Where's the bookcase?

@p1kef1sh (45640)
April 11, 2009 3:27am CST
When I go into someone's house I always look to see if they have a bookcase or at least some books lying around. I am finding that this is a rarer sight these days. 52' plasma screens, racks of DVDs, but few books. Of course they may have them hidden where I don't see them. But I wonder. Do you have books in your house. Do you read?
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@owlwings (39388)
• Cambridge, England
11 Apr 09
One of the first things I do if left alone while my host goes to make tea or coffee is to browse the bookcase. It can tell you quite a lot about the person! Once when I was just a lad, I dated a girl and took her home afterwards (as any polite young man should). She invited me in for coffee (as any nice girl would) and I was so appalled that her living room had NO books whatsoever (certainly no bookshelf) that I made my excuses and left as soon as possible. Having been brought up in a house full of books with a bookshelf in every room (except the bathroom), I found it very unsettling - almost alien - that anyone could live without having books about. She was a very nice girl otherwise and I quite fancied her but no books? NO!
11 Apr 09
I can relate to that. I'd do exactly the same, both with the girl, and browsing the hosts bookshelves!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Apr 09
I don't recall ever ditching a girl for lack of books, but I always look and am increasingly saddened that people don't appear to see books as being important in their lives. When I was a boy I belonged to something called the "Puffin Club" which targeted books for the 8 - 12 age group. Everyone that I knew was in it. My father, being an academic, has books in most rooms and his study is probably a health and safety issue with the groaning shelves. He has a very eclectic taste and comparative religion, applied engineering and Terry Pratchett all vie for space. My own house is heading the same way! We went to Hay on Wye last year - that may have been a mistake! LOL.
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@tmariew (32)
• United States
11 Apr 09
I know exactly what you mean, when i was little it seemed like every house i was in had books but now its the exception. I love reading, but i think tv has pretty much taken over at this point for most people
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Apr 09
I'm not anti-TV or DVDs, but I find nothing pleasanter than curling up with a good book. I remember when I was small that everyone had books too. I grew up in a house full of books and live in one now.
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@nannacroc (4049)
11 Apr 09
No need to search for my bookcases, there's one in all rooms except the bathroom and toilet. I read every day and I still use books for information rather than the internet.I love books. I have even offered to volunteer a nursery to help the chidren learn to enjoy books. It seems very sad to me that so many people miss out on so much just because they haven't learned to enjoy books.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Apr 09
I can only agree Nanna. Books are wonderful and I was delighted to hear that you middle nephew is advanced for his reading age. Clearly that shows that he has been exposed to books from an early age and continuously encouraged.
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@nannacroc (4049)
11 Apr 09
Middle grandson pikey. They have all had stories read to them from an early age and the youngest is already recognising lots of words and enjoys acting out stories.
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
11 Apr 09
Book shelves - A corner of my bedroom with a few of my books (just a few)
I have books all over the place, on shelves, piled up on the floor, in boxes, under the bed cozying up with the dust bunnies, I also have DVD's CD,s mostly piled up on the floor or on tables - it's all very untidy.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Apr 09
That looks like heaven to me. LOL. You never quite know what you will turn up next. Then you have a little read........ and the day is gone! Wonderful.
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11 Apr 09
The trouble is, things get lost. I've been looking for a particualar book for weeks. It's in there somewhere!
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
11 Apr 09
I read like its a bad habit I can't shake. I have two bookcases but desperately need a third. In all of my apartments I have had at least one bookcase people could see (and I tend to put my more intellectual books there--you know classics, leather bounds and things like that) and I tend to put my "junk" books when my secret won't get out. lol. I read a lot of the vampire/supernatural genre. I find its hard to find someone who reads and its nice every once in a while to find someone who reads the same things you do so you can discuss this or that book. But I agree TV has seemed to take over and I watch plenty of that as well, but I did go 5 years without cable and without really watching TV. Got a lot of reading in then.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Apr 09
Just keep that "bad habit" going! It's a great way to be I think.
