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Anyhow, I wanted to ask: what are your plans as a lifelong reader? Do you have a specific goal for what you want your library to be? We have our whole lives in front of us, and we're already smart enough to know that reading is a joy that time doesn't diminish.
For myself, I want to continue collecting children's and young adult books in preparation for when I have children of my own. I plan on homeschooling my children (as I was homeschooled myself) and the idea of a fairly extensive library of our own really appeals to me. Not that we won't haunt the public library too, of course! But all the books in my library are handpicked by me.
I also want to continue collecting the classics. I pick up modern fiction here and there when it's recommended, but I will buy a classic on nothing but a faint recollection of having heard the author's name before. I'm also trying to build my library as much as possible now before we move to a more rural area and I can't slip in to a library booksale somewhere every month.
So what are your reading/library plans, with all your life and the books of the world in front of you?
I dunno, I'd never had a grand plan for a library, just amassing what I liked and hopefully having a place to put it all. (At the moment, that's proving rather difficult.)
Hahaha! Great post!
Let's see... decades ago I was reading/collecting the Bernstein Bears books and the Little Miss/Mr. Men books!
Right now, I have about 400 books cramped in the smallest studio apt in nyc. (I love it though!)
One day, I'll have a house... with a cute little library inside. I'll probably have thousands of books by then with a few of my own titles (dream big!) nestled amongst them.
That's what I want. A sliding library ladder. LOL.
gods, i loved that library too. i forgot about that one.
but i'm with you, wisewoman. although, i want the library Beast actually ends up giving to Belle.
no definite plans for my library besides that i one. i do know that mine will be filled with worn books, since i only keep ones that i will re-read over and over again.
i'm also in the process of re-collecting the Baby-Sitters Club series. why oh why did i ever give them away?? well, i can't lament too long since the girls who received the bulk of my collection just absolutely loved them-
On the fun side. I'd like to own all of Stephen King's books, and a nice collection of Ender's game series books.
Also I'd like a nice illustrated edition of a children's bible along with children's books to read to my kids. I think the reason I started reading at such a young age was my mom reading to me every night, I mean every night.
Aside from that, the only real constant in my library is as many classics as I can get my hands on. The reason being is simple -- they're classics. If nothing else, I'll know I'll have a copy to show my children.
Everything else is whatever I happen to take a liking to, mainly fantasy and science fiction, but there's a smattering of Grisham and Brown, and an alarming increase of books that simply deal with someone's point of view of the world, or some informative piece. Anything that's worth reading.
I used to read the Baby Sitter's Little Sister series... it took me a while to actually catch on to BSC.
I think I could go for a sliding library ladder, too.
I would also like to build up a nice non-fiction collection. That would be great!
My parents have thousands upon thousands of books, including everything I read growing up (I prefered Narnia and Madeline L'Engle to BSC) but I have moved to the other side of the world, so I have had to start from scratch! In a way it makes collecting more satisfying, because I had a clean slate at 20.
But who wouldn't want a library fit for a French castle?
I do international relations, and do a lot in military strategy and history, so I want to collect all the great strategists (I have many already), and as much military history and history in general as I possibly can.
Add me to the list of people who want Belles library. Currently, I have to content myself with one wall of bookshelves (not built yet but in process) in our den to hold my 900 books :(
When I was in grade 5 I was a member of the Babysitters Club and got 3 books delivered in the mail every month (which I would of course finish the first night I had them) but I did at one point have the whole collection along with almost the entire collection of Fear Street books. I so wish I hadn't given them away when reading became totally "uncool"
in grade 8.
Ah well, you live, you learn. That probably explains why I refuse to get rid of any books now unless I absolutely loathe them these days.
As for my library, I don't know that I have any plans other than BIG! I try and limit it to mostly books I've read, keeps me from going in debt buying too many books.
Right now I'm into Catholic books and want more classics written by the Saints, or books about the Saints.
I also love collecting books from my childhood, both contemporary ones and classics. It is great fun to be able to read some of those to the kids where I work.
I read some Babysitters Club books from the school ibrary when I was a kid, but I didn't really enjoy them. I liked reading pony books, especially British ones from the 50s and 60s. I had quite a collection - they're all still in a box somewhere too.
