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I wish I had space for more bookshelves - I love those stairs that have books lining them, but my stairs are too narrow - (on the wish list for my dream home). another brilliant thing about books is how they help absorb sound. Rooms full of books have a quiet quality, and a particular smell that somehow makes me feel safe.

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L. B.

I like the bookshelves of the guy living in Japan, and the woman from the UK. I've collected books for decades, and at one time I had over 3000 books. I gave a huge amount to a guy who loved reading and collecting like I do, so I am presently starting over, and have over 600 books. I've found creative inexpensive ways to make book shelves, and I've also bought them. However, in my next house, I will have more professionally built in book shelves.

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Lynette Ludbrook

My current home is the first in which I have had a single room able to accomodate my library of books all in one place. Previously, they inhabited bedrooms, the dining room, study, kitchen and the lounge. Having a designated library and office space within my very large sun room has been totally liberating. Not only does it have the best views to the garden and position in the home, it is large enough to also accommodate a lounge suite, table, huge desk, files and my house plants. It truly is my living room, because all the things I love, including my dog and cat, totally envelope me within it. Previously I have had studies, but have always used them as a storage space, whilst taking my work into the living areas, with more space and better heating. These days I pretty much live in my library/office/sun room. Recently, when I recarpeted the room, it was necessary to move out all my books. Moving them back in took the best part of a month, as I organised them according to categories and allowed for size. I have a bookcase more or less dedicated to gardening books, masses of history, half a bookcase of cookbooks, a huge history section, lots of non-fiction and then there is Australian and international fiction, plays and more!

   

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