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@camomom (7536)
• United States
20 Apr 09
We have a lot of books in our house and 3 bookcases. We mostly have children's books and the kids read more then we do.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 Apr 09
Nothing wrong with childrens books. I read them out loud on Youtube. But then as you said elsewhere - I am "strange"! LOL.
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@camomom (7536)
• United States
20 Apr 09
You'll have to send me the link so my kids can have you to read to them since I don't do it for them. Yes, you are strange but if you weren't, you wouldn't be my friend.
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@mummymo (23707)
21 Apr 09
He is wonderful at storytelling sweety - I even watch him at bedtimes, it isn't just my NIamh! xxx
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
16 Apr 09
No one who enters my house can miss my bookcases. They own one room. They tend to spill over into the other rooms as well, but I try to keep them corralled in the den. I've read almost all of them, except for the overflow from my daughter's room. I just don't get into romances that much. Sigh. Must be something wrong with me.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
16 Apr 09
I'm not a romance reader either. In fact I prefer fact rather then fiction. So no Mills and Boon in our house!
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
16 Apr 09
I must confess my ignorance. What's Mills and Boon? Authors?
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
16 Apr 09
I should have explained. Mills and Boon are UK publishers that specialise in romances - what we call "bodice rippers". Lots of uniforms (nurses pilots etc), trembling lips and come hither looks. www.millsandboon.co.uk if you want to get an idea of what they are. Actually if you can become one of their authors you are set up for life!
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@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
11 Apr 09
Bwahahahaaaa! Does a bear mess in the woods? (He'd better not mess in my bookcases!) My son actually made me a new bookcase for Christmas, as I had books three-deep which kept toppling on to the floor in the middle of the night and waking us up! You're right, though - I always notice the lack of books in houses I visit, so maybe people ARE hiding them away or putting them under lock and key in case visitors are tempted to pocket them. As well as the books in the bookcases, I have a pile on my bedside table (buying them is my biggest vice) and a stash of them in my office along the windowsill. We also have piles of children's books which I can't bear to get rid of - some of them are from my own childhood. Life without books would be deeply rubbish. I couldn't do the ebook thing - there's something about holding a book, sniffing a book, curling up in bed with a book that beats ANYTHING. Yes, even THAT. For the most part, anyway ...
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Apr 09
I can't explain myself better than you have just done Guy. Books are my one weakness - along with food. LOL. I am sorting through our children's books at the moment trying to decide what to read next. However, my eye has been taken off that ball for a while as I have been asked to write an "inspirational" story for inclusion in a friend's anthology of such things.
@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
11 Apr 09
How lovely! I hope the anthology will be available for us all to buy and read - there'll be plenty of room on my bedside table for it - in fact, I'm clearing a space right now ...
@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Apr 09
LOL. I have to write the story first. Then she has to do whatever she has to do! But maybe one day. I shall buy a copy I think. I have a book self published and don't have a copy of it myself!
@chertsy (3805)
• United States
14 Apr 09
Come to think about it, I have been in a few homes that don't even have bookcases. Like you said, maybe they have them hidden, but normally books are out for easy access. I grew up with a bookshelf with books on it, I even had one in my bedroom. I have books in my home, I love to read when I can find the time to. I'm a huge Stephen King fan, so most of my books are from him. I have many others, that it's not even funny. My oldest daughter shares a bookshelf with her sister, and honestly I need to get them a bigger one. Their books are over flowing the small one they have. There's not one spot in my home that doesn't contain a book, some are novels and some are what my husband got from going back to college.
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• United States
14 Apr 09
You know I have never really noticed any bookcases in the homes I visit and never really thought about it now I will start looking as I am curious.Me however as an avid reader and a book junkie my home is filled with books,it has gotten too be so much I have been using milk crates to store them all.Reading is my favorite pastime I love to escape into the stories I read.I love fiction,non fiction,history,science fiction,all the classics,etc.You will find Shakesphere mixed in with tween novels in my collection.I enjoy all kinds of books but when I go to a used bookstore or a Barnes and Nobel I won't ever come out of there empty handed,lol!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
14 Apr 09
I am trying to get some order with my books. But I pick one up and start to read........
