Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My bookshelves

Today Modern Mrs. Darcy is doing a link-up where we post pictures of our bookshelves to show everyone else.  I planned to do that earlier today but my camera battery needed recharging!  So here it is, better late than never.


Here is just one half-shelf from one of Allison's three bookcases.  She has a lot of great series including Wimpy Kid and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.  I love the Unfortunate Events series and was hooked from the moment I read book one, page one:  "If you are interested in reading stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book ... Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire were intelligent children, and they were charming, and resourceful, and had pleasant facial features, but they were extremely unlucky ..."  This series is weird but wonderful.  And despite some reviews I've seen on the internet, I absolutely do not believe that the Unfortunate Events series lets evil win -- not by a long shot.  Yes, there is sadness, but ultimately (as somebody or other once put it):  "Love wins."



This pile is from the rickety blue bookshelf we found by the side of the road.  It's now in our dining room and holds our newest books:  Christian nonfiction, popular fiction, etc.  Here are books by some of my favourite bloggers (or writers I heard about through those bloggers):  Amy Julia Becker's A Good and Perfect Gift, Ellen Painter Dollar's No Easy Choice [oops, wait a minute, that one must be further down the shelf, sorry], Karen Swallow Prior's Booked, and Heather Kopp's Sober Mercies, among others.  It also contains the excellent novel The Chaperone, written by one of my favourite authors, Laura Moriarty.




This is from the bookshelf upstairs in our spare room.  It contains mostly old books:  classics, books I had as an English major at university, etc.  Lots of C.S. Lewis here, a Jane Austen, a Charlotte Bronte, Augustine's Confessions (still unread, at least by me...)...


What I've shown here is only a fraction of the books we own.  Actually, we have too many books:  we take books into the house but rarely get rid of any.  But it makes me happy to have so many.  For every book that I buy, read once, and forget about, there are ten that I read and re-read and treasure like old friends.

Check my shelves and let me know if any of the books you see here are favourites of yours!


9 comments:

  1. Hi Jeannie, fancy meetin you at the link-up! I was late to the party too. :-)

    OK, let me see -- My 11yr old son in into Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It's neat that you have paper copies from blog authors. I would love to have a signed copy of Booked, by Karen Swallow Prior. I've been reading Ellen Painter Dollar more lately too. I'll have to put her book on my TBR. I've read The Diary of Anne Frank, Little Women, Confessions, The Four Loves, and Surprised by Joy.

    This is fun . . . now I'm off to visit another bookshelf. TTFN! (Ta ta for now!)

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    1. P.S. Reading Between the Lines: Diaries of Women -- that looks like one I'd like.

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    2. Thanks, Adriana! Yes, Reading Between the Lines is a really interesting book; I think I picked it up at a second-hand store because it looked like my kind of book!

      I wish I'd had (taken) time to photograph more of my shelves, but this just gave a taste. Looking forward to heading over to your place to see yours!

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  2. Lots of familiar books on your shelves:) Karen Swallow Prior's was a favorite of mine as well. A book about books, what could be better?!

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    1. Yes, I really enjoyed that one. It is really interesting to reflect on the books that have affected our lives -- as she does in her book. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  3. I've never read the Lemony Snicket series, but I keep noticing them on everyone's shelves (and I'm so struck by how gorgeous they are when they're lined up as a series!) It might be time for me to play catch-up with those.

    I spy a whole lot of books I own, and the ones I don't own, I want to read. I'm not surprised--I figured we would be kindred spirits where our bookshelves were concerned. Thanks for sharing yours!

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    1. Thanks, Anne -- this has been a lot of fun. Thanks for getting it going! And I loved seeing all your books on your post as well. I noticed your Malcolm Gladwell -- I haven't read anything by him but I read an article about him recently and Adriana is a big fan, so I think I'll have to read some of his books soon.

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  4. What a lovely collection!!! I'm a huge fan of C.S. Lewis! My boys are very much into Wimpy Kid and Unfortunate Events, and I see several titles in your collection that I need to add to my GoodReads list! :)

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    1. Thanks, Ginger -- looking back I think I should've taken WAY more pictures but this was all I could manage. I actually didn't realize how many C.S. Lewises I had till I saw that picture -- and of course I have the Narnia chronicles too.

      Now I am going to head over to "your place"!

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