what do your bookshelves look like?

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in the large, zoomed in, panoramic, whatever, let's show off

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:19 (two months ago) Permalink

You're welcome.

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:22 (two months ago) Permalink

So, knowing that I have a book buying problem, when I ordered a bed from Ikea a couple of years ago, I ordered a small backup bookshelf that I could keep stashed away for the future. And lo it came to pass that earlier this year, I think, I finally assembled it. Here's what's on it right now. (Well, last night, when I took pictures.)

http://spooky.camp/~evan/bookshelves/bdrm_top.jpg

http://spooky.camp/~evan/bookshelves/bdrm_mid.jpg

http://spooky.camp/~evan/bookshelves/bdrm_bot.jpg

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:29 (two months ago) Permalink

may I lick that Wodehouse shelf and collection

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:35 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't see why not; one of my dear friends came by the other night and unselfconsciously started smelling one of my books so I'm used to whatever.

My dad has accumulated a bunch of those Overlook Press Wodehouse books for himself, picking up used copies at attractive prices, and then he conveyed the Jeeves and Wooster subset to me for my birthday this year.

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:37 (two months ago) Permalink

There are the shelves as seen by the casual observers, and then the second rows of books behind those currently visible, and then the stacks of books that don't fit on the overstuffed shelves, not to mention the books which remain in boxes so that the stacks don't get too out of hand, and then the boxes in storage so that I have room to maneuver through my home. I might have to hire a professional to photograph the lot.

It's really going to be quite the bonfire once this shit ignites, I tell you waht.

Extra Shprankles (Old Lunch), Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:42 (two months ago) Permalink

please, everyone, hire me to take photographs of your bookshelves. i use an iphone SE - totally clean lens, triple-wiped with my cotton shirt. $25 per pic. $20 if you want me to do it remotely (just skype me in to your living room and i'll take a picture of my laptop screen)

1-800-CALL-ATT (Karl Malone), Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:45 (two months ago) Permalink

I used my iPhone SE also Karl but I find my natural oils really lend a warm glow to my photographs

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:47 (two months ago) Permalink

i did notice those natural oils. very nice, v v nice

1-800-CALL-ATT (Karl Malone), Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:48 (two months ago) Permalink

I want a hoos to post in this thread

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:34 (two months ago) Permalink

For reference: It's 2008! What do your books look like?... has numerous photos of bookshelves belonging to ILBers, both past and present. My own bookshelves look much as they did ten years, when viewed in large. I have added one more standing bookshelf to those pictured. It is filled, of course. That's what bookshelves do!

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:05 (two months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/qSrWLzw_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

Haven’t moved my books or shelves down from Edinburgh yet so you’ll get my dresser top and half the books I’ve picked up from the local charity shops in the last four months. I had been ignoring the lack of order until I took this photo.

Ctrl+Alt+Del in Poughkeepsie (fionnland), Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:17 (two months ago) Permalink

2 views in my office.

https://i.imgur.com/PEfG7df.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/G5x4M1u.jpg

WmC, Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:22 (two months ago) Permalink

As a fan of the genre, I should really check out this RE: NOIR book that seems to be so popular.

Extra Shprankles (Old Lunch), Thursday, 11 October 2018 22:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Hmmm, not sure why the first one is sideways...

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:07 (two months ago) Permalink

do y'all dust your bookshelves

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Sometimes, when bored

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:10 (two months ago) Permalink

the, uh, least cluttered of them

https://i.imgur.com/RkXfxwe.jpg

guess the camera on my phone really sucks

mookieproof, Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Here's an overview photo of one of my two main bookcases, with an auxiliary case off to the side there

http://spooky.camp/~evan/bookshelves/expedit.jpg

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Friday, 12 October 2018 01:28 (two months ago) Permalink

(the two top middle cubes contain stuff that's my partner's or her sister's, everything else is mine…)

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Friday, 12 October 2018 01:29 (two months ago) Permalink

…a fair proportion of this shelf is stuff I haven't read, haven't got plans to read, and in a lot of cases it is unlikely that I'd ever really read a meaningful chunk of whatever it is (The Art of Computer Programming; the Bible)

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Friday, 12 October 2018 01:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Amazing thread, jealous of WmC's DC Archive books.

MaresNest, Friday, 12 October 2018 11:06 (two months ago) Permalink

http://i64.tinypic.com/2ur2mpj.jpg

Books are spread all over the house so my friend made some eaves shelving for the overage of larger size art/music/comix books.

I'm moving house soon, so this is all going to come down in a day or two, good timing.

