Thursday, May 13, 2010

Personal Library

If you know anything about me, you may know that I love being surrounded by books and reading them too. We have a mini library forming in our apartment hallway, and as you can see there is not even one inch of shelf space available for more books.

After looking at this picture, I realized that when we move we'll have to pack up and lug all of these books to a new location. Yikes! Maybe I should lay off of the book purchasing for a while. It is a goal of mine to have a "library" space in a future house. This may not come for a while, because we aren't even really thinking about buying a house yet. But when we do have a house and some extra space, I really really really (did I mention really) want a room or designated area for books and reading! Actually, there will probably be many shelves and places for storing books around our hypothetical house, but I'd still love a library-type room. I've seen some really great ideas for libraries and reading nooks, and I'm storing up great ideas as I type. For now, we'll have to make do with our tiny apartment library.

I visited the St. Gallen Abbey Library (pictured below) in Switzerland about 4 years ago. And let me tell you, it was like I had died and gone to book heaven!

The St. Gallen library may not be ideal for a personal library, but the reading nook shown below might be. I found the picture of this cute little reading nook while browsing google images, and I would love to have a spot like this in a future house! What a smart and multi functional space. It wouldn't take too much room in a house, and it has a spot for keeping books and reading... score!

As for books, I'm currently reading "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson. He's one of my favorite authors, and I'm working on convincing Nate to read it when I'm done. The book is laugh out loud funny. I'm not kidding. I was stifling laughs on the airplane ride back to Denver this past weekend. A little embarrassing, but worse things could have happened. I also really like Nicholas Sparks' books too. (There's really no chance to convince Nate to read those!) They're always a comfort read, and I am usually pleased after reading his books. As for my favorite type of book to read, I'm not really sure. I like a little bit of everything, and that's sort of like my taste in music too. Anyone have recommendations of great books they have read? I am open for suggestions.


  1. Ooh, ok, yay. I have two suggestions to start. My favorite book is History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes (well, favorite besides The Giving Tree). It starts kind of slow, but it gets SO good. I'm reading Eat, Pray, Love right now (almost done) and loving it too. However, I must warn you that it will make you want to travel the world.

    One guilty pleasure suggestion... Tori Spelling books :).

  2. Thanks Jessi! I'll check out the History of the World in 10 1/2 chapters. I read Eat, Pray, Love a while ago (I want to re-read that one) and it's one of my favorites! It definitely makes me want to travel. :)

  3. p.s. my guilty pleasure is Lauren Conrad's books ;)

  4. I always liked books by Jon Krakauer like Into Thin Air and Into The Wild... They are usually books about true wilderness survival stories they were pretty hard to put down once I started!

  5. I loved the movie of Into the Wild! I've read parts of that book and wouldn't mind reading it again.

    I have heard that Into Thin Air is good... I'll add it to my list!