Today’s blog is written in response to a comment I left on tinalynne’s post at Book Blob earlier this week. It asked the question, “are print books a thing of the past?”, and compared ebooks to pbooks (print books). I, myself, have a brand new Sony ereader which I absolutely love, but I will never give up buying pbooks. My favourite books have to be in print form, and I am kind of a hoarder when it comes to books – I could never throw one out!!
From the time I was a very small child, I loved to read. I always had my nose in a book from sunrise to sundown, whether I was at home curled up in a comfy chair or laid out on the bow of our sailboat as we cruised down Lake Ontario.
I always said my dream home would have a library with shelves upon shelves of books and a ladder that ran on wheels along the shelves, just like in the movies. Well, not many of us will every have a house big enough or with enough rooms to have one room alone as a library, but a couple of years ago, my husband brought my dream to life (for the size of our house anyway). We live in a raised bungalow, and the basement is pretty much open concept. A shelf runs along the wall from one end of the house to the other about four feet up because that’s where the concrete foundation meets the wall. So, my wonderful husband built me about 40 feet of bookshelves from the shelf up to the ceiling, and it is the most amazing thing he has ever done for me. It was like a dream come true!! People thought I was crazy and that I would never fill that many shelves, but any lover of books will know that it didn’t take long!
So, for tinalynne, who asked me for some photos of my bookshelves, here they are. The quality is not very good because the lighting in my basement is terrible, but at least you will get an idea. I call my basement the library, and my kids laugh at me, but it is my favourite place in the house where I can go and lose myself in a great story and forget all of my problems!!