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Apple

Peoples Bookshelves (Have a Nosy!!) - Take 2!

Well here goes - I'll have a nother go, hopefully this one will stay!

As I previously said we all seem to like having a nosy at each others bookshelves so here's 3 of mine! and the books are stacked that way because I can fit more on that way. I got the idea from the pic Himadri posted and the comment made by Evie in response to Lizzy's pic that she posted.


Have tided up a bit and managed to get two rows in one with some of the shorter books and tried to take some better shots!

Hopefully these won't be as blurry!
miranda

What's that box set on the bottom shelf?


And you have Hogfather!  Have you read it yet?
TheRejectAmidHair

Of the titles I can make out, may I recommend The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne? Magnificent!

I knoew you were well read on wartime history, so I'm not too surprised by lots of books on that topic. I have to get my digital camera out now...
storrrm

miranda wrote:
What's that box set on the bottom shelf?




Is it the Chronicles of Narnia?  This is making me wish I had bookshelves! All my books are still in boxes having moved house last year, but i'm really missing having them out.  Sad  Must get down to Ikea soon.
miranda

Yes it is Narnia!  I can just see Prince Caspian.  

It's horrible not having bookshelves.  One of the first things I bought when I moved here.   And I need a couple more as mine are full!
Apple

The Box set is Narnia - a pressie from Christmas! and yes I have the Hogfather now as well, I picked it up cheap a couple of weeks ago in the charity shop. I have five shelves altogether but the other two are all crammed with factual World War I & II books - mainly huge hardback breeze block sized books and I didn't want to bore everyone with those!!  I did have more but I had a purge at the beginning of the year and sent a load to the charity shop, because that is all the space I have - my other half says my books take up enough space as it is!!
MikeAlx

Can't think of a way to embed this with scrollbars, so here's a link:

my shelves

Most browsers should let you zoom in and out and scroll around.

Unfortunately there's a table in the way of some of them!
Evie

Ooh, that's clever, Mike! †And I like the way you have Bob Wilson sandwiched between Michael Foot and Siegfried Sassoon.

This is fun - thanks, Apple, for starting the thread (again)! †I don't have most of my books here - they are in boxes in my sister's garage, until I decide where I am going to live a bit more permanently - so I am feeling bereft, and even more so after seeing people's shelves. †But I do have nearly three shelves full of books, so I will take a picture of those later, just so as not to feel left out!
Simon The Sponge

Are you too ashamed to display that collection of Barbara Cartland novels at the bottom of the bookcase Mike  Very Happy
Apple

Nice collection Mike - sort of makes mine look a bit naff!

(by the way I liked the bath time bubble maker!!!) Very Happy
MikeAlx

Busted!  Laughing
Actually the bottom shelf is a mixture of magazines, art books, gardening books (not mine, I hasten to add!) and various other bits and bobs.

Evie, it's actually Bob Wilson between Michael Foot on HG Wells and Siegfried Sassoon - now there's an image! That biog shelf used to be more or less alphabetical, but it is within range of the 'little meddler hands' these days...
Evie

Nice edition of The Echoing Grove too!

It's fun to see where people's bookshelves overlap - you and Apple clearly interested in the World Wars, for example, or more specifically WWI as the overlap.

I have taken photos, but they need reducing in size and tidying up a bit.  Hope others will post photos too!
MikeAlx

Evie wrote:
Nice edition of The Echoing Grove too!

Sadly not a first edition, but yes, a nice old hardback. I picked it up at the lovely Much Ado Books, which is a few miles up the road from where I live.
MikeAlx

Apple wrote:
Nice collection Mike - sort of makes mine look a bit naff!

(by the way I liked the bath time bubble maker!!!) Very Happy

Nonsense, Apple - nothing wrong with your collection. I'm not as bad as I used to be, but I've always had a naughty habit of acquiring books; I've been frequenting second hand shops for nearly 30 years. And I don't purge as many as I ought to. So I do have quite a lot - I just need to retire so I can read them all!  Wink

PS I haven't read the bubble-maker yet, but George likes it!  Wink
Chibiabos83

Well, I'm staying this week at my family's home and have discovered from taking photos of my various bookcases that I am functionally inept with a digital camera, but here is a picture of some piles of books with no home because I have run out of shelf space (the same thing applies when I'm at my own flat):


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MikeAlx

I've got that edition of Breakfast at Tiffany's somewhere - I love the cover design!
alantomes

swap shop

In view of the number of books that members have, and knowing how many I have, is it worth considering a swap shop?

