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  1. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    Love the sound of being surrounded by so many books. We don’t have enough bookshelves in our house. They do tend to become a dumping ground though! I have a very old complete works of Shakespeare that used to belong to my dad and I love the His Dark Materials books too. Glad you are getting there with the decorating now and no I didn’t know you used to be a librarian. Thanks for hosting #WotW

    • Anne Sweet

      Yes, I loved my librarian years. Just being surrounded by books was heaven. I have a bible that was presented to my grandfather (who I never met) in 1898. But it’s in bad condition because my brother cut the pages when we argued as kids. In fact he ruined most of my things, and my life, families eh!

  2. Enda Sheppard

    I was great for reading until I discovered comics, first, then magazines and newspapers. I have been making a concerted effort this year to read novels, and have read a couple of good ones recently, Normal People by Sally Rooney, City of Bohane by Kevin Barry, and am reading Ian McEwan’s Solar. I read a lot of his books years ago, and he is a master. #WotW

    • Anne Sweet

      My kids like comics, or rather Manga which is the Japanese form. I tried but I found the stories too slow moving. I always remember my Dad bringing home a copy of the Beano for me when he finished work on a Friday. I swear he used to read it first! I’ve just read (listened to) Normal People. but I don’t think I’ve read any of Ian McEwan’s books.

  3. Cheryl | Time To Craft

    I am definitely a book lover. Whole family of book lovers. We have book cases all over the house. In fact, your photo could have been taken in our house! I’m trying to thin them down, but it is difficult. I’ve not got into audio books and love reading a book I can turn the pages. Old ones especially. Your route seems far more sensible to be honest. Our book tastes sound the same. I didn’t know you used to be a librarian. There was a stage when that was on my list. Glad your sitting room is almost done. What a relief for you. Thank you for hosting.

    • Anne Sweet

      Yes, I started off working in a library at school, but then I went on to other things. But it was always in my heart and I started my first job in a public library when I was nearly 30. Then I landed a dream job in the Music library at our local university which was in the most beautiful building. It was heartbreaking when I had to leave because of family problems.

  4. Angela Webster

    I’m a fellow book lover too, I’m slowly taking over every room with my growing collection. A house full of bookcases is a wonderful thing for sure. It sounds like you have some amazing collections, I remember watching Golden Compass and enjoying it I was so disappointed that they didn’t continue making the films. I hope you are feeling up to getting out soon, have a nice weekend x

  5. Karen

    I love books too, my kids can take or leave them which I keep trying to alter.. you can lead a kid to a book but you can’t make ’em read. I’m looking forward to the His Dark Materials TV show too, loved the books.

  6. Laurie

    I am a book lover (I bet most writers are) and I did NOT know you used to be a librarian! That is so cool. I need to go through my books and organize them too. I have a bunch I need to donate.

  7. Kim Carberry

    I hope the carpet fitting went OK. It sounds like you have so many books. When we moved I got rid of a lot of mine. I did keep the one’s which were my favourites though. I am waiting for shelves to be put up to put them on.
    I’m not a big book reader now. I stopped reading books when I started blogging and now read blogs instead x

    • Anne Sweet

      The carpet went down lovely, but we are having trouble where we are putting the furniture now on our move around. I have BOOKS all over the place…no point putting them in order on the shelves until we’ve decided where the shelves are going. I do need to get rid of some though (Im thinking of the ones in the boxes in my wardrobe which have been there since we moved in and never unpacked them!! x

  8. Sarah Christie

    Oh wow you used to be a librarian? I love books, we don’t have any bookshelves as I tend to read on my kindle and have done for 9 years, but have loved reading and buying books since I was little. It sounds like you collection is incredible. Hope you are loving the new carpet and manage to get our over the weekend x

    • Anne Sweet

      I have a kindle too, but audio books are my favourite. They are great for taking on hospital visits, where I’m generally stuck on the day ward for around four hours. I’m hoping to raise two little authors, my girls are forever writing stories.x

  9. Sam

    How lovely to reminisce and look through your books. Books help me escape reality for a bit. My hubby is a fan of Terry Pratchett and have some of his books on a bookshelf X#wotw

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