If you enjoy reading, you may have already created an at-home library. The idea is to dedicate a space within your home to books, one that looks aesthetically pleasing and inviting to guests. You will be subtly demonstrating your interests to anyone who visits and ensuring that your home looks modern and stylish. If you’re not sure where to start with an at-home library, read these tips.
Books You Love
Perhaps an obvious place to start, the majority of your library needs to consist of books you love. This doesn’t mean you need to have read all of them – add books you intend to read by your favorite author, the last book in a series you have adored, books with covers that really caught your eye in the local bookshop. No one is going to test you on the contents of your library, and you certainly shouldn’t feel guilt if there are lots of titles you haven’t read yet. Think of your library as your to-be-read pile, but rather than in a stack by your bed you’ve arranged it by color order in your living room!
Books You Need
Perhaps you are an electrician, with manuals that you need to keep. Or a games designer, with catalogs of the best games ever made. Or a chef, with a gorgeous collection of cookery books. If books are significant within your professional life, store them in your library. These books are as much a part of you as the ones you love, so don’t hide them away. This way, when you do need to check one of them for work, you’ll know where to find it.
Books You Want
Never let your library gather dust. If some books have been sitting there for years on end, update them. Go to the bookshop and grab a haul, or check out second-hand stores for bargains. If you’re not sure what you want to read, have a look at sites such as goodreads.com, which categorise books by genre and author and can offer recommendations based on what you’ve already read and loved.
Whether you set up a floor-to-ceiling bookcase, or opt for a smaller stack, having an at-home library can help you to read more and remind you of the things that you love – a guaranteed way to put a smile on your face.