Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Scene of the Blog Featuring Karin of Karin's Book Nook!

Karin of Karin's Book Nook is one busy lady!

--She's a middle school librarian in Oklahoma
--She's an Adjunct Professor at a local college
--She's working on her PhD in English Education
--Part of her dissertation involves writing a young adult novel

...and if that weren't enough, her blog is hopping with reviews, contests, giveaways and challenges. Something tells me that Karin discovered how to add extra hours to the day and she's just not telling the rest of us because this just scratches the surface of her busy life!

One of the things I like about her blog is her passion for reading and for Young Adult literature. If you're not familiar with Karin's Book Nook, pay her a visit and say hi. I bet you'll find Karin's passion addictive!

Now it's time to train the spotlight on the places where Karin is inspired to blog. Don't forget that you can click on any of the photos to see them full size.

A year and a half ago my husband and I moved into a tiny house on a lot of land. The tiny house had a STRANGE floor plan There was this little corner next to a window and as soon as I saw it, I knew this needed to be my reading nook. I love lounging on my love seat. It is so cushy and comfy. Perfect for cuddling under a blanket while reading a good book.

This past winter we decided that we needed to do something about our fireplace. It was just a huge, gaping hole that was an eye sore. After seeing a picture in a Sunday flyer of a fireplace filled with logs, we decided we could do the same thing. We just put candles in front of the logs and it creates a nice, warm glow. The red chair used to be in my Grandpa's house when I was a child. I've always wanted a chair with an ottoman. The only draw back to this reading area is the lack of light. I can only read there in the daylight until I get a reading lamp in place.

Books are taking over my living spaces. My husband is truly becoming concerned. I've always had a lot of books in my life, but lately I have been getting more. My problem is, I don't like getting rid of my books. I've started trading with some other YA bloggers and on Bookmooch, but still, I'm not getting rid of anything, I'm just replacing what I already have. Oh well. I guess I could suffer from a worse habit. Right?

Sometimes I write my reviews while I'm sitting in my green recliner while I'm watching TV, but mostly I sit in my office. My desk sits in the corner of the room and I have a nice window that looks out onto the front porch and into the front yard. I love sitting there and feeling the breeze and listening to the birds in the trees that surround my house while I write.

I don't know about any of the rest of you, but I really enjoyed this look at Karin's creative spaces! You can't beat sitting by a fireplace as a favored spot to read, and that red chair reminds me of my Grampa's favorite recliner. The thing literally had to fall apart before he'd let my grandmother replace it, and I remember many happy hours sitting in his lap there. By the way, Karin, did you get the lamp you needed?

I think everyone here would tell you that you could certainly be a victim to many worse sorts of habits than hanging on to your books!

You've got a nice corner desk in your office next to a window with a view, and here's where I have to admit that I got a crick in my neck trying to read the writing on the wall!

Thanks so much for showing us your favorite reading and blogging spaces in your home, Karin. We certainly appreciate it. Best of luck with your PhD!

Don't forget to stop by next Wednesday when there will be a brand-new blogging space to check out!


  1. The fireplace setting is sure my fav, not that would be such a nice place :)

  2. What a great idea for the fire place. It looks really cosy.

  3. if I tried to do anything constructive in a comfy couch like that I would be asleep in 10 minutes.

  4. A lovely space!

    And of course reading & acquiring books is the best addiction there is.

  5. I'm not familiar with Karin's blog, but I'm going to check it out now - she sounds like Wonder Woman! I love her grandfather's old chair and I admire her for showing her stacks of books.

  6. Are you sure that there isn't a spy camera in my house -- those stacks of books look awfully familiar. I love all of Karin's blogging and reading spots -- lovely.

    Now I'm off to check out her blog.

  7. Love that fireplace and the recliner and those shelves behind it! Beautiful reading and writing places

  8. You guys are wonderful. Thanks for not judging my messy stacks. I do admt to falling asleep a couple of times in my reading nook, but reading what better place for it, right?

  9. Speaking of addictions, I'm getting addicted to these peeks at other bloggers' reading and writing spaces. Next time my husband complains about my shelves, I'll show him one of them.

  10. Thanks for introducing me to a new blog. I love it and the space where she creates.

  11. What a great space. The pictures are really nice.

    Love the fireplace and what you have done with it. We don't use ours and I have put Candles in it but I really like your idea. Although if I did that I am sure my son would say "But mommy how is Santa suppose to come in?"

    Off to check out this new blogger.

    Thanks Cathy for sharing this with us.

  12. When bookaholics' spouses have problems with towering stacks of books and bookcases everywhere, I think part of the difficulty lies in the fact that the spouses think no one else is like this. (They're married to a unique sort of weirdo.) If Scene of the Blog helps dispel that belief, I'm tickled to death.

    I'm also tickled that several of you have found a new book blog to check out!

  13. I definitely need to show my husband the other bloggers and their reading piles. Like you say, I can prove I'm not the only book weirdo out there. :)

  14. I love all the pictures. The fireplace is adorable and I am jealous of all of Karin's books and the fact that she's a librarian!

  15. Karin-- I may be weird, but the books had nothing to do with it! LOL

  16. She's got some cozy places to read. Love the fireplace with the candles.


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