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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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?

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!