Today, Diego takes you on a tour of his personal domain.
(Just don’t touch anything.)
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It’s been over a year since I completed the first detailed visual documentation of my private space, so I think an update is in order. These pictures are a few weeks old, but apart from the addition of more books nothing much has changed since when I snapped them.
A view of the library looking towards the staircase, with the obligatory oversized globe at the heart of the room. As I wrote in the previous edition of this post, one cannot call a room a proper “library” unless it has one of these.
The door leading to my bedroom. No way am I letting you in there.
The main reading area. The chairs often double as coat hangers, especially when I can’t be bothered to walk a few steps to my room and dump my clothes there.
A view of the other reading area, which is pretty much unusable on account of the books piled up everywhere. With storage space at a premium, anything – be it a footstool, a bench, or a coffee table – morphs into just another bookshelf when I look at it.
I don’t have the requisite training to use a standard alphanumeric classification method, but I’m always careful to sort and shelve my books according to subject matter. For example, this shelf is reserved for books dealing with the 1912 Titanic disaster.
More Titanic-related books.
The Tolkien section.
Part of the ancient history section.
Now we come to my favourite part of the library: the anime/manga section.
The manga bookcase. It’s actually glass-fronted, but I’ve taken down the sliding panels to keep reflections from marring the pictures.
Manga, reference works and artbooks.
Japanese anime magazines (mostly Newtype, with a few issues of Megami, Animage, and other titles).
More manga, with some Japanese originals on the lower shelf.
Finally, the anime shelves (also originally glass-fronted). It’s not much to look at right now since I’ve only recently started collecting DVDs and figures (I used to limit my acquisitions to manga). Below these shelves are sections reserved for books on the Japanese language and Japanese art, history, and culture.
Okay, our tour ends here. There is no gift shop, but please help yourselves to my brother’s brownie stash in the fridge on your way out.