What’s on YOUR bookshelf? (a link-up!)

What’s on YOUR bookshelf? (a link-up!)


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Last week I asked if you liked to check out Other People’s Bookshelves. You responded by saying: 1. Of course! and 2. Let’s check out each other’s bookshelves.

So today, you’re invited to share what’s on YOUR bookshelf.

Write a post on your blog, link up an instagram photo, or email me your info at modern mrs darcy at gmail dot com.

There are no rules; share your shelves however you’d like:

1. Take a picture (or a dozen).
2. Write up a list of your favorite titles.
3. Describe where you store your books.
4. Anything else you can think of.

Now on to my bookshelves: despite being a huge bookworm, my bookshelves aren’t amazing. My current reads ( there might be 30 of them at any given time) and the favorites I refer to often live in haphazard stacks by my bed, the staircase, and our coffee tables. But my largest and best-maintained bookshelf is in my living room.

Viewing these shelves through the camera lens this week, I was reminded just how many children’s books are on it. This is by design: we want our kids to be readers, and we keep these books within easy reach. (I rotate them fairly often–there are a lot more where these came from.)

Most of my books live in the basement, but I still claimed about half the space here for my books.


This top shelf includes recent reads I loved, books I refer to often, and books I’d like to re-read. I like the visual reminder that I could read German once (I’m not so sure I could today) from the yellow lit books and Bridget Jones, and besides, they fit on this short shelf.


This shelf holds more of the same: recent(ish) reads and ones I’ve referred to lately, plus a few of my favorites: Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy, Jane Austen, Richard Foster’s Prayer, Buechner, Oscar Wilde, and my collection of out-of print 1950s devotionals. I stick books I’ve been meaning to read here so I (hopefully) remember to actually read them.


These are my oft-referred to cookbooks: including Ina Garten, Pam Anderson, Well Fed 1 and 2, a splattered and stained Joy of Cooking. We adore The Food Lover’s Companion–it’s the reference book up top–and pull it off the shelf at least twice a week during dinner conversations.


This shelf holds stacks of library books, the Narnia collection we’re reading aloud as a family, and a few reference books. That skinny blue one is The Elements of Style, and it always reminds me how much I’d love a whole shelf devoted to writing books.


This shelf holds chapter books: Winnie the Pooh, Betsy-Tacy, Little House, the Shoe Books, and American Girl all live here (when they don’t migrate to my kids’ bookshelves).


Here we have books for beginning readers–Frog and Toad, Alexander, Maisy, Curious George, Caps for Sale–books my youngest two can flip through independently or read aloud with a parent or older sibling. (My parents brought Bonsoir Lune back from Paris–it’s my favorite.) The stack on the right is for 3-year-old Silas: we keep his Thomas books here, at his eye level, for easy access.


Here we have tall hardback favorites and family photo albums that my kids love to flip through.


The last shelf holds more kids’ books and my Cook’s Illustrated collection, which doesn’t fit anywhere else.


That’s what’s on my bookshelf. I’m sure one day I’ll share pictures of my cluttered stacks, which are a lot more interesting. To see the bookshelves I’m dreaming of, check out my book storage and display board on Pinterest.

It’s your turn: what’s on YOUR bookshelf? The link-up will be open until November 19 at midnight EST.

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