What's the big deal about Young Living

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Book lovers. Bibliophiles. Bookworms.

Our family, from its very earliest days has always loved books. In fact, my husband is still working on forgiving me for the time I may as well have cut his still beating heart from his chest when I sold his extensive collection of Louis L'Amour books at a garage sale. I hadn't seen him pick one up in a good long while, so I figured he was through with them. That was 25 years ago, and he is almost over it.

So you might say we love books. And we have a lot of them.

I have picked up most of our books at garage sales or library book sales, and for the most part, we have never had enough shelving to house them all. For years, they have taken turns being boxed up in the garage, and I have diligently taped the boxes up and moved them every time we have moved to a new home.

That's why I was thrilled when my husband came up with the brilliant plan to add floor to ceiling, wall to wall bookshelves in the new addition we completed last fall.

I filled the bottom 2 shelves with fiction, put biographies on the next shelf up, reference books above that, and finally collections, like C.S. Lewis and Laura Ingalls Wilder, at the top.

After we got all the books on there, I realized that I have an entire shelf full of biographies! Most of these were discarded from a public library, so they are hard backs with the special durable library bindings.

I got all the biographies arranged in alphabetical order, and I may be slightly obsessive about keeping them that way.

So, if you come to my house and take out a biography, I will probably follow you around biting my fingernails until you put it back in alphabetical order!

Do you see any familiar books on my shelves?

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  1. Just add alphabetizing the biographies to the list of household chores. The shelves look great!

  2. I must say that I am impressed with your collection of books!

    I have my books divided up similarly, and I have them all arranged alphabetically in their groups. My husband knows, if he takes a book down, to let me put it back. But I don’t even try with my kids’ books. Picture books just go on their appropriate shelves.

  3. So are your biographies in alphabetical order based on who they are about or who wrote them? I have mine alphabetized based on the subjects last name, but hubby thinks they should be based on the author like everything else in our library.

  4. Love it, we are book collectors too and many are stored in boxes until we move to our bigger house. I can’t wait to put them all up on shelves and group by topic, I am drooling just think about it

  5. Can I just tell you how happy seeing all those books, nicely organized on shelves makes me!? My house looks like it was hit with a book tornado!

    Are those Elsie Dinsmore books on the top shelf?

  6. I can spot the bright pink Elsie Dinsmore on the top, as well as some Little House on the Prairie. We have similiar. I am slightly envious of your bookshelves, and books…….. 😉

  7. Oh Connie, I would be so close to heaven in that room. :) My 6 year old wants to know if he sees some of the Mo Willems Pigeon books.

  8. Oh I’m jealous of all that shelving! lol We are a house full of bibliophiles as well and have even inherited most of my homeschooling mom’s library of children’s books (many of which I see on your shelves)! Needless to say I can’t wait to start “for real” homeschooling when my oldest is a couple more years older!

  9. Jessica Reck says:

    Do you label your books or are all those little white labels from being discarded library books? Also…do you have a “checking out” system or do you just read and replace when you’re done with it? When I was a teen, I would read 3-5 books at a time…I can imagine if all your kids were reading 3 books each, they would never get back on the shelf! Love it! Want one too!

  10. love, love, love. did I mention love?
    we have bookshelves on every possible wall in our house … and we need more. hmmm … maybe time for a bigger house? or no, let’s just get rid of the beds …

  11. Wonderful! Our family library is set up much the same, including alphabetized biographies. We miss the days when we had a biography section at our public library.

  12. You did what? Have you re-bought any of them? This should get you headed in the direction of total forgiveness: http://www.louislamour.com/chronology.htm And this should bring a big smile come Christmas, if you get started right away: http://www.amazon.com/Louis-LAmour/e/B000AQ2TE4

  13. We have a smallish house and a biggish book collection, I would love to do floor to 8ft book shelves on the wall behind our couch but I worry about my monkey(iel.. youngest child) will climb them. How did you get them and get them installed securely?

  14. I can’t stop drooling. Someone pass me a napkin? 😉



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