In honor of National Book Lovers Day (albeit, belatedly) I thought I would share some “shelfies”. I really don’t get into the whole concept of selfies, even if the word has been added to the dictionary. But, shelfies? Now that’s a social media trend I can get on board with.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, shelfies are pictures taken of one’s book shelves. Many of the book shelves I’ve seen shared are stunningly decorated. Warning: mine are not an example of this level of elegance. I have more books than I have room to store them in. To put a twist on an old biblical phrase,”My shelf runneth over.” The spare bedroom of our house is dubbed “The Library” (don’t tell Sumo, he thinks it’s his room). I don’t even have room for all of my bookcases in there, so I even put one of them in the closet!
Most shelves are packed two rows deep and stacked across the tops of other books to maximize capacity. You may notice that the majority of the titles on my shelves now are manga. In recent years, I’ve switched over to buying E-books and audiobooks for my “traditional” book reading. But for manga, there’s just no substitute for the physical book. For books that I really love, I make a point of buying hardback copies–I try especially hard to get first edition copies if I can (like Memoirs of a Geisha down there on the third shelf).
The small bookcase on the left in the picture below is dubbed “The Pile of Shame”. These are the books I’ve bought, but haven’t read yet (excluding those that are on my Kindle, that is). It’s a bottomless pile. Somehow I manage to buy new books just as fast as I can empty them from the Pile. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! ^_-