Something on the lines of announcing the subjects one is interested in,
and offering books on that subject.

No money to change hands, and sender pays own postage.

Perhaps some of you might come up with some ideas, or arguements against.
Regards......................Alan
Apple

Chibiabos - I like how you did your photo you could really get up close and personal with your titles!!! I noticed your copy of the Canterbury Tales, I'm still struggling with mine!! (the way its written is rather hard)


Alantomes - That sounds like a good idea - but I don't think anyone would be interested in anything I've got though!!
Chibiabos83

I still haven't got around to tackling any of the Canterbury Tales, Apple, so you're doing better than me! If you look carefully, there are two copies in that photo - one is in the original Middle English and one in modern English in case I can't cope...
Apple

Spotted the other one!! I only originally saw the fancy spined one.

Mike - I don't really like purging either but I have to be ruthless and get rid of loads at certain times because I can't control myself when I go into the charity shop and having only a limited alocation of space I don't really have any other choice!
TheRejectAmidHair

A few from my library:







TheRejectAmidHair

A couple more:





Isn't digital photography great?
county_lady

Laughing Himadri your room must be soundproof!
Evie

Can't see what any of the books are, though!  Apart from John Fowles' The Magus (great book).  Not much good for those of us who are nosy!
Evie

Here are the few paltry shelves of books I currently have - am increasingly desperate to retrieve the boxes that are stored in my sister's garage!



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Evie

And here are some close-ups for the properly nosy:



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Chibiabos83

Thanks to all contributors and to Apple for setting the thread up. It's really interesting!
iwishiwas

Yes it is a good thread, you have some of my faves there Chib! I haven't dared take any photos myself yet, really must tidy up first and hide all those guilty pleasures!!
Gul Darr

This is really interesting - thanks everyone.

Here is one half of my main stash of books and also some of my wife's †(3rd attempt!):
Gul Darr

OK. Slight technical hitch! I'll try again a bit later...

Help! I've clicked on attach file and after it's finished uploading, it says done and the window goes totally blank. I've tried closing it and leaving it open before clicking on submit, but it's still not working. Is there a max file size?
TheRejectAmidHair

All right, Mr de Mille, I'm ready for my close-ups now....

Or, rather, I will be some time later. Thanks for the close-up s of your shelves, Evie - that Nathaniel Hawthorne book is The Marble Faun, isn't it? Abd the Everyman edition of Goethe's Collected Works looks very impressive!
Evie

Yes, The Marble Faun - I was reading it last year - and only realised recently that I hadn't finished it!  It was part of my 'novels about art' project.  It got left behind in my office in Bristol when I moved, and turned up in a box of my stuff when I returned to that job in January.  I must finish the novel!  It was very good.

The Goethe is a recent acquisition - as someone who studies German art and bits of German culture, I thought it was high time I read Faust!  It has Sorrows of the Young Werther and the Italian Journey in it as well.

But my shelves hurt, just because they remind me of my boxes and boxes of books that I haven't seen in almost a year!  I miss them so much - I have even bought second copies of a couple of things because I couldn't get access to the copies I know I own.  Have to get my life sorted out and find somewhere permanent to live!
TheRejectAmidHair

Here are a couple of close-ups:



Evie

Thanks, H!  I hadn't realised you were quite such a fan of War and Peace.   Wink

Are your books in alphabetical order?  I used to do that, and couldn't believe how much stick I got from almost all my friends for doing so.   So I rearranged them into groups that sort of went together - not very successful.  I don't know how those friends ever find anything among their books, though - perhaps they are not re-readers!
TheRejectAmidHair

Yes - they're roughly in alphabetical order, although that does create a problem about where to place the anthologies. I keep the fiction/poems/plays together, and the non-fiction books arranged by subject on separate shelves. If I don't at least try to have some sort of order, I'd never find anything.
MikeAlx

Mine are divided into fiction, anthologies, poetry, plays, biography, then non fiction by subject. They used to be alphabetical within those groups, but all items within grabbing range of George have a tendency to jumble themselves.

I don't think alphabetising is sad - it's if they're alphabetical, with each author's little span arranged according to date of publication - that's when you know you're sad!  Wink
Caro

I did at one stage put my Agatha Christies into a shelf in date of publication.  And perhaps my Georgette Heyers.  However because my book cases have dozens (thousands?) of books stacked in front of them, reaching to the end ones is difficult so once I have them out they tend to be put back where I can get to easily.  

