Thursday, February 23, 2012

Meet My Shelves

As I write a blog that often focuses on books, you can probably surmise that I read a lot. Since I read a lot, you can safely assume I have a lot of books. Well, I do. I have a lot. Like.... A LOT. Like... bordering on having a hoarding problem. Someday I am going to have a house with a library in it, and my books will have their own home. Until then, they reside on bookshelves. How many bookshelves do you have in your house? I have eight. So altogether that is 40 shelves. Plus the hundreds of books on my nook and the books by my bed. I have a lot of books.

So anywho, I've decided that every once in a while, I will share one of my shelves. It is kind of like getting a little peek into my psyche. You can see which books I hold dear, how I order them. Personally, when I go into someone's house, I immediately look for their bookshelves. You can learn a lot about a person from their bookshelves. 

So meet one of my bookshelves...

This is the first bookshelf when you come into my apartment. It holds part of my classics collection. Each book has a story. Well, most of them do. 

From left to right...
The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition (This is the hubby's edition of Alice.) 
The Illustrated Children's Bible (This is a Rand MacNally edition. I picked it up at used bookstore right after I found out I was pregnant. I'm still on the look out for the Illustrated Children's Bible I had and loved as a kid.)
Shakespeare: The Complete Works (No dust jacket, I've had this forever but I don't remember when I got it.)
Great Works - Locke, Berkeley, Hume (This is from back in the day when people had Great Works delivered by mail order. I think this may have come from my mom's best friend's house. But as I don't think anyone there knows how to read, I don't think it is missed.)
Dune by Frank Herbert (I've never read this, it is one of the hubby's favorites.)
Gray's Anatomy (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) (I got this for the hubby this past Christmas since he's my favorite nurse.)
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen (Got this as a birthday present from my cousin Amanda years ago. I've lost the dustcover.)
The Adventures and the Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Leatherbound, no idea where it came from, but the pages are awesomely yellowed and it smells that delicious book smell. I just took it off the shelf and sniffed it Yum. Apparently this version is out of print, it was from Octopus Publishing.)
The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set (This was hubby's when he was a kid. I had a big paperback with all of them in the same book, but we consolidated our books and mine went to the used bookstore.)
Gone With the Wind l (My favorite book of all-time. I had three copies, but I consolidated and this is the only one left. It's the prettiest. No idea where the dustcover went.)
Sherlock Holmes' The Complete Illustrated Novels (I bought this at the American University in Cairo bookstore when I was studying abroad. It still has the AUC sticker on it, and I probably won't ever take it off.) 
Dante's The Divine Comedy (Just a regular copy, nothing fancy. Does anyone know where I can get a copy that has the original Italian on one side and a translation on the other side?)

So there ya go. What does this bookshelf say about me? I'm a book hoarder who can't give up any book that has any sort of story related to it? Yep. Sure does.

Here's my Amazon bookstore with the books on this shelf. Some of these are different but similar to the editions I have. Some of the editions are out of print or just hard to find.

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  1. The bookshelf picture is a neat idea! I've been thinking of doing a video of mine, like The Story Siren did.

    1. I think if I made a video of all my books, it'd be a full length feature film.


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