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What’s On My Bookshelf?

What’s On My Bookshelf?

Yesterday was National Book Lover’s Day, and since I’m a little slow on the uptake, I am dedicating today’s post to books…

Due to all my moving about, most of my books have been in storage for the past year. When I was moving out to Seattle, I debated bringing them. They were heavy, they took up space in the pod, and I’m just going to have to pack them up and move them all over again in a year.  Besides, I’ve read them all about a million times each… did I really need to have them at all?  Everything is digital these days.  I wondered if it would be easier to just load my favorite books onto my new ipad and take the old-school books made of paper to the Goodwill.

But I couldn’t get rid of my books, and I couldn’t leave them in boxes any longer either. In the end, I brought almost all of them, and I’m glad. Putting up my bookshelves made me feel more at home in my new apartment. Books make nice display items, and plus I love looking around the room and seeing all the stories I love so dearly.

I have several bookshelves in the apartment, but this is my main one:

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I refrained from alphabetizing (something I have done in the past), but this shelf does have a sort of organization. What’s on my bookshelf? So glad you asked!

ROW 1:

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Row 1: Books written by people I know:
Babylon Rolling and Pretty Little Dirty by Amanda Boyden
Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride
Ghostbread by Sonja Livingston
Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi
More of This World and Maybe Another by Barb Johnson
Fairy Tale Review: Yellow Issue with poems by Dawn Manning and Shelly Pukak

AND

All of the literary magazines I’ve been published in, including The GW Review, Talking River Review, The Normal School, The Sand Hill Review, Altered States Anthology, and Blue Highway Review

ROW 2:

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Row 2: Modern favorites – Books written (somewhat) recently that I love and/or wish I had written, including, but not limited to:
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block
Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

ROW 3:

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Row 3: Adult Classics & Great Juvenile Fiction, including, but not limited to:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Conner
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
1984 by George Orwell

AND

Holes by Louis Sacchar
The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Patterson
The Cay by Theodore Taylor

ROW 4:

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Row 4: Children’s Classics & Other Classics, including:

Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, plus a Roald Dahl treasury
The Annotated Alice (Alices Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with scholarly notes)
The Trumpet of the Swan and Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Half Magic by Edward Eager
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

AND

Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
Mythology by Edith Hamilton

PLUS:

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On the mantle, is a collection of both my books and Paul’s books. They mostly fall under one of the following categories: religion, science, philosophy, or math.  The monkey bookends are, of course, mine.
OK, everyone…What do you have on your shelves?

RELATED READING:

Holiday Insights:  Book Lover’s Day

Book Lover’s Day related articles from Huffington Post

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About evalangston

Eva Langston is a writer, among other things.

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