Musings From A Bookmammal

Musing Mondays–Where do your books live?


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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

Here’s my Musing Mondays ramble for this week:

tumblr_mocl4yuldJ1qdl5yho1_1280I saw this posted on Pinterest the other day, and it made me wonder where the books and magazines are in my own house—aside from the ones living on my many actual bookcases and in actual magazine baskets, of course. I made a quick tour—and here’s where I found them:

Floor by my bed—1 library book that I just finished, the latest issue of Time magazine that I finished yesterday, and the latest issue of Vanity Fair that I finished this weekend—just in time for the new monthly issue to arrive this coming week.

Nightstand—1 library book that I’m about half-way through, 1 book of my own that I just started, 2 books of my own that are patiently waiting.

I also have a little 5-shelved corner table-type piece of furniture (it’s hard to describe) in my bedroom where I keep most of the TBR books that I’ve bought–right now there are 26 books living there. This is not to be confused with my REAL bookcases throughout the house. 🙂

Spare bedroom—a bag of 14 books waiting to be taken to the used book store. There’s still some room in the bag, so I’m going to add some more before I go trade them in.

Desk—1 paperback that I finished about a month ago. It’s on my desk because I keep meaning to look up the author to check on any other books he’s written.

Side table by my big comfy chair—a stack of 8 Real Simple magazines that I’m done with and keep meaning to take to work to recycle by sharing with others, and 8 books—some finished and waiting to be shelved, some waiting to be read.

Coffee table in living room—2 “coffee table type books” (large with many photos), 7 books waiting to be read.

Dining room table—stack of 4 library books picked up on Friday, 1 Smithsonian magazine and 1 Yoga Journal received in the mail earlier in the week.

Kitchen table—1 library book that somehow migrated from the stack in the dining room (I’m not at all sure how or why that happened), 1 book that I need to take to the office to share with a co-worker

Front seat of my car—1 back issue of Yoga Journal magazine and 1 book of essays—perfect for short waits at the car wash, oil change place, etc. Plus, I’ve been known to read when I’m at a really long stoplight.

No books were found in the bathrooms, on the stairs, in the laundry area, on the porch, or in the garage itself.

How about you? Where do the books in your house live when they’re not on your bookshelves? Where is the oddest place you’ve ever found a book in your home? Please share!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

11 thoughts on “Musing Mondays–Where do your books live?

  1. My books are all found in my Reading Corner, which is a corner of my bedroom. I don’t know how you keep track of all your library books. Library books always go on my nightstand by my bed. I guess I’m just afraid I will misplace them, then I would have to pay the library for the lost book. I also can only read one book at a time. I’ve tried reading two at a time but hated it. It seemed like I would never get one read, and then I started confusing the storyline, getting them mixed up. So I went back to being a one book at a time woman. Happy Reading this week.

    • With the library books, I think it helps that I live alone-and that makes it easier to keep track of where they are and when they’re due.
      I actually wrote a previous post about the whole “reading one book at a time vs being a multi-reader” thing!

  2. Oddest places are in the bathroom and on the microwave (reading while waiting for microwave to finish)!

  3. Am feeling deeply literate at the moment as I’m reading Carl Hiaasen’s Bad Monkey. Half read on my bedside table are How to Walk a Puma and Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong. Those are bedtime reading. During the day I’m gamely ploughing through Yoga, The Path To Holistic Health. Most recent purchase was Rain Mitchell’s Head Over Heels. I have a slightly (very) scatter-brained approach to reading.

    • Anyone looking at my bookshelves would think that they either contain books belonging to a dozen different people–or to one person what can’t decide what she’s interested in. I prefer to think of myself as having “varied interests”–it just sounds better!

  4. Loved your inventory of where your books are “shelved.” I do have stacks here and there, mostly in my office. The TBR books are there. On my nightstand are books I’ve loved and hope to reread.


  5. Loved this! At least you don’t have to go far to find something to read! 😉

  6. This made me chuckle. I have two chairs in the living room that are completely piled over with books and magazines.

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