For the first time ever, I decided to take you on a video tour of my bookshelves. Unfortunately, there were a few different technical issues. I don't apologize for many things blog-related but this video is not my finest hour. It's uncut, rushing from shelf to shelf. But I don't have time to convert the individual iPhone files and edit them in Windows Movie Maker. (Which is such a shame because I love those individual takes so much and used a wide view in a few. Better close ups.) In any case, here's the video. Turn the volume up and blessings to all who make it through the entire 5 minutes.
If you've been wondering what my voice sounds like, now you know.
You can also watch the Bookshelf Tour on Youtube.
Here's more information for those less inclined to watch the video or who want to know even more.
Curious about my favorite fiction? A Prayer for Owen Meany is my all-time favorite. I might need to write a post about the rest.
Here's my big Enneagram post in case you are curious about what I mean by flashcards.
Here's the post I mentioned about the Books I Own But Haven't Yet Read. You will not be shocked to learn this stack has grown since writing that post a few months ago.
Since I mentioned my social work resources, I should let you know I'm still a licensed clinical social worker. I have loved this lengthy sabbatical. I don't know if I'll go back to social work- still figuring that out- but it will always be a part of who I am.
The Ikea bookshelf is all-fiction, all the time. Series include Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Glenbrooke, Zion Covenant, Outlander, and more. I try to keep an author's work together, whether it's part of a series or not so this is also where you'll find Kristin Hannah, Jodi Picoult, and Tamara Leigh.
Yes, there's a lot of Christian fiction there. This is what happens when you work at a Christian bookstore for several years. (Y'all, don't even get me started on bad Christian fiction.) Most of it is truly very good but some of it is plot-driven and why I keep it around. Sue me.
I love, love, love the flanking bookshelves I designed and my dad made. I also love that you got a peek at my White Sox shelf, complete with Alexei Ramirez bobblehead and my Legacy Brick.
It's hard to believe I'll be taking Watch for the Light out in a month for Advent. I like keeping my prayer and meditation books on this shelf because it reminds me to read them, although I haven't been diligent about reading At the Still Point, which is meant to be read between the end of Lent and the beginning of Advent.
I also don't read Common Prayer daily right now but whenever I feel a bit low, I pick it up and remember what faith is all about.
This bookshelf is in a more prominent location and almost all of my visitors scan its shelves so this is where I keep the discussion starter books, like Freakonomics, as well as poetry and art books. I have a few old books, including Little Women and David Copperfield which belonged to my grandmother. My parents found the copy of Jane Eyre at an antique store while on vacation and knew it would be a perfect gift for me.
But I really want to know: have you heard of Griffin and Sabine? I didn't plan on discussing the books, which may be apparent from my rambling description. I don't normally go for epistolary literature but these letters and postcards, along with the accompanying artwork, have held me spellbound ever since discovering the books as a freshman in high school.
A couple of years ago I learned it expanded beyond the trilogy and I'm anxious to hear more about Griffin and Sabine's adventures.
The last stop on the tour and, apparently, a look at my nightstand and bed. This is what I mean by backburner books. You'll be happy to know that Still has since made its way onto the bedside pile. I also need to start Emily Freeman's A Million Little Ways so I can participate in the (in)courage Book Club.
There are definitely other random piles of books around the house: in the kitchen, on the couch. I am reading Allegiant like nobody's business right now. I can't believe the Divergent trilogy is finally ending!
My dream is to have built-in bookshelves some day. In fact, when I decide to buy a house, that may be one of the biggest must-haves. Let me know how your bookshelves compare.
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