MaresNest, Friday, 12 October 2018 11:20 (two months ago) Permalink

https://i.postimg.cc/gJZFJQKv/image1-5.jpg

2 others that look m/l just like this but harder to get full pics of

johnny crunch, Friday, 12 October 2018 12:57 (two months ago) Permalink

love that tiny Poe

Brad C., Friday, 12 October 2018 15:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Everyone has great books.

jmm, Friday, 12 October 2018 15:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Poe is definitely the *smallest* book I own lol

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 October 2018 15:49 (two months ago) Permalink

I will try to post something once I've reorganized a bit. My three main bookcases are completely unsorted.

jmm, Friday, 12 October 2018 15:53 (two months ago) Permalink

jealous of Moodles' "Poster Art of Disney Parks" book, had no idea there was such a thing

xp

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 October 2018 16:17 (two months ago) Permalink

I also have that same paperback ed. of Infinite Jest everyone has but it's on the shelf I haven't photographed yet

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Friday, 12 October 2018 16:31 (two months ago) Permalink

yr just posting that to make me jealous

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 October 2018 18:25 (two months ago) Permalink

You will have to visit the UK Shakey, the streets are littered with old copies of New Worlds.

Ward Fowler, Friday, 12 October 2018 18:29 (two months ago) Permalink

haha

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 October 2018 18:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Some Penguin Classics:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DgmyCWmU8AA-_1M.jpg

The general sorry state of things:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZxyzlvU0AAqmYv.jpg

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Saturday, 13 October 2018 02:07 (two months ago) Permalink

James thank you for posting that last one; I showed it to my partner as evidence that I am relatively normal

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Saturday, 13 October 2018 02:13 (two months ago) Permalink

(Those Penguins though!)

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Saturday, 13 October 2018 02:13 (two months ago) Permalink

Fuckin hell james

Οὖτις, Saturday, 13 October 2018 02:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Sure you can say "please", but who on earth could resist entering the book-filled death trap; it's like saying to a bear, "don't raid this bee's nest for honey, you'll get stung!"

A is for (Aimless), Saturday, 13 October 2018 02:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Wtf! James has a bookstore in his house

calstars, Saturday, 13 October 2018 02:52 (two months ago) Permalink

i just moved so i don't have my shelf set up yet but it's down to like 5% books 95% games now anyway, the transition is almost complete

ciderpress, Saturday, 13 October 2018 03:11 (two months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/Cyf8Rlm.jpg

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 13 October 2018 03:47 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't have shelves or a camera phone that I can transfer images with. And I'm ashamed that I've only read 10% of the books I have and I'm too scared people will steal the valuable ones.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 13 October 2018 14:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Might come back here in several years and post mine.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 13 October 2018 14:26 (two months ago) Permalink

cool, ill be waiting

johnny crunch, Saturday, 13 October 2018 14:43 (two months ago) Permalink

jm's second pick reminds me of my uncles house, p much the entire place has person-high stacks everywhere; he took up used bookselling as a retirement hustle, lil sad though he doesnt really care abt anything outside of their value o_o

johnny crunch, Saturday, 13 October 2018 14:45 (two months ago) Permalink

hope this works i got old and paranoid and don't know how to share photos anymore

anyway we're, uh, in the middle of doing some renovations

https://photos.app.goo.gl/heei5Rcd2UUfMTEf8

dub pilates (rushomancy), Saturday, 13 October 2018 15:01 (two months ago) Permalink

nope i'm old, anyway it's here https://photos.app.goo.gl/heei5Rcd2UUfMTEf8

dub pilates (rushomancy), Saturday, 13 October 2018 15:01 (two months ago) Permalink

I think mine would stress people out

coetzee.cx (wins), Saturday, 13 October 2018 15:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Whole lotta Moorcock. Any recommendations?

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 14 October 2018 00:19 (two months ago) Permalink

https://preview.ibb.co/jXtBW9/914-BBE17-F22-C-4-A5-D-A43-E-357-E78-A936-DD.jpg

I love buying and reading trashy paperbacks but they are ugly as sin to shelve unless you keep 'em in good nick (which I don't).

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 14 October 2018 00:41 (two months ago) Permalink

My last principal bookshelf, from the sadly defunct Ballard Bookcase Company.

http://spooky.camp/~evan/bookshelves/ballard.jpg

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Sunday, 14 October 2018 16:33 (two months ago) Permalink

(my mandatory copy of Infinite Jest appears here, along with a desultory shelf of manga that might give you the incorrect impression that I read a lot of manga. Video games and movies at the bottom.)

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Sunday, 14 October 2018 16:33 (two months ago) Permalink

This happened months ago and I haven't got round to replacing the shelves yet.

