Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Reading Rainbow

Since returning from the beach, I have mainly been focusing on getting back to "normal" life (whatever the heck that is...). But I could not resist our bookshelves in our entry/library. So they got a little re-organizing. This is the jumbled mess that they were before (plus there was some extra mess since this photo was taken a while back):

And now, reading rainbow magic:



 Harry Potter gets it's own shelf.



So there you have it. My quick little book switch-up.

You might notice that the lower shelves are not allowed to have books; it's for a simple reason known as a toddler.

You also might realize that the bottom shelves of the left book case aren't quite as pretty as the rest of the shelves..despite a lot of whining discussion, I could not change David's mind about not letting me touch his Philosophy books. So, I'll just have to live with it. It's all about compromise (and I love him quite a lot, so he's worth an ugly shelf or two. And the pile of laundry on the floor...etc.)

Aside from Christmas break, summer is the only time that I really make time to read outside of class. I have started a summer reading list that continues to grow faster than I can read. However, I did read the book, The Help, while at the beach, and I really enjoyed it.

Are there any books are your list this summer? Any that I should add to mine?


23 comments:

Clandestine Road said...

I love that Harry Potter has its own shelf.

I just read The Book Thief, The Sweetness at the Bottom of a Pie, Someone Knows My Name, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I highly recommend all of them. The fist and last on the list were my favorite.

She Ponderer said...

I love the books lined up like a rainbow! As for book recommendations, if you're looking for a quick, fun read I just read A Discovery of Witches and I loved it. :)

Ansley said...

As an OCD bookworm, your bookshelves make me so happy. Harry Potter also has its own shelf on mine. My fave summer books so far are My Name is Memory and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Very different but very entertaining!

Cate said...

I don't normally go in for organizing books like this, but I must say that I LOVE your bookshelves. They're so cheery and fun.

Willo said...

Beautiful! Love the Harry Potter shelf! On my list for this summer is some Wendell Berry, Outlander series, and From Seed to Skillet.

Christina said...

Soooo fun! Don't think my husband would let me rearrange his theology books either...but I can admire yours :)

DecorandtheDog said...

I love rainbow colored bookshelves! Beautiful!
The only downfall to my Kindle is not have pretty books around the house!

Mama Gone Green said...

I love the bookshelves! I saw that on Lady of the Arts as well. I am just compiling my summer reading list now, as my summer does not officially start for another week or so. But yes, too many books for one short summer...

Emily said...

Harry Potter def. gets his own shelf!

Adriana said...

Beautiful, it looks great!

Enjoying this beautiful life we've created said...

I looove your bookshelves!! So bright and cheery!!

Lori said...

Love the bookcase reorganization. As you have the bottom shelves open I suggest you put some kids books down there - nothing is better than having my toddler go over to the bookcase and pick out his own books to read!

Nesty Girl said...

If you haven't already read it, I think you'd probably really enjoy The Birth House by Ami McKay. It's about an apprentice midwife in early 20th Century Nova Scotia (my home province) and her struggles to maintain a tradition in the face of "progress". Given your interest in women's studies and birth alternatives, I think you might like it.

Also, I just love your library! We've recently moved to a house where we finally have all (well, OK, most) of our books in one spot with a cozy loveseat and fireplace. It's our favorite room! And, I can commiserate about the Philosophy books; my DH was a Phil major and several shelves of our library and dedicated to this topic :)

Smallgood said...

Butterfly in the sky...I used to want LeVar Burton's job. Scratch that, I still do.

I'm going to try to get to some children's books this summer (Secret Garden, Little House series). I miss them.

Becolorful said...

I was clearing out old bookmarks on my computer and ran across one for an old post of yours. I'm so glad I found you again and now - three years later - I have the whole follow in reader thing figured out so I won't miss a thing. I am your newest follower and look forward to your creative motivation. :)
Pam

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

I LOVE this! I started doing it with Adam's books the other day and got tired. It looks great!

I forgot the story of your shelves. Where did you get them?

michelle said...

It looks pretty, I love the colors. :) I am such a horrible reader but I am determined to read a book this summer. :) I did manage to read the Twilight series a couple years ago, I was so proud. :)
XO

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Oooh, so pretty!

I don't have any good recommendations, as the only thing I've read lately is the Twilight series. lol

emily @ the happy home said...

gorgeous!!! you're inspiring me to do the same, but i recently noticed that we have a LOT of red books... odd, because it's the only red in the house!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

what a difference! i always sort of make fun of people who color code their books, but i have to admit that i love this. so much fun.

kelly

accordingtocarey said...

Wow, what a difference that made! So pretty all color coordinated like that.

sherri lynn said...

I love the rainbow shelves! It looks so pretty. I had never thought of that before! and I like Harry Potter's own shelf :) I now feel inspired to switch up my bookshelves!

I really am enjoying your blog - new follower! :)

Bromeliad said...

The book covers are so pretty.