Even if I knew how to send photos here, I don't think I would dare to.  I could focus on my university classics, I suppose, otherwise there would be the shelves of true life crime, special emphasis Jack the Ripper, cookery books, gardening books, New Zealand fiction and non-fiction (generally old), reference books, books on names, and some history books.  And, as mentioned, loads of books bought and dumped in a pile.

Nevertheless, in general, if I want one of my books, I know where to get it, if it has made it inside.  There are books that come to the surface and surprise me, but they are generally not mine.  

Cheers, Caro.  

I might try to post a photo later, since I think I see how to.[/code]
Caro

Caro

Not sure how to post more than one photo at a time.  
Caro


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Caro

Jeez, it took hours to send two at once, and then I sent the same one twice!  Sorry.

Caro.
TheRejectAmidHair

Ah - The Constance Garnett translation of Anna Karenina!

(it's great being nosy...)
Evie

It is!

Thanks Caro.

H, I have just seen some photos on Facebook of the library of one of your friends, the photos came up next to my homepage...blimey!!  How fantastic does that look!  I am green with envy.
Gul Darr

Himadri, what are the two French paperbacks next to the big yellow Dumas book? And what is the Dumas book?!
mike js

Just nosing in, to marvel at all these libraries. Caro, I am particularly fond of the books spilling onto the floor principle. On the other hand, Himadri has gone for the efficient approach of building the house walls from books. I should imagine the only drawback is that it is a little chilly on a winter's evening when withdrawing a few bricks to read.

A lot of my books seem to be in a kitchen cupboard. No cookery books there of course. I have a few shelves, with scattered books in no particular order. Oddly enough, I do arrange my tins of soup in alphebetical order. I ran into big trouble when trying to place the tin of alphabetti spaghetti, so I am trying to break the habit,
Apple

I used to arrange my books in alphabetical order or authors surname and fiction and non-fiction, but now I just cram them in where I can and to hell with it!
TheRejectAmidHair

Gul Darr wrote:
Himadri, what are the two French paperbacks next to the big yellow Dumas book? And what is the Dumas book?!


The French books are my wifeís. The big Dumas book is Le Vicomte de Bragelonne, which, in English, is usually split into three self-contained parts: Le Vicomte de Bragelonne, Louise de la ValliŤres, and The Man in the Iron Mask. The books next to it are Les Trois Mousque ... Musquet ... Ach! Ė itís The Three Musketeers in French! And next to it is La Reine Margot. The shelf below it contains French books as well Ė some Maupassant and some MoliŤre, I believe .. Iíll have to check when I get back home. (Perhaps I should put up a picture of some of my Bengali books!)
TheRejectAmidHair

Evie wrote:
H, I have just seen some photos on Facebook of the library of one of your friends, the photos came up next to my homepage...blimey!! †How fantastic does that look! †I am green with envy.


Evie, those pictures you saw are of a friend whom I know through the Penguin Classics boards. He is an Australian doctor, and is quite simply the best-read person I have ever met (I met up with him when he was over here once). You mention any book or any writer to him, and heíll talk knowledgeably about their writing: basically, itís not just his library I envy him for! He told us on the Penguin boards that he had converted his basement into a huge library containing God knows how many thousands of books, and it is only through Facebook that Iíve managed to get a glimpse of his astonishing collection. He makes a particular point of collecting Penguin Classics.
Gul Darr

TheRejectAmidHair wrote:
Gul Darr wrote:
Himadri, what are the two French paperbacks next to the big yellow Dumas book? And what is the Dumas book?!


The French books are my wifeís. The big Dumas book is Le Vicomte de Bragelonne, which, in English, is usually split into three self-contained parts: Le Vicomte de Bragelonne, Louise de la ValliŤres, and The Man in the Iron Mask. The books next to it are Les Trois Mousque ... Musquet ... Ach! Ė itís The Three Musketeers in French! And next to it is La Reine Margot. The shelf below it contains French books as well Ė some Maupassant and some MoliŤre, I believe .. Iíll have to check when I get back home. (Perhaps I should put up a picture of some of my Bengali books!)


Great stuff - I would like to read the whole d'Artagnan series in French, but I haven't finished The Three Musketeers in English yet! (I've stopped at the end of part one to read 1984).
Gul Darr

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Freyda

Just found this section - how lovely. No idea how to send a pic myself.

I was particularly impressed by Mike's books - partly because I have some of these myself, partly because there are books I'd never choose, but it's such a great mix, and lots of hardbacks - everything well read and well loved. And a bathtime bubblemaker too! Perec and TC Boyle and Pat Barker and Nabokov...art-house movie stylist's heaven.