Glass shelf failure! They’d been good for 15 years... pic.twitter.com/VQlwFcHL1f

— The Half Pint Press (@halfpintpress) March 16, 2018

Tim, Monday, 15 October 2018 10:01 (two months ago) Permalink

I will do this in stages.

https://i.postimg.cc/W15FrhzB/65-AC7-D90-854-E-42-B2-8-B37-4-A214-D1374-B6.png

https://i.postimg.cc/J42Ck8mT/1504-B5-FD-0053-42-F3-9-D95-21-B393-BCAEA9.png

They are double stacked, which obviously makes it impossible to find anything but keeps them off the floor.

https://i.postimg.cc/bwhWbwW9/311-E4-DB0-93-E7-4072-8-BDC-97-DB86-CF6-E72.png

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Monday, 15 October 2018 14:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Nice. Who's the 'man reading' painting by?

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 15 October 2018 14:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks!

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 15 October 2018 14:29 (two months ago) Permalink

do you have a checklist for those penguin classics sharivari

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 15 October 2018 16:20 (two months ago) Permalink

b/c wau

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 15 October 2018 16:20 (two months ago) Permalink

No, I have the catalogue somewhere but have never bothered checking them off. I should do, really.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Monday, 15 October 2018 16:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Whole lotta Moorcock. Any recommendations?

Moorcock is all over the place stylistically and is also prolific enough that it's safe to say there is no ideal starting point. In general my recommendations are summed up here: Michael Moorcock: "a man who excels at saga-making in a timeless magic world" or like the movie Yellow Submarine w/o any of the good bits

Οὖτις, Monday, 15 October 2018 16:27 (two months ago) Permalink

I have that Phaidon ukiyo-e book too. It's great.

I've begun amassing a shelf of Taschens but the only overlap I see with yours is the Piranesi.

jmm, Monday, 15 October 2018 16:29 (two months ago) Permalink

ShariVari has a _lot_ of good books

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 00:11 (one month ago) Permalink

<3 Tiptree anthology

sleeve, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Shakey. I like your books. I was intrigued by the Kirby/DC stuff you posted before. I'd like to get into more of that stuff, but don't know where to start or what's even affordable.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:42 (one month ago) Permalink

One of five bookcases. This is the tidiest and easiest to photograph.
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1903/31489243368_bd728abc08.jpg
I try to shelve by height (to maximise space efficiency) and all my bookcases are double stacked.

treefell, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:45 (one month ago) Permalink

A couple more views, so you get a feel for the vibe of the room where I spend most of my time every day.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/ypujrgsz8bm94we/20181016_104721.jpg?dl=0

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/een3dgai897w9xi/20181016_105009.jpg?dl=0

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:56 (one month ago) Permalink

I'd like to get into more of that stuff, but don't know where to start or what's even affordable.

I'd actually defer to sic on this point, at least in terms of what's available (not necessarily in terms of what looks good - he hates Marvel glossy reprints for ex, I think they look fine). My memory is that those Fourth World books didn't stay in print, and some volumes were more popular/command higher prices than others. The Thor books are from the Marvel Masterworks series, which I think has been discontinued/are also out of print. No idea what those would fetch. Generally my opinion is that anything Kirby did between like '68 and '74 or so is just absolute gold, and well worth the investment. I know recently Marvel's started pumping out relatively nice full-color collections that are compiled by subject/storyline - so there's like one for the "Saga of the Silver Surfer" (which spans various FF issues plus some other random stuff), and one for the Inhumans, etc. - which are nice, but they aren't complete issues in chronological order or anything like that. The one thing I don't have that I would like is the giant Fantastic Four omnibus, but it is so big it's actually kind of hard to read also it is $$$$.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 16:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm less concerned about the authenticity of the printing process and more wondering what's affordable and fun with some great psychedelic artwork.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 16:15 (one month ago) Permalink

as far as Thor goes, this volume is incredible: https://www.amazon.com/Marvel-Masterworks-Mighty-Thor-5/dp/0785188509 For some reason they put a way shittier, non-Kirby illo on the cover of the paperback? whatever. Contains Thor's visit to EGO, THE LIVING PLANET

this is probably the best Fourth World volume: https://www.amazon.com/Jack-Kirbys-Fourth-World-Omnibus/dp/1401235352/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1539707310&sr=1-1&keywords=kirby+fourth+world+volume+3 I dunno how the paperback printing is. Contains what Kirby and most afficionados would agree is his single greatest issue/story - "The Pact"

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 16:29 (one month ago) Permalink

I got this aforementioned Silver Surfer one which features one of my favorite crazy-looking FF arcs where they venture into the "Microworld": https://www.amazon.com/Silver-Surfer-Epic-Collection-Galactus/dp/0785190023/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1539707484&sr=1-14&keywords=Silver+Surfer+in+books I dunno why this is $45 I picked it up for like $25 iirc.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 16:31 (one month ago) Permalink

treefell that's a good vintage of Discworld paperbacks you got there

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 16:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Very nice, I'll check them out

xp

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 16 October 2018 16:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Cheers silby. I started reading Discworld when Mort came out in paperback. I have everything up to Interesting Times in paperback and from there I have the rest in hardback. Which I'd put up a picture of but they're at the back of a double stack in bookcase stuck behind a couch...