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@chertsy (3805)
• United States
16 Apr 09
Mine are in order, when it comes things like that I have a OCD with it. Everything has to be in it's place at all times. When I'm done with a book, I already know where it goes. I wish my kids had that same idea, because their rooms looks like a tornado flung books everywhere.
@GreenMoo (11842)
14 Apr 09
When I'm first in someone else's house, I make a beeline for any books they have on display. I just can't help it. You can't walk through my house without tripping over books, so you'd be in seventh heaven if that's your thing. I find it hard to find second hand English language paperbacks around here (my staple diet!) so when I travel back from the UK I tend to do so with boxes full. At the moment I have a system, though I'm sure it won't last. Books I haven't read are in one caravan. Books I have read are in another. Books I'm about to read, have just read or haven't tidied up reside wherever else I've left them. From where I'm sitting in the kitchen now, I can see a Horrid Henry book in the fruit bowl (eldest child), a Dutch nursery rhyme book (youngest's) and a Pub joke book (guest's I've borrowed) by the fridge, a Carl Hiasson which I've just finnished by the door waiting to be tidied, The Poisonwood Bible (have you read it? You ought) sat next to me, plus a stack of books I dug out of storage on various gardening topics and pig care sitting on the side. The few DVDs which we have are all stashed away, and we don't have a telly.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
14 Apr 09
I just looked up the Poisonwood Bible. At forst I thought that it was a little like "Little Women" - but I can see that I am wrong. I shall have a look around for it. But what a boast - a caravan for read and another for those that you've not. I don't even have one caravan. I am clearly disadvantaged!
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@GreenMoo (11842)
15 Apr 09
As we currently live in a rented house with no bookshelves, the caravans come in very handy! They're also a good place to hide from life. We're building a library into the new house, so my caravans will soon become redundant.
@MsTickle (24980)
• Australia
14 Apr 09
I love my bookshelf.  - This bookcase is well travelled. From bookshop to bookshop then from state to state and back again with me. This bookshelf has been places.
I have books...yeah, I have DVDs and videos and CDs but I DO have books. I don't read as much as I want but I do read. There are so many books I want to read and those I want to read again. There are just not enough hours in the day.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
14 Apr 09
Binoculars, telephone, cleaning kit - yep. That looks like a bookcase that I can identify with!
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@MsTickle (24980)
• Australia
15 Apr 09
yeah, it doubles as a handy shelf to dump things on and a great place to show off some of my "stuff"...LOL.
@csrobins (1125)
• United States
13 Apr 09
I have a small bookcase displaying some of my book in my room under my desk. I take pride in my collection and like to display them, and I have more that cant be in my closet for lack of room. But I think, or at least hope, people are taking bookcases out and putting in tvs and other such entertainment pieces for decorating intentions. A sleek plasma tv looks more appealing in a livingroom for fashion purposes than a bookcase displaying tons of books which can look cluttered. I'm not dumb though, I know people do not care about reading like they do about their newest TV and other electronics. But electronics are being made to look really nice in houses and add to a contemporary look.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
13 Apr 09
I'd have a bookcase over a TV any day. I'm not anti electronics at all. But the TV invariably has hours of nothing that I want to watch. Unlike the bookcase with it's many opportunities for adventure.
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@csrobins (1125)
• United States
14 Apr 09
I agree...books are all around a better choice for entertainment, worthwhile knowledge, and education.
@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
13 Apr 09
Oh you should come to our place we have lots of bookcases. Of course we read a great deal but all the books we read come from the library as we find it way to expensive to buy books these days. What you will not find is a plasma screen as we have no intention of getting one and we only have a few dvd's. The only dvd's we have that get watched regularly are my collection of Inspector Rex dvd's and I only got them this year as presents. For that matter I watch them on my computer as the dvd player my brother bought me a few years ago no longer works. I think it got squashed by the pay tv box we used to have sitting on it. We got rid of pay tv as well as it cost too much for very little to watch. Still now that we are being forced to change tv's as they are shifting everything to digital we will have to buy a new one some time this year and I have to admit that having a nice compact LCD tv will mean that we will be able to lift the damn thing easily and it will not be screen heavy. That is a nice bonus. But then we are weird compared to most people and prefer to be that way.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
13 Apr 09
I like your kind of weirdness Sharra. You can but TVs that have a DVD player built in etc. Where did that come from? LOL. A good read can whip up my enthusiasm for something in a way that TV rarely can!
