books are our friends…

(all photos by me)

I love books. Have always loved books. Over the years had amassed a collection of literally thousands of books. At my house, they were everywhere – bookshelves, stairs, chairs, floor, everywhere. When I moved, I had to get rid of a lot of books. A LOT of books. A lot. It was sad. They were my friends. At any time I could go…there’s a picture…of an aqua slat-back chair in a garden…and I knew just where the book was that had that picture…or that recipe…or that quote.

A few years back I was inspired (by some blog photo, I’m sure!) to sort my books on shelves by color. People thought it was crazy, how would I ever find anything. But I’m a very visual person, and very quickly I knew books by spine color as well as by title, author, or subject, and had no problem finding anything.

It was a little disconcerting to move to this apartment and set up my new lovely bookshelves…and find that the books I had kept in the move just BARELY filled the shelves. My apartment feels a little…vacant…with so few books.

I’m slowly restocking. And each new book is like a new friend – telling new stories, taking me to new places, teaching me new things, inspiring me in new ways.

So imagine my pleasure in learning of this amazing giveaway by Chronicle Books – list up to $500 worth of Chronicle books you’d like to win…and you’re entered to win them! AND, if you’re a reader of Dragonfly and comment on this post, you can win, too!

Here’s my list of Chronicle books I’d love to win – a mix of photography, decorating, cooking, and fiction:

  • Mick Rock Exposed: The Faces of Rock ‘n’ Roll by Mick Rock
  • Photobooth Dogs by Cameron Woo
  • Life on the Lower East Side by Rebecca Lepkoff, Peter Dans, and Suzanne Wasserman
  • Taking Aim by Graham Nash
  • Subway Art by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfan
  • Hot Shots by Kevin Meredith
  • Desert Realty by Ed Freeman
  • To Each His Home by Bilyana Dimitrova
  • Handmade Weddings by Sabrina Moyle, Eunice Moyle, and Shana Faust
  • Indie Craft by Jo Waterhouse
  • French General: Treasured Notions by Kaari Men
  • French General: Handmade SoirΓ©es by Kaari Meng
  • French General: Party Paperie by Kaari Meng
  • French General: Home Sewn by Kaari Meng
  • Porch Parties by Denise Gee
  • Swimming With Strangers by Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum
  • Fairy Parties by Colleen Mullaney
  • All Cakes Considered by Melissa Gray

Make sure you enter, too!

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11 thoughts on “books are our friends…

  1. I absolutely ADORE that idea of sorting books out via colour! Even if you just do so for an interesting photo shoot, it would look so effective and glamorous! I also adore books πŸ™‚ I have a lot of books I have never even read! I must get round to it πŸ™‚

  2. I love that look -books sorted by color. My problem would be I'd need a room for green, a room for blue, a room for red, and two rooms for brown (old vintage books tend to be brown).Need a bigger house.

  3. I had to move off and leave my books one time, it nearly broke my heart; but my favorites and I were finally reunited so it all worked out OK πŸ™‚ This is a wonderful list. Very different–for the most part–from the ones I selected See My List Here but a really delightful list that any booklover would love to own.Smiles,Teresa

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