John Waters is infamous for not having sex with people without books without books. And it’s an interesting proposition. After all, there is great feeling of pride that comes when cultivating a collection of good books. The appreciation grows when we beautifully display these books for others to see and to get inspired by the works that have — over the years — inspired us. I think it shows depth of character in a person to be proud of having read books.

I remember stepping into my grandmother’s house in Mexico to be welcomed by an enormous shelf, floor-to-ceiling full of books. The rusty Charlie Dickens making room for paperbacks of yesteryear.

Today I have a modest bookshelf, the contents of which I am just beginning to discover. I also keep books above my desk and by my bed. One day I hope to have a room devoted entirely to keeping the book collection, a home library.

Kind of like the one Karl Lagerfeld has below.

Some books above my desk, in no particular order whatsoever.

Beautiful homes with beautiful bookshelves and incredible home libraries. For more inspiration, check out Bookshelf Porn.