July 11, 2013

Bookshelf Tour

Thought that today I'd show you a peeky at some of our many many stacks of books. CUZ WHY NOT? Bookshelves are cool. Oh, I have a Pinterest board solely devoted to the topic of all things cool and booky and bookshelvy, it's called 'Bookalicious' because that's the sort of thing that strikes me as being A Very Good Idea.

We realized last year that we had already maxed out our existing bookshelves and needed more, so of course it was Ikea to the rescue. See those open shelves? THEY AIN'T OPEN NO MORE.

We're in need of still more bookshelves. I really think we need a room that looks like this.

'September' is in my Top 3 favorite books of all time. No jokey. I've read it probably about 20 times. Also, the 'Great and Terrible Beauty' series is super awesome. It's about Victorian boarding school girls who wander into an alternate magical realm. Chaos ensues. HOW FAB IS THAT?? Pretty fab I tell you.

If you've never seen any of the 'Raggedy Ann' books by Johnny Gruelle, get yourself a-movin. They are the darlingest, most charming, most sweetly old fashioned, most delightfully illustrated children's books you will run across in maybe ever in your life. They render me unable to speak properly, as you just have witnessed.

(note: I began reading a few of the Raggedy books to Julia when she was 6; they're actually pretty text intensive, although they have lots of amazing illustrations. I read them on my own when I was 7-8.)

Recently read 'Charlotte's Web' with J. She loved it. I loved it. It was a love fest. Reading the "biggies", the great hallmarks of children's lit with my kid....it's IT. It's THE MOST. The best thing ever. Oh how I SOBBED during Charlotte's death scene. Actually, first my voice cracked and then I sobbed. Julia was really annoyed at me.

Nerd books. My husband is always trying to get me to read his nerd books. I told him I would read some when he reads some of my YA fiction. We are, therefore, at an impasse.

Have you ever read 'I Capture the Castle'? I talked about it a couple years ago on my first summer reading list. It's so great. The movie is great too. Perfect summer reading! About a teen girl whose somewhat less-than-financially-secure British family decides to move into a run down castle. It's one of the most delightful books you will ever read.

(update: someone asked about the Japanese books in the above photo. They are children's room decor books published by edition Paumes, see here for their website. The books are in Japanese, but you don't need to be able to read the text, they are so full of picture inspiration! I found mine in a Japanese gift shop, but they can also be tracked down online and you can find some here as well.)

I like delightful books. They're the only ones I like to read. Have you noticed? It also helps if they are CHARMING. I would really prefer to NOT read un-delightful books.

Last winter, we read the first three 'Ramona' books. Haven't read them in over 30 years and they were just as funny as I remember from the time that I read them as a little girl.

More nerd books.

I went through a phase where I was reading a bunch of books set in Hawaii. A lot of them were about the people who had leprosy on the island of Molokai. Which was tremendously sad. After reading three books in a row dealing with this topic, I was ALL DONE.

Wasn't that fun? I haven't even shown you hardly any of my cookbooks yet. Oh that will be even more fun! Yes. It will. 

Hey! Got some cool bookshelves and fun books? Want to join my bookshelf tour adventures? Cuz you know, bookshelves are the funnest and the coolest. Then send me some pix and an email to juliasbookbag(at)gmail(dot)com!

21 comments:

  1. Great post! You have so many books I want to read! Now I want to read "I Capture the Castle" so badly! Are those Japanese crafts books next to the castle book? And I would love to send you some pics of my bookshelf! I'll try to remember to do so tonight!

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    1. You would love I Capture the Castle! I think I'm going to re-read it this summer....and please do send me some pix of your books! I would love that!

      Those Japanese books are Japanese children's room decor books, put out by edition Paumes. They can be hard to fins, I got mine at a Japanese gift store...I've never tried ordering from their website. I'll put a link in the post. :)

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    2. Thank you for the link! There is only one JP store in my town so I'll try my luck there!

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    3. If my local store does not have them, I'll try ordering from the website but they do not accept payment via paypal at the moment >.<

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  2. Love the pinterest board! It's the first one I've ever followed (I'm a bit behind on my social media...). I'll also take pics of Harper's bookshelf as well as our own. Yay books!

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    1. Julia, I would love love to see what you have going on book-wise for Harper and yourself! Please do send!

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  3. Thanks for the tour - is it silly of me to love that other people run out of room for their books too? Also - thanks for the Raggedy Ann reminder. I'm thinking they might be just right for my biggest girl.
    Dana @ Project Day

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    1. I get so happy just flipping through the Raggedy books. You will adore them!

      I can't really let new books on the house at this point, but of course I do. I constantly wonder where can I put another bookshelf?? This is why I am BFF's with the library...books can come and then they can go back! :)

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  4. Lovely lovely bookshelves! Capture the Castle has the best first line EVER and I love it too. Should I get Raggedy Ann? What age are they good for.

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    1. Lucy, I think they can be read to a child starting at about age 6, and depending on the reader, a child could read them on their own around ages 7-8 on through to 9. I tore through them when I was about 7 and a half. Julia is not quite as enthralled with them as I was (she likes funny and silly right now. And Paul Bunyan.), but I thought nothing was better when I was a little girl...I read the whole series!

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  5. I love looking at people's bookshelves. I forget if we have chatted about Kate Morton before - saw one of her books pictured there - LOVE her books.

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    1. Confession, Leanne: I began reading that Kate Morton book and didn't finish it! We moved at that time, and I put it down and forgot to pick it up again!!

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  6. I love looking at other people's bookshelves! Awesome sauce! I love your commentary, too. Nerd shelves... tee hee! I'll send you some pictures when the camera is recharged. ;o)

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    1. Oh you MUST! I can't even imagine all the book goodness you have! I'd love to see how you have them set up!

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  7. Fun seeing old favorites both on your shelves and the "nerd shelves." :)

    I need some reading to get me through a trip to the park (which I generally find immeasurably boring) today, so I just downloaded A Great and Terrible Beauty from the library to my Kindle! Ah, tech, how I love thee! (In addition to all those lovely bookshelves you've been pinning...I feel I need no Pinterest but yours, Melissa!)

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    1. You are so awesomely nice! If I'm going to waste time on the internets, I'm so happy that you think it's for Pinterest's betterment, tee hee :)

      Have fun with A Great and Terrible Beauty, I really hope you enjoy it!

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  8. Wonderful! I love that you cried during Charlotte's death scene (I would to) and your daughter was annoyed. That's going to have giggling all day. Thank you!

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    1. I'm a cryer, Michaele!!! I taught myself to cry on cue back in my high school acting days and I was never able to turn it off, heh :)

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    1. Thanks Juju! I really need a wall of bookshelves in every room of my house. Yep.

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