Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What's On My Bookshelf

Today's post is part of a link-up happening over at Anne Bogel's blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy. I love Anne's blog. She's one of those bloggers who has the ability to make it seem like you're just having a chat over coffee. Her blog has such a great variety of posts on books, beauty and fashion, and just...LIFE.

This week Anne asked her readers to share their bookshelves. If you know me (or if you've ever taken a gander at my "No Place Like Home" Pinterest board), you know what a perfect prompt for a blog post this is for me. I believe a home without books is no home at all, and someday I pledge to have at least one wall of floor to ceiling shelves. So, without further adieu, a peek into my living room...



These guys get the highest shelf, partly to be out of reach of small, dirty fingers, but mostly because it's my favorite shelf. This one holds all my vintage books, including some of my favorite classics. (Alice in Wonderland has a bookmark in it because it's inspiration for the NaNoWriMo novel I'm working on this month.) The best ones have inscriptions on the first page. You can read the most darling inscription in this Instagram photo.


What it looks like when you have more books than shelves. Confession: There's a book on this shelf that I bought this summer and still haven't read. But this shelf also holds the series I've read and re-read the most times: The O'Malley Chronicles by Dee Henderson. I met my husband, who was a firefighter at the time, right after reading The Protector. Needless to say, it's my favorite of the series.


This shelf holds some of my favorite, most magical children's/YA books, plus (randomly, I know--I'm surprised the cross in genres doesn't drive me crazy...) Blue Like Jazz and Start--two of the books I most often, and most highly, recommend. My Flavia deLuce novels get special attention with their poison bottle companion. And the thing that really makes this shelf awesome? The manilla folder you can just make out in the shadows to the right. That's my children's book manuscript, in all its printed glory.


And lastly, the overflow stacks. My bookshelves have pretty much reached their max capacity, so several books have wandered to the half wall between the living room and kitchen. As you can see, they don't always stay between the bookends. This is where the currently-being-read books (and a few favorites) live along with the novels visiting from the library and the pile of Relevant magazines.


Okay, one more (then I promise I'm done). My kids have their own shelves in their room, filled to overflowing. (Plus there's a basket tucked in next to the bookshelves in the living room that holds another pile of picture books, chapter books, and easy readers borrowed from the library.) One of the biggest goals I have as a mom is to pass on my love of reading. Yesterday my daughter finished one book she'd already started and then went on to read an entire Ivy+Bean novel. Mission accomplished.

Thanks for checking out this little peek into my world! Want to see what other bookworms are reading? Visit the link up post at Modern Mrs. Darcy and browse their shelves!

15 comments:

  1. omgosh, I love this! I'm so jealous right now I'm flirting dangerously with the idea of dropping all my to dos today and overhauling my bookshelves! I love your pretty "top shelf" books :)

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    1. Do it! I would love to see the results. With your impeccable taste and epic design skills, they're sure to look amazing when you're done. :)

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  2. Your vintage book shelf is beautiful! I love Blue Like Jazz too... I may have to check out Start, which I've never read despite being a big Jon Acuff fan. Flavia DeLuce sounds good too -- I've been loving mystery novels these days. Good luck on NaNoWriMo! (Visiting from MMD link-up)

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! You should definitely check out Start. It's an incredible book for anyone who needs encouragement and practical steps toward chasing their dreams. If you're already a fan of Jon's, you're sure to love it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Loved seeing your bookshelves. I noticed Jon Acuff's books. What did you think of them? I haven't read them but want to.

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    1. Thanks, Amy! I haven't read Quitter (that one is my husband's and he had great things to say about it) but I loved Start. You can read my review of it here: http://www.lemonbiscuitcrumbs.com/2013/05/start-by-jon-acuff.html. I really don't think you can go wrong by reading it!

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  4. Thanks for sharing your shelves! I loved Wonderstruck and the Flavia de Luce series-and I see a few others I'll need to add to my list :)

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    1. Flavia is one of my absolute favorite characters! And Wonderstruck is just gorgeous with all those amazing illustrations. Have you read The Invention of Hugo Cabret? I think that one is even better.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. I read Hugo Cabret first, and just about fell over when I discovered Wonderstruck at the library. I had no idea he had written another book! I'm still torn about which one I like better.

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  5. I spy so many good books on your shelves! LOVE the poison bottle that goes with Flavia deLuce, and that cover of Typography Sketch Books! So pretty.

    Thanks for sharing your shelves with us!

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    1. Thanks for the link-up, Anne! Such a fun idea! I think I'm going to have quite the to-read list by the time I'm done checking out all those shelves.

      Thanks for reading!

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  6. I love seeing WONDERSTRUCK peeking out. I read both this and HUGO with my boys a few years ago. It was so lovely to then see the Hugo movie and compare and contrast. Did this mama's heart good.

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    1. I read Hugo in one sitting. It's MAGICAL. I thought they did a phenomenal job with the movie. Plus, my husband and I are big movie buffs, so we watched all of Georges Melies' films afterwards on YouTube.

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  7. Your shelves are lovely. Good luck on your novel.

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