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Thursday, January 31, 2008

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH BOOKS AND BOOKENDS

There's just not a whole lot better activity to do than a nice pot of tea, a snack, and.....A WONDERFUL BOOK. I do love reading....such a good escape from the humdrum of every day life. I, like you, I'm sure, can get so lost and "into" a book that I don't hear the phone ring, the door bell chime or someone calling my name.

I love browsing thru book stores, thrift stores and garage sale boxes...and I also LOVE BOOKENDS.....

I even like my LITTLE GIRL, READING statue....


"......and the flag was still there...."

Aren't these bookends great! I found them at Goodwill for just a few dollars and fell in love with their heaviness.



I apologize for posting these so many times but.....what can I say? They are my absolute favorites. One thing is that they remind me so much of my kids and grand kids playing Hide and Seek....

These I got at Kirklands for $14.95 and have never regretted it. They are smile makers.




These came from a garage sale...at $2.00 for the pair, I snapped them up.



These are wooden A B C book ends....they were yellow and used in a childs room. I just painted them black and they hold paperback books really well...



I like these sea shell ones...can't even remember where I got them but it was a thrift store find.



Goodwill had these brass duck ends.....I thought about spray painting them but they looked ok as is so.........


The two red books on each end.....ceramic bookends. Pretty cool....



You've probably seen my clear glass rooster bookends before. I really have enjoyed these. My sweet cousin gave them to me years ago.



I DO LOVE BOOKS...I also love this large, wall book shelf that I found at a thrift shop one day a couple of years ago and nearly had a heart attack before I could get it paid for, hauled to my house, painted and secured onto my wall. I had dreamed of a whole wall of bookcases and now....I'VE GOT IT. Nearly all of my books have come from thrift stores, as well. I love the condensed Readers Digest stories and thrift stores are just full of them for 25 cents apiece.

You can click on the picture for enlargement to see some of the kinds of books I like...mostly fiction, I'm afraid. DANIELLE STEEL is my hero writer !! :)

Ahhhhh, take me away, Danielle.....


HAPPY DAY !

34 comments:

Alison Gibbs said...

What a wonderful collection of book ends.
Alison

Marcela said...

Hi sweet Bj
I do love books. and I also enjoyed reading Danielle's books
Hugs
Marcela

Karen H. said...

Good Morning BJ,
Oh my goodness, what some beautiful bookends you have. I really love the Crystal Rooster bookends. I love anything with Crystal. Those brass ducks are just fine the way they are. I wouldn't paint them either. It would take away from their look. You do have quite a collection of books there. "THANK YOU" for sharing your books and bookends with us. The other night when our power was off, I had a small lamp plugged up into one of those thingys that you can use when the power is off and I was reading a book then. The battery on the thingy went low, so I had to turn the lamp off and quit reading. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Katherines Dream said...

Hi BJ that is a great bookcase - I could do with one that big as I share your love of books.
You have some lovely vintage books I can see - I especially love vintage books.
Your collections are endless!
Hugs,
Carol xx

Mary said...

Oh bj, you know how much I LOVE that wonderful wall of bookshelves! I never really saw all the bookends before, so I'm so glad you focused on them today. Of course, you know which ones I like the best -- the roosters! LOL

Happy reading!
xoxo,
Mary

janie said...

Love your collection of book ends, especially the roosters. That wall bookcase is to die for!!!What better way to pass the time then to read a good book. Have a wonderful day, Janie

Rosie's Whimsy said...

What a fantastic collection of books and bookends. You know what would be my favorite set of bookends? The Roosters, of course! LOL ((hugs)) Rosie

Kari & Kijsa said...

Love your collection of books!!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Anonymous said...

Oh BJ, I am so envious of your book wall! It is wonderful and you have done such a great job arranging it! Have you ever read the Stephanie Plum mysteries by Janet Evanovich? I am on number 11now and boy, are they good at holding you! Once again thanks for sharing your beautiful home. Christy:-)<><

SweetAnnee said...

Oh..i have one fun set of book ends
It's birds on a tree..LOVE it
deena

Anita said...

Fabulous!
I love book ends... and own lots of books (not NEARLY as much as I had before The Storm, though) and I do not own a single pair of bookends...
my books gets stacked in piles... :)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the children playing hide and seek!! I haven't seen them before...

Tammy B. said...

I love books as well. My mother tells me that when I was younger if I had a book and a Dr. Pepper she wouldn't hear from me for hours. Books are my escape from the world.
Your bookcase is amazing as well as your bookends !
Today would be a good day to curl on the couch with a good book !!!!

Michelle said...

Hi BJ,

What pretty bookends - I love your wall bookcase~I would love one of those in my home. I like the hide and seek bookends .. so very sweet.

I hope you are recovering well.. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers..

Hugs,
Michelle

Janet said...

