Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bookshelf Meme

What book lover doesn't love to share their bookshelf? I found this meme on the excellent blog, Find You Next Book Here.

Tell about the book that's been on your shelf the longest:

I remember sitting on my bed with my mom, sounding out the words in this book. Mom didn't read to me very much so maybe that's why I remember this incident so vividly. Or maybe it was because learning to read was so important to me. This poor book is missing the cover. It think it was a Little Golden Book passed down from some older cousins.

Tell about a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, place, time etc):

Like most people, there are several books I could have chosen to fill this category. I decided to go with a happy choice. This is the book my husband and I used to help us navigate NYC on two separate weekend get-aways. The maps are marked up, the subway "cheat sheet" pulled out, restaurants review circled. Two great trips together - what more can you ask for from a book?

Tell about a book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used book store, prize etc.):

I participated in a Secret Sister program this fall with a group of homeschool moms. The purpose was to get to know each other better and it was a big success. On the form, I listed my hobbies as reading and writing fiction. As it happened, the person who got my name also loves to write. The first gift she gave me was a huge birthday cake and balloons. She told me in that first card that she also loved writing. Throughout the weeks, she gave me a journal and pen and several notes that included more teasers on her writing. Every week at Learning Zone, our homeschool co-op I would try to guess the identity of my Secret Sister. Finally, she gave me this book at the reveal and we were able to talk about writing. One of these days she's going to have to let me read a little of her work.

Tell about the most recent addition to your shelves:

This book came through Paperbackswap. I haven't started it yet, but I've heard good things and I like the cover.

Tell about the book that has been with you to the most places:

My Bible is over twenty years old and has travelled with me a lot. I'd like to say that I read it every day, but I don't. I keep up well for a few weeks and then slack off. The cover has a place for a journal which I use for writing thoughts and prayers. I have lots of prayer journals from years past stored in a drawer upstairs. My Bible is easily my most precious book.

Tell about a bonus book that doesn't fit any of the above categories:

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is my current favorite fiction book. It was one of the first books I ordered from Paperbackswap. Foolishly, I put it back into circulation and mailed it out again. The book in the picture is the second copy I received from PBS. One of these days I may break down and buy a new copy. There's something about the characters in this book that I just fell in love with. In my mind they are all real and visiting them in Whistle Stop only requires me to let the pages fall open.

The Rules for this meme:

1. Tag 3-5 people, so the fun keeps going!
Leave a comment at the original post at A Striped Armchair so that Eva can collect everyone’s answers.
If you leave a comment and link back to Eva as the meme’s creator, she will enter you in a book giveaway contest! She has a whole shelf devoted to giveaway books that you’ll be able to choose from, or a bookmooch point if you prefer.
Remember that this is all about enjoying books as physical objects, so feel free to describe the exact book you’re talking about, down to that warping from being dropped in the bath water…
Make the meme more fun with visuals! Covers of the specific edition you’re talking about, photos of your bookshelves, etc

I'm not going to tag anyone with this, since I basically snagged it from Jenners. If you want to participate, consider this your tag. Please let me know if you do - I'd like to read about your books!


NJDecorator said...

This is very cool and a great way to learn more about somebody.

Thanks for sharing your insights..

and thanks for your visit. It's great to meet more bloggers.

Veggie Mom said...

I've got that meme up today, too! Love your list...think we're on the same wavelength, huh?

Karen (KayKay) said...

Thanks for sharing this. I love getting a peek at other people's book cases! I also have Life of Pi waiting to be read.

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Rebecca @ Thrilled by the Thought said...

This is such a fun idea! I'm going to do it this week!

Anonymous said...

What a cool meme, I'll have to do that one sometime. It was very interesting to read your post and see the pictures. Nothing tells you about a person's inner life like seeing their book collection, don't you think? Sorry I've been negligent with the haiku prompts...I will join in on the next one, I promise! :)

Valerie said...

What a neat meme. I hadn't heard of it. My Bible is about 30 years old. My Grandmother bought it at a church revival for me when I was 15. It was from my birthday money my Dad had sent. So I guess my Dad bought it. But I do the same as you do. Read it then sit it down and then pick it back up later. I need to be more diligent in reading it. Loved your selections.

Queenie Jeannie said...

WOW, this is a super great post!!! I love books too and I like hearing about what people like to read and why!

Jenners said...

Oh you did a wonderful job on this! I just love this meme so much because of the stories and yours were just great!

I love imagining your reading this book with your mom! Reading with my dad was one of my favorite childhood memories.

And the NY City for Dummies sounds like a fun and faithful companion and a great reminder of happy times!

And the book from your Secret Sister sounds really neat. What a great gift you found -- not just the book but the chance to talk with a like-minded person!

I really enjoyed "Life of Pi" and I'll be curious to see how you like it. It is a bit of a tough read in the beginning (as I remember) but persevere ... you'll get rewarded in the end!

So much good stuff.

And I'm liking the 6 Word posts. I think that would be good for me as I tend to be a bit too wordy! Might make me a little more choosy!

penguinsandladybugs said...

What a fun meme! Thanks for can learn a lot about a person by the books on their shelf, huh?

Sassy Britches said...

Found you through Six Word Saturday, and I'm doing this lovely meme! It should show up tomorrow morning. Thanks for the great ideas (and I made sure to let Eva know too)!