to contain a new subject that sprang up, then both the new and old thread seem to die.

I'd like to propose (ahem) in that case that we let threads be like conversations and go wherever they happen to wander, and people then can be free to take the topic back to an earlier subject, if they have more to say on it, or else forward to a new subject, following only the dictates and interests of the conversation that ensues.

It's possible that I prefer that form, though, because of being somewhat distractible myself, not to say positively ADHD, and if the organized and on-topic people feel strongly about it, I'm quite willing to do my best to go along. Just be warned that I'll probably have to be corralled into line a fair bit, as all my instincts are for free-range conversation topics that wander all over the map wherever they happen to go. I'll try to behave if that's what people want, though; I promise!


message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

This is definitely one of those places where I wish GR had nested threads, but they don't, so bummer. I am a lazy moderator, and have no interest in ordering people back on topic. So I think I'll just let things drift, and people should feel comfortable either bringing questions back up, or spinning them off into other topics as they see fit. If you do spin off a new topic, please link when you do. :)


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