Showin’ Off my Shelves: Shelf #4

Entire shelf

Bolded titles are books I have actually read.

Common Sense, by Glenn Beck.

The Mystery of Olga Checkhova, by Anthony Beevor.

Lucrezia Borgia, by Maria Bellonci

The City of Falling Angels, byJohn Berendt

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt

Song of Lawina & Song of Ocol, by Okot P’Bitek–this one should actually be under P.  Oh well!

Drop City, by TC Boyle

Anne Minton’s Life, by Myron Brinig

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Linda Brent. If you haven’t read this one, you should!!

Soul Catcher, by Leigh Bridger

Indiana Gothic, by Pope Brock

The Jade Cat, by Suzanne Brøgger.  Just reviewed this one on Tuesday!

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Bronte

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

World War Z, by Max Brooks.  Belongs to my boyfriend!

Wieland, by Charles Brockdon Brown

The Fugitive Wife, by Peter Brown

High Hearts, by Rita Mae Brown

Notes from a Small Island, by Bill Bryson

The Goddess Abides, by Pearl Buck

The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck

The Three Daughters of Madame Liang, by Pearl Buck

Helter Skelter, by Vincent Bugliosi.  One of my favorite books ever!

Showin’ Off my Shelves: Shelf #3

First off, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

We are still in the As.  As always, the titles bolded are titles I have read.

When possible, I have provided a link to each title on Amazon.

Daughter of Fortune, Isabel Allende

Ines of my Soul, Isabel Allende

Portrait in Sepia, Isabel Allende–Yes, your eyes do not deceive you.  I have not read a single Allende book!  Anyone have any suggestions about which one I should start with?

First Ladies, Carl Sferrazza Anthony

Florence Harding, Carl Sferrazza Anthony

Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood

Bluebird’s Egg, Margaret Atwood

Bodily Harm, Margaret Atwood

Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood

Dancing Girls, Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood

Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma–I have read all three of these but I ended up buying single copies of all three.  It is impossible to comfortably read such an unwieldy book!

Emma, Jane Austen–my favorite Austen book

Mansfield Park, Jane Austen–my second favorite Austen book!

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen

Persuasion, Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Keeping the House, Ellen Baker–this was the pick for my book club one month.  It was ok, but not something I would have read on my own.

Intertwined Lives, Lois Banner

The Great Influenza, John M Barry

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, John Bartlett–this is another one of the books that originally belonged to my grandfather.  It’s pretty cool!

Showin’ Off my Shelves: Shelf #2

The first half of this shelf is still reference books, anthologies, etc.  Then we move on to the core of my book collection.

Great American Short Stories

American Short Story Masterpieces

Great American Short Stories: from Hawthorne to Hemingway

501 Must Read Books

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown

Mistresses of the Dark

Poetry for a Lifetime

Bolded books are books I have actually read 🙂

-The first book, of which ou can only see the bottom, is a collection of family history written by my great-great grandmother.

-book journal

Napoleon Dynamite: The Complete Quote Book


Beowulf *read for college course

-A book called Move on, Trufosa!, written by my favorite college professor, Dr Imali Abala

Aesop’s Fables

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

Good Wives, Louisa May Alcott

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the last Tsar, Robert Alexander

The End of the Romanovs, Victor Alexandrov

Showin’ Off My Shelves

Bookshelves-CrespiI decided to do a new weekly feature on my blog.  It’s just for my own gratification, but if anyone feels like joinung in, feel free.  The thing is, I have a lot of bookshelves.  So many so that it is not uncommon for me to be looking at my shelves and discover a whole bunch of books I didn’t remember I had.  There have even been times where I find a book I swear I have never seen or heard of in my life!  So once a week (hopefully I will be able to stay with Thursdays) I will post pictures of ONE shelf in my library, list the books, talk about them, etc. etc.

To start off this feature, I chose the very first shelf on my very first bookcase.  My bookcases are all alphabetical with the exception of the first two shelves, which are reference books.  So here you go! (click on the images to enlarge)

IMG00025-20091112-0810Now here are some close ups:

IMG00026-20091112-0811In this picture, you see

Good Fiction Guide, by Jane Rogers, Hermione Lee, Mike Harris, and Douglas Houston *I love books like this when I want new ideas for what to read.  Admittedly, I rarely use them since my TBR piles are ridiculous!

The Oxford Companion to English Literature, by Margaret Drabble *From college

-Norton Anthologies–these were all from college.  I probably had double what I have no but I sold some back.  I wish now that I had kept them all!

English Literature, Vol 8

The Sixteenth Century/The Early Seventeenth Century

English Literature, Volume A: The Middle Ages

English Literature, Volume C: The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century *No Volume B . . . no clue where it went.

Literature by Women

IMG00027-20091112-0812One straggling Norton’s–Postmodern American Fiction

The Catholic Bible *I went to a Catholic university, so I bought this for school long before I converted to Catholicism

Catechism of the Catholic Church *received this while I was converting

The thin little tome is Gesture, the literary magazine from my college

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Catholicism

An Outline of American History *This is a very old book that was originally from my grandfather’s library.

And then you can see the first of my HS yearbooks, the rest of which I cut out because they’re not really the focus of my shelves.

After completing this little exercise, I am certain that you can learn a lot about someone just by looking at their bookshelves!