Thursday, 12 February 2015

Our Bookshelves - Part Four - Dotted About the House


And finally we come to the books that live here, there and everywhere.  Dotted around the house they are the books being read, waiting to be read or simply living in their own little places because I like them there.

In the kitchen on the top shelf are my Aga books, some new, some from charity shops, Mary Berry's original Aga book from Ebay and one given to me by a lovely blogging buddy.


And my current read Deliciously Ella, is open on the breakfast bar for reading each morning and while I'm waiting for the kettle to boil.  They say a watched kettle never boils ....so I read instead :-)


Upstairs we go and into the spare bedroom where we have a few books for guests to peruse, although why Jason has never rushed down stairs gushing about them I'll never know :-)


They look good to me.


On my bedside table are my current reads ....


... a few waiting to be read ......


...... and if I can just get Rosy out of the way ....


... a few more in the queue.

There are a few on Lovely Hubby's beside drawers that I forgot to photograph, just another one in the River Cottage series, this time on Curing meats, and a couple of bee books.


I thought that was it and then yesterday I looked up from my typing and saw these.
It's funny how you get so used to something being there that you stop 'seeing' it.

Well that's it all our books with this final 69 dotted around the house it makes a grand total of 619 ... phew.

BUT ....

There is just one little pile of books that doesn't take up much space ...


 ... yes I have a Kindle.  

Which I find extremely useful for holidays, days out, waiting in waiting rooms etc.  It can never replace my love for real books but used correctly it has it's place. in my life.


Currently being read on it is  'The Life Changing Magic of Tidying - A simple effective way to banish clutter forever.'  by Marie Kondo.   It seemed wrong somehow to buy this in real book format considering it's subject matter so I bought it for the Kindle instead.  I've already started putting her method into use in my drawers , maybe I'll have to carry on with my books!

Usually I look out for free books and download them when available, I also have a wonderful selection of blogging buddies books on there, some from Suzy Bowler of Sudden Lunch fame, and some of Elaine's from Mortgage Free in Three, good reads and very useful all of them.


In total there are 102 books on my Kindle.  And I love that they take up so little room on the bookshelf  :-)

To all those of you who have asked either via emails or in the comments if they can pick up this idea for showing their books to the Blogging world I say GO FOR IT ... and don't forget to let me know when you do, so that I and all my readers can come over and have a nosy at your selves, alcoves and table stacks of books, the more the merrier in my opinion.  I really enjoy a good peruse of other peoples books.

So that's me and my books signing off, I have a mission in mind that has been highlighted and is now niggling at me after these posts, so I may be gone for a couple of hours.

Sue xx




20 comments:

  1. Love, love books, every house should have piles, and in every room. Like you I keep loads in the spare bed room.

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    1. I always think a house without books looks like there is something really missing, they do add character and say a lot about the people living there don't they.

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  2. I have enjoyed seeing your books, is beekeeping something you will be doing soon ?

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    1. It's something Lovely Hubby will be doing once he 'retires' from the day job. He's got the books and has done a course in preparation, and as we live right near the National Beekeeping Centre for Wales he will have lots of local support and advice.

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  3. Sue, I am amazed at the number of books! I had to chuckle at you putting the "clutter" book on your Kindle instead of buying the book. I don't know how you keep those books all straight in your head when you are reading them at the same time.

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    1. I don't usually have so many on the go at once, but my current ones all captured my imagination.

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  4. Have been loving these book posts of yours, you have such a lot of really lovely books. I always love visiting "book people" you can learn a great deal about a person from browsing their book shelves. Can't help but feel the urge to do a few book-posts myself, perhaps l will. Certainly inspired :). 16/2 the big book sale "Mammoth-sale" starts here in Norway. I can't not go and have a peep. The books l am after are on people living in the remotest places and on old Norwegian houses - construction and upkeep. Hope l find at least one of them. Feel like a child in a sweet shop when coming across a book sale :). Pam

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    1. It sounds like we have a lot in common :-)

      Enjoy the sale. xx

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  5. I saw your reflection in the bowl and waved...hope you saw!
    Love the tour guide assistants..they did a great job!
    Jane x

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    1. Gosh you've got eyes like a hawk .... were you a look out in the Navy ;-)

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    2. Only when we were up to something we shouldn't have!
      Jane x

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  6. I love seeing this side of your life. Lots in common too. I don't think we have as many books as we had a major cull last year in preparation for an eventual move but you never know until you count. I'm looking forward to doing this sometime next week.

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    1. Brilliant I'll look out for your posts. Maybe I need a bit of a cull before car boot season starts.

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  7. There is nothing better than books, its nice to know I am not the only one who has a massive pile waiting to be read. I have done a similar blog, but just on my gardening book shelves :)

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    1. I'll be over for a look, it's time to be reading our gardening books, inspiration for the season ahead. :-)

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  8. loved your tour also thank you for sharing.

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    1. It's been an absolute pleasure, thank you for coming over for a look :-)

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  9. From Margie in Toronto - I'm smiling at your odd piles of books as I thought most of mine were neatly shelved, but I've just had a look around the living room as I sit here and there are 4 different piles, being read, waiting to be read, just arrived, and about to be handed over to a friend! I was given a KOBO e-reader as a gift but I could never get used to it - ended up donating it to charity.
    I just placed an Amazon order yesterday and included is Marie Kondo's book! Thank you for these posts.

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    1. It's amazing how books migrate to spots around the house isn't it, but I love it.

      I loved doing these posts and it lead to a slight re-organisation so things have not stayed exactly how you have seen them it now looks even better, so it was well worth photographing them all and now of course I know what I have for insurance purposes. :-)

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  10. Having just opened up all the boxes of books from my house move and putting them all onto one bookcase, double stacked and piled up unorganised I may well just document mine as I go when I come to sorting them out onto the 3 book cases that I have for them. At present I don't know where any of the furniture is going to end up so can t fill them all up just yet! Will be interested to see how many I have! I do like having books all over the house tho so you can read when you feel like it and when you see something, although it does prevent quite a lot of jobs getting done!

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