… and home libraries even more so (although I like the sense of the unexpected that you get with public or university libraries… although I do frequently forget what books I have on certain shelves).
The most important part of the moving process (other than the emotional impact on the children and the cat) was the library. How do you weed out the books you simply must take back to the UK? You may think it’s easy. After all, it’s a case of moving from less to more…
But that does not take into account the books I had double-shelved or set in careful piles on the floor and the filing cabinet. ‘You do have a lot of books…’ sighed the removal men (and I don’t think it was wistfulness I detected in their voices).
I did donate some to the local libraries in France, but I ended up with many more than I had originally come with to France. As any book loverwill understand. So somehow, all of the contents of these boxes…
…have to find a home in the new house. Yes, the study might be bigger here…
… but did I mention that I have twice as many books in the loft, waiting to be rehoused together with their more travelled cousins?
After a week or two of utter panic (not finding the legs for the desk, not opening the right boxes, laptop dying and then the e-reader/tablet dying, I finally managed to get things somewhat presentable (though not arranged yet according to subject, language and other esoteric criteria).
Time to be reunited with some old friends from the loft.
Sadly, my copies of ‘Brideshead Revisited’ and ‘Vile Bodies’ seem to have suffered from some warping in their box in the loft. But I have Jean Rhys’ unfinished autobiography ‘Smile Please’ to read for Jean Rhys Reading Week and Barbara Pym’s diaries and letters, as well as Dostoyevsky and other Russians (short story writers) to keep me company. Plus a few of my favourite children’s books, which I brought back with me from Romania: Arthur Ransome, Paul Berna and Eleanor Farjeon’s collection of stories ‘The Little Bookroom’.
There is more digging to be done, as well as more writing and reading, but for now, this was just a post to let you know my books and I are alive and well.
From the smallest to the most generous spaces… there’s always room for a few more books!
(If you want to wrap up all your books in white covers for a streamlined look…)
It’s a dull, cloudy day and I know I should be going up above the clouds to see the sun and some skiing action. But it is so much more tempting to curl up with a book, especially if you happen to be in one of the places below…
Or, if you are after something a little more ambitious, here is Christian Louboutin’s holiday home and its tempting library.
And finally, the outlandish, futuristic and exciting Walker Library in Connecticut. Star Wars with books!
I’m not quite sure I ever understood Silent Sunday, so I won’t claim to be part of that, but here are some more pictures of inspiring home libraries, all of from that wonderful website Decoist. I do like white shelves!
After a few weeks of business travel and hard work, it is time to burrow and enjoy some home comforts.
But because other people’s houses are so much more spectacular than mine, here are some homes that make me dream…
The Beach House for Those Who Don’t Want to Go to the Gym
The ‘Can’t Believe It’s Not Public’ Home Library
The ‘Bet I Could Create in that Environment’ Mountain Cabin
But a modest microhut will do just as well…
And on that dreamy note, I’m off for a week of holiday to reconnect with my family somewhere far away from the Internet. Have fun, be good, and look forward to seeing you again in a week’s time!