I'm the sort of person who gazes at the white-covered books on the room-set shelves in IKEA. They're all in Swedish (or fake). I think French books also have those pale papery covers, too.  Must say I prefer our colourful displays.
Simon The Sponge

Ahh that's my kind of filing Caro

Caro wrote:
county_lady

The shelves at the bottom of my bed (I hope).

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county_lady

county_lady wrote:
The shelves at the bottom of my bed (I hope).

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Some of the living room shelves.

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county_lady

More living room shelves.

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county_lady

On the landing opposite our bedroom door.


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TheRejectAmidHair

It's tantalising trying to identify the titles from these pictures. I can see collected editions of Oscar Wilde & Jane Austen, and, I think, a harles Dickens omnibus; there's a Lord of the Rings, and something by Ben Elton; but as for the rest....
Apple

County Lady what's that rather thick book on the top shelf of the living room shelves picture -  I'm sure it says Hitler in big red writing - is it a biog or psyco analasis type book or what?
county_lady

Apple wrote:
County Lady what's that rather thick book on the top shelf of the living room shelves picture - †I'm sure it says Hitler in big red writing - is it a biog or psyco analasis type book or what?


Apple it is Hitler Nemesis 1936 - 1945 by Ian Kershaw, one of my husband's books.

Himadri the pics don't blow up further which is disappointing.
Marita

Itís been so much fun to try and work out the titles of the books on your shelves. Iíll try to post some pictures of my bookshelves as well.

Marita
Marita

Here are the shelves in the living room,


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The rest is cookbooks and gardening books.

Marita
TheRejectAmidHair

I must confess I got a bit excited when there seemed to be a book about a certain Scottish football team, but on closer inspection, it turned out to be Celtic Myths and Legends...
Marita

Iím sorry about the disappointment, Himadri. If I had known I would have hidden it behind another book. Quite a few of the shelves have double rows anyway.

Marita
miranda

Are you a fellow Celtic fan, Himadri?
TheRejectAmidHair

An armchair fan these days. But yes, I did grow up in Glasgow in the 70s, and my father, who was mad about football, often used to take me to Parkhead.
miranda

Oh wow!  I've never had the chance to go but would love to!
TheRejectAmidHair

Well, it's been a long time since I've been to a football match: I can't afford it on top of all my other vices!  Smile

Going back to Marita's books, I'm afraid the titles in Flemish are a bit lost on me. But I think I can spot Le Morte d'Arthur, The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire, the Harry potter series, and a very well-thumbed copy of The Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately, the spines of the paperbacks reflect far too much light!
Marita

The reflecting paperbacks in picture 1 are all Terry Pratchett, in picture 4 it is my collection of Dickens novels that reflect the light.

Marita
Lizzy Siddal



Follow this link if you want a magnified view.

These are the only shelves in the house.  The rest of my collection is in boxes or underbed storage.

I really must do something about that one day.
TheRejectAmidHair

The neatness of that really puts me to shame!

I can see Folio editions of Chekhov's short stories & The Shooting Party, Tolstoy's War & Peace & the 3 volume Collected Shorter Fictions set, The Canterbury Tales and The Icelandic Sagas.
Lizzy Siddal

Ah but the neatness of the shelves is counterbalanced by the chaos in the boxes ....
Marita

Himadri, you have either excellent eyesight or you know every cover of every book in the world. I canít even make out titles on my own pictures, never mind on anyone elseís.

Lizzy, on the second shelve from bottom you have four books that have white backs with a small coloured picture on it. They look very much like three books of my husband (Cassell Military Paperbacks) on the shelves in the bottom picture.

Marita
Evie

I did spot the Harry Potter books on your shelves straight away, before I'd even enlarged the image, Marita - isn't it amazing how instantly recognisable those are?!

As for neatness, I do feel it's overrated...   Cool
Lizzy Siddal

Marita wrote:


Lizzy, on the second shelve from bottom you have four books that have white backs with a small coloured picture on it. They look very much like three books of my husband (Cassell Military Paperbacks) on the shelves in the bottom picture.

Marita


They are Oxford anthologies - war poetry, gothic short stories, Scottish short stories and English short stories.  Fantastic new livery ....

Marita, I've been scouring your shelves for some Hermans - haven't spotted anything yet.  But this thread is so much fun!
Marita

Which Hermans were you looking for Lizzy? As far as I can remember I havenít any Hermans. The only thing that comes close is a Herman Brusselmans and his book is on a second row.

