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My Library

I absolutely adore reading.  I was lucky enough to be allowed to have an entire room in the house just for my books.

I even have a futon with a book themed design in my library!!

This, currently, is what my library looks like… well, the bookshelves anyway!

Main Shelves

Main Bookshelves

The main bookshelves house the majority of my books.  These books are much loved and read often, but they aren’t necessarily my favorites.  I do, however, have all of my kid books on the main shelves and I definitely have some favorites among those.

Special Shelf

Special Bookshelf

This bookshelf holds my absolute favorites (with the exception of children’s books) and even a few DVDs.

The top shelf currently holds two sets of Dune books (my paperback copies along the back and my new hardbacks that Jaime got me in front) and a few other books by Frank Herbert.  If I had room, I would add the Dune DVDs that I have, but until I split Dune across two shelves, I won’t have that space.

The second shelf consists of my Twilight collection.  I have the regular hardback box set, the first three collector’s edition books (the ones in their own slip case, with the deckle edge, the ribbon bookmark, and the chapter ornaments), the graphic novel, “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner,” and the tin with the four journals that match the books.  I also have the DVDs (including “Twilight in Forks”) and the director’s notebook from the first movie.  “The Host” is also on this shelf because it’s awesome!

The middle shelf (the one that is at head-level when I’m at my computer) is the Harry Potter shelf.  I have the “chest” of hardback books that came out after the release of “Deathly Hallows.”  I also have the deluxe edition of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” which I really enjoy reading.  I keep Jaime’s paperback copies of the books on this shelf along with an extra hardback copy of “Chamber of Secrets” and my copies of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Quidditch Through the Ages.”  I haven’t decided what to do with the extra copy of “Chamber of Secrets,” yet, but I’m a sucker for all Harry Potter books so I’m not sure if I would be able to part with it.

The fourth shelf holds (from left to right):  my three hardbacks from the Inheritance cycle (I’m waiting quite impatiently for the fourth book!);  “The Silmarillion” and my “Lord of the Rings” box set that include “The Hobbit” and the original animated movies;  my “Wrinkle in Time” box set;  my hardbacks of “The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.”  One day, I’ll have hardbacks of the “Lord of the Rings” books (including “Silmarillion”) – hopefully the leather bound editions!  :-D

The bottom shelf contains (from left to right):  “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” omnibus;  my box set of “His Dark Materials” and the first two books in hardback;  the “chest” of Percy Jackson books and the “Demigod Files” books;  two box sets (both paperback) of the “Chronicles of Narnia,” one set was given to me by one of my cousins and I bought myself a newer set (several years back) when I thought that the first set was lost in a move.  Hopefully, I’ll get hardbacks of the “Narnia” books and the third “Dark Materials” book one day.  :-D

I considered trying to detail my main shelves the way I did my special bookshelf, but there are tons more books on the main shelves and I’ve actually added a few books and moved a couple things around since I took the pictures, so I wouldn’t have been able to use the bookshelves as a reference the way I did while typing up the details about my special bookshelf.  :-)  However, if you view the picture full size, you should be able to make out a good number of the titles.

For the record, while there is absolutely nothing wrong with paperback books and I actually prefer handling a paperback while reading, I (and many other people) have found that hardbacks hold up to time better than paperbacks.  I think my collection is pretty evenly split down the middle with hardbacks and paperbacks.  Some of these paperbacks I have no intention and little desire to replace with hardbacks, but many of them I can’t wait to replace.

I would also love to have digital editions of every book I own.  Preferably a decent digital edition that includes whatever images may have been in the books originally and that is easily read with an eBook reader.  PDF versions would be great, in my opinion.  :-D  That way, if anything was to happen to my physical library, I would (at the very least) still have a virtual library.

Oooh, and maybe audio versions.  I don’t do it nearly as often (I don’t drive for long periods of time the way I used to) but I used to love listening to books while driving.  My brothers like to read along with an audio recording because they have a little difficulty reading.  Because of that I do have a few audio books on my computer.

So, that’s my library as of August 16, 2010 when the pictures were taken.  As I mentioned above, I’ve added a few books to the main bookshelves, but not too many.  When there are drastic changes, I’ll update the pictures.

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2 thoughts on “My Library

Sheenah Freitas

I love this! You should do an updated version of your library for a future blog post. Love to see how much you’ve added to it.

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    Alysha DeShaé

    Thank you! I’ve been meaning to update this page for a while, but even my most recent pictures aren’t completely up to date as I just shelved another couple dozen books (and removed a few that I can’t stand having in my house anymore). If you’re curious, though, while I was doing my last big reorganization project, I sort of documented it and put the pictures on Facebook here: My Library Organization Project It’s not just pictures of the library, but the ones that aren’t are usually pictures of me and Jaime making shelves out of some Readers Digest books. :-D

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