Oh You Pretty Things – Books

This weeks Oh You Pretty Things is hosted over at Keynko and the theme is books.

I love books. I cannot imagine life without reading. I inhale words, when on a roll I can read a dozen books month, and when not nose deep in papery type I can be found digesting the digital version. Yes, I do read e-books, mostly because my budget can’t keep up with my need for new material. You cannot beat the physical thing though, and I still buy several real books a month – from book shops and charity shops.


book shelf


I love the smell of a second hand book shop. As a child we had one at the end of our road. It was in a huge converted church and was filled with that particular scent of old books – a papery, dusty smell with a hint of pepper and a tendency to make you sneeze. I would rummage for Enid Blighton in my formative years, moving onto Stephen King and his ilk in my teens.


books punk shelf


A few years ago I was lucky enough to do my dream job and worked in a bookshop up until I had Syd. Loved it. Loved getting in the new titles, reading the blurbs, stacking them so they looked just right. Loved my discount card too. Loved talking to customers, recommending books I thought they would enjoy, and vice versa. Yes, there were miserable customers, there always are, but each day would contain at least one conversation with another bibliophile, both excitedly babbling when we realised we had books we adored in common, and eager to share ideas for new reads to a like-minded person.


book shelves


The upshot is we have a lot of books in our house. I am good, if I don’t absolutely LOVE it, it will go into a pile for one of my quarterly charity shop visits. But I am 41, there are still a lot of books that I haven’t managed to part with. Maybe I love it to the extent I will read it again, maybe I loved it as I related to one of the characters, maybe it is a biography of someone I find interesting, maybe it made me cry, maybe there was just one perfect line that earnt it a place in the keeper pile.


book shelf pictures


I long for the sort of house with wide recesses either side of an open fire in which I could put the perfect bookshelves to house my collection. Or better still a whole room to act as a library, with wing back chairs either side of a woodburner, and floor to ceiling shelves, and maybe a wheeled ladder to reach the very tops. A writing desk with an anglepoise lamp, a vintage globe cocktail cabinet for mixing the perfect drink to accompany a reading session.


books window ledge


For now I have shelves that are the cheapest Argos had to offer, and they are piled 2 deep and 2 high in places. Despite their modest housing I still love the look of my bookshelves. All those stories nestled together, their spines creating a warm and pleasing display. The shelves are groaning and my collection is spreading to the nearby window ledges, meaning a cull is due soon, or maybe just some more shelves!

DO pop over to Keynko and share your books/bookshelves. Maybe you have a treasured old book with beautiful colour plates to share, or a childhood favourite you have handed down to your own children. Or maybe like me you have too many to pick one favourite.

Love Miss Cisco XXX



    • February 3, 2015 / 10:42 am

      I love you! With a housemove on the horizon here I am already dreading all the lifting and heavy boxes that will be required!
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  1. February 3, 2015 / 2:00 pm

    I love your longing for shelving and recesses and wing back chairs!! I have one alcove shelved for books and a cupboard stuffed with books. I finds house without any books kind of odd!
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  2. February 3, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    We would definitely have been reading the same books over the years. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love books too…three years ago we had to downsize drastically and I had to get rid of so many books but I still have 100’s unpacked and 100’s more in boxes that I can’t bear to part with. My youngest loves the smell of books
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  3. February 3, 2015 / 3:28 pm

    I could have written this post! The husband and I were talking only the other day about where we could possible fit more shelves because I have books piled on the floor behind the chairs, waiting for a proper home.
    I volunteer at our local charity shop and my job is on books. I’m in heaven when I’m there but it’s not good for the bank balance as I keep finding books I want!
    The difference between us though is that I can’t part with them. Any of them! I even have trouble deleting ones from my Kindle that I’ve read :o)
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    • February 3, 2015 / 4:37 pm

      Haha, I keep far more than I part with, I just have to show willing sometimes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. February 3, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    I am a huge fan of books too although over the years my collecction as dwindled on each house move and I am trying not to hoard too many which is very sad. Now I use my Kindle more which is good as I think I read more but bad as there is nothing physical to show for it. Love all your books – 2nd hand book shops are my ultimate treat! xxx
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  5. February 3, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    I love books too and have books stashed all over the place in our house. I usually buy books on my Kindle these days to save space though!
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  6. February 4, 2015 / 10:05 am

    I love reading, I just wish I had more time to do it! xxx

  7. February 4, 2015 / 11:56 am

    Love books here too, but as both daughters are at uni we have too many taking over the bookcases and shelves. Now I mostly read books from the library and will only buy a copy if I think I’d read it again. Thanks for sharing snaps of your book shelves x
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  8. February 4, 2015 / 6:12 pm

    I really need to find time and start joining in. It is lovely – I will have to take pics with the bookshelves in mums house where all my childhood books are.
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  9. February 4, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    That is such a lot of books! I love talking to people who are interested in books and sharing recommendations ๐Ÿ™‚
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  10. February 5, 2015 / 1:07 am

    Is it bad that I don’t have a book shelf?!! I do have a kindle and a small pile of books stored away in my wardrobe at least. x

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