My bookcases

So, Apparent Dip was nice enough to take some pictures of my bookcases and I thought I would share them with the blog world (because who doesn’t love a bookcase or two, or three, or four?). I’ll start with the largest: my fiction. It has grown to rather alarming proportions and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping soon.


This bookcase takes up an entire wall (and let me tell you–it was NOT fun to put together. The move we made last year across the country ended up warping one of the sides, and it did not want to cooperate with us). The bottom shelf contains literary theory/criticism, books on books, and essays. The top left cube contains all of my pretty leather-bound editions, followed in the next cube by poetry and anthologies. I ended up arranging alphabetically by author because I got lazy, and just wanted to get rid of the boxes in my living room. Here’s a close-up:


The bottom/middle cube in this close-up shows my Tolstoy. The pretty, rust-colored volumes are in Russian–the rest are translations. In addition to this full-wall bookcase, I have three others, two of which I’ll share. The first is what I’m calling my “general non-fiction” case:


I was amazed at the number of books that I managed to squeeze into this smaller bookcase. All of the shelves are double-stacked. The top four cubes contain general non-fiction. The bottom two cubes on the left house my “Russian studies” and the bottom two cubes on the right are filled with “Jewish studies” books. (The big black binders on top of the bookcase are CDs).

And finally, my biography bookcase. This is the pretty bookcase, as it has four sliding glass doors on it and we didn’t have to spend a cent on it (I love donated bookcases!).


This one is located in the dining room (my office) and sits next to my rather untidy desk. The top of the bookcase holds up my magazine addiction, and the first shelf contains my shameful collection of library books (which will only expand as the semester begins). The rest are biographies and memoirs arranged alphabetically by subject.

I have a final bookcase (identical to the non-fiction case) that contains all of my “instructional” books. My writing manuals, foreign language grammars, dictionaries, and knitting/weaving books are there. And thus ends the tour of my library!


12 responses to this post.

  1. Very nice! The cubes look great, even if they were a pain to build.


  2. Mmm bookcase pictures! Someone was blogging about the Levenger catalog being the booklover’s version of porn. Ohhh yeahhhhh!


  3. Sylvia: I do love how they look, even though we ended up swearing a lot the night we put them together. And they hold sooo many books!

    Sisyphus: I wholeheartedly agree. The Levenger catalog is now just called “my porn” when it arrives in the mail. Mmmm, organizational tools and reading supplies! Gotta love ’em.


  4. Oooooh! Bookcase porn. I’m jealous!


  5. Fun! The cubes look really cool; did you buy them from a store? Or was it DIY?

    Thanks for sharing-always fun to see other people’s books. 🙂


  6. Eva: Thank goodness for IKEA! The cubed bookcases are the Expedia line. I had originally used the big bookcase as a room divider in my studio apartment, because the deep shelves are perfect for double stacking.


  7. Very nice — I do love looking at bookcases!


  8. Yay! I love bookcase pics! I have a smaller version of your big honkin’ fiction wall, although mine are in boxes at this particular juncture.

    And I have that lamp in my living room! I love it. It’s my reading lamp beside my big comfy chair.


  9. Andi: The lamps were in our office in the old apartment and when we moved, they were given pride of place in the living room (they are my favorite lamps…) They give the space such a cozy feel when juxtaposed with the wall o’ books.


  10. Posted by Peter on July 31, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Very cool — my bookshelves are in utter chaos at this point and need reorganizing too.


    • Posted by Peter on July 31, 2009 at 5:48 pm

      Sorry, I didn’t mean to imply yours were disorganized too — rather, you definitely do have things ordered meaningfully! I meant _my_ bookshelves are disorganized. Just to clarify…


  11. Posted by Sheila on December 30, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    My bookshelves along with over 600 books ruined from pipe busting in ceiling of townhouse. I hate my landlord!


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