If you love to read (or love to look like you love to read) there's no better addition to your house than a home library. Whether it's just one small bookshelf or an entire wall in your living room, a library can be both intellectually and aesthetically enriching for any household.
Want to get the kids into reading? Hoping to provide something stimulating for your house guests to peruse? Want an all-access pass to some of the greatest fantasy worlds ever dreamt up? Here are some essential additions to any home library.
Every home needs one or two good cookbooks. Yeah, you can find recipes online easily, but browsing through a cookbook is much more relaxing and might encourage you to try out a recipe you never would before. You can find any number of cookbooks on a range of topics, from historically accurate recipes from colonial times to gluten-free, vegan, raw food recipes only, there's no limit to what you can find.
Every library needs a copy of some of the classic works of literature. Homer, Chaucer, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Orwell... they'll take you on a journey through time, sparking your imagination and curiosity.
Let's face it, you won't get very far through The Canterbury Tales
without a dictionary. Every library should be equipped with learning aids like dictionaries, language books, a world atlas, science and history books, and so on.
Much of my library is made up of long lines of books that make up hit series like Harry Potter
, The Lord of the Rings
, A Song of Ice and Fire
and so on. These are all fun books that someday your kids might read (well, maybe wait a while before showing them A Game of Thrones
Aside from epic sagas, you might be in the mood for something a bit lighter, physically and metaphorically. Pick up some bestsellers of the last 10 years at discount prices on Amazon or used from sites like Half.com.
Nothing is as exciting, scary, or bizarre as the world we live in. To be shocked and educated at the same time, pick up some of the recent Pulitzer Prize winners in the nonfiction category. You'll find history books that won't put you to sleep and cautionary tales about climate change that will probably keep you up at night. Even if you read or watch the news, there's no better way to fully understand a topic than by reading a book about it.
You're not always going to pick up a book with the intention of reading hundreds of pages. Sometimes you or a house guest would like to casually flip through some interesting pages. Art, photography, comics and graphic novels are all excellent additions to any library.
No library is complete without children's books, whatever your age may be. Children's books range from beautifully illustrated picture books to great stories like Where the Wild Things Are
and the tales of Beatrix Potter.
These are just some of the basics that every library can benefit from. Now go and find some books that you love to make it uniquely your own.