I believe you can judge a book by it’s cover. I also more than suspect you can gauge much about a person’s life—their passion, pursuits, and priorities from perusing their bookshelves. If we were judging that is.
My bookshelves will no doubt cause the Littles to scratch their heads one day. To further the analogy, I’m an open book. I venture to guess there are over a thousand books piled in bookshelves, bedside tables, and in random (to anyone but me) stacks on my office floor. The titles generally fall into two categories—food and faith. Cookbooks, anthologies, memoirs, novels, biographies, essays, short stories, classics, poetry, non-fiction, you name it, I probably have it.
There is no dewey decimal system. I do not organize by color, theme or subject matter. Although I would allow someone to try. My collection, which sounds better than my stash or my addiction, is housed primarily in four rooms. The kitchen, the living room, my office and our bedroom. On any given day, I can recall generally where a title might rest. But I spend more than my fair share of time searching for that book I can’t seem to put my fingers on.
I keep books in stacks. I never read one book at a time. And, I carry current tomes from chair to couch to bed depending on where I find a hidden moment to read. I prefer to hold the words I am reading, but admit I’m a sucker for my Kindle app on my iPad. It’s an instant gratification thing. I was an early adopter and confess I try to swipe pages in books of the paper variety and have touched a printed word (or two) in expectation that a definition would be instantly provided.
Can you relate?
I thought I’d share some of my favorite books with you. Either for yourself to enjoy over the holidays or as gift ideas for your favorite bookworm.
Tomorrow I’ll share must reads for foodies. Not cookbooks, although some of the book recommendations will have recipes. And, on Thursday (or Friday!) I’ll share a few of my favorite books on faith I’ve read this year.
Come back tomorrow hungry for words!
Teri Lynne Underwood says
OOOOH!! I’m already giddy with anticipation.
Erin Ulrich says
Me too!! 🙂
Martha Conroy says
Waiting in anticipation! And maybe I might try to come organize your books one day!!!
Mar – you can come over anytime and give me any organizing help! As you know, it’s not my strong suit. xo
Have you tried Goodreads yet? Mich let me in on it…I love it.
Um newest addiction. . . Goodreads. I’ll see y’all next year. 🙂
Can’t wait for the list!! 🙂