Those pets of hers are quite the personalities -- even her blog is named after one of them, although Lola (a nine-year-old Chihuahua) would rather terrorize the cats than read a book.
Some of you are quite familiar with this week's featured blogger: Stephanie of Reviews by Lola. If you're visiting from Stephanie's blog and are new to Kittling: Books, Welcome! I hope you enjoy taking a look at Stephanie's creative spaces. If you'd like to see any of the photos in a larger size, all you have to do is click on them. Stephanie is ready to take us on a tour, so let's get started!
|In Stephanie's living room|
When you walk into my house, you enter right into my living room, which has some built in shelves in the nook over the couch. There is no rhyme or reason to the books that are selected for these shelves--I just throw random books up there, along with a hodgepodge of old family photos, figurines, and other stuff.
|Blog Central, complete with assistant on the windowsill!|
The majority of my reading and blogging takes place in my bed. My husband often makes fun of me because I love to be in bed. If I have the day off, chances are I will spend a great deal of time lounging in bed. The end table on the right is mine, but as you can tell, I have taken over my husband's end table too. What the photo doesn't show is the dresser across from the bed is piled high with stacks of books.
|Books in the basement!|
We recently had our basement redone, and part of it was made into a library for my books. There is some organization going on, but not much. The far left shelf is modern fiction, the second bookshelf consists of classics, with the bottom shelves being modern classics. The third set of bookshelves is a mish mash that includes my Persephones and NYRBs and then the last set is my non fiction, including memoirs.
|Who's that on your wall, Stephanie?|
My bookshelves are full, so now I have started to stack books on my desk too. You may be wondering why I have a painting of Charles Manson. It was actually painted by my youngest sister, who has a fascination with the Manson family, which was actually influenced by my obsession with the book Helter Skelter, by Vincent Bugliosi. My husband put his foot down when it came to having a painting of a notorious killer in our home, so I had to settle for propping it up on the desk.
|Stephanie's reading buddies|
My cats are my biggest reading buddies. They love to read with me. From left to right, they are: Fiona, Charlie and Milo.
|Lola of Reviews by Lola|
Lola is my oldest pet, and the namesake behind my blog. She is a feisty, 9 year old Chihuahua who loves playing fetch and cuddling with her sister, Georgia.
I couldn't leave out my other baby, Georgia. She is my 8 year old Pomeranian mix and she and Lola are attached at the hip.
As much as I love to peruse people's bookshelves, I also enjoy seeing family photos and other items as well, so it was a treat to look at your shelves in your living room. I would definitely like to take a look at all those books in the basement,too!
Strangely enough, your portrait of Manson on the wall doesn't bother me. I was a teenager during the years of Manson. I remember reading Helter Skelter when it was first published and getting the chills when I read how they'd break into someone's house and creep around... purposely moving things so the homeowners would know someone had been there while they slept. By the time I read the book, I was living in Utah and shopping in the mall where Ted Bundy trolled for victims... and renting an apartment a few blocks from where Gary Gilmore went on his last rampage. I read boatloads of true crime for many years and really admire Bugliosi and Ann Rule.
And to get back to a much more pleasant note, it's so much fun to see your pets here on my blog. Thanks so much for taking the time to show us your buddies as well as your creative spaces, Stephanie. It was fun!
Don't forget to stop by next Wednesday when I'll be featuring another book blogger from our worldwide community!