This week’s contributor for our My Favourite Space series, is only a recent find for me, but what an interesting lady. April Klasen, is a self-published author and blogger, who shares book and movie reviews, chapters from her books and the occasional sketch. An interesting find who loves books even more than I do!
Over to you April!
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hello there, nice to meet you all *waves at a computer screen*. My name is April Klasen. I’m a self-published author and blogger (April Klasen Author for more on that), re-skilled artist (Patreon working on it), and a tea drinker. Very heavy tea drinker.
Tell us about your favourite space.
It might be a stereotype for a writer to love her book collection, but that’s just true in my case. Some people have a walk in wardrobe, then you enter my house and must pass through my walk-through-library. My favourite space happens to be my bookshelves that line my hallway. The whole length.
What is it about this space that makes it your favourite?
I like the fact it hasn’t taken up the space in a room, making it hard to be used as anything but a library (something I want in my dream home, but not in this house right now where the rooms must be multipurpose to save on space). Instead the shelves use a dead space in the hallway. I love (and this might be digging, bear with) the idea that books are doorways to other worlds and they are all collected in a place that we use to get from one door to the next in the house. Yeah, end of mad rambling, I promise.
What are your favourite items in this space?
Books, obviously. What I want to add to this space though, is a ladder on wheels so I could zoom up and down the shelves as I’m looking for a particular book and be able to reach the top shelves (I’m short).
How does this space make you feel?
Happy. Some of these books have been with me through my childhood, they have distracted me from studying during high school (I chose The Hunger Games over my HSC), and have presented ideas and standards (why I am still single). I have so many memories attached to books, I don’t think I could ever get rid of them. Then there is the feeling of accomplishment at seeing them all on display in alphabetical order and actually fitting into the shelves perfectly (for now). My inner OCD maniac is happy. But when there are those days of frustration, when I stand before the wall and say “I have nothing to read”, I know I can go to the public library and find something.
Thank you for sharing April, I think your walkway of books is an excellent idea! I’ve not seen one like this before and is a perfect solution for when there is no library!
Would you love a hallway full of books? Who is your favourite author? Do you have a favourite book?