Where are the books in your household?
Growing up, I saw both my parents reading a lot. We have tons of pictures of me as a baby pretending to read, or being read to. My parents are divorced, and both their houses are full of books.
I have what I consider a “medium” amount of books (over 1500 books are mine, in our 2BR apartment; but my husband has at least an additional 1500, judging by comparative shelf space). My mother has more space for bookshelves than I do. My father has fewer, but more overstuffed, bookshelves than I do. Non-fiction is in his living room, fiction is in the guest room; Terry Pratchett and J.K. Rowling are in his bedroom. My mom has fiction and non-fiction in the living room, with religion, spirituality, and self-help in her bedroom. My sister and her husband have carefully alphabetized their shared books across their living room (starting with A), dining room, and guest room.
I have fiction and non-fiction in my bedroom, with various piles of books stacked haphazardly in the living room, kitchen, etc. (And cookbooks in our kitchen; Mom’s cookbooks are in her pantry, and I think Dad’s are in his pantry too.) I have a couple “emergency” books in a cabinet in the bathroom. They just ended up there.
Also, sleeping in a room full of books is cozy and it gives you something nice to look at while you’re in bed.
#2 has 3 large bookcases in the bedroom, two in the living room, one in the entry-way, two in DC1’s room, and 1 in DC2’s room (DC1 has more wall space, DC2 has more windows– DC2’s books also take up the bottom two shelves of the entry-way bookcase and one of the living room cases– toddler height even though zie is now 6 and reading chapter books). There’s also some books in the great room, but those are mostly related to the games that are also in that room. And a 3 shelf bookcase in the informal kitchen for our cookbooks (which are also piled in the kitchen). Basically wherever there is wall space there’s a bookshelf. Sometimes I feel like we have too many windows… Oh, and the guest bathroom and our bathroom have little book nooks. Ours usually has a book for me and one for DH. The guest bathroom usually has the latest alumni magazine or two and something with short funny bits like cakewrecks. DH and I also have piles of books on our nightstands and there’s a pile of read library books usually next to the door to the garage. The kids scatter books everywhere as well– on the couches in the great room, on their floors, on their bathroom floors, on the living room ottoman, all over the dining room, etc. It’s pretty homey, I think. I need to go read something now.