All Our Bookcases, continued
This is one of my favorites - a built-in bookcase (original to the house, which was built in 1927) in our sunroom, one of two which flank the opening from the family room. Unlike most of our shelves, this one is moderately organized. The left-hand two-thirds of the top shelf are my collection of Chicago books (fiction and nonfiction, the latter featuring six books by my local hero Mike Royko - five collections and Boss, his Mayor Daley biography), while other end is primarily short story collections. The second shelf is mostly literary novels, with some poetry on the far end. The third shelf includes classic Scandinavian fiction (most notably Knut Hamsun), plus most of Kurt Vonnegut's novels. The bottom shelf has oversized volumes (most notably Art Spiegelman's epic In The Shadow of No Towers), music-related books and some sort of educational set that Julie picked up at a garage sale but whose name I've forgotten. I've considered the possibility of getting more shelves custom-built on top of these, extending all the way to the ceiling - though instead of adding extra shelf capacity, it's probably healthier to cull our library on a regular basis.
And in the foreground are our workout shoes - just out of the frame is our treadmill, which Julie uses avidly and which I've just recently started using. Just in case you thought we were only slothful, bookish types.
Previously in this series: 1, 2.
February 28, 2013 | Permalink