Last fall, Bibliobeth started a new book tag, Shelfie by Shelfie. You can see her original post here (and her most recent Shelfie 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!
So right now all of the books that are in the to-be-reviewed pile are parts of series that I’m still in the midst of reading. I’ve discovered that it’s easier for me, as a general rule, to review series all in one go at the end, so I’m stalling on reviews right now – which means it’s the perfect time for another shelfie!
I’m still working my way down Shelf 1 – a list of all the shelfies I’ve done so far can be found here.
Here’s today’s shelf – Shelf 1D!
And here are the questions!
1 – Is there any reason for this shelf being organized the way it is, or is it purely random?
This shelf follows my regular pattern of shelving my fiction by the last name of the author. This shelf all B’s, except as I’m looking at it, I’m noticing that somewhere along the line two C books got left behind!
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.
Emerson Bennett’s “Tale of the Ohio Frontier,” titled Forest Rose, is a book that you’ve probably only heard of if you’re from my home local of Fairfield County, Ohio. Written in 1848, my copy (which, honestly, I stole from my mom a long time ago… our family has a long and noble history of book snitching from one another) is a reprint from 1976, undertaken privately by the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Lancaster, Ohio. While some of the bits of the book are true – there actually was a battle between settlers and Indians on a large hill located in what is now Lancaster – Bennett took a great deal of poetic license to write his dramatic tale wherein a beautiful young woman is kidnapped by the Indians and then rescued by her young beau, with the assistance of a colorful backwoodsman. While the story is, at times, ridiculous, and is full of language/concepts that may be somewhat offensive to our more cultured sensibilities, it’s still a rollicking good tale that I haven’t read in many a year but hope to reread soon.
Rose Forester, aka Forest Rose, the heroine of the tale, is a popular name for everything from schools to streets around here. The two hills, Flat Rocks and Standing Stone (now Mount Pleasant) are both city parks (half of Flat Rocks is also the Forest Rose Cemetery, and a beautifully haunting place to walk). The book itself is so fun to read if you are from the area, to recognize landmarks and names that still carry on even 150 years after the book was originally published.
3 – Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?
Probably one of the Patricia Beatty books. While I do like her books, I don’t LOVE any of them.
4 – Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?
Possibly Family Grandstand by Carol Ryrie Brink. That’s such a fun copy of a super happy little book.
5 – Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?
A lot of these are books I have had for a long, long time. This question made curious as to which one really had been around the longest! While not ALL of them have dates in them, most of them do – and I seem to have acquired the majority of these books in 1998?? Not sure what happened twenty years ago to trigger extra book purchasing, but go past-me!
Anyway, the actual winner of the longest-owned book goes to one that you can’t even see in the picture because it is on the very far right and hidden behind the Thornton W. Burgess books – Racketty-Packetty House by France Hodgson Burnet (who wrote The Secret Garden and A Little Princess). This is just a small picture book about dolls living in a dollhouse. The notation says that Mom gave it to me in 1993, when I was but a mere child of 11.
6 – Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?
White Cat and Black Heart by Holly Black. I read these books (along with the middle book, Red Glove, recently and really liked them. There are a couple places I purchase books from on eBay, where if I buy four books, I get a 15% discount, so when I had another book I really “needed” a little bit ago, I threw these in, too, which means I actually saved money, right??
7 – Which book on this shelf are you most excited to read (or reread if this is a favorite shelf)?
Oooo this is tough, because looking through the books on this shelf made me realize that I actually want to reread several of these!! I LOVE Carol Ryrie Brink and am always up for reading one of her books again. Two of the other books are ones that I’ve read within the last year or so and liked so well that I purchased them, and would love to reread them again as well. They’re kind of completely opposite books, but both totally recommended – A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond and Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton.
8 – If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.
Actually, while I do usually have knickknacks around, this shelf is just books. Although if you look closely at the top of the picture you’ll see the bottoms of some snow globes that are on the shelf above it – they’re on of our favorite souvenirs to collect!
9 – What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?
That I hang on to books FOREVER.
10 – Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.
I highly encourage everyone to give this lil Q&A a whirl, as it is great fun!
For a free question,
Do you have some shout-outs for any of the other books on this shelf?
This shelf is so full of gems that I feel like I have to at least mention a few of the other books that didn’t come up in other answers!!
The Pink Motel by Carol Ryrie Brink is really one of my favorites. It’s such a funny and adorable story about a family that inherits a small motel in Florida, and the adventures that ensue. I think this book may be on of the reasons that I’ve always dreamed of owning my own little motel!
Thornton W. Burgess’s books are also childhood favorites. His stories, which he illustrated himself, are all about a neighborhood of woodland creatures and are just fantastic.
Finally, out of all of these books, I’ve probably read Magic in the Alley the most number of times. A girl and her friend discover a magic box in an antique shop, and this leads to an entire summer of finding something magical in every new alley they explore. I’ve always loved alleys – it’s my favorite way to really get a flavor of a neighborhood – and this book is a perfect blend of adventure and magic.
That’s all for this edition! Next time, Shelf 1E – the last of the shelves on Shelf 1!!