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Weekly Geeks #7

I haven't participated in Weekly Geeks for a while, but considering I just bought my very first digital camera, I couldn't resist this week's WG. So here are my photos:


The top photo is a picture of my bookshelves. I arrange everything alpabetically, with nonfiction being on the top row and fiction on the lower rows. If you look closely enough, you'll notice that my taste tends to run to historical fiction, chick lit, and British authors. In nonfiction, I love history. Some of the most common authors on my bookshelves include: Jane Austen, Sophie Kinsella, Anya Seton, Philippa Gregory, Laurie Notaro, and Jen Lancaster.

The bottom photo is another TBR pile. Yesterday, I braved the Brooklyn heat and went to an indie bookstore near Atlantic Avenue called Brooklyn Book Court. This is my haul from there. From the top down: Victor Hugo's Les Miserables (uh-oh; what have I gotten into?); JD Salinger's Franny and Zooey; Christine Falls, by Benjamin Black ( a murder mystery); Holly Would Dream, by Karen Quinn (chick lit); The Wise Woman, by Philippa Gregory (historical fiction; like The Other Boleyn Girl, also set in Henry VIII's England); and Dorothy L. Sayers's The Nine Tailors, a classic of crime fiction. Coming in the mail from Amazon UK is The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton, author of The House at Riverton, one of my favorite books (The Forgotten Garden has only been published in the UK thus far).

Other bookish photos to amuse yourself with:
Stuff As Dreams Are Made On
Blue Archipelago

Comments

Great photos - and great bookshelves too! Nice and neat and full of great books :)

Have fun with your new digi camera
CJ said…
Oh, my. I love that bookcase! It's beautiful! But, then again, most bookcases are.

cjh
Anonymous said…
Very organized bookshelves. I'm very jealous...

Sayers' The Nine Tailors is on of my TBR list too, with about 50 or so other books. :)
Liz said…
Your bookshelves are so neat! Mine, unfortunately, not only contain books but also stuff for my kids, and other detrius. My aim is to organize them this summer. Like all the books, though!

As for books to read, I'm currently re-reading books from my childhood (Betsy-Tacy series, Beany Malone series), and recently finished the latest Jonathan Kellermen. Working my way through Elizabeth George, and also just finished One Foot in the Black, about a high school grad who escapes his abusive father to become a firefighter in the California hills/mountains. I was really rooting for Greg to overcome his miserable snake of a father and build a positive life for himself. Doing so in the context of the fire service (my husband is a firefighter, so this is close to my heart!) made this an absorbing story.
Now I think you've inspired me to tackle a shelf or two of my own bookshelves. (And I agree with the above -- most bookcases ARE beautiful.)
Ana S. said…
What a lovely bookshelf! They look so neat :)

I'm a big fan of Franny and Zooey. And I have The Other Boleyn Girl on my list for this year too.
Alea said…
Thanks for sharing the pictures! I wish I had space so I could organize my books like that. They are pretty much as packed in as possible! Is that shelf from ikea? it looks a lot like one I got there.
Dewey said…
Oh, I loved Franny and Zooey! I hope you enjoy it.
Shelley said…
Your bookcase is beautiful, and it sounds like you have great taste in books. I've read Les Mis a couple of times, but I know not everyone likes it! I can't wait to hear a review if you ever get to it!
Anonymous said…
I agree nice bookcase!! It has given me a serious case of shelf envy. So much so that I will be including your blog as one of the links I will be placing in my own WG post. Not that this is the only reason, you also have a very nice blog. The post should be up by tomorrow.
Anonymous said…
Beautiful shelves in that first one! I keep wanting to get more attractive shelving units, but I keep putting it off until I'm a little more sure what the next few years will bring.
Anonymous said…
Oh, your bookshelves are lovely!
Maree said…
Okay, I have one thing to say about your bookshelves: WANT!!!!
Katherine said…
Thanks for the comments! Yes, the shelves are from Ikea. My parents started buying bookshelves fromt hem years ago, so I just continued the tradition. Ikea bookcases are durable, look good, and relatively inexpensive (yikes! I should be an Ikea saleswoman).
katrina said…
I can't believe your books are so organised, mine are literally in either the read or unread shelves.
Linked your pics to my w/g post
tanabata said…
I really like your bookshelves and so organized. Someday mine will be too when we live in a much bigger place! ;)
Joy Renee said…
i can never get enough of oogling pics of books and bookshelves.

i can't get enough of libraries and bookstores. which is what drew me to your link at Dewey's WG post.

i linked you to my first WG post

i'm going to have to come back to read some of these reviews!!

my current read is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and I've been reading it for a shamefully long time even though i think it is one of the best stories i've encountered in awhile.
Anonymous said…
Great bookshelf. I wouldn't even dare to arrange my books alphabetically. My boys think that it is really fun to throw all the books on the floor for me to pick back up again.

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