Here at Quirky Girls Read we’ve been taking turns showing off our book shelves. Today it’s my turn. But, before I show you mine, you should know where and how I live. Ever since we retired, my husband and I have been traveling around the US, living in an RV.
Now, if you’ve ever been inside an RV, you know there isn’t a lot of space for book shelves. Our RV is one of the longer ones but still . . .
As the old saying goes – where there’s a will, there’s a way. Since we both love to read, we found a way. We have two small shelves. Jay has one and I have the other. It’s only 16 inches long. Mine holds primarily some of the references I use most often (Agatha Christie’s autobiography, grammar books, a food writing anthology, and a devotional book.)
If you were visiting us in person and wanted to see the rest of our books, you really would have to snoop. You have to open the cabinet doors to see all the stacks. In the picture above you see the cabinets on either side of the little shelf.
There are four deep cabinets across the very back of our RV. Two are Jay’s and two are mine. I keep my sewing and quilting supplies in one and the second is filled with books. That’s what you see in the picture above. (That pile is three stacks deep.)
Our RV is rich in cabinet space, which is one of the reasons we choose this model. I have another cabinet over my desk that is half full of books. Then upstairs in the bedroom area I have four small plastic bins that stand on one end, link together to form bookshelves. Oh, and there are a few tote bags filled with books, too. We do have an under-the-house storage area we call the basement. We did have a good sized box of books down there but, in the last couple of years, I’ve managed to read those and pass them on to others.
It takes some effort to manage the books I have. For instance, I have a list for each cabinet that says the title and author of each book inside. The tough part for me is keeping the list up-to-date whenever I add or give away a book. We have adopted a firm practice of giving away nearly every book we read. It’s helped us keep our home cleaned out.
On the other hand, I now own a Kindle. E-readers were made for people like us – the ones who can’t stop collecting books. It doesn’t take up any space and almost every book I want is available within 60 seconds, or less.
I carry it everywhere I go – in the RV and out. Someone is always asking me about my Kindle. I’ve gotten good at giving a quicky-tour. Lately I’ve been meeting people who also have an e-reader. Our conversation immediately jumps into “What are you reading?” and “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.” I love meeting these fellow book lovers who carry their book shelves around with them. I’ve decided we’ve reached the techy version of snooping our shelves.
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at my “book shelves”. If you have some books (hardback, paperback, or e-reader) you want to show off, leave a link in the comments area. We’ll come and snoop around at your place.