Rearranging the deckchairs…

I’ve taken the week off work to have a bit of a break & catch up on some of those jobs that just don’t fit into a weekend. I’ve been running out of room on the tbr shelves for a while now so a little rearranging was in order. I have four walls of bookshelves in two rooms so I’m slightly ashamed to say I’m running out of room – but it’s true! The top shelves are slightly smaller than the others so I’d left them empty because I shelve my books alphabetically & I don’t like having to put larger books spine up if they won’t fit vertically.

I had shelved my Persephones together on the middle shelves of one wall but I realised they would fit on the top shelves so I now have them running along the top of the shelves in one room. There’s room for more & hopefully Nicola won’t stop at 100 or 120 as I read in a few interviews recently. Of course, if she doesn’t stop, I’ll have to rethink the arrangement… but that’s a few years away.

This gave me four extra shelves to play with so I moved everything up & I now have nearly a whole wall of tbr shelves. I also moved lots of CDs & DVDs into storage boxes that fit under the bed which made even more room & you can see the result. I like to have my tbr books in categories. I can’t help it, I’m a librarian. So you can see the Viragos & the literary criticism above next to literary biography & letters.

Then, I’ve grouped together my bargain Wodehouses, Hesperus, Greyladies & you can see a few of the Penguins & OUP classics.

I’ve also made more room for the Folio Society books after I was tempted to rejoin by the spectacular offer of the E F Benson boxset of Mapp & Lucia for just $9.95! This set is usually worth nearly $300. I did have to buy four more books but my online bookgroup has several Benson fans, including Elaine from Random Jottings & Simon from Stuck-in-a-Book, so I couldn’t resist. You can see the boxset in Simon’s post but I think my set are in different colours so may be a later edition. I’ll post a photo when they arrive. The books are illustrated by Natacha Ledwidge who has also illustrated the Dorothy L Sayers boxset that the Folio Society tempted me with a few years ago.

But, Nature abhors a vacuum as they say, so how long do you think it will be before I order a little something from the Book Depository to fill up some of that empty space? Especially as I have a 10% off voucher & the exchange rate is still excellent? Don’t bother to answer that!

6 thoughts on “Rearranging the deckchairs…

  1. Karen, I've googled but I can't find a link to the article where I read this. I think it was around the time of the 10th anniversary last year. Nicola said that she had always seen Persephone as a finite thing & she thought about stopping at 100 or 120 books. Of course, I hope she doesn't as long as she can still find books she wants to reprint – even if it does upset my bookshelf arrangement! There are still more Whipples to reprint so I do hope she continues those. Greenbanks is coming out next year.

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  2. Hmmm, hopefully she'll change her mind. I'll just keep emailing and suggesting books. And blogging about them. Finished my 12th Persephone today (13th if I can count Miss Buncle Married which comes out next spring).

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  3. Ooooohhhh, this has to be one of my favourite occupations Lyn,book shuffling and I love the Persephones at the top there. Currently I have mine mixed in around the genres in my book room, which would incidentally give you a fit if you saw my filing system:-) Nicola has said for many years that Persephone would be an episode in publishing with a beginning and an end and I too had heard that she would stop. I'm in London for the Persephone Lecture this week to be given by David Kynaston and I'm staying with Nicola for a couple of days, I'll ask:-)
    Have you read Beth Gutcheon's Still Missing? I think it's brilliant and I'm also very thrilled with the Irene Nemirovsky short stories.

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