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Reading Spaces: Dark and Moody

It’s finally starting to feel like winter here in San Diego. The skies have been grey, the temperatures cold, the nights foggy…it even rained a bit this week! All this wintery weather has got me leaning towards dark wood and moody home libraries. I hope you enjoy this week’s Reading Spaces, which is a departure from my usual light and bright spaces!

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Reading Spaces: Rustic Libraries

I visited Colorado last weekend and even though it isn’t particularly rural where my family and friends live, going home to the mountains always puts me in that country frame of mind. This week’s Reading Spaces is dedicated to rustic home libraries and reading nooks!

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Reading Spaces: More Traditional Home Libraries

As a rule, I’m not really into dark wood. However, even I have to admit there’s something charming about a gleaming wood-paneled library with real hardwood floors and shelves and shelves of books! These Reading Spaces are the very definition of handsome, don’t you think?

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Reading Spaces: Bedroom Book Storage

In the summer when it gets really, really hot, I forego my usual reading station on the couch for the bedroom because that’s where the portable air conditioner is. I wish I had a set-up like one of these rooms though. If I finish my book, I have to creep back out into the heat to get another one. Of course, the room I really like is the one with the wall of books. Someday…

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Reading Spaces: White Bookshelves

This week’s Reading Spaces is dedicated to the humble white shelf! I love a good white bookshelf, it’s like a picture frame for your beautiful books! And it works with a variety of decor styles. I can’t wait until I can have a wall of white bookshelves like these examples!

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Reading Spaces: Classic Libraries

Is there anything better than stepping into a traditional home library? You know the type. Lots of dark wood, persian rugs, antique furniture, and wall-to-wall books. Since it’s pouring rain while I’m writing this, this week’s reading spaces is dedicated to the perfect place to curl up with a good book on a dark and stormy night. Rolling ladder and bottle of brandy not included.

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Reading Spaces: Teal Painted Shelves

I really like white and grey. And I mean, I REALLY like it. But there’s just something so pretty about a painted bookshelf! If I could ever be convinced to brighten up my shelves, I might go for something like this beautiful teal. This week’s Reading Spaces is dedicated to gorgeous teal bookshelves!

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Reading Spaces: Rainbow Bookshelves

I’ve always liked how it looks to organize spaces by color, whether it’s clothes in the closet or books on the shelves. The fact that the books wouldn’t be organized by title or author doesn’t bother me. I have the Kallax bookshelf from ikea so I’ve loosely organized each cubby by books I’ve read and books I haven’t….and then stacked them like tetris so I can get as many as possible in my bookcase. So, organizing books by color wouldn’t bother me at all! This week’s Reading Spaces feature is dedicated to rainbow bookshelves!

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Reading Spaces: White Libraries

My future future home goals definitely include a dedicated library – which may or may not include one of those rolling ladders! I’m pretty obsessed with white homes so this week’s Reading Spaces feature is dedicated to clean, white home libraries!

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Why I Find the Library Depressing

I went to the public library on Monday, for the first time in a long while. I have to say, the San Diego library system is kind of pathetic. Or maybe I just lived near an exceptionally awesome library growing up in Colorado. But more likely the former. Not that it’s entirely the fault of the San Diego library system. Let’s do a little math, shall we:

less money = less hours + less books

While I was clicking around in the library catalogue yesterday, I couldn’t help, but feel that most of the books I wanted to read just weren’t available. And they weren’t even obscure books either. I couldn’t find a copy of A Wrinkle in Time. I understand it was probably just checked out. But seriously, that book is older than dirt. It’s not like there’s an extensive waiting list for it. Furthermore, it’s a children’s classic (which I have still never read). I can’t believe they only have one copy.

I know I could just request the book from another branch, but the branch I was at doesn’t even have some of the books in its own collection. Which I also find depressing.




I left with five books, but not one of them was what I originally set out to find. There weren’t any copies available of Looking for Alaska or An Abundance of Katherines by John Green nor the novel Train Dreams by Denis Johnson, a novella that has garnered a lot of attention. I was also looking for Veronica Roth’s new book, Insurgent.

Every time I go in the library, I leave with a general sense of dissatisfaction. With all the hundreds of books being published each year, only a very small amount of them go on to live a second life in the library. I was sitting and looking at the books and thinking that while it looks like they have a lot of books, they really don’t. Those shelves contain selections of every book that has ever been. Which is really not a great thing to have laid before you as an aspiring author. So many books, but so many that never even get filtered into the library. What happens to all the rest of the books? Once their print run is extinguished in bookstores, is that just it?

Sadly, I think it is.

Luckily, there is Amazon.

I love Amazon. I just don’t want to accept that one of my favorite childhood haunts is becoming obsolete.

Have you noticed similar things at your library? Less money, less hours, less books, less satisfaction?