Spring Cleaning

When trees start to bud and that first sunny, warm day shows up, we start to think about clearing clutter (although I am by no means referring to books as clutter) and organizing our space.  We finally have some get up and go.   In an effort to get my books organized this spring I came across some interesting articles to help.

First, book shelves.  Southern Living has an article showing nineteen different bookshelves — from those organized by color, a fireplace turned into book storage, and a tree truck shelf.  Ideas abound!

Bookends are another important tool for organizing those books this spring and the New York Times has you covered.  While the bookends featured in the article are pricey, there are suggestions for lesser priced and even free bookends.

The Organized Home  (the newest Website from the editors of Remodelista and Gardenista) has an article on the seven best canvas bins for books and more for those inclined to the modern farmhouse look so popular right now.  Also on The Organized Home website are DIY bookshelves, unexpected places to store books, and modular bookshelves.

This should be enough to get you started on organizing those books as part of your spring cleaning ritual, but I do have to ask, why spend time organizing your books when you can read?

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The 50 most anticipated books of 2018

David Canfield has compiled a list of the 50 most anticipated books of 2018 at the entertainment Website ew.com.  You can check out the list here.  I like Canfield’s list, he has a good mixture of women’s fiction, dystopian distress, memoirs, thrillers, etc.  You can find something to add to your usual reading fare and something to expand your imagination.  Go read!

Reading During the Holidays

booktree If you are like me, the thing you are looking forward tomost during the upcoming holidays is some time to sneak away from the festivities and read a good book. To that end Southern Living posted a list of twenty-eight new books to read during the holidays.  You can find the list here.  One title that particularly stands out to me is John Banville’s novel Mrs. Osmond, winner of The Man Booker Prize.  Christmas gift, anyone?

Life with 12,000 books

The Guardian published an interview with novelist Hanya Yanagihara last week.  She speaks to life in her one-bedroom apartment in New York City and on life with 12,000 books.  The interview is short and as much fun for an aficionado of interior design as a booklover.  Hanya Yanagihara is the author of “People in the Trees.”

Southern Living’s Summer Books

It wouldn’t be summer vacation without a few great books to throw in the travel bag or take outside with a glass of iced tea for some quality time!  Southern Living has put together a great list of summer books.

Commonweatlth by Ann Patchett and Before the Fall by Noah Hawley are two standouts on the list.  Both are excellent reads and I can’t wait to check out some of the others!  After all, summer reading is any booklover’s favorite activity!

Horse Verse for Poetry Month

12778890_986798008062222_8976598858103758785_oNational Poetry Month was inaugurated in 1996 and has become the largest literary celebration in the world.  April, as well as being National Poetry Month, is prime time for attending steeplechases.  This past weekend the Atlanta Steeplechase was held in Kingston, GA and it was a beautiful weather day with majestic thoroughbreds, playful hounds, bagpipers, and Clydesdale horses.

As at any event there are the requisite vendors and this year the Atlanta Steeplechase had someone special there.  Tennent Neville, a poet from Black Mountain, North Carolina was in attendance with beautifully bound copies of his book entitled Horse Verse.  Mr. Neville’s poetry is stream of consciousness verse, a literary style in which a character’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions are depicted in a continuous flow uninterrupted by objective description or conventional dialogue. According to Google, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Marcel Proust are among its notable early exponents. Mr. Neville gave me permission to post one of his poems here for my readers:

l i f e o n a r a c e t r a c k

a m n e a r t h e f a r a w a y
t u r n o f t h e s t r e t c h
y e t n o w o n m y o w n w a y
t o t h e h o m e s t r e t c h

a n d y o u a r e h a l f w a y
a l o n g b a c k s t r e t c h
y e t o n l y o n y o u r w a y
t o o w n h o m e s t r e t c h

o f h o r s e r a c e t r a c k

My most recent book purchase has brought me a great deal of joy during this National Poetry Month and month of steeplechases.  If you would like to enjoy Mr. Neville’s beautiful book and stream of consciousness verse you should write to him at P.O. Box 354, Black Mountain, NC 28711.  His slim volume of poems was $20, and is well worth that for such a beautifully bound book of Horse Verse.  Quite an unusual and wonderful find!