Monday, May 23, 2011

My Dream Library

With today's technology, accessing any book in the world should be easy, yet, owning the library below would be a dream come true for a lot of people. You'd have to start young if you wanted to put a dent in it though.


Too many books for this overzealous, but never-quite-caught-up writer. The index system alone would do me in. What if I returned a book to the wrong place? Did I mention I'm afraid of heights?


Everyday I hear experts say that since big stores like Barnes & Noble have closed and small independent bookstore are struggling, the future holds only electronic readers and ebooks.


I disagree. As long as there are people like me who love the feel and smell of a book, the ability to bookmark, to use sticky tabs to mark for future reference, and to visit huge libraries like the one at top, novels aren't going anywhere.

But don't get me wrong. Have you seen the size of War and Peace? Thanks to my Kobo I was able to stuff it in my pocket and take it anywhere. That's why I advocate there's room for both.


By the way, the above is my Dream Library.

--happy reading
joylene

22 comments :

  1. OMG. I get shivers just seeing all those books in one place. Heaven, I say, heaven!

    I, too, love the touch of print book.

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  2. Thanks, Carol. I love the laptop positioned to one side. That is so kewl to have old and new together.

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  3. Our plan is to convert the sitting room off of our master bedroom into a library/writing room as soon as we get home. Deb's in charge - plans to use lots of wood, leather & glass. I wanted to have the desk made from the salvaged helm of a sunken boat (like my character 'Pop'), but don't think that'll happen. Can't confuse reality & fiction too much - we don't have "Rackham" kind of money.

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  4. But your dream is about to come true, Dave. Maybe the desk comes later. I think it's a marvellous idea, and can't wait for pics.. You go, Deb!

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  5. I'm at my DD's place and when I showed her your first pic she said, "Oh, my!" We're both bookaholics, of course, as probably most writers are. Someone here in her town just won $35M in the lottery and that does set the mind to dreaming. My dream would be to find just enough money to buy all the books I want and the bookcases to accommodate them. LOL... it'll never happen! But getting a book "out there" to be on what shelves I already have...? That might be a better dream to strive for. :)

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  6. I saw a library in a movie once, I think it was Extraordinary Gentlemen, that was fabulous. There was even an attached ladder that moved completely around the room, past the tall ornate windows. Lots of wood, brass, lighten. It was breathtaking. I think it's good to dream, Carol.

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  7. I think David Ebright hit the nail right on the head. A library constructed of lots of wood, leather and a desk made from the salvaged helm of a sunken boat. I salivate at the very thought!

    At the present time, my books are sprinkled all over the house. One day though ... I hope to have my own little library. Dreams are free, right? And there won't be a digital book in sight.

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  8. I can picture your dream library, Wendy. I can even smell all that paper and leather and wood oil. I've watched movies just for the sheer joy of drooling over their libraries. I used to spend hours in the one at SFU just for the sheer joy of the place.

    There should be a law. All book lovers should have their very own library.

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  9. Glad you stopped by, Wendy. You've been very quiet. That must mean you're busy writing, eh?

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  10. Yes, I've been very busy. On the final throws of editing my first novel. Books 2 and 3 also very much underway and the ending of the sixth in the series, firmly fixed in my head :)

    Nerve-wracking time in store.

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  11. I knew it! Congratulations, Wendy. When you're ready, I'd love to have you as a guest on my blog. Meanwhile, pat yourself on your back.

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  12. That's so sweet of you to say, Joylene. Consider my back firmly patted.

    Thank you :)

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  13. WOW! That is one awesome library. I'd like to try and make a dent in reading all of those books.

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  14. Isn't it amazing, Susanne. I can see myself trying to read at least one book from every 2nd shelf. Huh, yes, good luck!

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  15. Oh my...now that's what I call a library. Okay, now I expect a review on each one of those and bring it back here for your post next Monday. Makes me excited and exhausted just looking at them all.

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  16. Hi Karen. LOL. A review on every one? Wouldn't that be a blast!

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  17. Hi Meg. Thanks for stopping by. Hope your week is great.

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  18. I was wondering if I can get a card to your dream library...:)

    I agree, I think there is room for both. We should start a club!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Karen

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  19. Great idea, Karen. I'd nominate you president! Have a great day.

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  20. That library picture is incredible! I could quite happily spend the rest of my life in there..... and I'm with you on the real book vs e-book debate Joylene.
    Nothing can beat the tactile qualities of a leather bound book, especially when you've owned it for many years.

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  21. Hi Paul. So glad you could stop by and enjoy the photo of this awesome library. It's in Stockholm. Incredible indeed. Have a super day, Paul.

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