My goal for my library is to have a huge history section, organized in a timeline: books about ancient times organized up to more modern times. I'm working on collecting all the Newbery winners and honor books. I also want to have a Star Wars collection that is the envy of every SW nerd in the world!
A big goal of mine is to own all of the books that Ambleside Online uses in their homeschooling curriculum.
I'm sure somewhere along the way I'm going to require the use of a sliding ladder. :D
At the library i fell in love with the Romance genre, Mills and Boon etc.
I would love to have a whole room dedicated to books, sadly i live in a small house in the UK and dont have a spare room for books, but any spare space i can find i fill it with books.
I like some of the classics but still mostly romance and Belle's library in Beauty and the Beast would suit me down to the ground.
As for my library, there are a few goals I have. Classics, of course, because I think it's important to have a collection of the classics (plus, I really enjoy them). I'm trying to make my way through the 1001 books list (and at only 44 down, I have a long way to go), and I've purchased probably 100 of those so far, but I'd like to purchase more as I make my way through the list.
When I have kids, I'd also like to develop a good collection of kids books. I read the BSC and Goosebumps books as a kid of course, but I missed out on a lot of classic kids books. I went to a small Christian school, so most of the books I read were either from the library there or from the Christian book store. My parents encouraged my reading, but I wasn't really exposed to a lot of really "literary" kids books. And I'd like for any kids I have to read the books that have won the Newbery, or are critically acclaimed.
I have to agree with post #9: I want a library I can educate myself with. But I also want to have books that are mindless fun, too. Because sometimes I just want a book I can escape into, without having to *really* think about it.
My goal is to have a library that is constantly broadening my horizons. I have a lot of different interests, and I'm trying to expand my library to reflect that.
I'm also trying to track down all the books I read as a child but never owned. I practically lived at the public library, so a lot of my favorite books are ones I've never possessed.
I remember seeing the beasts library and as much as I wanted it i wondered how anyone could ever finish all those books, how heartbreaking would it be to have all of them and not get to read them? I remember thinking.. those poor books!
Of course, that wouldn't stop me from having them if it were possible! Although nothing ever feels as nice as giving a book to a friend and having them love it.
Haha. That would have been great! Of course, Belle probably wouldn't have abused the book further. However, I wouldn't be opposed to her thumping him on the head with those nasty boots of his!
I always used to envy my grandpa's VHS collection. He had two walls in his basement with floor to ceiling shelves filled with movies ... I wouldn't mind this for all my media (except even more shelves).
But also to be able to say that I've read everything I own as well would be great.
My dream for a library is a largish room with lots of windows. I want built-in wooden shelves with the windows receased into them, so each window has a window seat (the very best place to read a book, in my opinion). A large table for studying or art projects. Several comfy chairs with their own reading lamps. Nothing dark or stuffy like so many home libraries, but airy and inviting and peaceful.
As for the books, I'm jumping on the more is more bandwagon for this. I will read almost anything at least once, so I want books galore. Classics and pulp and children's lit and humor and religion. Anything.
Other than that I think I'll be fine with a slow trickling of more of the Great Books. I read deliberately, slowly, with much study. I can read quickly when I need to, but there is no reason to hurry. I would rather know few books incredibly well than to have but merely glanced at a multitude.
aneffigy: That sounds like a very good goal.
Of course, I want the classics, from fiction like Dumas and Tolstoy, but also classical political writings, like Kant, Smith and Marx. Of course, collecting books from T. E. Lawrence's library has become a distinct interest of mine as of late, but I have yet to do anything with it.
Judging by the number of people wanting a real library in their house, I have to wonder why no home builders ever made a neighborhood of homes with extraordinary amounts of built in shelves? Imagine - a whole community of bibliophiles!
I'm actually in the process of building a home right now, and we're putting in three very big built-in bookshelves. I cannot wait to get all my books on shelves for the first time!
I imagine it's how people who love to shop for clothes feel, but I'm not getting something much more valuable than clothes, for free!
