Thursday, May 13, 2010

you know you have a problem...

... when you have to buy a third bookshelf. Seriously, they're everywhere. There isn't a room in this house where there isn't a stack of books.


Peter Vilhelm Ilsted.

... now if I could just figure out where to put the wine cellar.

19 comments:

Just another mad Catholic said...

he he he

Joe (Defend Us In Battle) said...

Wine cellars are for lazy drinkers.

Things shouldn't lay around that long.

The Crescat said...

Here! Here, Joe!

Heather said...

I've often dreamt of having my own wine cellar, but what would be the point of an empty room? I'd probably just end up storing more books in it. We built bookshelves in this rather large room in our basement. There is also a very large closet in this room, that is full of boxes of books.

Old Bob said...

Dear Kat, I have a 12' x 12' room with floor-to-ceiling bookcases on all four walls and more in the center of the room. Books are wonderful companions. Tip: don't use particle board for the horizontal shelves: it sags too much over time; use lumber. Good luck and best wishes!

3puddytats said...

I got rid of ALOT of books when I had to box them up and haul them down three flights of stairs in a not-so-recent move...you very quickly decide which books to love and which can enrich someone else's life..my engineering reference books I leave at work..

Sara

Teresa said...

I would love to have a wine cellar, also. I love tasting various types of wine.

Don't worry, my husband is a philosopher and I am literally surrounded with books all over the place.

Christine the Soccer Mom said...

I'm sorry, but this post makes no sense. You said you had some kind of problem, and then said you've got bookshelves full of books and piles everywhere.

End the suspense! What WAS the problem you had?

Mitch said...

Never worry, I have a good family friend who has so many books that he build shelves above his kitchen cabinets, in his furnace room, in his garage, up along the ceiling in his living room and dining room. He just keeps getting more and building more. My grandma is almost as bad with nearly 20 bookselves.
3 bookshelves is healthy. 20+ bookshelves is a hazard to you and your family...

PaxetBonum said...

Having gone thru several "comprehensive" moves recently, I'm w/ Sara on this one. Try to get yourself down to the few truly precious/timeless books you cannot bear to part with, e.g. for me, a hardbound complete works of Mark Twain, heavily annotated KJV Bible w/ Apocrypha, and essential reference tomes- CCC, Fr Hardon's Catholic Dictionary, Merck Medical Manual, etc. The rest- well, let someone else enjoy them. I think C.S. Lewis wrote somewhere that the only books you get back in Heaven are the ones you gave away to friends on Earth.

And if you buy a case of your favorite wine, cut off the top and turn it on its side, then put it in the darkest, coolest closet you have, it's almost like having a wine cellar. Almost. P&B.

Prairie Princess said...

I refuse to believe this is a problem.

Suburbanbanshee said...

As a cardinal, our little pope had more than one apartment for his books. He still keeps most of them off-campus, though his essential books are in the papal apartments. I thought that was a lot.

Then I heard that Umberto Eco had so many apartments for his books that he finally gave up and bought an entire floor of a Roman apartment building, so that at least he could live in the same building with all his books.

Sigh. Usually I don't envy the lifestyles of the rich and famous (or academic), but in this case I make an exception. Having a private library of real size would be a luxury, though I would hope to have plenty of people around me who'd also browse and borrow them. Libraries are more fun as a shared resource.

Christine the Soccer Mom said...

@Suburban:

I heard that when they refurbished the papal apartments, they made a library for him, wher "20,000 of his books" now live. He said it was good to have his friends around him again.

Made me start falling in love with him.

I couldn't possibly shrink our library! I've sold some books I regretted purchasing, but as a homeschooler, so many are "future reads" for our girls. I often come home from the library with my 10¢ and 25¢ books - quite often classics! And sometimes, I get home with them only to find that I had two other copies! LOL! I have a LOT of Tom Sawyers around, but sometime it'll be reading for school and we'll need them, right?

Right?

Christine the Soccer Mom said...

BTW, what really made me laugh is that my girls have FIVE bookshelves (if you include the one attached to the bunk bed). Then Hubby and I've got 4 that are overflowing. And books stacked up on nearly every table.

Granted, the girls have three small ones (2-shelves), but still ... we are a real bookworm family. It's what we prayed for when I was pregnant - aside from health.

ArchAngel's Advocate said...

3? Lightweight! I have 4 8' and 3 (4?) 4' plus a couple odd sized plus 3 desktops plus the headboard of my bed (unfortunately in storage now but I'm looking to MOVE!!!!) plus the books I have bookmarked online, and I still want MORE! Shoot, if I had all the $$$ from the offers I get via email (about $100 million a day) I'd buy the Library of Congress!

Rick said...

Add Kindle to wish list.

Ink said...

I can't walk any distance without tripping over books. >_>; We need more shelving units here. And more wall space for them.

Jane said...

I'm sure that this lady would be happy to help you feel better about your book collection:

http://littleprofessor.typepad.com/the_little_professor/2010/05/further-adventures-in-househunting-with-several-thousand-books-in-tow.html

Kamilla said...

What, no one's quoted Cicero yet?

"A room without books is as a body without a soul."

You don't have a *serious* problem until you have the problem a friend of mine says - he has three offices in different buildings around the WDC area because, so he says, structurally none of the buildings could handle all of his books in one place.

Kamilla