September 8, 2011

Literally Literary: Henna For the Heartbroken and a Killer Library Room

I have decided to write separate posts regarding books and I am calling this feature "Literally Literary". Why am I going to such bother? My hope is the post title will provide a subtle hint that I am posting about BOOKS. For those of you where the topic of books results in narcoleptic fits thereby causing you to faceplant onto your keyboard, this will allow you to just click away from the horror that is the written word. Also, I simply adore the word "literally", it is literally my favorite adverb. Bonus points if pronounced with a Rob Lowe/Parks n' Recreation affectation.

Special Note: All posts contain non-affiliate links - I do not have an Amazonian Fancy Pants Affiliate Thingie.


Yesterday, I began reading author Sharell Cook's Henna for the Broken-Hearted (I bought my copy through Amazon, Sharell offers other options here - with it being a non-US publication, it's a little dicey to get a hard copy right now)  Sharell, who writes the blog Diary of a White Indian Housewife, currently lives in Mumbai with her Indian husband. However, Sharell is from Australia and Henna for the Broken-Hearted is the story of how she ended up in India.  We both belong to a few Pardesi groups that I affectionately refer to as my groups for "Brown Boys and the White Girls Who Love Them".  For me, reading Sharell's account of how she came to settle in India is fascinating.  And I thought it worth mentioning here.

As I've mentioned, this is Wedding Week at Rancid Raves (See Also: Part 1Part 2Part 3).  My sister Maureen's wedding was SO much fun, that I knew a single post wouldn't capture it all.  The wedding and reception was held at Williams House in Lawrence, Kansas.  The house was simply gorgeous and held so much beauty, interest and charm.  Also, the entire house was full of books - stacks of books adorned every table, dresser.  Piles of books were in every room. I could have spent hours just sifting through the titles.

In particular, I fell in love with the library room:

My pictures do not do this room justice.

However, these shots will simply have to suffice when I build my Dream House and I hand these snaps over the architect so that he or she can recreate the entire damned thing.

Including the corner step-ladder, which will be a requirement in the Library Room of My Dreams.



LL said...

That WILL be a room in my dream house one day, complete with a corner ladder and maybe one of those straight ones that runs along the top of the bookcases. Although if I'm going to do that, maybe I should stop buying Kindle books? Otherwise it will just be all that gorgeous shelving with a little stand for my kindle :)

Moderndayhermit said...

What an amazing space! I could just imagine being cozy on the sofa with a fire going, cold weather outside and a cup of hot tea while reading. *sigh*

Dreams, dreams, dreams.

The only thing I would add is a small desk so that I could work in the room as well. I love a space filled with books.

BTW, I read so many of the books that pop up on your goodreads and they are always winners!

ChaosIsAFriendOfMine said...

That book sounds good, I'm going to put it on my TBR list. Thanks for linking the author's blog, I'm going to check that out as well.

Rachel @chaosisafriend

luckyfatima said...

I am burning up with jealousy over that library room. Let me NOT give it the evil eye! What an awesome space!

MLE said...

AH MAH GAH. That's pretty much my dream room, right there.