Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My Bookshelf

You can learn a lot from a person’s bookshelf. I just took an inventory of my books and found my interests are widespread. I love nonfiction, fiction, romance, memoirs, poetry, informational, history, and even the classics. Here is my inventory in random order (I’m not so geeky that I categorize my books yet – but I’m afraid that day is coming.)

Nonfiction about:
Larry Bird
Gene Simmons of KISS
Princess Diana (4 books)
James Dean (3 books)
The Indonesian Tsunami by Curt Iles

Fiction by:
Billy Bob Thornton
Curt Iles
DiAnn Mills
Sue Monk Kidd
Susan Hinton
Anne Rice
James Lee Burke
Stephen King

Cane River by Lalita Tademy
Anderson Prison by Gene Hackman & Daniel Lenihan
The History of Oberlin by Pat Marcantel
A book about Harriett Tubman
A book about growing up on a Louisiana plantation where the female author disguised her name by spelling it backwards.
A book about Louisiana Capitols

Pictures at a Revolution by Mark Harris

Memoirs by:
Colleen Arthur
Rodney Hennigan
Frank McCourt

Rachel Windham

Short Stories and Poetry by:
Sam Shepard
Viggo Mortensen

Classics by:
John Steinbeck
Margaret Mitchell
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Louisa May Alcott

Finally, there are two books I wouldn’t part with for a million dollars, literally. But if someone were to offer, I might just think about it. Nah, because both of them are over 100 years old. I’m such an antiquarian. Believe it or not I found these at garage sales:

a 1904 edition (the original printing was 1891) of Literary Masterpieces, and
an 1899 copy of The Rover Boys on the Ocean by Arthur Winfield

I’m so lucky to be a reader. What does your bookshelf look like?