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8 Ways to Be Creative with Bookshelves

If you’re like me and have too many books to keep count of (not including the digital versions on your kindle) then you can certainly appreciate a good bookcase! I’ve seen many really good ones, one of my favourites has to be the very rustic wood bookcase at the Food Barn at Noordhoek Farm Village. I love the thick planks and worn wood – seems to match well-loved books well!

About 2 years ago my husband and I put together a custom bookshelf cum TV cabinet cum CD display case by simply using raw wood planks, a few brackets to hold everything up and 2 brackets attached to the wall. The beauty of it though was that we were able to dismantle the whole thing and bring all the wood with us to our new home when we moved a few months ago! So while we haven’t reinvented our bookcase, we have big plans for it (in its disassembled state in the garage!)

Anyway here are some really fantastic creative bookshelf ideas, from under-the-stairs to in-the-ceiling to round-about…there’s plenty of ways to get your dream reading on 😉

Reading Up the Stairs

Reading Up the Stairs | source  Pinterest

Reading Under the Window Nook

Reading Under the Window Nook | source Pinterest

Reading in a Circle

Reading in a Circle | source Pinterest

Reading Upstairs

Reading Upstairs | source Pinterest

Reading Along the Pipes

Reading Along the Pipes | source Dreamer Attraction

Reading in the Roof

Reading in the Roof | source Love This Pic

Reading in Blocks

Reading in Blocks | source revistacasaejardim

Reading Up the Wall

Reading Up the Wall | source Lushome

My Motivation to Buy a Kindle…

I’ve been a reader my whole life. In fact, it’s reached nerd status and notoriety too. It all began in sub B (grade 2) when I read the entire Bobbsy Twins series and got about half way with Nancy Drew’s earlier adventures (prior to the vastly updated and cooler Nancy Drew Files). I then moved onto Willard Price’s Adventure Series and proceeded to devour everything that had been stamped with Enid Blyton’s cool scribble.

It all followed in quick succession as I became a preteen: The Babysitter’s Club, Sweet Valley Twins (and later, Sweet Valley High and Sweet Valley University), Thoroughbred (my obligatory 11year old horse obsession), Sweet Dreams (I cringe) and Fearless. I’ve loved series to the absolute utmost and own and have read the Harry Potter series around 20 times (each book). Followed by Ken Follet’s epic masterpieces of Pillars of the Earth and The World Without End, I have also owned and read multiple times the Spud series, the Millennium series (The Girl), the Twilight series and the Hunger Games.

You know when people watch series? Well I read them. And so – for this very reason (and so that I don’t have to lug a bag of 10 books when I go away in December) I am getting a Kindle. Hoohah.

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Dream Nooks & Outdoor Retreats

I know there’s nothing quite like finding a seriously secluded outdoor spot, spreading out a blanket (or climbing into a hammock) and getting out a good book (Of the chick-lit variety)…I love outdoor nooks! I remember as a kid my best friend and I discovered some great ‘secret places’ in our nearby greenbelt (it was safer then), and on weekends we would disappear for hours just to hang out and be all secret like…

As an adult, not much has changed! If I’m away for the weekend and happen to find a great little spot in the garden or on the beach or somewhere close – it’ll be taken for the day! Today’s post on The Good Girls Guide is all about those Dream Nooks and Outdoor Retreats that you can read, sleep or dream in. Makes being in the office all that much harder. Enjoy!

Spring Romance Blossoming

Spring Romance Blossoming | source here.

Forest of Green

Forest of Green | source here.

Into the Blue

Into the Blue | source here.

Table for Two

Table for Two | source here.

Breezy Summer Reading Spot

Breezy Summer Reading Spot | source here.