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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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

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

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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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