I would like to thank Book Chick City for inviting me to guest post for The Blogger’s Bookshelf. My name is Lori, I am also known as Lady Rogue throughout the web. New Years Day 2010, was my very first post as a blogger, so I am relatively new to the whole blogverse. I began blogging, when I had no one, to talk books with. My husband works most of the day, and when he comes home, he doesn’t want to read. My son goes off and does his own thing, and I do not think, it is appropriate to discuss the books I read, with my 14 year old daughter. Not to mention the fact, that I live in a small town in the middle of BFE, smack dab in the bible belt. So, my books and the internet has become a necessity for my sanity.
“Step Into My Parlor”, said the spider to the fly. Actually, it tis’ I who would like to welcome you, to my favorite place, my personal library or otherwise known as, the bane of my husbands wallet.
The above bookshelves are along the right wall, of what was once meant to be a dining room. I already have an eat in kitchen, that doesn’t even get used. So, having a dining room would have been a complete waste of space. After all, we are a modern, sit in front of TV with tv trays family. Besides, my kids are rarely ever home, so, why not be practical and use the dining room for something that would get some use?
Most of the books in the above shelves are Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance. I am quite proud of the number of books I’ve collected in this genre, considering that I live in the bible belt, in the middle of nowhere. You also might have noticed, that my books are bundled together by author and series. I would love to put them in reading order, but damn it, if they are not always the same size within a series, making it hard, to stack them on the shelf and still look neat.
I do have some favorites amoung them, like Laurell K Hamilton. She actually has her own shelf. Lora Leigh and Nalini Singh share a shelf. Terry Spear has her own little corner. Arthur, Moning, Briggs, Vaughn, Ward, Harrison, Showalter, etc… Oh hell, I love them all.
On the left wall, is where most of my Historical Romances are. If you are familiar with the authors, then you know, that I seem to have a preference for regency ,viking ,highland ,pirate , and medieval historical novels. There are a couple authors that seem to have books in couple genres, like Lynsay Sands and Katie MacAlister. I couldn’t decide where to put them, so I placed them there. The top right shelf , mostly consist of highlander romances…yummy. The bottom left shelf is double stacked with books, I have yet to go through them. Truth is, I am not sure what is all down there. Looks to be an ecclectic of genres. On the bottom right shelf are high fantasy novels.
If you look on top of the shelves, you will notice a couple of straggler books that didn’t fit nicely on the shelves below, but mostly they are Young Adult books. Check out those Harry Potter bookends…pretty cool, huh?
I am sure you didn’t miss the big comfy chair. I love to sit comfortable when reading. A soft seat, and a good reading light and I am all set. I realize that I might be a bit anal, when it comes to my books. Perhaps, borderline, OCD. I don’t let anyone touch them, they are mine and this is my sanctuary. It’s someplace that is comfortable, clean, and quiet. A place where I can relax and unwind and escape between the pages of a good book.
This is were all the blogging magic happens. If you will notice, I also have books on the shelf above my desk. On the very top shelf, is a series I recently bought, The Wheel of Time. My son swears by this series. Perhaps one day, when I am in the mood, I will actually sit down and read them.
The middle shelf are books, that I have duplicates of or books I have recieved as a gift, prize, or came in a bundle I order on ebay. I haven’t decided what I am going to do with them, yet. Perhaps, I will give them out as prizes or giveaways. I have been considering trading them for something on my wishlist. Who knows?
The bottom shelf is full of trade books, they are just too big to stack on a regular shelf, they fit perfectly there. So, it is there that they sit.
Overall, I love showing off my books. I might not have the largest library, but it is a respectable one. It grows weekly, especially when the books keep calling out to me. I want to thank you all for taking the time to view my bookshelves and a special thank you to Caroyln for inviting me.