Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Scene of the Blog Featuring Judith of Leeswammes' Blog!

Sometime this summer I found myself at Judith's blog reading one of her reviews, and I really liked what I saw.

Judith lives in the Netherlands and has only been blogging since April 2010. Her favorite genres are contemporary fiction, dystopia, historical fiction, chick lit, and mysteries/thrillers. I really enjoy her reviews, but I have to admit that my favorite feature on Leeswammes' Blog is Judith's Book Bloggers Abroad where once a week a book blogger writes about their country and their blogging life.

If you haven't had a chance to visit Judith at Leeswammes' Blog, please don't forget to stop by and say hello. Chances are you will turn out to be just like me-- a subscriber!

Now it's time for her to show us her blogging spaces. Don't forget that you can click on each photo to view it full size.

This is the sofa where I write most of my blog posts, read other people's blogs, etc. I only ever use my laptop for blogging and usually sit here on the sofa. It means I can watch TV while I blog (only in the evening, though!) and I find it comfortable. You can see my laptop on the table next to one of my favorite mugs from Emma Bridgewater (an English pottery factory). I sit in the corner and my current book is always there too. The notebook on the glass table is really only for to-do lists, so it will tell me to continue with more urgent business from time to time.

Sometimes when I feel in a "serious" mood, I'll sit at the dining table (at the opposite side of the room from the sofa) and work there. It seems a little less relaxed than the sofa, so I tend to get on with things more when I'm there.

This is one of two bookcases that is overflowing with books. There are books behind the books as well! I'm waiting for some "nice" bookcases that we bought last month. They should arrive at the end of this month. The new bookcases will get pride of place downstairs, in the living room. The old ones are upstairs in the attic. They are not nice enough to look at so they're hidden away!

As a consequence, I have no evidence that I'm a reader in the living room (which is the room where guests go when they visit). Except for that book on the sofa!

I'm also using a bookcase in my son's room, which contains my TBR (to-be-read) pile. My TBR is everything that you see in that square. It's 24 books at the last count, which some people find ridiculously little. I'm at a constant battle to keep the TBR down, though. I try not to borrow or buy any books until I no longer need to put books behind books hiding behind books (yes, it's 3 levels deep!).

Thanks, Cathy, for letting me show off my blogging space and my books!

How well I know the constant Battle of TBR! My own TBR books number well over 300. Since I am purging books from our house, I don't really put any limits on the size of my own TBR-- just that there is absolutely no double-stacking on the shelves or book piles on the tops of flat surfaces or on the floor.

Judith, your home looks so modern, sleek and uncluttered-- yet very welcoming and comfortable. The table and dining room chairs are lovely! Of course, since you mentioned new bookcases, you have to know that we're all interested in seeing them when they're in place and the shelves are filled. Do you have any plans to show them off to everyone?

Thank you so much for allowing us this glimpse into your home and your blogging world. I will be participating in Book Bloggers Abroad; I'm just having a terrible time choosing the photographs!

Who will be sharing her blogging space with us next Wednesday? Don't forget to stop by and find out!


  1. It is nice to see where you blog :) Your house looks very neat! As for the TBR pile, well, it is ridiculously small.

  2. Cathy, thanks for having me on Kittling: Books. I will certainly make a post showing of my new shelves and all the books neatly placed in there (one book deep, I hope!).

    Thanks, Iris. I don't agree that my TBR is small. :-) I would love to have a TBR of just 5 or so, so I can go to the shop or library and pick up anything I like without feeling guilty.

  3. What an interesting idea this feature is. I enjoyed reading about leeswammes and I now have another book blog to visit thankyou.

  4. Agreed - I would love to see your new shelves when you end up getting them Judith! Also, great to see where you blog. Very lovely house from the looks of the pics :)

  5. Haha, I love to see other people's crowded shelves, because it makes me feel better about my own! Also, totally jealous of that couch/table/chairs/etc.

  6. Oh, my, I love the furniture! I love that contemporary style and can't wait to finally change out our living room furniture! I'm a Mac lover as well, too!

    Nice to visit this blog as well -- am now a follower!

  7. Oh so neat ... I too am a sofa blogger, but it all looks way more messy than this! I like Judith's Book Bloggers Abroad feature too though have only commented there once I think, on the gorgeous Kinna. So many blogs, so little time!!

  8. Interesting to meet a blogger from the Netherlands. The furniture look much like modern Scandinavian things.

  9. I think my MiL has the same dining chairs in Middleburg.

  10. I never would have thought that Judith's house looked like that. For some reason, I imagined her have vintage furniture and very English things. Why did I think this? I don't know. I am crazy! LOL! I love her shelves. I also wouldn't have guessed her shelves would be messy with only 20+ books on the TBR! The ones on top look like they are balanced quite precariously. Nicely done Miss Judith! I love it!

    I also LOVE your dining room chairs! Are they hard to keep clean? They look so comfy!

  11. LindyLouMac-- You're very welcome!

    Whispering Gums-- I know what you mean. I read a lot of blogs, but I seldom comment. I know that's horrible, but there are only so many hours in the day. I'd love to know how Kathy of Bermudaonion's Weblog does it!

  12. Thanks for all your comments. It's funny how you all comment on the furniture. It's quite standard modern Dutch stuff. But I'm with you: I love it too! :-)

    Now please, if you haven't, participate in Cathy's Scene of the Blog yourselves, so I can see what your houses look like!

  13. I looks modern yet still comfortable and inviting. I do think lots of bookshelves are needed in the living room so you can show off your cool book reading to all guests.

  14. I love Judith's streamlined furniture and I swear, I could spend hours perusing her bookshelves!

  15. This was really interesting! What a good idea. I love seeing my fellow bloggers bookshelves and places they blog from, especially one like Judith whose blog I read regularly!

    Thanks Judith and Cathy!

  16. Kris, I'm getting two book shelves each larger than what you see there, so there should be quite a bit of space for books. But I probably will keep some less interesting ones upstairs - I need some space downstairs for new arrivals, too!

    Lola (and others) you're very welcome to browse my book shelves whenever you're in the neighborhood! :-)

  17. I visited leeswammes blog for the first time during BBAW, it's fantastic! So I was excited when I saw that Judith was your Scene of the Blog subject this week! I love the simple, clean lines of your furniture, Judith. I would love to live in such an uncluttered, attractive home but my fur kids will never allow it!

    I like your bookshelves but would love to see your set up when you get your new ones. My tbr piles is about the same size as yours but I think it's pretty tame. If it ever gets down to 5 books, I'll be shocked!

    Thanks for another great post Cathy and it's nice to get to know you a little more, Judith!

    ~ Amy

  18. Rachel-- You're welcome. I'm glad you stopped by!

    Amy-- I'm so happy that you enjoy this feature!

  19. Amy, it's nice to find someone who has about the same TBR size as me. I now know so many people with 100s of books that indeed my paltry 25 isn't really that much. But these are still books that need to be read, and it weighs heavily on my mind!

    Thanks for your kind words about my blog and my furniture!

  20. So neat and clean! I also can't believe the comparatively tiny TBR - mine's over 300, like Cathy's.

  21. I neat and tidy. the dining room table...I need to pile some papers and books on


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