The first time I visited this week's featured book blogger, I had to smile. We all love to look at other people's bookshelves, and what better way to feed that curiosity than by using photos of your own bookshelves in the header of your blog?
That's exactly what Julia has done in her blog, Pages of Julia. This competitive mountain bike racer/ librarian reads an eclectic mix of books. One day, you may visit to read a review of a Daphne du Maurier novel, the next day you may find her views on a play by Sophocles or The Dorothy Parker Audio Collection. Whatever she's talking about, I enjoy her blog. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading Pages by Julia, I hope you take the time to at least go over there and say hello!
If you're visiting from Julia's blog-- Welcome! I'm glad you're just as curious as the rest of us when it comes to other bloggers' creative spaces. 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 new windows. If you'd like to take a look at previous participants' spaces, click on the Scene of the Blog tab at the very top of my header. There are two ways to search: by Blog Name or by Location. Let's go see Julia, shall we?
|Hops checking that the reading coast is clear|
Sooo what do we have here? This first picture is of our front porch. It gets too hot in summer, but for about half the year it's a lovely place to sit out in the natural light and watch the world go by, as Hops (one of my reading assistants) does here. It's very cozy in the winter sunshine, especially.
|Command Central in Julia's study|
This is my study, or library, or "book cave" as Husband sometimes calls it - very unfairly, because it's also very well-served by natural light. If you were to look right of the desk, you'd see...
|Click if you'd like to read some spines!|
...my main bookshelves where pictures and objects join my permanent book collection (not to be confused with the TBR bookshelves, which have been featured on my blog. These are my comfort-bookshelves, if you will. There's a loveseat for reading as well as this, my blog-station.
|Ritchey and Hops: "Come read us a story!"|
And finally, when weather (and mosquitoes) permit, I love to be in the backyard on the deck that Husband built us last summer. He got the angle of the back of that bench just right! And the dogs love it too (Ritchey joins Hops in this picture). We can all do our things together out here: Husband grills and works on bikes and cars, the boys chase bugs and bark and sun themselves (we say they are solar-powered), and I read - with a cup of coffee or a beer depending on time of day. :)
Looking at these pictures, I see a lot of natural light, which makes me very happy; really, we're all solar-powered, right? Unfortunately I have to read by electric light sometimes, too! Like most avid readers, I expect, I read everywhere: in lines, in waiting rooms, on my lunch breaks at work, in bed, and on the couch; in tents or at picnic tables when we camp out; over meals. But the above are a few of my favorite spots.
I had to laugh when I read your accompanying copy for the photos, Julia, because I looked at the photos first and said to myself, "She's solar-powered just like I am!"
You have some great places to read and blog-- as well as some pretty terrific reading assistants. Thanks so much for allowing us this glimpse into your life and home, Julia. We, the curious, certainly appreciate it!
Don't forget to stop by next Wednesday when I'll be featuring yet another book blogger from our worldwide community!