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QOTD – April 15 – Where Are Your Books?




My poetry collection is growing. Daily. My mailman has been bringing me at least two packages a day for the last several weeks, and while it’s incredibly exciting, I’m a bit overwhelmed by not only the amazing words I can’t find time to read, but also by all the room I don’t have for them. My bookshelves are pregnant, and bending at the seams with words, and truth, and beauty, and sadness, and all the experiences with which I want to fill my cup.

I grew up the son of a book collector, so I’m very familiar with bookshelves lining every wall in my house. When payday hits, I’ll be picking up a few more bookcases to fill my dining room wall, and when those are full – which shouldn’t take too long – I’ll move more into the unused room at the back of my house. My office is already filled, so that’s now out of the question – though, once I clean it, organize it, and get a better chair, it will definitely become a nice reading room.

I’ve given myself a really nice reading nook in my living room. Lots of sunlight, a comfortable chair, and books upon books.

living room

I have no qualms about filling my house with books. I love the look, the smell, and the mighty words and emotions that each should hold. I sometimes mind the expense, because books are not often cheap, but it’s worth every penny.

Where do you keep your books? Where do you read? If you have photos, please feel free to post your library, reading corner, or simply favorite reading location.

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

3 comments on “QOTD – April 15 – Where Are Your Books?

  1. maryef
    April 15, 2014

    I have three bookshelves
    Filled to the brim.
    There’s books placed neatly and
    Books on the rim.

    I have books by the bed
    And books by the couch.
    I have stacks that I stub my toe on,
    They make me say ouch.

    There’s always room for one more,
    Because, you see,
    The one book I don’t have
    Is one written by me.


  2. kiwiskan
    April 15, 2014

    …and I thought I was a bookaholic! We have books all over the house – one wall covered by a bookcase in the lounge, and books in both our studies. I’m too scared to post my favourite reading corner. It’s a lot messier than yours.

  3. Lori Carlson
    April 15, 2014

    I have shelves of books in a spare room and the living room, just added 4 new shelves to my bedroom and still need one more and have had to box up some of my old goth novels from the 60s and 70s to make room for yes, poetry books. I do most of my reading at my desk in my bedroom. I like to make notes and underline things and be close to my computer in case something pops up while reading.

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