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“If you only read the books
that everyone else is reading,
you can only think
what everyone else is thinking.”

― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


Which brings up a very good question: What’s on YOUR shelves?

I was paying a long-overdue visit to my Pinterest account tonight and ran across this pin and quote. When our son moved out of his bedroom a few years ago, we turned that small room into a little “morning room/library/office.” When the quote caught my attention, I started trying to visualize what sections I had set up on my bookshelves and wondering how diverse a reader I really am. Here they are…

Celtic Reference
General Fiction
Gothic Mysteries
Science Fiction (2 shelves)
To Be Read (2 shelves)
Writing Reference

Now I’m sitting here looking at the list and wondering what categories, if any, I could add to make it a more well-rounded library. Any suggestions? (I do have a few biographies, but they’re stuck in Non-Fiction as there aren’t enough of them to earn their own shelf yet. Biographies aren’t my favorites. Except Sidney Poitier’s which I loved.)

And I wondered if out of all those books I could pick a favorite and a least favorite. Absolutely! My favorite book of all time is Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird (though it’s really battling it out with Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief for first place). The worst book I ever read? How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C. Foster. NOT!!! OML!!! Now THERE’S a book that will take the joy right out of your reading! Oh, here’s one! How about the book that gave me the most nightmares? Easy. Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood (I no longer have it…). One that never fails to make me cry? Got a tie here, too. A Certain Small Shepherd by Rebecca Caudill and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I could go on and on talking about books.

Persuasion quoteIt’s fun to stand back and look at all my friends. They need a good dusting right now, and one of these days I’m going to have to alphabetize them in their sections. These books are the best of the best for me. They’re the ones I would read again and again. And I’ve done just that to quite a few of them, like Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I’ve probably read that one eight or nine times. There’s the advantage, you see, to getting older. If you let a book sit for a couple years, that baby will read just like new again! You likely won’t remember a thing about the plot! 😀

So now, what about you? What’s on YOUR shelf?