Wednesday, March 26, 2008

bookshelf laid bare




This is the meme where you slake at least some of our prurient interests by showing us a picture of exactly what it is that you've got on your bookshelves. Don't ask me any questions about the pictured books, though, because I'm almost positive that (as with so many of the gazillions of volumes taking up far too much space everywhere in the house) I haven't read a single one of them. I was going for the close up, color, and cheap irony. When you post pictures of your own books and shelves, other angles, distances and compositions are perfectly acceptable.

I'm tagging Julia, Magpie, Slouching Mom, and Sin, as well as anyone else who feels like playing along. If you're participating, drop a link in the comments, so we can all stop by and gape.

19 comments:

Furrow said...

I only buy reference books anymore. You know, birds of the eastern U.S. That sort of thing. As a librarian, I have easy access to most books that I only want to read once.

I don't have a blog for the time being, so I won't be playing along with a photo.

Aurelia said...

All my books are embarrassing. Like really bad chick novels, or endless books you could predict from me about politics or pregnancy or infertility.

I think that when I'm done with the serious stuff in life, I feel a need to lose myself in a book about something frilly and brainless.

Tash said...

You haven't read that "Crime Photos" book? Damn, I have half a mind to invite myself over just to leaf through that.

Magpie said...

Okay.

The next-to-bottom book in the second photo was making me twitch - it was upside down! - until I realized it was in French. What's with the French? Why do they do the spines backwards?

niobe said...

Magpie: Bwhahahah!!!! We have zillions of French books (many of them inherited from L's mother) and their upside down-ness ruins the symmetry of the book shelves. I included one in the photo just to see if it would bother anyone else. Looks like it did.

slouching mom said...

What happened to your other post? Ah, well.

Hmm... So you didn't rearrange your books at all? Those books were already adjacent to one another?

I'll get on it. Soonish.

And magpie: Oh, those French upside-down spines. They drive me to distraction.

Monica H said...

I noticed it too. And I'm slighty bothered :-)

niobe said...

Slouching Mom: No rush. And, while I didn't rearrange the books, I did something kind of similar by selecting certain groups of books to photograph.

Beck said...

All I own are millions of cookbooks and paperback vintage crime novels, which is how you can tell that I'm a dope.

NotSoSage said...

Mmm...the upside-downness of the french title gave me a tingle of familiarity.

Lori said...

I took you up on the meme here:
http://weebleswobblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/my-my-book-book-me-me.html

I would sooooo love to raid your shelves.

Julia said...

I am gonna play. But likely not until the weekend. but I will, I will...

And yes, I noticed the French book. It took me a moment to figure it out.

Christine said...

that ny noir looks very interesting.

i do this but my photography couldn't compare! :-P

Running on empty

LIW (Lady In Waiting) said...

I lost most of the books of which I am most proud in a moving incident. As in, my significant other rented a tiny truck and I had to throw them out. A moment of which, incidentally, I am not proud.

My current bookshelf is full of eating-disorder books from 2 years ago and a (perhaps) odd collection of fiction and memoirs. The latter would probably make people wonder if I actually liked to be depressed. People = Mr. LIW.

As for the surrogate, I am glad that she is starting to share information with you. Does she know how much it means to you?

XOXO

Monica H said...

I've decided to participate on both blogs :-)

Amelie said...

(ages later) here is my shot.
I have books with upside down titles too, but I'm not even sure they are in different languages...

G in Berlin said...

I've come here from Slouching Mom and here's my shot
http://bigappletobigbear.blogspot.com/2008/04/whats-on-my-shelf.html

sorry- don't know how to embed this!

Wordgirl said...

Lori tagged me on this one which was funny because I'd read your post and thought -- I'd love to do that...and then it got away from me until she reminded me....

My happy place.

(I adore your blog)

Pam

planetgermany said...

Slouching Mom tagged G in Berlin... and G in Berlin tagged me.

Brilliant idea!