Wednesday, May 9, 2012

YA Highway: Road Trip Wednesday #16


"Road  Trip  Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors  post a  weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be  answered.  In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination  and get  everybody's unique take on the topic." 

Today's question on the  YA  Highway Road Trip is:

What's your favorite use for a book besides reading it? It takes about 12 hours to read a book, but the book spends a lot more time than that in the home, as a doorstop, a place to hide jewelry, even an old-fashioned petal press.  Is there anything you do with books before/after you've read them? (Pictures encouraged!)


When I'm not reading them, I pile books on the closest available surface--table, chair, floor. There's nothing productive about these stacks. I'm not pressing flowers or stopping doors, but I do get something out of my messiness. Being surrounded by books at every turn makes me happy.

My current stacking spots are my bedroom floor, at left, and my desk, at right. 

These are fairly tame stacks for me; usually they're so high that they threaten to topple over, and they've colonized every room in the house. You may note that every book pictured is borrowed. God bless the library!

12 comments:

  1. I have six children and four cats--the floor is not a safe place for books! I must say, though, there is a certain joy about going into used book stores where they have books in bookshelves, on tables, and lining the floors. :)

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    1. I'm lucky in that my family and pets respect my piles. That may be a result of the fact that I go into horrified librarian mode if someone tries to fold down a corner of a book or plop it down without closing it. I'm also scandalized by people who make marks in their own books!

      I too love book stores where the books run wild. It's like the books own the physical space in a way they can't in libraries or homes.

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  2. Stacking sounds about right. I'm out of room on my bookshelves!

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    1. After several moves, I have barely any bookshelves. Must change that!

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  3. I have numerous piles of books scattered everywhere too. One of these days I should invest in more shelves :P

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    1. Me too! I love hearing that other people stack.

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  4. I have my fair share of those, too!

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    1. We have our own little club going here!

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  5. Haha love the stacks. Stacks would be dangerous for me as I stumble on a flat surface as is. No need to add obstacles.

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    1. Haha. It's true, they can be dangerous, especially in the dark!

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  6. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the good work

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    1. My first spam comment. Oh proud and happy day!

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