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The Sunday Salon: Showing Off My Library

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As promised, I finally have enough of my stuff put away that I can show off some pictures of my new library/office in our house. The photo above is a view of the living room while standing on the stairs to the second floor. The front door is to the left, and my library is to the right. You can see one of my bookcases right behind my awesome reading chair.


This photo is a view looking at almost all of my office/library. I’ve basically taken over this room for myself. Boyfriend has a room upstairs for his desk, tv, and favorite chair. What I love about the room is that every single wall has a bookcase, meaning when I sit at my desk I’m basically surrounded by books.

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These are my two tall bookcases. The bookcase on the left has two shelves of read fiction, two shelves with review copies, and a bottom shelf with some random notebooks, poetry, and graphic novels. There are some YA and fantasy books sitting on the top. The bookcase on the right is all of my read nonfiction: regular nonfiction on the top shelves, memoir in the middle, and journalism/textbooks on the bottom. I also have my YA series books on the top (Harry Potter and His Dark Materials). The Hunger Games series will go up there when I get them back from my sister. Please excuse the mess on the floor — we’re still getting settled!

bookshelf 1

This is the part of the room I’m currently struggling with. The bookcase has all of my unread nonfiction that I’ve bought myself. But I ran out of room on the shelf for my unread fiction, so I had to improvise. I used these black customizable shelves to store my DVDs, big binders, fiction, and other random stuff for the moment. I still haven’t decided what I want to do with this section in the long term. I’m leaning towards a nicer shelf under the window, or trading the three shelf bookcase for a tall bookcase like the other two. But I can’t decide, and I’m out of money for new furniture at the moment!

So there you have it — my currently in progress library at our new home. I love having all of my books in the same place, and seeing them all arranged this way makes it seem like packing and moving the 18+ boxes from Madison to Morris was worth it.

P.S. I just saw the e-mail letting me know I was nominated for Best Nonfiction Book Blog for Book Blogger Appreciation Week this year. Thank you to the person/persons who nominated me — that’s so flattering! Anyone else get nominated for any of the categories?

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  • Helen Murdoch August 21, 2011, 7:50 am

    Congratulations on the nomination, that’s fantastic! And I love a room full of book shelves, it just feels so comfortable and homey

    • Kim August 22, 2011, 7:50 am

      Doesn’t it though? I may start shifting to more ebooks for convenience, but I’ll always want physical copies of my favorite books nearby.

  • Suey August 21, 2011, 8:12 am

    Fun pictures! Your new house and rooms and shelves all look awesome!

    YES! I was nominated for best eclectic blog, and it’s totally making my day! 🙂 This is a first for me. Congrats on your nomination too!

    • Kim August 22, 2011, 7:52 am

      Thanks! I think it is all starting to come together, at least for the moment. And congrats, that is awesome.

  • Amy August 21, 2011, 8:54 am

    Lovely shelves, thanks for sharing! Also, congrats on the nomination 🙂 I was nominated for cultural and GLBTQ.

    • Kim August 22, 2011, 7:52 am

      Yay, that’s so awesome for you! Do you know which one you’re going to pick to compete in?

  • Meghan August 21, 2011, 9:05 am

    Your new set-up looks fantastic – I too love being surrounded by all of my books. You’re clearly better at moving than I am as I still have boxes everywhere!

    Congratulations on your nomination! I just got nominated for Historical Fiction, which is exciting. 🙂

    • Kim August 22, 2011, 7:53 am

      There are definitely still some boxes in different places, but most of the ones in my main spaces are away. I got tired of stepping over them (and the boxes of books were taking over the house!). Congrats to you!

  • rhapsodyinbooks August 21, 2011, 10:46 am

    Holy cow, you got organized super fast!

    • Kim August 22, 2011, 7:54 am

      I had a lot of help from the boyfriend and from my sister 🙂

  • Teresa August 21, 2011, 12:46 pm

    I love that idea of being surrounded by books!

    And congrats on the nomination. Jenny and I got nominated for Lit Fic and Eclectic.

    • Kim August 22, 2011, 7:55 am

      I wish there was room for a chair in the room with the books, but my big reading chair is very close by. Congrats to you guys too!

  • Aths August 21, 2011, 1:33 pm

    Wow girl, love the pictures!! Totally awesome! And congrats on the nom – I got nominated for the Lit Fic category.

    • Kim August 22, 2011, 7:55 am

      Thanks! I really like the way things are coming together. Congrats to you as well 🙂

  • christa @ mental foodie August 21, 2011, 1:54 pm

    I love that you get to be surrounded by books in the office! 🙂

    Congrats on the nomination! I got an email about being nominated for NF too, I feel very humbled!

    • Kim August 22, 2011, 7:56 am

      I do too, I’ve always wanted a library 🙂

      And yay, that is awesome!! I hope the nonfiction category is really big this year.

  • D Dubs August 21, 2011, 2:14 pm

    Congrats on the nomination!

