When I was in college, my lit professor Dr. Sid Cruz would always encourage us to invest in books. I wasn’t a bibliophile really and I only bought titles assigned to us as reading materials, though, owning a mini-library has become one of my biggest dreams (up until now).
I’ve always wanted to have a bookshelf. But I had no idea how to fill it with books, since I only received a meager allowance from my parents. So books were not really my priority during college, although I was a frequent visitor of our university library (I could have won an award for that) and I’d rummage the unfrequented shelves in the “darkest” corners of the Circulation Area.
Now that I have all the opportunity to buy the books that I wanted to read, I always find time to drop by my favorite bookstore for some dirt cheap titles–from classics to reference books. Until I discovered that my “hanging” shelf could not hold the books anymore that I decided to buy a bigger shelf. Actually, it was my mom who bought the shelf for me. I sill have to pay her though.
Owning a bookshelf is a dream come true for me. It’s like an extension of myself, my security blanket, my comfort zone. I have three bookshelves now. One at home (I always wanted to arrange the books and wipe off the dust that covers the shelf, but since I’m Iloilo-based, I don’t get to do it anymore. And I don’t want anyone to touch my books. I get territorial when somebody enters my bedroom. I have another shelf here in the dormitory. Mostly reference books and workbooks that I use as supplementary materials for my lessons. But I do bring my fave novels and poetry collections in Iloilo so everytime I get bored, I just peruse the poems and scan through chapters of the novels that I have already read. And I “own” one shelf in the faculty room. When combined, I really think that one shelf is not enough to “niche” my collection.
So, in response to a Twitter follower who invented the Show Off Your Bookshelf Day, here it is. My bookshelf showing some swag.:D