Last fall, Bibliobeth started a new book tag, Shelfie by Shelfie. You can see her original post here – and I’ve nabbed her image as well. :-D The concept is that you take a picture of a bookshelf, and then answer ten questions about the books on it. I have about a billion bookshelves, so I thought that I would give it a go!
Welcome to another edition of Shelfie by Shelfie! As I mentioned in my first post, I have roughly a million shelves. I’ve started with what I consider to by Shelf #1, because it’s where my shelved-alphabetically fiction begins. Last time I did the top shelf, and today we are onto the second!
In case you missed the last Shelfie post, basically I’ll post the picture of the shelf, and then answer some questions about it.
1 – Is there any reason for this shelf being organized the way it is, or is it purely random?
For the most part, I keep my fiction shelved alphabetically by the last name of the author, in traditional library fashion. There are, of course, exceptions, but this particular shelf is pretty true to method.
2 – Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you; i.e. how you got it, a memory associated with it, etc.
Oh wow, this is a tough one on this shelf, as there are some definite favorites here. I love the Chronicles of Prydain so much, and C.W. Anderson was a childhood hero – I found those books at a library discard sale and was SO excited. But I think I’m going to have to focus on Mr. Popper’s Penguins, which is honestly just a ridiculous story that I loved so much as a kid. I very clearly remember Dad reading this one out loud to us kids and just how overwhelmingly silly the story was, but in a really fun way. The illustrations by Robert Lawson also tell so much of the story.
3 – Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?
Probably Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander, mainly because I’ve owned it for years and never gotten around to reading it.
4 – Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?
I’m not hardcore attached to any specific edition of a book on this shelf, but probably one of the hardcover C.W. Anderson books, as they are the actual ones I used to check out of the library as a little girl!
5 – Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?
I think the book I’ve owned the longest is The Mysterious Schoolmaster by Karen Anckarsvard. You can’t see very well in the picture, but there are several books by her. Set (and written) in Sweden, four of the books take place in the same town and involve some of the same characters, starting with Schoolmaster, which focuses on an unlikely duo of two children who end up helping to catch a spy. This book is just so fun and happy and full of warm family moments.
6 – Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?
The bright book towards the far right is actually a soft, leather-bound edition of Persuasion that I purchased with my birthday money last year (but of course haven’t gotten around to reading yet…)
7 – Which book on this shelf are you most excited to read (or reread if this is a favorite shelf)?
It’s been a pretty long time since I’ve read any of these books, so I would be happy to pick up any of them. Talking about The Mysterious Schoolmaster makes me want to read those books again, though!
8 – If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.
Since these tend to be knickknack shelves as well as bookshelves, there always seem to be other objects!
The dragon picture is fancy-pants artwork created by my very own sister, who drew the dragon, and our cousin, who created the background. I love that lil two-headed dragon! The collie is a childhood companion who has traveled with me through the years – I’ve always had a soft spot for collies and border collies! The rock in front of the collie is actually from England – a friend brought it back for me (I’ll get there myself someday!). The teacup is my very own from girlhood – Mom used to have fancy tea parties with us (brothers included) and everyone had their own cup and saucer and we sipped hot chocolate and ate Little Debbies that had been cut into small pieces and felt very grown up. The other photos are from our honeymoon in the Keys.
9 – What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?
Um I guess that I like to keep things organized, and also that I hang onto to random little things that have happy memories associated with them.
10 – Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.
Of course hopefully everyone will join in, as this is a super fun way to see everyone’s book collections!! For a free question –
What is a quote that you love from one of these books?
I really love Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles, and Taran Wanderer may be my favorite of the five. As Taran wanders through the country, meeting people and trying to understand life, he comes across many different philosophies. One of the reminders that I love best is –
If I fret over tomorrow, I’ll have little joy today.