I love books.
It’s not that exciting a proclamation, I know. I mean, of course I love books. And of course you love books. And everyone else hanging around The Ballroom loves books. And Miranda’s hot heroes really love their books. In fact…some of them really love naughty books. Her heroines too. I’m looking at you, Celia Seaton.
There’s lots of discussion these days on ebooks vs. print, and while I’m pro-eReader for most things (the exception is research volumes, because I like to highlight and flag and scribble in the margins, and it’s not easy to do that on my eReader). I think we can all agree that, when it comes to book, there’s something pretty special about the object itself. But for the purposes of today, I’m not talking about what’s actually written inside the book. I’m talking about the books themselves. The paper and ink and musty smells…the leather bindings, the creased pages, the book proper.
I have few hard and fast rules in my life (well, I do have Six Commandments of Dating, but that’s a different post for a different time), but this is one of them: I do not trust people who do not have books in their houses. You know the people I’m talking about–the ones with the perfect, pristine living rooms, art on the walls, plants thriving on tabletops, and not a single book. Nothing makes me judge faster.
So, for fun, I thought I’d share some of my favorite bookshelves today. Like this one, a secret passageway set inside a ceiling-high bookshelf (which inspired a scene in my current work-in-progress)!
And this one, from the Los Feliz Residence, a modern architecture gem in the Hollywood Hills. Added bonus, this one has a ladder! I long for a bookshelf that requires a ladder.
And, as a New Yorker, I have dreams about this staircase bookshelf. Literally.
But, honestly? There’s only one bookshelf that makes me drooly. Mainly, because I dream of this office. And I dream of filling that circular space with romance novels. *sigh*…someday…
It’s your turn, Ballroom visitors! Time for you to wax poetic about books…or bookshelves…or book nooks. Describe your dream home library…or, better yet, post a picture!