Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

My Life According To Books



Decorating With Books - Ms Toody Goo Shoes

Are you a book person?
I've got books all over my house. 
Although they are in plain sight, I don't always pay attention to them.
They're sort of like background music,
quietly adding to the ambiance, and filling the silence and empty spaces.

Recently, for whatever the reason, I took notice,
realizing that my collection of books speak volumes about my life.
They reveal lifelong passions, interests du jour --
and represent different stages of my life like a multi-volume biography
If you were to take a look at the books scattered about my house,
you'd be able to read into my life, well, like an open book.  

So many books. 

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I've got... 

Fiction books
Non-fiction books. 
Inspirational live-life-to-the-fullest books.  
High school and college yearbooks.   
Trashy romance novels.  
Works of great literature.

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How-to-Start-a-Blog books.
How to-Raise-a-Kid books.  
Travel for couples, travel with kids, and 
take-your-pets-on-vacation books.

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History books.
Text books. 
Good-Night-Moon and Click-Clack-Moo books.  
Cook books.
Exercise books. 
How-to-decorate-everything books.

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Joke books.
Reference books.
How-to-get-the-corner-office books. 
Coffee table books.
Prep for SAT books.
Juggling work-life balance books.

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Paperback books
Hardcover books.
Be-a-weekend-gardener books.  
Prayer books.
Rare books
How-to-identify-that-bird books.

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Books that have never been read. 
Books read again and again.  
Books that should be tossed.
Books I thought I lost.

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 But the books I'll never part with?
Photo-Books-Made-By-Me books  --
Vacation photobooks.
Camp photobooks.
Bar Mitzvah photobooks.
Year-In-Review photobooks.   

Decorating With Books - Ms Toody Goo Shoes

My books don't always stay in the same place.
They move around the house, 
taking part in various vignettes of the moment...

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I've got books in trays... 

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Books on tables...

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Books in bookcases...

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Can you imagine if all of my books had been e-books? 
One lonely Kindle on the coffee table just wouldn't be the same.

Decorating With Books - Ms Toody Goo Shoes

Just like that background music that almost goes unnoticed,
I can't help but think how quiet it would be around here without my books.  

Decorating With Books - Ms Toody Goo Shoes

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16 comments:

  1. I don't think there is one category that you missed Amy! I adore books, but typically pass them on when I am finished so I don't have nearly as many as you around the house. I would love to have a library though. Then I'd probably keep them.

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  2. I don't think there is one category that you missed Amy! I adore books, but typically pass them on when I am finished so I don't have nearly as many as you around the house. I would love to have a library though. Then I'd probably keep them.

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  3. Evening Amy,
    Me too so many books and I love how you described them as background music ... I sure have a lot of background music playing trying to compete to be read, lol. Amy I really enjoyed seeing all your pretty vignettes and glimpses into your home.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  4. Love the travel books.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  5. I took two bags of books to goodwill yesterday---and I was sad...but I have my mother's books too...so having to weed through her fetish and mine...not enough space for the bookshelves in this house. I do think you have all the categories covered, though. Thanks for sharing, your lovely home, Sandi

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  6. I find a house without books to be terribly sterile. I have books in bookcases, books on tables, on bathroom shelves, in the kitchen, under the couch, under the TV - everywhere! I'd feel insecure if there wasn't something to be read close at hand.
    That was a really good poem!

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  7. Your story is my story, Amy. Books everywhere. I was so proud of myself for having packed only about half my books to move--two floor to ceiling bookshelves are full of ones I'm leaving behind for an estate sale--but now I saw your Bella Tuscany and wondered how I can possibly leave behind the Frances Mayes books? Going right now to gather them up for packing too!

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  8. I love books and can't part with any of my collection. They are not out in the open at my house, except my grandchildren's books because I wanted to use my wire basket! I love how you have them everywhere so whenever you feel like a good read, they are right there.

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  9. Books are such an integral part of life ...
    Reading them and sharing them with the grand-children is bliss

    All the best Jan

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  10. I love how you decorate with books. Fabulous vignettes they make....Christine

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  11. Your post reminded me a bit like Dr. Seuss! Ha Ha! You do have a lot of books. My mom is a big reader and has a lot like you too. She has lots of bookcases built in beside her fireplace to house them all. It looks like a library! I have a lot of decorating books and my son has a fair share of books as well. My husband reads most of his on his Ipad. I think it's nice to use them throughout the house as you have.

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  12. Amy, I love the way you wrote this post-- very well done! I agree, books add an extra dimension that makes a home lively and interesting. I can't imagine living in one without books, and my house is full of them. Although I will admit, I do use my iPad reader function to read books I know I will only read once (mysteries, etc.) and I really love the ability to enlarge the print, since I often struggle to see the tiny print in some hard copy books. By the way, I see quite a few titles/authors in your collection that are currently sitting on my shelves (Frances Mayes, for one-- I adore her books).

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  13. Oh we too in my house Love books! Yes they are great too for home decor. You have a beautiful home!

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  14. Wow - your pictures are incredible. Love, love how you've displayed your beloved books. I guess I have more than I've realized too. Background music is a great way to describe them. Well done!

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  15. You are so right, Amy. The house would be empty without books. I guess we take them for granted until we walk into a space that doesn't have them. Then we feel the space is too sterile or not cozy enough. Thanks for pointing out the obvious! Your home is lovely!

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  16. There's nothing as pretty as bookshelves filled with books. The first picture is really beautiful.

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