Monday, January 28, 2013

When Books Attack

For my birthday, Luke got me a new set of bookcases to help me meet my goal of getting all the books off the floor this year.  No more piles, everything will be shelved and organized!  Yesterday we moved furniture around and put up the new bookcases, which were lovely and looked like this, before I filled them with books.

After I spent an hour or so carrying books from all over the hours and carefully arranging them on the shelves, I decided to take a break before posting my full-shelf picture and lay on the bed and watch some 30 Rock on the iPad.  And then it happened. [Dramatic Pause].  My books attacked me.  The entire shelving unit (which Luke and I had failed to anchor to the wall, thinking we're too cool for that kind of precaution-taking) fell over on top of me, my bed, and my bedside table.

Thankfully, I wasn't hit too hard and don't have any major battle wounds, just a bruised leg.  But my bedside table and bed were not so lucky.  The table is gouged and the corner of the bookcases punched a hole straight through the foot board of my wonderful sleigh bed.  It scared the living daylights out of me, of course, and I was super worried that my books had been messed up.  Luke picked it all up while I laid on the bed and moaned and groaned.  The good news is that all the books are ok.  No need to panic.  I have some nasty bruises and my bed is going to need to be replaced, but at least the corner went through the wood and not through my leg.

Lesson learned, Reader Friends: always, always, always anchor your bookcases to the wall.  And, of course, once I get the bookcases rebuilt and restocked I'll be posting pictures.


  1. Oh my gosh - I'm so glad you're okay ... but I have to admit I kind of had a laugh when you wrote that the books attacked you :-)

    Tanya Patrice

  2. The books jumped off the shelf "READ ME!!!!"

    Glad you're ok.

  3. Oh my goodness, that's so scary!! I'm glad you're okay! I don't think my books are anchored to the wall... :/

  4. First of all, I am sorry that happened and glad you are okay. Now--- I laughed so hard when I read that. Esp. "Luke picked it all up while I laid on the bed and moaned and groaned." because that is exactly how it would have went down at my house. I probably would have screamed at the top of my lungs too. Thanks for your blog. I only read a few and I so enjoy your book recs and your slice-of-life stories.
    Kim D from SC

  5. Oh no! I am glad that you were not hurt as bad as you could have been! And all that hard work you did! I am so sorry! Unfortunately, it looks like your books did not make the same New Year's resolution as you did and want to remain on the floor.

  6. Saw this on FB and was like OMG! I am so glad ours are anchored to the wall.