What’s on a shelf?

While I was home, I was glancing at my desk.  I have some RANDOM books.  Then I started laughing at how much my taste in books varies.  Each book brings back so many memories from when I first read them.
And then I was thinking, this would make a really great post for College Prep.
(I have more books… these are just the ones on my desk!)
***Heroes of History, Low Country, Sweetwater Creek, Teen Idol, Condi, The Secret, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Of Mice and Men, Kane Eyre, Three to Get Deadly, Julie & Julia, OC Season Two (whoops- not a book!), Can You Keep a Secret?, The Poisonwood Bible, and Ruthie’s Gift***
***The Glass Menagerie, Joy at Work, Operation Homecoming, The Professor and the Madman, Breaking her Fall, Against Forgetting, Homeplace, The Awakening, Abide with Me, Island of Lost Girls, Shadow Baby, The Last Time They Met, Sparknotes (hehe), The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Reading Lolita in the Tehran, The War Works Hard, and American Wife***
***Commencement, Equal Political Economy, Extraordinary Circumstances, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas, The Last Song, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, The Scarlet Letter, The Woman Who Can’t Forget, Walk Two Moons, Nancy Drew, Life in the Fat Lane (LOL), My Bondage and My Freedom, Picture Perfect, Forever in Blue, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, The Catcher and The Rye***
***Pretty in Plaid, The Red Tent, Handle with Care, Mercy, The Girls in Pants, College Girl, Chicken Soup, Masquerade, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Glass Castle, Badass Girl’s Guide to Poker (?), Keeping Faith, A Million Little Pieces, Harvesting the Heart, Catch 22, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Prep, The Highly Sensitive Person, Hardball, How to Lie with Statistics, Three Cups of Tea, The Red Rose Crew, The Twits, One for the Money, Two for the Dough, And Then There Were None, 1984***
My favorite thing about book shelves is that they’re not perfect.  Unlike a closet, books can go untouched, be placed upside down, and be completely unorganized.  And somehow it looks just right.
An artist who has absolutely perfected the ideal bookshelf is Jane Mount.  You can see her work on her blog Ideal Bookshelf as well as her Etsy store.
Beautiful, right?
What’s on YOUR shelf?

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The Aly Way

The Glass Castle is a great book! Some of the more recent books on my shelves include The Help, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series, all of Maeve Binchy's works (great books that take place in Ireland), The Art of Racing in the Rain (highly recommended!), and bunches of books on Jane Austen.

Fabulous list!

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I have a huge bookshelf with over 300 books and then more in my room. I love to read!! I am reading the 7 Year Bitch as we speak.

Screen Door Prep

OMG, love this post. I have so many of those same books…even that Badass Girl's Guide to Poker. LOL I have such a random assortment of books, too…my reading tastes are so varied, & I never know what I'll be in the mood to read next.

I have shelves&shelves of books upstairs in my "office" area of our huge multi-tasking "guest room." But the books that are currently taking up space on my dresser in our master bedroom:

Joie de Vivre: Simple French Style for Everyday Living by Robert Arbor & Katherine Whiteside
True to Form by Elizabeth Berg
Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales (a current favorite for Pretty Little Bare Feet's bedtime stories)
the Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek (a classic on economics that I refer to every now&again)
My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail&John Adams
Anthem by Ayn Rand (a classic & a favorite)
the Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (a classic & a favorite)
Little Bee by Chris Cleave (January book club book)
the Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
the Girl w/ the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (November book club choice that I didn't care for)
Bringing Down the House: the Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas by Ben Mezrich (book the movie 21 is based on)
Churchill: a Life by Martin Gilbert (read it in college & came across it recently – thought I'd loan it to my mama)
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
the God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Goodnight, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Pretty Little Bare Feet)
Winnie the Pooh (Pretty Little Bare Feet)
the Beach House by Jane Green
the Diary of Frida Kahlo: an Intimate Self-Portrait
the Baker's Apprentice by Judith Ryan Hendricks
the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Pretty Little Bare Feet)
a Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (hoping My Prince will get around to reading it soon)
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (a classic & a favorite)
Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush
the Help by Kathryn Stockett (December 2009 book club pick that my mama just borrowed&returned…awesome book!)
the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (September book club book – excellent)
the Federalist Papers (I refer to them sometimes when in the mood for political debate)

& on my nightstand: the Holy Bible (KJV), & the Reader by Bernhard Schlink (February book club choice – guess I need to update my sidebar)

Wow, I just wrote a blog post in your comments! Some of those I've read – some ages ago, some recently. Some of those are "next to read." Anyway, hopefully you weren't bored to tears!


Haha, I've heard of many of those, but the only one I've read is Walk Two Moons–which is indeed an excellent book. My bookshelf is stuffed!


I had to laugh when I saw Life in the Fat Lane. I'm pretty sure I loved that book in Middle School.