I’m Lost in the Stacks


Danielle (A Work in Progress) runs a Friday series called Lost in the Stacks: Home Edition in which we are allowed to have a look at people’s bookshelves and libraries and read about some of their habits like organizing and weeding books.

When Danielle asked whether I would like to participate and share some photos I gladly accepted and so, today, I’m over there showing some of my crammed and messy shelves.

Come and have a look, if you like. Here’s the link.

46 thoughts on “I’m Lost in the Stacks

  1. Thanks for pointing me to that fascinating article about your fantastic library which I’d love to browse around in.
    Unfortunately I had to leave most of my books behind when I moved from Germany to Texas, but I haven’t given up hope yet that one day I’ll be able to get them over to here.
    Best regards from southern Texas,
    P.S.: maybe you’d be interested in these libraries, too

  2. This is a wonderful theme and your library is awesome, Caroline! I totally second Lizzy’s thoughts! A quick comment on the above picture – Patrick Hamilton – Wow! I thought I was the only person who has heard of him 🙂 Philip Larkin and Russian fairytales – so wonderful! I will look at the other pictures in more detail and come back and comment.

    • Just ‘browsed’ through your library 🙂 Nice to see Lee Child’s ‘Killing Floor’ there! Have you read it? It is one of my favourite thrillers! It was also nice to see A.M.Homes’ ‘This Book Will Save Your Life’. I thought I was the only person who has read that book 🙂 Nice to also see ‘Forbidden’, ‘Matched’ and ‘The Book of Lost Things’. Your library is awesome! You have an amazing collection! And you seem to read all kinds of genres! Thanks for sharing those pictures!

      • As I said to Lizzy below, the pictures show only about 30%. I have a lot of non-fcition but those shelves were even more crammed and messier. Some thingd are not for public display. 😉
        Yes, I’m a cross-genre reader.

    • It’s a highly popular series, believe me. My shelves are a bit different as you will see the one or the other with a lot of books in German.
      I haven’t read the Larkin and the Hamilton yet. Some of these shelves are to some extent TBR piles. Huge ones. 🙂

  3. Love this series. Thank you for taking us on a tour of your library! Wish we could do this with everyone. Makes it feel more personal.

    • You’re welcome. It’s a great series, I agree. That’s true, it would be great to include more people. Danielle will go on doing it and maybe it can even become a hing across more blogs.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing the photos Caroline and answering my questions. And the reminder that I really do want to read Cesare Pavese sometime soon! Just curious–do you live in a house or apartment? If it’s an apartment, you’ve made great use of your space! 🙂 I am envious of your wall of books (at least one of my own cases is also double stacked, which makes for something of a mystery when searching for a book I know I own–just am not sure where I put it!).

    • Thank for inviting me. Don’t forget, you see only about 30% of my book shelves. Many were not presentable as they are messier. 🙂 It’s a very big apartment, the size of a medium house, what we call a “maisonette” here, on two floors, including an attic, the size of the aprtament and a cellar.

    • 🙂 I’m glad you liked it.
      Yes, I know, It’s a lot. I’m a bit astonished myself. I guess I should really stick to the book buying ban. I left out the big non-fiction shleves as they were too crammed and a few very big others. And the piles…

  5. Oh Caroline, how I love your library. It looks like a wonderful mix of everything and I’m sure I could spend hours browsing it – and my wish list would probably get even more out of control if I got to spend time in your library. Just love it!

  6. I’d agree wholeheartedly with the comment on reading in another language. I’ve lived in Spain for 10 years and being able to read in Spanish gives me another insight into the country and its people. Although Spaniards do say I have a very literary vocabulary!

    • I’m currently writing a post on that topic and should publish it shortly. I find it’s a whoel other way of seeing the world and appreciating writing. It tends to give you a more literary vocabulary that’s true. Not a bad thing, I guess.

  7. the photos of your shelves and books totally awed me!!! you have soooo many books. how fun that you have them all in shelves
    I have to keep some of mine in a plastic container

    • Since this post i realize that there really area lot of books.
      I have to have them in shleves or I wouldn’t find anything anymore. You have to know very well what is in <our containers.

  8. Oh, I just loved this tour of your bookshelves. It is like being in the world’s best bookstore. 🙂
    I organize my shelves similarly – by topic / genre rather than alphabetical. I’m sure no one else could find a book, but I know just where they all are.
    It must be difficult to find space to add new books. Do you get any books from your library or do you want to add a book you have read to your collection?

    • Thanks, Jackie.
      I could never orgaize alphabetically, it makes no sense, it seems so random. We still have empty walls, so in theory there is still a lot of space left but I try to cut down, it’s too much. You want to have a few whote walls too.
      I don’t really get a lot of novels from the library as I read so much in English and living in a German speaking country chnaces are not so high I would get anything else but bestsellers. Godd excuse for buying books, don’t you think? 😉

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