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Today I took apart what I called the "Book a Week" shelving. I kept both book a week series on this shelving unit since I started the projects in the fall of 2007. Every book was put on that shelf in order as it was read.

So I was a little sad when I took the books out. I was doing my usual summer book purge where I take all the galleys I can't use and donate them to the Haddonfield Public Library (they have a boffo book sale that this year is on September 12). So it was time to also tackle the book a week series and get rid of everything I didn't like or couldn't see myself reading again.

But I didn't want to leave the shelves blank, so I created this display, which has some book a week books and some favorites that had been shelved in my spare room.

Now, of course this isn't my entire book collection. I have books in my office, spare room, dining room and living room. They're part of my life, and I'm trying to use them more as decor. Why not? I like how the colors sort of match up in this display. I have cookbooks out in my dining room, along with a shelf of my grandfather's books (the matching set looks nice), and then of course magazines and books on my coffee table.

Where do you keep books in odd places?

Comments

Pit Master said…
"Where the Red Fern Grows" -- what an old school classic! I still push that book on my students.
Leslie said…
Hi Jen,
I think the bookshelf looks great. I remember reading before where you get the blue pigs from, but I forget. Could you tell me again? They are so cute. I think you get them from a race, but I'm not sure. Just curious~!

Thanks, and LOVE your blog!

-Leslie
http://lovejackson.blogspot.com

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