SFH Favorite Collected Quotes – Victor Hugo


“He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Which works just fine as long as you have space to shelve your ever growing library. Once I had walls for my books like the one found in this lovely room above. Since moving to the ‘Cottage for Two,’ I have to be careful about coming home with any book at all. My Kindle Fire has 100 books on it, maybe more, which require no shelf space. I love e-books for that reason. You need to get clever if you are short on shelves. Here’s a great idea: Take an old dresser, pull the drawers out, give it some fresh paint, and look what can happen.


Closet space is precious, but making room for books takes precedent when push comes to shove. The closet library idea below is great. Cut a hole in the door for glass, add shelves, and have at it. I love Victor Hugo’s quote, as any book-alcoholic would, but accumulating more fabulous books, which can’t be helped, can come down to using your imagination when it comes to where to put them.


About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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8 Responses to SFH Favorite Collected Quotes – Victor Hugo

  1. That last one’s really cute. I’ve got shelves attached against a wall of my room and I really do need to transfer stuff now. My father made that when I was in college because I really was asking for shelves. I didn’t know they would be renovating my room and adding shelves. They did the same for my sister, though. We both like to read. Our parents didn’t seem to like to read except textbooks of the subjects they taught when they were teaching.

    • I remember well the bookshelves (cabinet) my father built for my room when I was growing up. In the center it had glass lit shelves for my Story Book dolls. The case filled the length of the wall. What would we do without our books!

  2. pbmgarden says:

    You seem to be peering inside my house with your post today Stepheny. I am sorting through books in an attempt to part with some and make more space, but it’s a slow and unsettling process. The e-reader seems like a smart solution.

  3. noelleg44 says:

    That’s been my problem, Stepheny. The Kindle has solved a lot of problems for me,but if there is a book I really, really want to read just for me, I’ll buy it

  4. johnvic8 says:

    ‘Even as an eBook self publisher, I still like to hold the book in my hand. A great quote this week from my favorite all time novel.

  5. As many books as I read, I think the English mysteries I read on Kindle are my best trade off.

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