Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Chronicles of a book

So I have decided that I should chronicle my bookcase. When I moved to Chicago 6 months ago, I bought a trusty, 6 foot tall, 1.5 foot wide, Ikea Billy bookshelf in white. I wanted it in black, but alas, Ikea charges twice the price for a black one! My dad put the shelf together, and then I filled it with the 20 books I brought with me and the hand-full of textbooks I needed. Now, after my obsession with buying books or getting them for free from, I have absolutely no shelf space.
Here is a partial pic of the bookshelf in question.

Please note the 2 textbooks on the floor. Those are just the beginning of textbooks that no longer fit on my bookshelf(and a ridiculous mess around the bookshelf)...oops. So, well, I need a new bookshelf, but I'll probably just fill that too.

Instead, I have decided to chronicle the books that are on my bookshelf, because, as a litophile, I have an unstoppable obsession and I want to talk about it.

Here is the shelf that is second to the bottom:

This is the shelf of "read books." I usually don't keep books around that I have read, because lets face, I have a list of books I want to read that extends half-way to China. Notice the Russell Brand "My Booky Wook" on top. This is my most recent book purchase, and I'm excited to hear about the sex, drugs and rock and roll in his life, something I will never come close to experiencing(oh the places you go when you read)! It also came alllll the way from Gloucester, UK "par avion." Currently, I'm saving the mailer because I worship all things British.

I now notice, I've actually only read 7 of the books on this shelf...but still, its where I put the ones I've read. The four flowery things to the right are actually journals I decoupaged and was planning to give away as graduation gifts last spring, but never actually got around to giving away. And the three frames on the left are competition pictures of my old synchronized skating teams that I never found a place to hang up.

"The Red Tent" is something I got from bookmooch, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" was a fun read I picked up last summer and always read on Metro to surprised looks. And then there's two Huruki Murakami books. I own several more, but I think they are all being borrowed by different people at this moment.

I guess I have nothing else to say about this shelf, I thought I did, but no. The rest of the books are; "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"(a book I could not put down and I have the next one sitting on an other shelf), "High Fidelity," "College Girls"(go women's studies books!), "Confederates in the Attic," "In Cold Blood," "The Time Traveler's Wife"(one of my all-time favorite books), and "Her Fearful Symmetry"(somewhat of a let down after Time Traveler's wife.)