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@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
13 Apr 09
I will think about it. We were told that an internal dvd is not good as it can overheat but we will shop around first to decide. They will take 3 years to phase out ordinary tv's so no rush except that the digital channels that have started are looking interesting. So it may be worth getting one sooner rather than later but it will not be anything fancy when we do. I like movies but I love books. Nothing beats the imagination that words can trigger and the fantasies that we can weave in our minds.
@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
12 Apr 09
We've at least five bookcases in this house. One in the living room next to the tv, two in the dining room, two in my room. In the dining room they're obvious, the main one in my room is right inside the door. The other one's behind my dresser. Mostly books on all of them. Some papers, some books we wrote. I read alot.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
12 Apr 09
That all sounds fantastic. I love to read and need access to books. What books have you written?
@lumenmom (1996)
• United States
11 Apr 09
I love to read and though I do a lot of it in the internet, I don't do much with books anymore or at least like I use to. I use to have tons of books around the house and I would always bring home lots of library books. Now I read them in the stores (at those that have the reading lounges) or online. I have probably not read a novel in years but when I was younger I would devour at least 2 to 3 a week. I don't see people with looks like I use to although there are still some who read them on the bus (if they are not texting).
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Apr 09
I download books from the net sometimes, but I don't like reading on the screen - it makes my eyes ache.
@lumenmom (1996)
• United States
11 Apr 09
That's probably why I have gotten away from reading novels. I tend to real more articles than anything else.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
11 Apr 09
I usually read two or three books per week. But if you come to our home, you won't see much for bookcases or books either. When I moved from Massachusetts to Oklahoma I had 24 boxes of books to give away...there just isn't the storage here, as most homes don't have cellars/basements like they do up north. For my current reading, I get all of my books from the library. We have an excellent library system here. If our library doesn't have a particular book, then it's brought in from elsewhere. The search for books begins with surrounding communities, then statewide, and finally national. I've been reading several series written by foreign authors, and not published in this country. Many of the books have been brought in from neighboring states. With the cost of paperbacks being in the $8-$10 range, without the library system I probably wouldn't be able to afford to read like I do.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Apr 09
The library service is wonderful I think. I can borrow a book in my local branch and return it to any other branch in the county. Fantastic. They get new books very quickly too - on request. I buy a lot of secondhand books plus books from Amazon and E Bay too.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
11 Apr 09
Another good site for locating hard-to-find books online is abebooks.com I've found a few things there thay I haven't found anywhere else.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
11 Apr 09
Oh yes I do I love reading I always have I read at Night in bed as it relaxes me and I loose myself in my Books it takes me to a totally different World xxx
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
11 Apr 09
Reading at night is a great way to get off Gabs. My problem is that I forget to switch the light off! Until I get moaned at. LOL.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
11 Apr 09
Lol no I always switch the Lights of
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@ladygator (3469)
• United States
20 Aug 09
You already gave a best response credit, but I still wanted to respond. I was out yesterday after dark and saw a huge overstuffed bookcase in many of the houses that I peeked at.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 Aug 09
I think that's good to hear. I am worried that people don't seem to read enough. Maybe I am wrong.
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• Philippines
16 Apr 09
Whenever I'm at someone else's place, I also look around to see if they have books. I get disappointed when I see a single shelf with few books in it. I'm an avid reader and in our house you'd see books EVERYWHERE. My dad even built me a mini-library but it was still not enough to hold all my books. That's probably why I'm not used to seeing a house with very few or no books at all.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
16 Apr 09
I am always surprised when I see no books at all at someone's house. Our place has them like the measles! LOL.
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• United States
16 Apr 09
i have bookcases more than dvds but i never read the books lol.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
16 Apr 09
I gues that my question has to be "why not"?
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