My parents quite like books

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  1. pilgrim says:

    oooooooooooh heaven!! i love houses filled with books.your new layout is lovely!

  2. Bec says:

    Wow. I need to come over and pick me up one of those books- after the first three years with my toddler I have FINALLY started to regain my brain and put it to some use!!

  3. jo says:

    My first job at 15 was babysitting for our neighbours, who had exactly the same house layout as ours. I was totally shocked that their house had NO BOOKS.I didn’t realise there were people who lived without them!

  4. Cherie says:

    Love it … would love to have a browse, bet they know where every single title is located 😉

  5. shauna says:

    That is just fantastic. No wonder you turned out so bright and brilliant!And I felt a pang of homesickness at seeing all the bottles of sunscreen on one shelf. Bookshelves with random bottles of sunscreen on em for easy grabbing… only in Oz 🙂

  6. Limner says:

    And I thought I was mad about books! My home looks like yours on a smaller scale. I’ve confined my love of books to the upstairs entirely.Am so loving your home!

  7. Pip Lincolne says:

    Claire,This explains a lot.A lot about you!What a great house!And so many books!Fantastic.xxyour pal, Pip

  8. Sam says:

    wow – that looks like my kinda house!! I have books in boxes in the attic cos I don’t have enough shelves or room in the house!!

  9. erika says:

    holy moly! you are in trouble for sharing that, big time. haha. I love their house and all of those books, amazing.

  10. Kirsty says:

    Just totally gorgeous.That’s what our family home was like. Mum even had the fireplace surrounded in bookshelves.

  11. Susan L says:

    why you like books is no longer a mystery … now to explore the stash a little further and see if there’s anything there I should look out for!

  12. Vic says:

    FANTASTIC!I love them – all of them – and I have that exact same mustard coloured lamp (7th pic)!

    Oh I could spend a few weeks perusing all those shelves…

  13. bowb says:

    holy moly! look at all those vintage penguins. and stacks of timelifes? i love the pantry shot.

  14. Kirsty says:

    Totally jealous. Can you ask your parents if I can sleepover please?

  15. Meg says:

    What hope have you got to be anything but a writer!

  16. librarygirl says:

    wow – I thought I had a few, but that’s extraordinary ( but give me 20 more years and my house will probably be the same…)

  17. Bec says:

    my goodness me!! That is incredible! Have they read all of them?? What happens when they want to find a certain book! What a wonderful collection

  18. Francesca says:

    Fabbo – that’s just gorgeous! Have your parents thought about setting up a B&B? I’d love to visit and tuck myself into a corner with a stack of those books.

  19. Tara says:

    Where ? I don’t see any books..hang on..I’ll look closer…oh yeah, think I see one or two now 😉

  20. People who don’t have books in their home make me a bit nervous. I have been enjoying your blog for several years and it is wonderful and inspiring every time I visit it.

  21. Judy Edmonds says:

    I might just give them a run for their money, but I’m not sure. There is nothing like growing up in a house full of books. Only problem is that it reduces the amount of wall space available for hanging art. Oh, and removalists complain about them!

  22. oh. my. lord. i love it. my parents have a whopping bookshelf (actually i think it’s a series of Billy bookcases) filled with all sort of books. plus another set of shelves for kids books (now grandkids books i s’pose!). it makes me happy.

  23. momo says:

    Holy moses! That is fantastic – especially the books in the pantry. We didn’t HAVE even one bookshelf when I was growing up (bring out the violins), but I made my own improvised one using my dollhouse and then my wardrobe, so am proud of my initiative.

  24. Paul says:

    And they also quite like tomatoes, clearly.

  25. Robin says:

    Oh my goodness. I want to see that ENTIRE house! What a collection.

  26. astonished says:

    that much clutter makes me hyperventilate

  27. Sarj says:

    Wow! That’s amazing!! Absolutely brilliant 🙂 I second that comment about them opening a B&B!

