What Lovely Shelves You Have!
Since childhood, I’ve been drawn to other people’s bookshelves like some people are drawn to classic cars or antiques. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of a teeny library in my uncle’s old house–the room couldn’t have been more than 12×5 feet–but it had a pocket door and built-in bookshelves. I was smitten.
When friends invite me over, I make a bee-line for their bookshelves. I love to see how other people organize their books (I order mine by color). Peeking at bookshelves can give you insight into a person that you may have otherwise missed. Who knew that your burly buddy Jim has a soft-spot for the Twilight series? Can you believe that straight-laced Auntie Mabel hordes Harlequins?
Anyone who comes to visit me will immediately recognize my love of books. There are books all over my house–an orderly cabinet in the den, a huge wall unit in the living room (over-sized books only), books on tabletops and shelves, and let’s not even discuss my bedroom and office.
So, don’t be alarmed if you invite me for dinner and I spent hours perusing your bookshelves. I’m just taking a peek into your life through your books!