Marita
Lizzy Siddal

W F Hermans - my favourite Dutch author based on the two works of his that have been translated into English.  De donkere kamer van Damocles (The dark room of Damocles) and Nooit meer slapen (Beyond Sleep).  

I thought there might be a chance of you having read him ....
Marita

I have read disgustingly few Dutch and Flemish authors. The Dutch language books on my shelves were bought in the vain attempt to read some Dutch/Flemish literature. Since Iíve started to keep a record of my reading in 2006 Iíve only read 3 Flemish novels (1 in 2006 and 2 in 2008). Perhaps I should set myself targets like you, Lizzy.

Marita
Sandraseahorse

Now let's see if I've got the hang of this......

TheRejectAmidHair

I love the books over the door!
Castorboy

As Anthony Powell wrote Books Do Furnish a Room Exclamation
Apple

I'm really glad I started this thread, its such fun to be nosy at other peoples book collections, I love Sandaseahorses shelving - I like the way they completely cover the wall and even go over the doorway, I think I would like something simular in my little area where my computer and stuff is all kept so ...Sandra can I please take a copy of your picture to shove under my husbands nose to show him what it is I would like him to build for me I will obviously delete it when I have done so?

also

County Lady: Thanks for that I have the other one in that set †- Hitler, 1889-1936: Hubris - by Ian Kershaw its compelling stuff! (if you are interested in that sort of thing of course)
Sandraseahorse

Yes, of course, Apple.  I'm sure that my husband, who did the shelving, would be flattered.

I'm only sorry that the pictures aren't clear enough for people to read my book titles.  I only got the digital camera at Christmas and I'm still a bit nervous of it.
bookfreak

Sandra, I too like your shelves.   I have very much the same thing wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling on two walls of my study but can't claim to go over the door as well.....

Afraid I can't post photos as I'm totally incapable!   Maybe I'll get my young grandson to do it for me when he's next around.
Chibiabos83

In case anyone's in the mood for more nosiness...


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Evie

How lovely.  I am intrigued by the three Bloomsbury editions, top left - what series is that?
Chibiabos83

Voila: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsbury_21

I bought the three on the shelves when they came out, as they were selling for £2.99 at Waterstone's.
blackberrycottage

Some eight weeks after moving house I have finally got some book shelves erected today. But nothing on them yet. Chib, I guess your Catherine Storr is Marianne Dreams. I can't see the title. I loved that book, and the stones on the TV programme.

The book on your shelf, The Joys of Yiddish, prompted me to Google the author. I see he partly wrote one of my favourite but rarely shown films, All Through the Night, with Humphrey Bogart and a load of Nazis in America.
Chibiabos83

It's because of my love for Marianne Dreams that I read a well above average amount of Catherine Storr, but the book on the shelf with the faded spine is The Boy and the Swan, which I haven't yet got around to.

I think The Joys of Yiddish is a delightful book to dip into from time to time, and Leo Rosten is very good company, though I recall a one-time regular poster on this board's predecessor bemoaning its lack of scholarship. For the casual reader of modern Jewish fiction, though, it's a handy companion.

I hope we may be able to see your shelves when they are occupied...
Chibiabos83

P.S. A retrospective apology for the small amount of human flesh on display in that photograph, in case anyone is averse. Most if not all of these books are on the TBR, and that book will shortly be removed from the shelf and read.
blackberrycottage

Should I ever gain the technical ability I will post a picture or two. The promised help to erect the other shelf has not yet materialised, so the books are still in the  five supermarket bag for life bags, and two suitcases, two boxes ...........
Chibiabos83

My bedtime reading:


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TheRejectAmidHair

That Sherlock Holmes book looks well used. And I have that book of Araucaria crosswords. What's that little green book?
Chibiabos83

The Holmes was falling apart when it came into my possession, but I have recently repaired the spine with "archival quality starch paste", which should prolong its life by a few years.

The little green book is this: http://www.cambridge.org/uk/bibles/bcp/shorter.htm. I can't claim to use it as often as I feel I ought to, but I wouldn't want to be without it. Some lovely things are contained therein - "Deliver my soul from the sword : my darling from the power of the dog. Save me from the lion's mouth : thou hast heard me also from among the horns of the unicorns." And so forth.
MikeAlx

TheRejectAmidHair wrote:
I have that book of Araucaria crosswords.

I like Araucaria - one of the few Guardian setters that I can usually solve. Not that I do crosswords much anymore (just like to annoy my Dad by getting the odd clue here and there).
Apple

Ooh Sudoku I'm totally hopeless at it but still love having a bash!! †Very Happy

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