The Sunday Salon (Mar. 18): Lots of books in a small room

The Sunday Hello! Happy Sunday evening, everyone. I’ve completely forgotten what it was I was originally going to write about for today’s post, so instead let’s talk about bedroom decor.

We’re fairly certain we’re going to get the house we’ve found, so that means I can start planning how I’m going to decorate my room! Now, my new room is about half the size of my Albuquerque room, which means I’ll need to change how I’d normally decorate. For instance: I don’t think I can have three or four tall bookshelves in my room now, because I’d feel like they were about to fall on me and/or the walls were closing in, etc. I’m also planning on painting my walls, doing something fancy with my closet organization– basically, I want my new room to be much more interesting than my old room was.

So! Those of you with small rooms: how do you deal with your books? I can keep most of them in the “media room,” so that’s no problem, but I’d still like to have at least one shelf for favorite books/TBR books. What sort of shelf would be best for a small room? I’m kind of thinking something like this would be good. What do you think?

Besides that whole thing, I’m trying to figure out which sort of bed would be best: should I go for a futon mattress, which I can fold away during the day and thus clear up a lot of room, or should I get a daybed, with drawers underneath for extra storage? Choices, choices…

Weekly Book Stats

Books read this week:
049. The Poison Diaries – Maryrose Wood ★★★½ e
Proper review coming later, because I have FEELINGS I need to work out and it’ll take longer than one paragraph to do that. So!

050. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer ★★★★★ e
Publication: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 4, 2006), ebook, 368pp / ISBN 0618329706
Genre: Fiction
Read: March 13-14, 2012
Source: Bought

I got this because it was $0.25 and because I thought the movie version looked interesting. I’d actually tried reading another of JSF’s books before ( Everything Is Illuminated) and it didn’t work out, so I was a bit worried about how I’d find this one. But I LOVED it– it’s funny, and sad, and quirky enough to keep my interest without necessarily being over-the-top (though maybe the grandparents were a bit OTT), and overall I just really enjoyed reading it. I think this is the sort of book that either people love or people find really annoying, and maybe if I had been in a different mood I wouldn’t have liked it as much as I did. Who knows!

051. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer ★★★★★ e*
Publication: Disney Hyperion (August 10, 2009), originally published 2001, ebook, 308pp / ISBN 0786808012
Genre: MG/YA Science Fantasy
Read: March 14-15, 2012
Source: NetGalley (thank you!

Like I said in my Thursday Tea post, it’s been ages since I’d read this book but I’ve read it at least five times before. I still like it just as much as I did the other times I read it, although I think that maybe the writing isn’t as sophisticated as I thought it was back when I was a kid. The sentences seem much choppier than I remembered them for some reason. Still, it’s a fun book with lots of action/adventure stuff and if you like that (or YA science fantasy) I think you’d like Artemis Fowl.

052. The Arctic Incident – Eoin Colfer ★★★★★ e*
Publication: Disney Hyperion (August 10, 2009), originally published 2002, ebook, / ISBN
Genre: MG/YA Science Fantasy
Read: March 15-16, 2012
Source: NetGalley (thank you!)

I haven’t read the later Artemis Fowl books nearly as much as I’d read the first one, which actually makes me really happy because it’s almost like reading it for the first time again. The Arctic Incident is great because it continues Artemis’ (perfectly paced) character development from evil genius kid to morally ambiguous genius kid. I also loved the fleshing out of Commander Root’s character, and though the villains were big ol’ hams at least their motivations made sense. I think maybe the best thing about The Arctic Incident, though, was that it wasn’t a direct repeat of the first book. The plot was set up in a different way, the characters were (slightly) different, and it actually felt like the story arc was moving forward. That’s not something every second book of a series can do!

Also, btw, I really like these new covers! I mean, the old covers were pretty nifty, but I like that illustrated book covers are coming back into vogue now, too.

Books reviewed this week:
030. American Gods: 10th Anniversary Edition – Neil Gaiman ★★★★★ e *

Books acquired this week:

Currently reading:
Still making my way through Burn Mark. There’s some intrigue that’s shown up now, which is exciting.

12 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon (Mar. 18): Lots of books in a small room”

  1. I think decorating is always the best part of having a home! You’re in earthquake country now, so what about putting the tall bookcases in the living room instead? 🙂 I used to have a small three-shelf bookcase in my room where I kept my favorite books and those that I was hoping to read really soon. Whatever you do, I hope you take pictures.

    1. I’m definitely planning to put big bookshelves in the living room, haha! That way they won’t squish me if/when they fall over via earthquake.

  2. Decorating is so much fun! I have the same problem with book storage as well, so I have had to make additions to my only large bookcase with two smaller ones as well as some shelves. I have found the bookcases with square shaped units are good as you can double stack books behind each other to score some extra space. Shelves are great too because they help get things off the floor so you have more space, and you can have several of them going up a wall.

    I highly recommend storing books under your bed- it’s a great place to put them! I have two large storage boxes with roller feet under my bed and they’re great for the extra storage space- you can fit heaps in them!

    Have fun! You should totally post some before and after pics when you’re done!



    1. Thanks! I think under-bed storage is a great idea. Usually I just stuff junk under there, so having some sort of organized storage would be much better.

  3. Just my .02 on the futon vs. daybed thing … I went for the futon when I was in high school and found that it was a big pain to move in and out every day so I either ended up sleeping on a very small space when I left it up or having to walk the narrow strip around it when I left it down. I would vote daybed instead and then you get storage underneath and a good sized sleeping area!

    1. Good point! I’m leaning much more towards the daybed than the futon. I’d probably get annoyed putting the futon away every day, too.

  4. I have a very small bedroom, and I’ve divided my book storage across one five-tier freestanding bookshelf and one four-tier wall-mounted bookshelf, with other books shoved in here and there. For example, my stereo is in three parts–two speakers and the console itself–and I have books sandwiched in between each speaker and the console. I also have them on either side of my record player, which sits on top of my dresser. One of these days, I’m also going to hang some invisible bookshelves so I can have storage space and wall decoration in one.

  5. I have a wee little bedroom (New York!) but I’ve still fit three bookshelves in — two big, one small, plus the shelves on my desk. One good thing about New York is that everyone understands the rationale behind a loft bed. My loft bed is amazing and without it I wouldn’t have my desk, third bookshelf, or a whole bunch of my books. And my room would look more cluttered. New York! (So that is how I manage.)

    1. A loft bed sounds neat but I’m worried my ceiling is too low to fit one in comfortably? But IKEA has an AMAZING loft bed and it’s really tempting me. Hmmmm.

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