This week, Modern Mrs. Darcy is hosting a fun link-up: What's on your bookshelf?
My bookshelves are a bit pathetic. I don't really buy a lot of books due to my starving-student status. So these are just the beginnings of my book collection.
I only have one bookcase in my apartment that I actually put books on, and that's this monster bookcase built into the wall in our bedroom. It's tucked discreetly between our closet and the bedroom door. I fell in love with it when we moved in--we didn't have much shelf space in our old apartment.
These books are general fiction. (Though I can see a couple on there that deserve a place with the classics. Oops.) There's my husband's battered copy of October Sky, which we read together this year, and my beloved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
This is my British literature shelf (plus Moby Dick, War and Peace, and Little Women, because I didn't want to break up the pretty editions). There's my lovely Jane Austen collection; the red velvety one is the copy of The Secret Garden that I read as a kid; and the brown one on top is Bleak House, which I read recently. And the MLA Handbook, for some reason.
These are my American and French books. On the left are two volumes of the anthology that I bought for a class and then couldn't bear to sell back (all my annotations!). Maus I and II are there too, and on the far right is my much-loved copy of Les Miserables.
Here's historical fiction, mostly YA which I enjoyed as a teenager. Also Red Scarf Girl, which isn't fiction but ended up here anyway.
These are collections which didn't really belong anywhere else, so they got their own spot. The three on the right are collections I read for my creative writing class, and the thin one on the left is Dancing in Odessa, the first poetry I ever really loved.
This is my bottom shelf, for children's books. As you can see, nearly all of them are Junie B. Jones books, which I loved and collected as a kid. On the right is Celebrate the Year with Winnie the Pooh. It has a different Winnie the Pooh story for each holiday in the year. I loved getting it out when a holiday was coming up so I could read the story. (To the left of the children's books is my ugly scattering of books I bought for school this semester...which I decided not to show you...)
So, that's my tiny little book collection!
This is fun! I may try to do this if there's any good lighting tomorrow.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you decided to do it! I enjoyed your post.Delete
Nice! Makes me remember my starving-student days when my books fit on one bookshelf. Now I have so many that the idea of doing a post like this is intimidating--it would be ridiculously long.ReplyDelete
I only chose to focus on them so closely because I have so few...other people only showed certain shelves. :)Delete
You still have the Junie B. Jones books! I have such fond memories of those!ReplyDelete
To your blog's readers: I'm Emily's older sister. When she was little, she and I would curl up with a Junie B. Jones book and she'd read it out loud to me. It was so cute!
Ha, ha. I'm very happy I still have them. I found out today that the author just passed away...very sad. I hope my kids like them!Delete
We have the same little Uncle Tom's Cabin copy. It just popped out at me. Some day your bookshelves will be overflowing.ReplyDelete
That's the copy I read as a teenager. :) I can hardly wait for that day!Delete
I remember when my husband's youngest sister graduated from college and announced she was going to start trying to collect books. My hubby was like, "You don't need to try to collect books. They'll find you. Trust me." Hee. So your shelves will fill before you're ready for them to, I'm sure.Delete
Oooo, I love that shelf with all those classics! What beautiful bindings!!ReplyDelete
The thought of only having one bookshelf ……. well, I can't even imagine ……. ;-)
What Hamlette said is soooo true. The books find you, and if you're a booklover, you just can't say no.