I love bookends too; they have so much character. I have some cute ones I will have to feature sometime. I just remembered that I used to have the duck ones, the Mr. must have gotten them. I hadn't thought of them for years.

BittersweetPunkin said...

I love your bookshelf!! I enjoy Danielle Steel quite a bit as well...and I don't think I own one single pair of bookends!!
Hugs,
Robin

Adrienne said...

I love bookend, too. You have a wonderful collection. And I'm jealous of your wall of bookshelves! Maybe someday I'll have a room that can have a big bookcase, too. Thanks for sharing them with us. ~Adrienne~

beddow said...

BJ, I so love stopping by and seeing all the wonderful things you have posted. I too love books. I have a sister who so very much loves books. This post made me think of her. Thanks for sharing all you bookends.

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi BJ,

I've always wanted a wall bookshelf like that and yours just gets my "wanter" going at full speed. That just looks so awesome with all of your books and collectables. Love love love it!

Hugs,
Dena

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I love your big bookshelf. I have that book The Historian, but have never read it. Did you like it?

Charlotte said...

Lovely bookends.We too have lots of books - hundreds, maybe thousands - We have quite a few nice bookends also. We have brass shell ones just like yours. I have always liked them.

Kathleen Grace said...

Wow BJ! Not only are those wall shelves the find of the decade, your bookend collection is gorgeous! I love how you have evrything displayed, so colorful and pretty:>) I love to read too and have often had entire conversations with my husband that I didnt remember because I ws reading at the time, LOL, good thing he understands.

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Wow.. BJ, I love all of your books and book-ends on display in that great wall unit..All of the colors blend good together and you are so neat.. Thanks for sharing ..Hugs,
Baba

Hope said...

Beautiful collection of bookends you have there!! My favorites are the little boy and girl and the roosters!! I also like Danielle Steel and also the movies they make from her books!

Thanks for sharing!

Hugs,
Hope

DaBookLady said...

Hello I just found your blog and absolutely love it, especailly the Over the Rainbow song, which I too have on my blog. :) The bookcase is fabulous, I have 3 in my house...I like the whole wall effect, haven't decided how to do that yet...my books are over flowing on my shelves, I wnat to own them all and read them too but not enough hours in the day for my reading thirst.... :(

Jackie said...

My goodness I just love that book shelf. I hope to change our oldest sons room downstairs into a library of sorts for all of my books. It is so nice to meet someone else that collects books. My hubby usually asks me if he can get rid of one or two. I answer with "You married me, you married my books."

the feathered nest said...

I love your wall of bookcases! I've always wanted that! My dream is to build another room onto our house as a library. Wall to wall books - wouldn't that be great! All your bookends of wonderful!

Manuela

Sandi McBride said...

I love your bookends. What a concept, posting about your litery treasures...I would like to have a room with floor to ceiling bookshelves so I can keep all of mine in one room. Thanks for peek
Sandi

Tammy said...

Just for some history on your brass duck heads. I used to have a set exactly like them that Hubby ordered using the stubs from his cigarette packs, I think it was Camel cigarettes. He got lots of interesting things from the Camel book.
I left a lot of stuff in Ky with family members when we moved, we moved so quickly I didn't have time to have a sale so I just gave stuff away...some of it I wish I had back or had brought with me, but ya live and learn.

I loved your entire collection and envy you those shelves *wink*

Meggie said...

Great looking book shelves, BJ.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Did I ever tell you that every time I pull up your blog the song, Sweet Nothings, pops into my head? I love that song!

And I love all of your bookends! The glass roosters are my fav! Someday, I am going to have a room that is a dedicated libray!
Hugs,
Penny

Nan said...

I love your book wall and those bookends really add a lot to the display of them.
My week has been crazy. Drop by my post tonight to hear about it.
Hugs,
Nan

Anonymous said...

Morning, dear friend. Just wanted you to know the effect you have on people, even without knowing it. I woke up this morning singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" without realizing why! How can I have a bad day with that sweet song playing in my head first thing in the morning! Ksarra

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

I love your book case! I love books as well but I don't have anywhere near as many as you do. I need to find more time to read. I guess that would mean less computer time (so sad) but I need to read my Bible more (Lots more) I just don't have time to work, only about 15 more years to work that's all ( OMG that's horrable) I won't last another 15 years working.
Have a wonderful day,
ginger

Mary said...

BJ,

I love ALL of your beautiful bookends, but my favorites are the roosters. I have never thought of looking at thrift stores for bookends. Thanks for the great idea.

I love your little reading girl statue. I would love something like that.

I used to read Danielle Steel a lot, but gave up after she started writing too much glitz. I just recently borrowed two of her books from the library. Have you read Echoes? It is a great story.

Take care, my friend. I am going to spend my snowy weekend curled up with a good book and a cuppa, just as you suggested.

Blessings,
Mary