Books Make a House a Home
November 9, 2015
Last night I had the pleasure of attending a house warming party for some friends of mine. It was a well attended event, and it took me awhile to circulate among the crowd in the various rooms.When I finally made it to the living room area, I was immediately drawn to the book shelf that flanked one side of the room. At the time, I made note of the fact that I am compelled to look at people’s bookshelves whenever I pass them. Within minutes of gazing through the titles, I was joined by a fellow party-goer, and this stranger and I began a conversation about books and what we like to read.
I came to the following realizations: 1) Books really do bring people together. Even though this stranger and I had very different tastes in reading, we learned more about one another and made a connection for future encounters we will most likely have. 2) Books make a house truly feel like a home. I feel that books warm up a room, make a statement about who you are and what you are like, and make a focal point that people gravitate towards.
As I thought about the books in my own home, I realized that they are a focal point as well. Whenever someone comes to visit, they peruse the books on the shelves in my den. I am happy to talk books with guests, and I often lend out books to people who show an interest in something. Since my boyfriend moved in last summer, I have had to put books in storage to make room for some of his books. I’ve also resorted to making piles on the piano as I am running out of room with the purchase of new books. I’m not sure what our books would say about us at this point, because our selection really is all over the spectrum. Hopefully, we will be moving to a new place with more space so that we both can get some books back out of storage.
Where do you keep your books and what does it look like? What do your books say about you and your home? I would love to hear about the bookish things going on in your home!