- That would look absolutely dreadful.
- That is surely a ludicrous health hazard.
- Most importantly - how are you meant to read and enjoy a book that forms one of the legs of a glass coffee table? Not entirely practical, is it?
Anyway, back to actual useful book storage. You know, the kind that displays books in an attractive way, but makes you want to look and them, and actually facilitates this. That kind. Although, apparently, this kind makes your living room a tiny bit like school. Ah well, you can take the teacher out of school, and all that.
I bought the box from the Great Little Trading Company when they had a stonking sale. At full price, it is a little wince-making. But they are always having sales, so I suggest you sign up for the email newsletter and wait for a nice little "Please buy our stuff!" email to drop into your inbox.
It's called the Book Caddy, and is basically a white box with a handle to store some books. There is a little chalkboard area on the front. Originally I put all of our WWI books in there, as a prelude to some village commemorations of the centenary said event. The kids had a look at them. BabyM tried to eat them. A rolled her eyes and said the statement in the title of this post. We all carried on happily.
This week A said "We're doing myths and legends in literacy. I suppose we could put some of our books on that in the book box thing." "OK" I said, trying to hide my intense excitement that she was playing along with me. Our box now looks like this:
It's quite Marcia Williams box-set heavy, but that's not a bad thing, in my opinion. Marcia William's cartoon versions of myths are great. I am fully aware that most of the lure of helping with the box, was being allowed to write with the special chalk pen when we had finished filling the box. Tbh I was slightly upset at not being able to do that bit myself.
I suggested (with probably what was, on reflection, a bit too much enthusiasm) that we did a week each, where we put in favourite books from our shelves, that we would like to recommend to the rest of the family. "Oh, really, Mummy! If it's not making the house into school, it's like making it into Waterstones or something!" How can anyone really have any objection to living in a branch of Waterstones? OK, so the bedding is not all that comfy, and you might want some cooking facilities. But other than that, I don't see a problem. Bagsie the Birmingham New Street branch. There are plenty of decent eateries nearby, and the stairs and particularly attractive.