  28. Minnado says:

    Tee hee – this reminds me of my parents’ house, especially the orange penguins!

  29. Sarah says:

    Oh my, I love love love this! My dad had over 2,000 books in our house growing up that we packed up and moved from city to city, and now my husband and I have stacks of books all over our tiny one bedroom apartment. There are even books on top of the (unused) TV! I love seeing other people’s shelves…so inspiring!

  30. Leah says:

    Wow! And I thought my parents had a lot :o) What a wonderful house. Books are the best.

  31. Dandy says:

    Well now I don’t feel like I have way too many books 🙂

  32. Kellie says:

    Would your parents like to adopt me?

  33. Adriana says:

    Fabulous photos. And fabulous to have parents who love books!Mine were the same and I always remember while growing up how my dad would always ask why you wanted money for a new jacket. However, if the money was book he just asked how much you needed 😉

    I’ll have to show my husband, who says I have too many books. I think your parents win 😉

  34. Fran says:

    I feel right at home!

  35. Lisa says:

    Love your little drawing on the shelf in pic 13.

  36. Kim says:

    I love it!Cheers from Guam!

  37. Zofia says:

    Absolutely fabulous!!

  38. Jodie says:

    Loving all of the pictures…. I picture my sisters house like this oneday… She has ooddles and ooddles of books in boxes awaiting the day that she finally has a house big enough to display them all… 🙂

  39. Diem says:

    Your title and pictures just sum it all up!

  40. Wow. I am impressed. Sometimes I stumble into blogs that just grab me everywhere and I want to share them with others. So I will have this one showing up — probably tomorrow. It is a beautiful blog and shows your interest is in books — or you own a publishing house. And you are old at blogging too. I thought I was old as I began in 2002 with my wife who is now 73.

  41. That’s ALOT of books.Your mom’s bookshelves is so very similar to my Mom-in-law’s books collection! She’s been a proof-reader for years, which explains about her impressive reading materials.. 🙂


  42. Mousy Brown says:

    Me too! Give us a few years and ours will look like that – my 8 year old is already firmly hooked in book buying – 6 this weekend!

  43. Natalia says:

    Guauuu!!! Too much!!Kisses from Spain.I like your blog ;D

  44. That’s the paradise, perhaps my young dayghter has the same feeling at home…finnally she quite appreciate books

  45. What a wonderful collection!I love it!

  46. MeganK says:

    Oh this made me smile – especially the pic of books squashed up next to the tinned tomatoes!Little wonder you are a writer now with this influence in your life.

  47. Beth Elmore says:

    Fabulous! I aspire to book shelves that full. Wonderful.

  48. gnomeangel says:

    My goodness they do love a book! I would love to end up living in a house surrounded by books. It would be like living in a library only you’d be able to make us much noise as you wanted. *sigh*

  49. Teresa says:

    very nice pickies indeed – makes me feel better about my bookshelves with books stacked sideways on top and of books rather than vertically – good to have the close ups so you can pick out books you know like the Milly Molly Mandies and the Macquarie dictionary!

  50. Andrea says:

    ….a house with no books is not a home….those photos feel so familiar!…we have books stacked all over, shelves full double stakes, and still in boxes.

  51. Louisa says:

    there’s nothing quite like a personal library… as a librarian i’ve learnt that i NEVER return books on time, so a personali library is the best idea. my place is slowly looking more and more like your parents’.

  52. sharon says:

    Oh loobylu I am laughing so hard… My daughter suggested I look at your blog re the books… And we thought our house was bad – your parents win!!!! I love it!!!!!

  53. lynne says:

    Wow what an amazing lot of books and what a delight for you to wade through as a child. I think by the time I am 80 I am going to live in a library. We are pretty overloaded as it is now with shelves and piles of books everywhere. good thing I live on the ground floor 😛

  54. crystal says:

    WOW you should definitely do a rainbow bookshelf arrangement ~ check out this link and scroll almost all the way down…..then enjoy

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