    I love the shelves. Don’t know if you’re privy to Bookshelf Porn, but it’s at bookshelfporn.com and updates fairly regularly with fresh bookshelf imagery!

    Keep up the good work.

    • Kim August 22, 2011, 7:56 am

      Oh man, I love Bookshelf Porn. I drool over those bookcases every day.

  • Kailana August 21, 2011, 7:32 pm

    Great pictures! I love seeing people’s bookshelves.

    • Kim August 22, 2011, 7:56 am

      I do too, it’s so fun to see how people organize their shelves.

  • Trisha August 21, 2011, 7:34 pm

    I love offices like that! The house is looking lovely!

    • Kim August 22, 2011, 7:57 am

      It is nice. It has some quirks, but overall I really like it.

  • Cass August 21, 2011, 7:50 pm

    How cozy! I love the prints you have on top of that last shelf.

    • Kim August 22, 2011, 7:57 am

      I got those at an art festival in Wisconsin. I can’t wait to hang them up once I get the bookshelf situation figured out. I just love them.

  • Violet August 21, 2011, 9:38 pm

    I would love to have every single wall with a bookcase too. Love your bookshelves, thanks for the tour…

    • Kim August 22, 2011, 7:58 am

      I’d love to just build in some awesome shelves, but since we’re rending that’s not an option. Someday though 🙂

  • Unruly Reader August 22, 2011, 8:13 am

    Thanks for the library tour — things are looking great! Very cozy, to be surrounded by books.

    Congrats on the nomination!

    • Kim August 24, 2011, 6:05 pm

      Yes, it is cozy. It makes me happy every time I see them.

  • rebecca reid August 22, 2011, 11:20 am

    I love the tall dark shelves you have!

    • Kim August 24, 2011, 6:05 pm

      Me too! They’re a little dinged up from the times I’ve moved them, but still in decent shape. I just got them at Target, so not too expensive either.

  • nomadreader (Carrie) August 22, 2011, 1:04 pm

    Congratulations on the nomination! I was nominated for Best Literary Fiction blog, which is really exciting. I am jealous of your super-comfy reading chair. It looks amazing!

    • Kim August 24, 2011, 6:06 pm

      That’s awesome, congrats! And yes, be jealous — that chair is one of the best things I’ve ever purchased 🙂

  • Jenny August 22, 2011, 5:52 pm

    What beautiful bookshelves! And that is some very nice makeshifting you’ve done there. At my last apartment, before I acquired my current desk-with-shelves, I used cardboard boxes. It looked awful.

    Congratulations on the nomination! It’s very well-deserved.

    • Kim August 24, 2011, 6:06 pm

      If I didn’t have the wire shelves, it would have been cardboard boxes. Books have to go somewhere!

  • Steph August 23, 2011, 9:28 am

    Love what you’ve done with the place! I especially love the way you’ve painted the walls. It gives the room such a nice cozy feel… perfect for reading!

    • Kim August 24, 2011, 6:07 pm

      Actually, I didn’t paint the walls — the house came like that. Our landlord lived here before we did, so I think she must have done the painting. The quirky stuff like that is really growing on me.

  • Vasilly August 23, 2011, 4:47 pm

    I love the look of your library! Enjoy!

    • Kim August 24, 2011, 6:07 pm

      Thanks, I will!

  • Trish August 24, 2011, 7:00 am

    Beautiful shelves, Kim! And I love how the walls are painted. Looks like you’re settling in very nicely!

    And congrats on the non-fiction BBAW nod. 😉

  • Kim August 24, 2011, 6:08 pm

    One thing you can’t see in the photos is that there’s a bookshelf painted on the wall behind one of my bookcases. There’s lots of little painted details like that in the house.

  • Anna August 25, 2011, 7:55 am

    I love it!

    • Kim August 28, 2011, 6:56 pm

      Thanks, me too!

  • Maphead August 25, 2011, 9:23 pm

    Great layout ! Love all the books !
    Congrats on the nonfiction nomination too !

    • Kim August 28, 2011, 6:57 pm

      There are so many books in this place! I really need to start reading the books I have instead of constantly acquiring new ones…

  • Jeanne August 26, 2011, 5:47 am

    Is that Wilbur on your top shelf? Is there a little Charlotte in the shadows?

    • Kim August 28, 2011, 7:01 pm

      Ha ha, no, the pig’s name is actually Sean Connery. It’s a long story 🙂 However, there are more than a few spiders around here, so perhaps one will be a Charlotte.

  • Lisa August 28, 2011, 9:13 pm

    How exciting to be able to have a library! And you have so much cozy reading room in it as well. I thought when my oldest moved out the first time that I would turn his room into a library/office/guest room but then he moved back. He’s gone again but left behind a bigger bed and now there’s no room for my office/library. Enjoy your space!

    • Kim August 31, 2011, 7:57 pm

      My parents are in the process of starting to renovate our rooms now that we’re out of the house, but they haven’t done much yet. I think my mom has big plans for a sewing room.