Shelf Esteem No. 5


Cozy Factor: The cool, bright white makes it hard to call this one cozy. But I can imagine being very happy here.
The Books: Mainly fiction from what I can see. Paul Auster Mr. Vertigo, Tom Wolfe A Man in Full, James Joyce Ulysses, Don Delillo Libra, Paul Bowles The Sheltering Sky, Paradise Lost, Tropic of Cancer, a lot of men on these shelves…he has the same exact old paperback of Death in Venice that I have…Leaves of Grass (a favorite of mine), Sister Carrie (a great old American classic) and then finally we get to the obligatory The Bell Jar. But then I spy a little Carol Shields, Iris Murdoch, and even Anita Brookner.
The Shelves: I would be plenty happy with these. I like the way they go over the door and that there is plenty of capacity.
Is this person a reader? Yes. I don’t think he reads as much as he would like to, but he honors books enough that not one of them here looks decoratrive.
The book would I read if I had to choose one: I think I spy a copy of Villette which I own but haven’t read yet.

12 thoughts on “Shelf Esteem No. 5

  1. Melody November 28, 2011 / 8:16 pm

    Oh I hope this is a guest bedroom…I just can't imagine trying to sleep with Milton and Joyce looking down on me every night.



  2. Karen K. November 29, 2011 / 12:34 am

    I'm just amazed that you can figure out all those titles from the photo — either the original was much clearer or you have amazing magnifying vision — are you a literary superhero of some kind? Either way, I'm impressed.


  3. Susan in TX November 29, 2011 / 10:54 am

    I like this one. I could so sleep surrounded by books. And, I'm with you on that shelf over the door thing…it may be in my future when I run out of walls. Love this feature!


  4. Brenna November 29, 2011 / 3:15 pm

    Wow these are beautiful shelves. I also like the two small reading lamps attached to the inside walls near the head of the bed.


  5. Relish November 29, 2011 / 5:49 pm

    I love these posts – mainly because I'm completely nosy. But how how how can you SEE the titles of the books? It's utter madness…you must have a magnifying glass over there surely..


  6. agoodstoppingpoint November 30, 2011 / 10:18 pm

    Yeah, that picture above the bed. Not sure what it's of, but I don't think I like it. The bedstand is kind of cool though. The bookshelves are all right – too much white for me though I think.

    – Christy


  7. Stefanie December 3, 2011 / 7:58 pm

    Really enjoying your Shelf Esteem posts. Have you this website? Many bookshelf photos to drool over.


  8. Thomas at My Porch December 4, 2011 / 1:37 pm

    Melody: Milton and Joyce are on the bottom shelf so they would actually looking up at you. Would that be better or make no difference?

    Karen: The originals are much clearer but still require a magnifying glass. My scanner doesn't get as high a resolution as I would like.

    Susan: I think we will probably do shelves above the door when we finally get to redoing our library.

    Brenna: Those are great reading lights. Suggesting a true reader.

    Relish: Years ago John gave me a lovely antique magnifying glass that I am finally putting to use.

    Nan: I do kind of like the art work above the bed. I love the picture in the link and agree with you. But my OCD would have me constantly worrying that those brackets would give way some night and I would be crushed to death by books, brackets, and boards.

    Christy: I love the nightstand. Looks like an old log end.

    Stefanie: I love that website but I haven't been there in a while.


  9. Rose City Reader December 17, 2011 / 1:52 pm

    This is my new favorite blog feature! And my time suck for the day. So much for the Christmas cards . . .


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