Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Scene of the Blog Featuring Lydia of The Literary Lollipop!

One day I was roaming aimlessly around the internet when I came across the phrase "The Literary Lollipop." I loved the mental picture that gave me, and when I found out it referred to a blog, you know I had to visit.

Lydia is the second person I know who's declared she's not going to buy one single book for an entire year. The other person was successful just last year, so I know it can be done, and I wish Lydia nothing but good fortune!

If you have yet to visit The Literary Lollipop, I hope you take this opportunity to do so. You'll find an eclectic mix of books being talked about, as well as childhood memories and original fiction. Take a look around, and say hello while you're there!

If you happen to be visiting from The Literary Lollipop-- Welcome! I'm glad you stopped by to take a look at Lydia's creative space. If you'd like to see any of the photos in larger sizes, all you have to do is click on them, and they'll open in a new window. Want to see more book bloggers' spaces? Click on the Scene of the Blog tab at the very top of my header! Lydia's here to give us a tour, so let's not keep her waiting!

Lydia needs a visit from the Internet Fairy!

Very sophisticated, right? Although I do have a table in my apartment, my computer has been set up on this antique chair for the past few months. I usually kneel as I'm typing, or lean on my couch for balance. I'm sure that doesn't sound very comfortable and, I assure you, it's not. Due to a faulty jack near my bed, this is the only way I can get internet. No, I don't have wireless. Apparently, I still live in the middle ages of technology.

Click on the photo to read some spines!

This shelf was recently reorganized after a spring cleaning. You'll be very proud to know that I cleared my shelves of over twenty books! I either gave them to family members, charity, or the library. Of course, all this means that I now have more room for more books! This probably defeats the purpose of spring cleaning in the first place but, alas, once a book addict, always a book addict. There is no organizational structure to the way I've stacked these tomes.

Spines to be read here, too!
This is my Classics Collection, capital "C." After completing over 5 years and two degrees of English Literature, I've accumulated a very large selection of classics. Everything from Dickens to Bronte, Spenser and Fitzgerald is accounted for here. There are even more sitting in boxes at my mother's apartment, but I have no idea what to do with them all. I like having them close by, just in case... just in case there's a literature emergency or something. You never know, right? I absolutely adore Oxford covers, so I have a tendency to prefer them over Wordsworth or Penguin. There's something so charming and lovely about the artwork they feature. However, I loathe the font, which is always too small! If I read an Oxford edition for more than a couple of hours, my eyes start to water from the strain.

Lydia, after looking at the books on your shelves, I would've known you had at least one degree in English literature. Why? Because I have one, and my shelves looked eerily similar for many, many years! (In other words, I saw many old friends while reading those book spines.) I also have a fondness for Oxford covers.

I hope you've found a way to get internet comfortably now! What you've described to us makes several of my abused joints pop and snap. (Ouch....)

Thank you for allowing us this glimpse into your creative space, Lydia. We certainly appreciate it!

Don't forget to stop by next Wednesday when I'll feature another book blogger from our worldwide community.


  1. Ouch. Sorry, Lydia, but I'm with Cathy. My knees would never take to blogging on my knees. LOL

    I love your shelves and, yes, I do think that when you sort things out and clear your shelves, it always means that there is room for more. Well, there's probably room for more regardless, but anyway. :-)

  2. Wow, that's dedication to kneel while you blog! I'm going to check out Lydia's blog now.

  3. It's a lovely chair, though. You've done a good job clearing books off your shelves. Is that since the beginning of 2012? I have the same intentions this year but I know that I can't go a year without buying more so I won't even try. Nice to meet you!

  4. You could get an extra long ethernet cable and then you'd be able to sit comfortably. Would cost you just a few dollars and make like so much easier.

    I LOVE your Classics shelf. I have a lot of books from my lit classes as well but not nearly as many as you have.

    1. Between the three of us, we could probably make one wonderful Classics Library! :)

  5. Have fun filling up those 20 spots this year!

  6. I've been clearing off my book shelves too. I'll hop on over to the Literary Lollipop.

  7. Oh gosh, I can't imagine not having wireless... :S It's like a nightmare! heh. Congrats on surviving that Lydia!

  8. Thanks so much guys! I've been having difficulty logging on so I have to catch up.

  9. Wow - just the IDEA of not buying a book for a ... YEAR. Um. Er. Wow. Amazing willpower...

  10. I loved the comment..."a literature emergency"!!!! I think I have those quite regularly. I always tell people that the books I carry in my purse, my car, my bags and more are my "flood" books. You know, in case I am caught in a flood and can't get to a library or bookstore! (Plus, in Arizona a flood isn't a very common occurrence...oh well, I can hold out for haboobs and flashfloods!)

    Thanks for sharing one of my favorite weekly posts. It's fun to peek into others lives and blogspots.

    1. If you lived here in the late 1970s, you could call them Flood Books and no one would argue. Living through those 500- and 100-year floods was an experience, let me tell you! LOL

  11. Thanks so much everyone!

    I know a year is a long time but I've reached the point where it has become a necessary step. :)

    A literature emergency... uh, yeah, I've had one before. :) You never know...

  12. There is always room for more books! LOL Thanks for sharing your space!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  13. Wait, Valley of the Dolls right smack in front of the Classics ...
    Gimme my pill bottle ...


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