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Andrew J. Howard

 

Are you one of those people who has all of your books compactly stored on your e-reader?

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Michael Wells Photography

 

Or, like us, do you still prefer to hold the real thing?

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CTC&G

 

Book hoarding has always been a bit of an issue for me,

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Janie Molster Designs

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 but it has gotten a million times worse since becoming an author because, not only do I get hordes of free books, but most of them are signed. Who could possibly get rid of those?

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Architectural Digest

 

Hubby and I have these giant, probably twelve-foot tall bookshelves on either side of the fireplace. The other day I was up on a stool restyling things when he came in and said, “Do you think you could start getting rid of some of your books after you’re finished reading them?”

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Architectural Digest

 

I looked at him, puzzled, and said, “You know I’ve gotten really good about donating books to the library.”

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

His turn to look, puzzled, at the probably 500 books I was currently organizing. Reading the look on his face, I laughed and said, “Oh, honey. These are the ones I haven’t read yet.”

Marie Flanigan bookshelves in gray
Marie Flanigan

 

So, yes, I may have a problem. I can’t help myself. I buy books incessantly. Fiction, non-fiction, every design and coffee table book on planet earth. Yoga. Meditation. Cookbooks that I will never, ever use but for some reason love to read. Fishing books for hubby. Children’s books for my little guy, a genre that has not widely expanded since he can read himself… Being on tour is quite the problem since I’m in bookstores constantly.

bookshelves in gray
SF Cottages & Gardens

 

The good news for my husband is that I was mostly flying on this tour, so I was a little more limited as to what I could bring home. 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

But maybe this is why I love bookshelves that look a little lived in, that look like the books have been read and cherished, or at least will be read and cherished. 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

And mixing in well-placed accessories, of course, adds to the overall style. But we pretty much love bookshelves however they come! 

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Architectural Digest

 

No matter how you style your bookshelves, we hope you’ll consider adding a copy of The Southern Side of Paradise to them! Or that stack beside your bedside table… Or your beach bag… Or your gift or wishlist! Thank you to each and every one of you for all of your support these first few weeks of The Southern Side of Paradise being out in the world. I am so grateful for friends like you! 

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If you haven’t started the Peachtree Bluff Series yet, now is the perfect time! The first book in the series, Slightly South of Simple, has released in mass market paperback–and it’s #14 on the bestseller list! Pick it up at your favorite bookstore, local grocery store, drugstore or retail store

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