Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Scene of the Blog Featuring Jenn of Jenn's Bookshelves!



I can't quite remember just where I ran across Jenn and her blog, Jenn's Bookshelves. Whenever and wherever it was, it was quite some time ago, and I not only follow her blog, but I follow her on Twitter as well. More than once I've learned about something in the book blogging world because of Jenn's tweets.

I appreciate Jenn's blog design. There's plenty of white space so the content and graphics stand out, and there just isn't any clutter to distract. I may be dating my eyeballs, but there's something else I appreciate about Jenn's blog: the font size is a bit larger, so I don't have to squint and try to focus if my eyes are tired. Something oh-so-simple, but it can make quite a difference! If you haven't ever visited Jenn's Bookshelves, I hope you'll stop by today. Don't forget to say hello!

Now's the time for Jenn to show us her blogging spaces. Don't forget to click on each photo if you'd like to see it full size.




A good part of the “administrative” work of my blog takes place in my office at my desk. It is here where I log in books I have for review, or add books I’ve purchased to LibraryThing or Good Reads. To the left of my desk are the books that came in last week; I need to log those into my database and then add them to my review calendar. I LOVE this desk. It’s a big, old, heavy, bulky desk, but I love it nonetheless! The walls are covered with artwork my boys have created.





Directly behind my desk are my lovely new bookshelves! I’ve had them a few weeks now, I’m still having a ball filling them up with books!




Most of my blogging, however, happens from my reading chair. I can just prop my feet up on my ottoman (which also serves as storage for books I have coming up for review) and relax. Directly behind my chair you’ll see my infamous horror bookshelf; I must have at least 200 books on this shelf. It’s clearly my most disorganized shelf; one of my upcoming projects is to replace that bookshelf with one similar to the bookshelf in my office.


Only a fellow bookaholic can understand the thrill of filling new bookshelves. Enjoy yourself, Jenn!

I love big, old, clunky desks, too. I remember with fondness an old partners desk that was used in the village hall of my tiny hometown in central Illinois. It was big, it probably dated from the Victorian age, and it was definitely clunky, but I'd love to have that thing right now. They probably took it to the dump when they moved the library to another building, more's the pity.

I don't know about any of the rest of you, but I'd love to get behind Jenn's chair and look through all those books on the shelves... as well as the ones on her new shelves. Thank you so much for this glimpse into your creative spaces, Jenn. We really appreciate it!

Who's going to be featured next week on Scene of the Blog? Stop by next Wednesday to see!

26 comments:

  1. I love Jenn's blog and enjoy reading it all the time. The chair looks way comfy, but what I love most are the stacks of books - everywhere. LOL Like a mini-bookstore. Makes me just want to browse!

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  2. I love seeing where Jenn's creative juices flow! The artwork by her sons is fantastic!

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  3. That is truly fabulous artwork, I have to agree. Also, that chair looks quite comfy. As always, it is great seeing where Jenn works from!

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  4. Those bookshelves look wonderful. I'd love to get in there and peruse titles. I'm with you Cathy on blogs whose font is so small it's tough to read. Yay, Jenn with the easy to read blog!!

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  5. These areas look so cozy, and I too have to say I was struck by the artwork!

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  6. Finally, a blogging/reading space that looks kind of like mine - books everywhere, papers everywhere, only I have posters on my walls. My desk is unique. Dave built it 35 years ago with wood we cut and hauled to the sawmill from our own woodlot in Maine. I'll never part with it.

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  7. Love that Jenn has separate places for the "administrative" work of the blog and the reviewing. Fantastic look inside her space. I think that shelf behind the chair looks like all of my shelves.

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  8. Kay-the stacks have drastically reduced. I used to have to climb over them to get into my chair! The chair was a great find...at the Salvation Army! It is comfy, but I want to replace it with something bigger. When I read to my boys, they each have to sit on an arm. I'd love to find a chair we can all fit in!

    Jill-I love a cozy setting for reading!



