Are you a bookworm like me? One who itches to buy and read more books than he/she can manage in his lifetime? Are you often seen in book shops, hauling new and old books alike to add to your ever-increasing to-be-read pile? If you answer yes, then I guess I am safe to confess to you this problem I currently have.
It’s a given fact that I love reading. It is an integral part of my life. Of my existence. I go as far as to say that it is my lifeline. If I didn’t discover my passion for this world’s greatest hobby, I don’t know where I will be now. I am grateful that I started to be enamored with this leisure pursuit in an early stage, so much so that the feeling of holding a book and reading those printed words intensify each year. To feed that thirst for books, I began acquiring copies of my preferred genres and tried to quench the desire to read more. Sooner, I noticed that my small book shelf was no longer enough to occupy my books – novels I bought in local book stores and discount shops, some given by friends, others I won from various giveaways, and copies sent by authors themselves for my review. Some are already read, but most of them still untouched. Others were still even in their own packages.
I suddenly felt somewhat sad by the current state of my dearest books. Sure, they are just papers and inks to some, but I value the authors and publishers’ efforts to create such masterpieces. Thinking that I am somewhat a bad mother to my babies, I am embarrassed when I realized that I am not seeing to their welfare.
Am I sounding crazy already? If not, can someone please raise his/her hand and join me in admitting that we are neglecting to care for our books?
With this thought going around my head for days, I googled for inspirations. What about a new bookshelf? Mine is relatively smaller than the volume of books I have now, so I think it is high-time I splurge for my life companions. I salivated for some images I found over the Internet and I like to share some interesting photos to you, fellow bookworms.
This first photo is a very stimulating shelf, I guess. If you feel lazy to continue reading that classic novel, go to your shelf and READ.
For some of us who are nationalistic at heart, why not a shelf shaped as our country? I found this one. I would like to see a version for my country, but it will be a challenge to whoever will design it. The Philippines is an archipelago with more than 7000 islands, so good luck with that.
Music enthusiast? No excuse to be a bookworm, too. You may even get this guitar-shaped shelf and boast it to your rock band. m/
And for sport enthusiast? I couldn’t find something for soccer or tennis, and this is the best that I could share. Skateboarding, anyone?
Ah, I happened to get another one. Boating!
Animal lovers, I thought of you, too! Here’s a cute dog shelf to remind you of man’s best friend.
For tea lovers like me, don’t fret! You can enjoy a drink while browsing over the titles in your tea cup bookshelf.
And for others who want something simple yet unique, how about an invisible shelf? One way of entertaining your guest with a quiz “Find my bookshelf in 10 seconds”.
Those are just some of the designs I saw which caught my attention. I don’t know where to get them, and I’m afraid most, if not all, are not available in my country. I bet they cost a lot, too.
I saw this furniture shop over the web and it offers simple and minimalist stuff, just what I like. There are a lot of choices for bookshelves depending on the design, personality, and budget of everyone. It is in German though, so I used Chrome’s translation to get a better feel in browsing. If you want something homey, you can find items here which can even suit your house paint and design. If you are looking for something classy and elegant, the store also features those pieces. There are actually a lot of products being offered, and the indecisive person in me is getting confused on what to choose. They all look good to be a permanent fixture in my house.
Whatever design I will choose, one thing is definitely clear. I will buy a new bookshelf for my collection. They deserve that. Aside from covering them with plastic and opening them only in a 50-degree angle whenever I read, that’s the least I can do for my buddies.
What about you? Do you have too many books that you don’t know where to put them? Are you also due for a new shelf? Do you think you’ll get one of those personalized shelves I featured? Or those simple ones from an online furniture store? Whatever your thought is, please let me know in your comments.