Sunday, April 22, 2012

The bookshelf project #32

This week's pictures of bookshelves are from Jack, one of the readers of this blog, whose comments I always find really interesting and insightful.

As Jack's bookshelves almost cover an entire hallway, it was difficult to get a complete picture of everything. But Jack did attempt to capture overviews. When I first saw the pictures, I drooled.



So let's look at Jack's bookshelves in more detail, shall we, dear reader?

Figuring prominently in his shelves is a space devoted to items from Jack's days at the navy.

Cool games at the left side

A stereo with a wonderful steampunk feel to it

More games and books at the left side

Jack's extensive jazz and blues music collection

Jack's collection of the works of Salvatore.
He mentioned that he doesn't ever loan these. :-)

So what do you think of Jack's bookshelves and collection, dear reader? I am so envious of the wooden bookcases! They're very classy!

10 comments:

Portobello's coffee said...

Awesome, bookshelves!

Peter S. said...

Yes, they are, no? I'd love to have that much space in the house!

Jack said...

My blushes, gentlemen! This is just an oddly-shaped space that isn't suitable for group activities, so I took it over for my solitary pursuits. A few tricky camera angles, and it looks like I live in Downton Abbey. I will take credit for the arrangement, though. I like that hi-lo-hi-lo-hi configuration, and of course, what's on it is all mine. I appreciate the kind remarks, though. This is an area that doesn't get much traffic, so its fun to show it off a bit...

Peter S. said...

I bet the items on your shelves have always been conversation pieces, Jack.

rmacapobre said...

a library!! impressive!!

strangely enough i almost always give away books i have read with a condition that they will part with it as well and so on and so forth ..

Peter S. said...

Oh, pay it forward! I love the idea, rmacapobre!

Jack said...

Ah, rmacapobre, you point out something I've often been conflicted about; hoarding books. It makes no sense on the face of it. Contrary to what Seinfeld said, the second time you read Moby Dick, Ahab and the whale really don't become good friends. On the other hand, a case could be made for the proposition that every book you give away is a sale the author didn't make.

I have actually given away at least twice as many books as you see here, probably more. Many of those I've kept are reference books that support my hobbies, and those you keep going back to again and again. The rest are harder to justify, but I will say this: Our three oldest grandchildren (13,12,10) enjoy reading and do well in school, and I believe a lifelong exposure to this book collection is part of that. They rarely come over without curling up with a tome somewhere, be it on cryptozoology, pictures from the Hubble, or some rip-snortin' adventure tale, and someday, everything I keep will be theirs; then it will be on them to give them away or not...

Stepford Mum said...

Jack writes beautifully. I enjoy reading his comments to your posts, Peter. And his library is wonderful. I love the nautical theme. It's not at all surprising that his grandchildren love passing time in this space.

Peter S. said...

Hello, Stepford Mum! Yes, he does write beautifully! And I really appreciate his time, considering that he writes such long comments. So, thanks again, Jack!

Jack said...

Thank you for your kind remarks. I love the whole idea of talking with people I would never have the opportunity to otherwise meet; it's no imposition at all!

I see you quite a bit at my site, Peter, but let me extend an invitation to anyone who enjoys my writing to visit me at www.jackshideout.weebly.com.

Thanks for the soapbox. I've really enjoyed it!