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I made it to Day 8! Without missing a day, even with mastitis and two little ones.
Are you attracted to other people’s bookshelves as soon as you enter their home? I totally am. Some people might survey a DVD collection; I go straight to the shelves to survey reading tastes.
At the “Vanderbilt” home, we have three bookcases. We’ve always been overflowing with books, and with the kids’ books it’s even more ridiculous. I have given away a ton of books just to try to trim down. We cleared out enough space on this big bookshelf to have three empty shelves: two for kids’ books and one for photos/picture albums.
This bookshelf houses my personal collection. I don’t hold onto a ton of books after I’ve read them unless I think I will reread them several times. So most of these are favorites or books I haven’t gotten around to. My Maeve Binchy and Robin Jones Gunn books take up the most space.
This second shelf was in Libbie’s room in our old house; now it’s in the hallway. But it’s the designated kids’ shelf and also gave a new home to my cookbooks. Yes, it’s a mess. But it’s a sign of a well-read bookshelf, right?
Sadly, our third bookshelf is not set up yet here. It’s a crazy little adjustable-shelf thing Mr. V used as an entertainment center in high school and college. (And in our first apartment after we got married!) It’s not pretty, but it works.
But, like I said, not set up yet. It will also have to go in the hallway here. So here’s what it looks like right now.
I need a pedicure.
That shelf usually holds Mr. V’s permanent collection of Michael Crichton, Orson Scott Card, Isaac Asimov, CS Lewis, and other various sci-fi; our Harry Potter Books; my Christy Miller books; some Bible studies I worked on; and other miscellaneous tomes that are on the to-be-read list. (Although I have read both Power of a Praying Wife and Fearless.)
So that’s what you’d find on my shelves. What would I find on yours?