Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s wall

I heard someone refer to her book stack as “Hadrian’s Wall by my head at night.” I had to look it up.

The Wikipedia entry is linked above. I pulled photos from it, and, yes, I agree, it does look like a stack of books. In its day, before 122, it was much taller than it is now. Maybe people have gotten around to reading the books in the stack? Kidding. It looks like it would have been overwhelmingly huge in its time. Kind of like some books stacks I know.

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Bookshelf inserts

Bookshelf inserts

I was looking at the bookshelf inserts in the above linked article. I decided that I wanted one. They are adorable! Then, I started looking at prices. Nope. Not happening. While they are beautiful, I just can’t justify spending that much money on decorations for my book stack. I still enjoy looking at the photos of them, though.

Neatening up the book stack

In my post Productive Long Weekend, I mentioned redoing my book stack. Here’s the mostly done stack and its contents.

In the upper right, you’ll see my headphones. These are perfect for Zoom meetings and for reminding my family that I am reading or writing.

Directly under them, is a boxed set of books resting on the air purifier. The surge suppressor/hub is in front of the purifier, powering the things like my Nintendo Switch (lower left), reading light (left of headphones), and my chargers (phone, kindle, fitbit, etc).

My tablet is right behind the reading light, holding the TV remotes and mp3 players. Right on top of the tablet is an empty hydroflask that’s waiting for its tops to be washed. Under the tablet are two books and small shelves that hold my kindle, my night guard, ear plugs, my nightly medicine, and my dress watch. My reading light is here, too.

Next to the hydroflask is a tinkerbell pouch for bookmarks and other things I might need. There’s a light purple bag next to it with similar items, plus cords for things I don’t charge much right now, like my swimming music. The boxes to the left of that hold more bookmarks and pens and pencils. The bag (New York Public Library) in front of the vertical books has special bookmarks and trinkets that I got from the library in New York City. The back of the bag is shown in the other photo here.

The books that have their titles turned away are books that I haven’t started yet, but want to soon. The books that are stacked vertically are works in progress or reference books.

While my little book stack could be neater, it’s certainly more accessible than before. I am happy with it.

Productive long weekend

On Friday of the Memorial Day weekend, I decided to plan out the movement of my book stack. The previous weekend, I looked at my air purifier and realized that the filter needed changing. Because of its location, I needed to move books to get at it. I also needed to unbury a few books for bookclub and just because I wanted to read them. I figured that I’d deal with two birds with one stone (no avian killing for me).

Saturday morning, I had a plan. I moved the books out of the way of the purifier and figured out how to change the filter. I started to figure out what I wanted within reach and how to get things where I wanted them. I wanted to be able to get to the books I needed in the next few weeks. I saw other projects that I had been meaning to get to. I started writing my todo list.

I ended up taking stuff out of the closet and returning things that were not mine to their owners. I threw some things away that I hadn’t used in ages, and gave away useful things that were there but I wasn’t using. I cleared a bunch of art supplies out and put them in a box to go with my easel. I made space.

I realized that I could move my book stack. I put the books I don’t plan on reading soon at the bottom of the stack. I should say stacks. There were 7 stacks by the time I was done. I realized that I could put some small drawers in the rest of the open space, so I ordered them online, planning to finish up the project the following weekend.

I put the books that I’m currently reading or that I want to read next in the area where I used to have the entire book stack. It’s much neater and I can reach what I need quickly.

The set of drawers arrived earlier than I expected, so I was actually able to complete most of the project in a weekend. I still have to fill drawers and straighten the final quarter of the room, but I think I’ll wait a week or two to do it. I want to make sure the new setup is working for me. So far so good!

Catana Comics

About a month ago, I woke up in the middle of the night and was browsing events at one of the local independent bookstores. When I woke up fully, the next morning, I found that I had apparently registered for an event, and purchased two books! Thankfully, it was for a day that I didn’t have anything on the calendar.

I knew nothing about the author, and didn’t really have an idea about what the books were about, but, they were books.

The night before the event, I received an email with instructions, and reminding me that it was just a book signing, not an author talk.

I headed out early to the event and decided to visit a library that I hadn’t been inside. I dropped off some library books and looked around. I ended up interviewing the security guard. They put security into 8 branches starting in January. Interesting. Nice guy to chat with.

I took myself to dinner nearby and put the leftovers in my car. I headed to the bookstore from there.

I arrived at the event and got in line. The line was very long even though I arrived almost a half hour early. It moved fairly quickly for the number of people in the line.

I received my books and a bonus book with little games to play while waiting. I didn’t read it since I was busy people and book watching.

I was mentally shopping, but was being good, since I’m not supposed to be shopping until I get some of my book stack books completed. I did take some photos to put on my tbr list.

When I got to the front of the line, the author took my books to sign and started chatting. She spotted my sweatshirt which said, “don’t take me to a bookstore unless you’re willing to drag me out.” She told me with a sweatshirt like that, I must have a book recommendation for her. I recommended City of Girls to her. She had it and was planning on reading it soon.

I had my photo taken with the author and her boyfriend. Then I headed out on my way.

What Are You Reading Wednesday – January 1, 2020

Audiobook: My Brilliant Friend – chosen for bookclub for the end of January.

Kindle book: This Is How It Always Is – recommended by my cousin months ago.

Book Stack book: The Living Is Easy – fills the Bookclub and Bookstack requirements.

Library book: This Is How It Always Is – Fulfills the Kindle requirement, too.

Bookclub book: The Living Is Easy – Chosen for Bookclub 1/5

Kindle Unlimited book: Kingdom Keepers – Been sitting in my Kindle Unlimited account for ages. The Paper Magician, and The Wendy should be up soon

Audible book: Gentleman in Moscow – Chosen for Bookclub 1/8

ARC: Us – a new author asked me to read it in exchange for a review. Corporate Catharsis and Angels in the Mist were written by a friend, and I’ll be working on those, too.

What Are You Reading Wednesday

This week’s audiobook is Lovecraft Country, for Sunday’s bookclub.

This week’s library book is about the architecture and landscape of Alcatraz.

This week’s book stack book is Magic for Liars, also for Sunday’s bookclub.

This week’s Kindle book is Playing for Keeps, about neighbors who can’t stand each other. It’s a love story.

Why It’s Important to Read Uncomfortable Books

Uncomfortable books

The above linked article talks about how important it is for kids to read books that make them uncomfortable, since history was messy, and they need to know about history. They shouldn’t be sheltered. The books below were mentioned in the article. I’ve only read one of the books, but it was wonderful and I don’t regret reading it at all. The others are in my TBR pile. Classics.

The Grapes of Wrath

 Uncle Tom’s Cabin 

 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

To Kill a Mockingbird