I am such a book geek. No, I mean it.

Not only do I love to make books, but I love to buy books about making books.

In general, I’m really not a big reader but when it comes to bookbinding books, I have a serious problem. Even though many of the books I have don’t actually teach me anything new, I just like looking at the completed works. It’s very inspiring. And I have to make them mine.

As I showed you in this post, I have a lot of books. Books that are causing shelf sag in my studio. It’s very satisfying. And I’ve only purchased more books since I wrote that post. In fact I’m already planning on buying Carol Barton’s new book, The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume 2 Platforms and Props, very soon. But at least there’s a reason for that besides my just wanting it. I’ll talk about that another time.

Anyway, so I’ve been trying to figure out how to list all of the books I have without actually typing them up. So you can be a witness to my bookbinding book affliction.

I found a nifty little website called Shelfari. On their homepage, it says “Shelfari is the premier social network for people who love books.” Well that suits me just fine. The feature I like the most is that you can build a virtual bookshelf to share with others. You can show what’s on your bookshelf, what you’ve read, or what you’re wishing for – and like other social networks, you can meet others with interests similar to yours.

You are supposed to be able to put code on your blog that will display your bookshelf. Somehow, I seem to be unable to get it to work. Meh. You can, however, go directly to the Shelfari website to see my bookshelf. I have almost 60 books on there – and I still have more to add. So satisfying.

I’m considering using more of the vertical space in my studio…

Books suspended from the ceiling

Photo by Thomas Guignard

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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