Sunday, June 14, 2009

Blue Monday: Books!

I was undecided what to write or show for this week's Blue Monday post (click on the blue jay logo for a link to Smling Sally's site for more info) until I looked to my left and saw this sign. The blue script on the plaque meets the requirement for Blue Monday, and many of the dust jackets in these photos are blue also.

I love books. I have a wall full of book shelves in my craft room, but more than books find a home there. I would like to say that the shelves are usually neater than this, but honestly, when I am changing out decor in another part of the house or working on projects, the temporary resting spots for the misplaced pieces last longer than I'd like to admit.

This shelf holds Janet Evanovich, Earlene Fowler, Joanne Fluke, Debbie Macomber (Blossom Street books) and J.R. Rowling books.

The shelves below that one hold Jennifer Chiaverini, Monica Ferris, Annie Griffin, Anne George and Ann B. Ross novels along with patriotic bears and my yarn winder. Further down are beading books and supplies, then knitting books and magazines, and lastly, machine embroidery designs and a basket of scrapbooking embellishments.

The next section has some of the story books that were favorites of my two sons 20+ years ago and bins of ribbons.

The remaining shelves are embarrassingly messy and won't be shown. Let's just say that scrapbooking books and supplies take up one shelf, quilt books are housed on another, and there is one for sewing other than quilts next to Christmas craft books. There really is order to my mess. Or behind my mess.

Back in the office, or as we usually call it, the computer room, I have Jan Karon books, books by humorists, spiritual books and then manuals and scrapbooks below those shelves.

Squeezed in here are gardening and art books. Some of the gardening books are used more for their photos than for advice. Remember, my thumb is green only if I paint!

To the right of me as I sit at the computer are cookbooks. Lots of them. My favorite thing to make is reservations, but I do cook most days of the week.

The authors I've mentioned are ones whose books I will continue to buy, but for the most part I've switched to using the library or I pass along other books after I've read them. There are books in our bedroom and on a living room table waiting to be read.

Is it any surprise that my first paying job was in a library?

Happy Blue Monday, and happy reading, both of blogs and books!


Maya said...

Oh, you do have a Watercolor book! Happy blue Monday.

Boo-Bah said...

Wow! what a wonderful collection of books you have. I also have a huge collection of cookbooks. I've been known to make quite a few reservatiions too.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for your nice comments.


Martys Fiber Musings said...

Love all your books.... I too have become more involved with the library. Much cheaper and pretty handy too. Happy Blue Monday to you.

srp said...

I am like you... I have switched to the library. There are plenty of books I haven't read there and even if I have to wait for the new books... it is worth it. I hate to get rid of a book.

Mary said...

What a wonderful collection you've put together. I do a lot of prescreening at the library these days. We had to get rid of books when we closed the big house back east. It was simply too expensive to move cross continent. Enjoy the day.

Anonymous said...

You have such a wonderful collection of books ♥ I like to keep my books too. Happy Blue Monday!

xinex said...

Isn't it wonderful to have so many books? Love that plaque!...Christine

Coloradolady said...

Books and Blues...a great combination. Happy Blue Monday.

Ashley ~ said...

I love your books, and love your post*! Happy Blue Monday*! _Ashley

Smilingsal said...

You know I love books; I even have a book blog! I do love some of the same authors as you too!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I love book too.. I wish I had more room for them! Hope you had a Happy Blue Monday ~ Susan

Terry said...

Happy Blue Monday .
Oh wow that is one of my favorite quotes !
I can't believe how neat and orderly your shelves are .
You have a fantastic home library.
My family has always teased me about my house of books.
Yet they always call if they need something to read or want to know about something.
It broke my heart when we had to downsize ,but hey you cannot keep all the books you must share them .
After all that is the point ,get people reading.
If they only knew how many books I really have :)
Have awonderful week.
Happy trails

RobinfromCA said...

I love the saying on the sign in the first picture. I have to agree 100%! Books threaten to take over our house. I love them - the way they smell, bringing a new one home from the store, finding an package on my porch - all of it is such a thrill for me! My husband just got a Kindle for his birthday but I have got to hold the paper version. Great collection!

Happy Blue Monday!
Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

Carrie said...

Wow, you have very nice accomodation for your books. It's great to have them shelved by category so you can find what you want fairly easily.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

happy Blue Monday! you got a great collection of books! thanks for sharing. Have a great week!

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE books! I am sooo excited to have been able to finish one lately and I am working on my next one... FAB!!!

linda said...

I'm a book lover too and see that we enjoy some of the same authors! What a great Blue Monday post!