I can’t abide by Kindle, iPad book reader, and other electronic devices currently used for book reading and storage. In my view, a trip to my favorite bookstore, skimming the shelves, feeling the book spine stiffly crack after its first opening … is irreplaceable. I’ve delightedly walked many aisles and lingered over known and unknown authors, completed my purchases and in my quiet time, read my books. Over the years, I’ve stored piles of books in bins, bookshelves and in stacks throughout my house. These faithful companions are in it for the long run. So am I.
It seems as though my children will also be book lovers, and although they will be less reluctant than I to move along with the times, I remain hopeful they will continue to develop a deep respect for the written word in its traditional book form.
Along those lines, I’ve been looking for vintage themed bookplates for our collection. Here are some I admire, courtesy of Etsy.com. Enjoy!
As of late, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my book storage situation. Our garage has several stacked bins, filled with books I’ve read (and swiped from my 4girls!) and collected over the years. It drives me crazy that I don’t have them properly set in bookcases. My husband found an alternate and questionable purpose for the bookcases we have and as such, I’ve been stuck without proper storage for some time.
Here are some of the bookcases that struck my fancy:
The Equation bookshelf by Marcos Breder is interesting but doesn’t fit our needs or design style.
The Magnetique Shelf by Nils Holger Moormann is a sheet of steel that is mounted on a wall, vertically or horizontally. The boxes attach to the sheet via a magnet. Definitely a conversation starter, suitable for a few books, but not for a large collection.
The Sticklebook is visually interesting as it appears the books are suspended on the wall. The books attach to an aluminum strip with brackets which secure the books. I wonder if those brackets can rip book jackets and whether the books are easily accessible with this system. Regardless, it is a neat way to display books on a wall.
This bookshelf design works best with the number of books I have. The only drawback is that I can’t store my knickknacks along with my titles. When I see this system I think of wine and book storage combined. Sounds heavenly!
In my alternative life as a post-modernist, these bookshelves would look fantastic in my chic loft. These are part of the Human Furniture collection.
March 3, 2010
The summer before my sophomore year of high school I decided to read a few novels I’d heard were controversial. I’d been told some of these books were even banned in some states and were often burned in bonfires. So, being the deviant-alternative-rebel I perceived myself to be, I tackled the books that topped the forbidden list: Orwell’s 1984, Nabokov’s Lolita, Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.
As a young teen, I tried to align myself with anything that might shed some light on how this world worked and how I fit in. I recall reading Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye in one sitting. While I didn’t understand all of Holden’s angst and sense of alienation, his thoughts somehow struck a chord. At the time, I was also listening to U2 and had declared Unforgettable Fire, Under a Blood Red Sky, and War my personal anthems. Those books and that music – simultaneously laden with idealism and rejection of the status quo — laid the foundation for many of the ideas I espoused as a teenager and later as an adult.
I miss that young girl… not sure of what fight to fight, but prepared to fight it.
Salinger’s sad passing recalls those adolescent days.
January 28, 2010