On My Shelf

March 10, 2015

There are 3 types of books on my not-inconsiderable number of bookshelves:

  • Ones I have read (40%)
  • Ones I am reading (1%)
  • Ones on my reading list (59%)

Let me give you an overview of what those lists look like:

Ones I Have Read

  • Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling
  • Nancy Drew series, Carolyn Keene (syndicate)
  • The Face on the Milk Carton series, Caroline B. Cooney
  • Left Behind (adult) series, Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins
  • Chronicles of Narnia series, C.S. Lewis
  • Lord of the Rings trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Pendragon series, D.J. MacHale
  • World War Z, Max Brooks
  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Patrick Rothfuss
  • Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer
  • Agent Pendergast series, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
  • Death Match, Lincoln Child
  • Baby-Sitters Club series, Ann M. Martin
  • Baby-Sitter’s Little Sister series, Ann M. Martin
  • The Phantom Tollbooth, Norman Juster
  • The Princess Bride, William Goldman

*Books in bold are books I will read aloud to my future children (because who needs picture books when you have Patrick Rothfuss?)

As you’ve probably guessed, I really prefer series to stand-alone novels. That’s not to say I don’t like stand-alones, but I love to get invested in characters. It’s much easier to do that in a series. (No, A Song of Ice and Fire is not high on my reading list at the moment; I like to get invested in characters, and preferably not to watch them die horrific deaths).

Ones On My Reading List

My “To Read” list is about a mile and a half longer than my “Have Read” list, and at some point, I’ll probably compile an insane list that details both lists in their entirety. For now, I’ll just say I added Paradise Lost (John Milton), The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger), and The Gunslinger (Stephen King) to my list of “To Reads” yesterday.

Ones I Am Reading

It used to be that I didn’t understand how someone could be in the middle of reading four or five books at once. Now, I totally get it. I have books positioned in different areas of the house so that I can always pick up right where I left off if, say, there’s company over and I need a quick escape.

  • Utopia, Thomas More (currently in the kitchen)
  • The Song of the Ocarina, Ann N. Videan (local author; fantastic lady)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (because I’m always in the middle of rereading a Harry Potter book)
  • The Princess Bride, William Goldman (again, one that is read about once a year)

There’s your insight into the way my mind works. What do your bookshelves look like, friends?



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