treefell, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 17:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Re: Kirby/DC

Last year DC brought out a complete Fourth World hardcover omnibus, containing every Kirby issue of New Gods, Forever People, Mister Miracle and the related Jimmy Olsen issues that Jack wrote and drew:

https://www.amazon.com/Fourth-World-Jack-Kirby-Omnibus/dp/1401274757/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1539762846&sr=1-1&keywords=KIRBY+FOURTH+WORLD

DC have also just issued a new New Gods paperback, I'm guessing with the other titles to follow and presumably using the same re-colouring as the omnibus (the colour is fine as far as these things go, imho). If you want all of the Kirby Fourth World, the omnibus probably works out as the cheapest way to currently acquire it, though it's a fairly unwieldy big brick of a book.

Outside of the Fourth World, Amazon are also offering a complete Kamandi omnibus, and collections of The Demon, Omac, The Losers, Spirit World and In The Days of the Mob (Jack's short-lived black and white magazine titles), none of which seem to be going for outrageous prices.

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 08:07 (one month ago) Permalink

1481 pages

it seems implausible that the inner margins are going to be legible in this thing

My Gig: The Thin Beast (sic), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 09:03 (one month ago) Permalink

The stitching on the spine of my copy is suitably robust, and I don't recall any margin issues - but will give it another browse when I get home.

There was however a problem with a duplicated page - don't know if that's been corrected now. So, 1480 pages of material!

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/12/21/fourth-world-omnibus-major-printing-error/

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 09:19 (one month ago) Permalink

main bookshelf, fiction through to the start of non-fiction https://i.imgur.com/FWgLokJ.jpg

devvvine, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 09:47 (one month ago) Permalink

yowza!

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Just discovered something creepy: try dropping one of the clearer higher-res photos from this thread into https://cloud.google.com/vision/ and it does a not-bad job of pulling the book titles out.

https://image.ibb.co/b6Mo1L/Untitled.png
https://image.ibb.co/fA7jaf/Untitled2.png

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Thursday, 18 October 2018 02:53 (one month ago) Permalink

one section (some of these are my wife's):

https://i.imgur.com/YJpQzJe.jpg

o. nate, Friday, 19 October 2018 00:57 (one month ago) Permalink

My nonfiction. On the left side mostly history, on the right side film books, some theology and other stuff.
On the wall to the left is Saint Jerome, always looking over my shoulder to make me start reading a book instead of wasting my time on ILX:

https://i.imgur.com/ENKrLj6.jpg

ArchCarrier, Friday, 19 October 2018 07:17 (one month ago) Permalink

A better view of my buddy J:

http://www.artcyclopedia.org/art/vincenzo-di-catena-jerome.jpg

ArchCarrier, Friday, 19 October 2018 07:20 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I've always viewed my books/bookshelves as more of a living thing - a reflection of where my head is at and what my interests are pointing at. I used to have about three times as many but I've given books away, sold and traded stuff off. I'm also a heavy e-reader now - for me it's the words that matter, not the form of the ritual.

http://www.quartzcity.net/ilx/et_bookshelf-1.jpg

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 30 November 2018 22:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

http://www.quartzcity.net/ilx/et_bookshelf-2.jpg

http://www.quartzcity.net/ilx/et_bookshelf-3.jpg

(not pictured: the 33 1/3 books - they're with the records)

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 30 November 2018 22:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Nice! What's that blue John Cale book in the 1st photo?

sleeve, Friday, 30 November 2018 22:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

good shit ET

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Friday, 30 November 2018 22:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

idk know how to post pictures from my phone to ilx so heres a tweet that has my bookshelves:

gradients are back pic.twitter.com/HzXlVSytpP

— Crayson, inventor of Snullcore (@wutsreal) August 22, 2018

(° . ° )― (Lamp), Friday, 30 November 2018 22:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Nice! What's that blue John Cale book in the 1st photo?

It's the special edition of Cale's What's Welsh For Zen autobio that's illustrated by Dave McKean

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41C9QVZ5HKL._SX335_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 30 November 2018 22:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

should have moved the lamp (same John Cale volume peaking from behind couch, lower left)

https://i.imgur.com/wh7fcoE.jpg

beginning to sag

https://i.imgur.com/8yUBc1S.jpg

wife is concerned about the floors giving in our little bungalow. have a friend who had her floor reinforced for her record collection.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Saturday, 1 December 2018 01:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

should have moved the lamp (same John Cale volume peaking from behind couch, lower left)

I see the Bomp! book peeking out a couple books away. Super pleased to have a tiny part in the making of that.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 1 December 2018 07:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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