Lee, at the suggestion of a reader, posted photos of his bookcases. I was much encouraged - mine look much the same - overflowing, crowded, words everywhere.
The main collection is housed on shelves in the library area of my cottage. There are upwards of 1200 books on 14 shelves. I've read them all at least once and some several times.
This smaller case in the office area holds reference and writing books as well as my cd collection and my printer.
An old but sturdy wooden crate holds children's books - some of my childhood favorites, others from my own children's collections, and still others I've added over the years.
Note: Under my tiny Christmas tree lie several wrapped packages that look and feel like books - I do hope that's what they are!