Shelfie by Shelfie is a book tag started by Bibliobeth. 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!
Well, it’s been several months since I did a Shelfie, as things have been a bit crazy around here!! But today I have a bit of extra time, so I thought I would look at another shelf!
Today is a VERY EXCITING Shelfie, because we are actually moving on to a completely different bookshelf! All of my earlier Shelfies the list of posts can be found here) have been from Shelf #1, but today we are actually moving on to Shelf #2!!
Here is the actual entire bookshelf – it’s part of the same original set of shelves that my husband built for me multiple houses ago. At the time, we had a long, wide hallway that just begged to be filled with bookshelves (and books!). He built them so they would go around and under the windows in the hallway, and would have plenty of room for books and for knickknacks (which I also have a lot of). Although we’ve moved multiple times since then, we’ve always found a way to make the shelves work. In our current house, they run along a wall in our lower room, framing the fireplace and then the big on (Shelf #3) on the other side of a picture window.
As an aside, we were just talking yesterday about expanding our bookshelves, so these are probably going to be built up to the ceiling and over the fireplace at some point this winter… somehow I seem to be running out of bookshelf room again!?
Anyway, here is the specific shelf we are looking at today – Shelf 2A!
And the questions!
1 – Is there any reason for this shelf being organized the way it is, or is it purely random?
As usual, these are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the author, as I do with the majority of my fiction books. It makes it easier to find them!!
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.
Hidden behind the other books in this picture is a very slim, very battered paperback called The Treasure is the Rose by Julia Cunningham. This book was originally published in 1973, when my mom was 11, and she fell in love with the story. I can remember reading this book with her, and was so touched when she gave it to me. The whole book is kind of falling apart, but I still love it, and have such warm memories of the gentle Ariane who loved her roses and her husband so much.
3 – Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?
Honestly, this shelf has a lot of books I feel kind of so-so about. I think the top one to ditch would be the random play about Robert E. Lee that I’ve never even read – why do I even HAVE that book?! Where did it come from?? My life is full of mystery.
4 – Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?
I would probably keep Time to Go House by Walter Edmonds (which I reread back in 2013). I have a lot of memories of reading this with my mom when I was growing up and really love it. So much so that this actually her copy, which I pilfered at some point (I believe I’ve mentioned that book pilfering is almost a sport in our family! :-D)
5 – Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?
Oh wow, if it’s not Time to Go House, it’s probably Mandy, which I have owned for so long that I just scrawled “SARAH W” in huge letters inside of it with no date or other information haha I was completely fascinated with that book as a child – I loved the concept of having a special, secret hideaway – maybe because I’m the oldest of six!! (And I actually reread this one in 2013 as well, if you’re interested in more details!)
6 – Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?
Actually, I think Senior Year by Anne Emery. I already owned a couple of the books from this series, so in order to read it properly, I of course needed to purchase more books!! :-D
7 – Which book on this shelf are you most excited to read (or reread if this is a favorite shelf)?
This shelf is a weird collection of books that I’ve owned for a long time, but haven’t necessarily read lately – or ever! I’ve been really wanting to reread The Robe for a long time now, but it’s such a big block of a book that I keep kind of putting it off, even though I remember really liking it when I read it back in high school. It’s a fictional account of the soldier who helped crucify Jesus and ended up winning his robe when the men gambled for it while Jesus was dying on the cross. The story itself was full of excitement and was very intense, as the early days of the Church weren’t exactly known for their relaxation and luxury!
8 – If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.
There is a small decorative box on this shelf that I’ve owned for so long that its origins are lost in the mists of time. The little stuffed cow came from my mom – I loved cows and have collected stuffed cows for years now. This one is so tiny and adorable AND it’s brown and white: a Guernsey, my favorite!!
9 – What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?
That I collect books that I may or may not ever read! Out of the five Lloyd C. Douglas tomes, I’ve only read one!
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10 – Which of these books was the most fun to read?
I never got a chance to mention The Wicked Marquis, which is possibly my favorite story on this shelf. It’s just so lighthearted and fun, with a truly delightful heroine and likable characters all around.
Special thanks to Bibliobeth for coming up with this fun tag! Next time – Shelf 2B, where we see more of my tendency to collect lots of books by the same authors! :-D