Shhhh! It’s a Library.

This month on the Fiction Writers’ Blog Hop Julie has set the topic of libraries, and I’m going to take a slightly personal approach today.

All my adult life I’ve wanted a library. A room filled with books, a quiet space to read and write, inspiration on every shelf around you. I mean, who wouldn’t want that, right? And given that I have over 90* unread books in my TBR pile, which you can read about here, and I don’t own an e-reader, it only make sense that I NEED a library.

Problem is, our house is small. Really small. I have books strewn from one end to the other, piled precariously, and nowhere to put anything resembling a library.

slight exaggeration, but you get my point

slight exaggeration, but you get my point

But, friends, all is not lost. You see, we (as in hubby and I) have come to the conclusion that our tiny, rundown, literally-falling-down-around-us home has come to the end of its useful life and we’ve decided to knock-down and rebuild.

Yes! My dream house! Finally.

not my actual dream house, but hey!

in my dreams!

OK. So, there’s no way we can afford my actual DREAM house, but I figure if we’re going to build surely I can get included a few, little, things I’ve always wanted. Like a double oven. And, of course a library.

Now, I don’t need a huge library, although if someone with more money than we have offered to build me something like this…library

I wouldn’t say no.

I’m thinking more along the lines of this…home-library-3home-library-2

This has caused a few arguments (what do they say about building being one of the most stressful things you can do?!), as hubby doesn’t quite understand my burning desire to have a room dedicated to books, despite the fact he almost falls over the ones strewn about the house. The arguments became so problematic at one point, that my friend came up with a perfect solution…

library-planI mean, what’s not to love about that plan? Miss 10 did ask where she was going to sleep, but, you know, minor detail!

All jokes aside though, I have convinced hubby that a library/study-writing room is an investment in our future and will pay off once I get published (once, not if…once, not if…) and we met with the builders and the designer last week and I’ve put in my request. Cue fireworks.

fe-heart-fireworksWe should be getting the design in a week or so, so keep your fingers crossed for me that 1 – a library fits in with the plans and 2 – we can afford it (time to get a second job?)

What about you? If you were building your dream house, what would you want included?

*The TBR pile is now up to 105 – shhhh!

S 🙂

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27 thoughts on “Shhhh! It’s a Library.

  1. gail

    Absolutely love the idea of a quiet reading/writing space – a library! BUT have you considered who else is going to want to spend time in YOUR space, or is it a shared space? You need to think about this before hubby and Miss 10 decide it’s a share space…..Good luck. I share my office with hubby and his keyboard is incredibly loud……

  2. Krystal Jane

    YESSS! This is very exciting news!! Fingers definitely crossed for you!

    Honestly, I would take any one of those libraries, and I will definitely take the mansion, thankyouverymuch. I would like a window seat in my library overlooking a wide creek or pond with geese in it. I will also take an in-ground pool so long as no one is ever in it when I’m reading. LOL!

    The funny thing about my situation is that I actually could turn my guest room into a library. Of course, then I’d have to buy more books to fill it up…

  3. Julie Valerie @Julie_Valerie

    Oh my gosh. Seriously? When I got to that blueprint of the house that’s actually just a huge library and three tiny rooms – I laughed out loud. Not LOL. I’m talking, the real deal. All the letters.

    I laughed out loud.

    I laughed aloud?

    Either way, so cool. I sent a link of your blog post to my husband – hoping he’ll understand . . .

  4. Pearl R. Meaker

    Dream house would have a library/office/craft room with a couple of cool moveable screens for the times hubby or I want some privacy. And a window seat – a comfy window seat. I’ve always wanted one of those. And one of those rail and rolling ladder set ups for reaching the highest shelves.

    Oh! And, like Nancy said, a fireplace. 😉 Even if your winters aren’t that cold. They’re just plain cozy. 😀

  5. bonnieblaylock514

    ❤️ This! We are All About The Books at our house! I often say the ceiling from upstairs is going to cave in. We recently redid our main living space & added a wall of shelves plus a cozy book nook. It’s my favoritest favorite thing! Congrats on the new digs–exciting!

  6. Ari

    love it and your floor plan is perfect. 😀 The very idea of having a library is just awesome – I always wanted the one from the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast, complete with wheel-able ladders.

    I am glad your new home will incorporate a library and I am sure your husband will soon see the importance of such a room 😀

      1. Ari

        lol oh yeah. It’s funny how often “books” are the top of my list whenever my partner and I discuss what we would do if we won millions. If we ever did I would get an architect in, make him what that movie then be like “ok, do that”

      2. sandiedocker Post author

        Can you imagine?! It would be amazing. I don’t think I’d use any other room in the house. If you won that much money you could hire a chef and a cleaner and you wouldn’t have to ever leave the library!

      3. Ari

        lol do you think the chef and the cleaner would object to dressing as a dish and a broom to really re-enact the magic of Beauty and the Beast? 😀

  7. Jayne Denker

    What? What’s wrong with an entire floor plan being mostly library? 😀 It’s a shame we got away from the tradition of having libraries in our houses. Hey, if we can dedicate several square yards of wall to a big-ass TV, we should find some room for our books!

    1. sandiedocker Post author

      Nothing wrong, as far as I’m concerned.
      It is sad we moved away from libraries in houses. One of my favourite quotes – “A room without a book is like a body without a soul”.

  8. Shelly Hickman

    Good luck with the new project, Sandie. My husband and I built the home we now live in, and it’s definitely an adventure, one that I think once in a person’s life is enough. Haha!

  9. lolshelley

    Oh Sandie Docker Offner I couldn’t agree more!! Love this post. Love the fact that you’ve taken the bull by the horns and said ‘I am a writer and need my own library/writing space’. I reclaimed the front lounge room, that nobody besides me used much, as my writing/reading zone. I have my dream built-ins on the ‘to-do’ list for early next year. Can’t wait to watch your dreams come true♥


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