Monday, February 20, 2012

Do people not read?

When I see photos of people's bookshelves in magazines, I have to think "do people not read?" I know it's not that, of course, but merely that the photographers hide the books and other stuff so the place looks neat.

Take, for example, this picture from a recent Better Homes and Gardens:
Wow! There is room on these shelves to put up knick-knacks! What a concept.

Our shelves are so overflowing with books that I'm surprised there's even room for dust on them:
This one has overflowed on to the floor:
Nope. No room on these shelves either:
I really think it's time to purge and donate to the library.

How are your shelves holding up? Is it time for Spring Cleaning

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams

15 comments:

Stacy Davis said...

I just had to go buy a new bookcase...since we have two houses overflowing with stuff..and books are so hard for the Major to let go of...I have no choice but to either donate while he's not looking (which I do...hehehe)or keep buying storage. I have to say the kindle has made things easier...but we still have hundreds of books between both houses that I'm not sure what I'm going to do with. I always scoff at the magazine bookshelves...knick knacks...pffft...

Sara said...

Ha! Our bookshelves look like yours. I'll take overflowing bookshelves over knick-knacks any day. They are a beloved mess!

Sherrie said...

Oh, yes, books over knick-knacks any day! We had a book swap before Christmas, which was a great way to clear out some books. The leftovers were donated, and there's now an ever-decreasing bit of free space on our bookshelves. :)

Maureen said...

Yeah, we have very few knick-knacks. Those that we do have are family heirloom type things (well, heirlooms sounds like they are valuable - they have just been passed down a few generations, so have sentimental value). I do purge our shelves a lot, though. I wouldn't be able to find a book on your shelves (unless you use the Dewey decimal system or something). My memory is such that I'd forget what we owned and probably buy multiple copies of books (which I already do on occasion anyway). So I'm about halfway between you and that BH&G photo. Though I had never thought about it and had wondered why our shelves never look as nice as magazine/blog photos do. Now I know and don't feel so bad anymore. :-)

Burnt Mill Candles and Soap said...

I use to read all the time but as life has moved along I just don't have the time I use to for reading. Been trying to finish one book for about 3 years and I do want to know how it ends! I am sure if I would facebook less I would find more time to read, lol.

becky3086 said...

We have moved a lot of ours to the spare room and I still have a pile in the bedroom. I tried to go through one shelf but only found a couple books to give away, lol.

Name: Holly Bowne said...

Ha, ha! That's so funny! I've never thought about the impracticality of those Better Homes & Gardens shelves!

I actually just went through our shelves which looked a LOT like those in your pictures. I donated around 300 books to our local library and our shelves are STILL full. But much neater. ;o)

TeresaR said...

I love that everyone pretty much has the same problem I have (misery loves company and all that). LOL!

Michelle said...

LOL! That's funny. If I ever have space on a shelf, a book must fill it up. Space on the bookshelf gives me an excuse to buy more books. Last year I purged a little and took some of the books to the used bookstore just to buy more books to take their place. I can't imagine decorating a bookshelf on purpose. Right now we have a Colima potbelly dog statue on the bookshelf because I moved those books to another area of the house (my bedroom floor). I'll fill it up quickly though :D Never can have enough books but definitely can have too many knick knacks.

jo said...

I used to set the knick knacks in front of the books. Till I needed to fill THAT space with books, too. So then I set the knick knacks on top of the pile of books... until they wouldn't fit anymore.
I now have knick knacks in shoe boxes under my bed and in the closet.
And towers of books in my bedroom.

Epicure68 said...

Okay, I'm the weirdo here then, but not by choice. We don't have a lot of books on our bookshelves except what I borrow from the library (which is still about a dozen at a time). Hubby's not a reader, and he HATES the look of paperbacks, so our bookshelves have a mix of knick knacks and hardcover books.

Epicure68 said...

Okay, I'm the weirdo here then, but not by choice. We don't have a lot of books on our bookshelves except what I borrow from the library (which is still about a dozen at a time). Hubby's not a reader, and he HATES the look of paperbacks, so our bookshelves have a mix of knick knacks and hardcover books.

Under the Willow said...

Guilty- somewhat here. I recently took a photo of one of my "book shelves"- there are some books, but not enough to call it a "book shelf" anymore.

I do have an old family bookcase in one of our guest rooms with a large assortment of books for guests to read, browse, etc...

I'm wondering if more and more people are opting for things like the Kindle?

TeresaR said...

Michelle, I totally agree about books vs knick-knacks!

Jo, you crack me up! I can see you doing that. ;)

Monica, that's smart to borrow books more; that's what I need to do...and just buy books from authors I know.

Carrie, it's true! People are going more for ebooks now...good point.

MyKidsEatSquid said...

I try to keep my books to a minimum on the shelves but they always seem to multiply. I have boxes of books in my basement I just can't bear to donate yet, but I really, really should