On Reading: The One Place I Don’t Have Books

I have books in places that other normal people have books:

  • A large bookshelf, which was prominently displayed in my den in my old house, but is now upstairs in our playroom/”quiet reading room” (which do you think will win out there?).
  • A new bookshelf in our new study
  • In a bin in the family room (mostly children’s books)
  • On bookshelves in each of the bedrooms: mine, Kyle’s, Amanda’s, and the guest room
  • In a basket beside my bed and on my husband’s nightstand
  • Cookbooks on their own shelf in the kitchen

Maybe everyone doesn’t have that many stashes of books. But it doesn’t end there. I have books on closet shelves as well. In fact, I rigged up a special system in my old house in the entry hall closet for my review books. I’ve done the same in a nifty built-in shelving system in my cavernous closet here in my new house.

When we moved, we had many many boxes labeled books. I should have counted them, but I didn’t. I’m not exaggerating when I say that there were more than 20.

So that said, there’s one common place that people keep and display reading materials that I never have:

The former owner has this oh-so-cute toilet paper holder/magazine rack combo, but it’s just not something I’d ever use. I know that some moms read a few pages of a book in the bathroom, because they know that they won’t be disturbed. I understand that, but my motto is “Get in and get out.”

And you? What’s the strangest place you have a supply of reading material?

Jennifer Donovan doesn’t have to sneak away to read, because she indulges her reading habit quite easily. She (sort of) blogs at Snapshot.


  1. says

    That’s actually where I do much of my reading. :-) Not just so I won’t be disturbed, but to pass the time. I’d go crazy just — sitting there. There was a fun article a while back about reasons to read in the bathroom here:

    We just moved to another state and had to give up two built in half-bookcases. My husband did not want to buy more bookcases here (we have three as it is), so I sorted and purged and gave away some, but some I just couldn’t give away but don’t refer to often are in boxes in closets. Otherwise they’re in bookcases and on nightstands and end tables.

    • says

      Barbara — we just moved about 3 weeks ago, and all my books are not unpacked/sorted. Right now my goal is to get them all out of boxes, and figure out which books I want to go where. Then, like you, I think that I will purge some (more — I purged before I moved too!), and keep some in boxes in closets as well.

  2. says

    HA! You won’t even put magazines in there? I wouldn’t know where else to put the magazines! :)

    The bathroom is very cute, by the way. I hope you’re all enjoying your new digs!

    • says

      I’m not prissy, and I am not above it all, I just don’t see the need. Maybe I’m faster/more efficient than average???

      I will put some magazines or catalogs in there.

  3. says

    I’m with Dawn – the vast majority of our magazines are kept in bathrooms! I keep a basket of books in the loft that we read before bedtime. I like the idea of putting books in the guest room, we have so many books and so little space, that’s a great place to put some of the display books.

    • says

      The nightstand in our guest room has a bookshelf in it, so I’ve always kept some short story/essay collections and other books that I think that guests might enjoy and that are generally quick reads.

  4. says

    Yep, we have books everywhere ,too. We DO have a bookshelf in the bathroom. A full size bookshelf.If I didn’t have magazines in there or something else to read, I’d be reading the back of shampoo bottles and whatever else I could find with words.

    We also have this crazy extra-wide and long hallway upstairs so of course we had to line it with bookshelves,too.

  5. says

    Cute tp holder/magazine rack! But I’m with you, and don’t really read in the bathroom. Think that’s the only room in the house where we don’t have books! Have a bookcase in the living room, both bedrooms, dining room, and family room! Even have cookbooks in the buffet in the kitchen. Wish I had a long hallway I could line with books like Jupiter! Sounds awesome!

  6. Martha C says

    I with you! Get in and get out! But my husband is another story. He has at least 4 books in the bathroom at all times. I think it is a guy thing.

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