-At the moment, I'm attending a Great Books school and purchasing all of my texts in an attempt to create the skeleton of a good library of classics later to be expanded.
-I also toy with the notion of homeschooling my future child(ren), but, regardless, I intend to raise (a) reader(s), so I plan on seriously expanding my collection of children's literature, most of which has yet to have been entered into my library.
-I'd like to read/own every book that has won a major award within the past 100 years or so (Booker, National, Pulitzer, prix Goncourt, Caldecott, Newberry, et cetera)
Mostly, though, I'd just like to have a library full of books that I love, that will keep me forever thinking. I'd like to decorate my walls with shelf upon shelf of books. All dark wood and puffy chairs and worn covers.
But I am jealous of Belle. I want that ladder.
My ultimate dream is to have a HUGE library. It'll have a pool table towards one end with a cozy area by the fire to read with floor to ceiling book shelves and a library ladder on each wall... it'll have a bar and be all warm rich colors with dark woods... it'll be a room my future husband enjoys too... even if, by some oddball chance, he hates books LoL
I also write children's stories for my sweet lil Jenny (best friend's daughter) so I'm currently trying to expand my collection with pieces with exceptional artwork. I have a short list currently that I want to get... Book Barn here I come this summer!
Also I collect fairytale and folklore books that I find in second hand bookshops, I hope to continue that for as long as there are second hand bookshops and one day pass them on to my children who, hopefully, will also be bookworms.
Lastly I love when I find second hand books that have messages in them, whether just "Happy Christmas" or "Congratulations". So I hope to add a lot more of these to my already massive collection over the years.
In my library I trying to collect all of the books in Gyldendals Udødelige. A Danish series of complete translated versions of over 40 classic books. So far I have around half and it is getting difficult to find the rest.
I have also been collecting bilingual picture books for some months now. So in 20 years I am planning on a good collection.
Besides those two collections I just collects book and hope to have a huge loved library with a big and soft chair to curl up in when I retire
I also would like to have all (or most) of the classics, I haven't read many of them by now, but almost always enjyoing them. And I also would like to have a great amount of children's literature.
In my youth I read some Fear-Street and some Gossebumps but mostly Hanni and Nanni, which I gave to my cousin but will get back some day.
PS A ladder would be nice, I loved it in the film, But just as I imagine my library now it has no ladder in it..
My life isn't very stationary at the moment, but my library does a good job of molding itself to wherever I end up. It's always my favorite part of unpacking when I get to the books and bookshelves and my library never takes the same shape twice. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to dedicate an entire room to it (like now) but my last apartment forced me to have everything scattered.
I hope my library is always like that though. Mine and personal, but flexible and ever evolving.
As for my reading and my library, I have big plans for it. I want to have a house filled with books everywhere. An entire room devoted ONLY to books, where I would keep all of my fiction, since that's what I focus on collecting. I would probably keep other books (non-fiction) in different places all over the house, wherever they could find a place. They are great decorations, of course.
I want to own every possible classic. Even if I really dislike a certain classic book that I read, (for instance - Daisy Miller by Henry James), I still keep it. I'm not really sure why, because I'm very strict on what fiction besides classics that I allow to stay on my shelves. Average (3 stars of lower) isn't good enough to stay.
When my library was at its best, 2 years ago, I always loved proudly showing it off to people who came over.
Technically, I do still have all of those books, but more than half of them are in another state, at my parent's house. They would not fit into my current apartment.
People would come over and marvel at my book shelf of nearly 700 books. I had positioned the shelf so that it was the first thing you saw when you came in the door, and, I have to say, it looked pretty impressive.
One guy I didn't even know (a friend of my room mate's) once looked over my collection for about half an hour, commenting on different books, and it was one of the best 30 minutes of my life. I felt so proud.
Another friend of mine (who was constantly dropping in to visit my library, read a book on my couch, and then go) once described my library on the phone to a friend. I heard him say that it was "the best" and that I "had books on everything you could possibly imagine."
Best praise I've ever heard!
I definitely want to share my library more in the future. Find trusted friends that will come browse my shelves, borrow books, and actually return them.
I love sharing my library with other people - maybe I should open a private library. :)
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