    Kathy-Thanks! My boys are quite the little artists. I actually need to put some of their latest artwork up!

    Kaye-Thanks! I, too, hate blogs with small fonts (obviously!) so when I switched to self-hosting I made sure I found a template with text that was easy to read!

    Rural View-I actually got this desk for free form freecycle. It was so difficult to move and get into place, but I'll never part with it!

    Serena-I've found that I'm much more productive with the administrative stuff when I'm actually sitting at a desk, not sitting in my chair with my netbook on my lap. And something about that desk...the creative juices just flow!

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  9. I love how real and homey Jenn's spaces look. I would fit right in.

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  10. Bookshelves good - books even better :)

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  11. Thanks, Candace. I love homes that look lived in...not sterile ones that look more like museums. While my house is never perfectly clean, it is my home and I love it. I was suprised that none of the four-legged critters appeared in any of my pictures. They must have been sleeping!

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  12. Glad to see that I am not the only one with overflowing bookshelves. Have a great time reorganizing them-I am crazy jealous and just asked my husband for two more bookshelves for my office.

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  13. Love that your desk looks like someone actually does something there! You'll have to show us what all is on those bookshelves, Jenn!

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  14. Girls Gone Reading-I'm working on organizing my bookshelves, one by one! I love all my books but hate to see them overflowing!

    Lisa-Oh...maybe someday I'll show all the books on my shelves. Need to get them a bit more organized first!

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  15. I enjoyed seeing Jenn's blogging space. I'd love to have the thrill of new bookshelves to organize and fill up with new books! Older furniture definitely are more sturdy and solid (they don't make them like they used to), even if they can be difficult to move around!

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  16. I love your new blog look...

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  17. Cathy I am like you because I don't know when or how I stumbled upon Jenn's blog but I am so happy that I did. I love reading her blog.

    I got to meet Jenn at BEA so its really nice to see where she blogs from. Also Jenn is just as nice in person as she is online.

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  18. I'm coveting that little box of colorful sticky flags Jenn has sitting on her desk. So much more fun than the torn post-its I use!

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  19. Thanks for sharing Jenn! Your reading chair looks so comfy! Yep, the horror shelves look scary! Love the artwork~!

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  20. I love the chair, it looks so comfy. And the new shelves look great.

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  21. Cindy-Awww! Thank you! It was so nice to finally meet you as well!

    Jill (softdrink)-As I've said before, I'm the queen of post-it notes. That little box of post-it is a giveaway my office hands out!

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  22. Great spaces to blog Jenn! I'm still really jealous of those new bookshelves of yours. Mine downstairs looks a lot like yours behind your comfy chair. lol.

    You sound awfully organized when it comes to organizing the books coming in though. I wish some of that would rub off on me. My organization skills have gone south.

    Nice to see your space and some of the boy's artwork!

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  23. I love it! Books everywhere! I'm not a neat freak by any stretch but if there's one thing I am crazy about, it is organizing my bookshelves. I love sorting my books - it's almost troubling how much fun I have trying out different categorizing mehtods. My husband has learned to accept it and knows not to question me when I'm "reshelving."

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  24. Dar-I'd like to be a little more organized when it comes to sorting books that come in. Right now they just pile up til I have the time to go through them. That pile is still sitting on my desk, nearly one week later!

    Chelle-Yes, I really need to organize my shelves more. It drives me crazy they are so messy. Reshelving is a full day task, though, and I haven't had the opportunity to do it lately. I think I'll wait til I get some new shelves :)

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  25. Kay-- Precisely! All I look for in interior design are: bookshelves, books and comfy seating. If a house has those, it's tops in my book!

    Patty-- Thanks. You haven't been around for awhile. I've had this one long enough to be thinking of changing it again! LOL

    Jill-- Ooooh! I meant to mention those!!! I'm a Post-It junkie!

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  26. I would love to poke around on those shelves too! There have got to be some treasures hidden amongst all those wonderful books. I like big chunky desks too.

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