Bookshelves: Delving into the past or looking to the future.

Pile of boksWhile reshelving my bookcases after the last aftershock I stopped to look at the books I have collected over the years and realised that they reflect stories from my life.

The books I had to read for my Russian Literature paper at University (a few quick “easy” credits apparently), sit beside the forays into feminist theory shackled up with Marilyn French’s The Women’s room, and it’s easy to remember which book was read avidly from cover to cover and which was cast aside!

The next decade had titles reflecting life as a mother – breastfeeding, postnatal depression and the ever hopeful books that would inspire me to manage first the terrible twos and then the teenage years.

Scattered here can also be found various self-help titles promising eternal happiness and the perfect relationship. Looking back I remember books being my way of trying to make sense of all the changes in my life.  Recent years have seen the addition of craft, cookery books and more fiction with colourful jaunty covers than I probably would have bought in my 20s!

Our new BiblioCommons catalogue now gives the opportunity to keep a list of your own bookshelves, enabling you to keep track of what you have read but also giving an ideal space to keep lists of what you might like to read in the future.  You can also check out other people’s lists, follow readers who like the same books  and generally keep track of your bookshelves without having to pick them up after an earthquake!  Give it a go.

4 thoughts on “Bookshelves: Delving into the past or looking to the future.

  1. Simone 27 June 2011 / 2:43 pm

    I think that the lists are probably a good way to remember what you have borrowed and keep a list of what you’d like to get out but for managing your own library of books you can’t go past LibraryThing. Also GoodReads is great if you want to participate in ‘social reading’ in their book groups.

    • rachaelccl 30 June 2011 / 1:36 pm

      I adore LibraryThing. It’s important to know that the books I’ve read in 2010/2011 would be higher than a double decker bus if stacked. =)

  2. keenanj 28 June 2011 / 10:04 am

    I’m sure I am not alone having started a book and then slowly realising that there is something familiar about the plot!

  3. robertafsmithRoberta Smith 29 June 2011 / 1:05 pm

    I think you might enjoy a book – Ex Libris (Confessions of a Common Reader) by Anne Fadiman. It is a lovely little book about booksl

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