Monday, March 23, 2015

Bookshelf Tag!

I am on a tag roll recently! I love doing them! This one was created by Raindrops and Roses. :)

Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn't actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from.

I got my bookshelf a few years back... probably from Wal Mart but I don't remember. My bookshelf is at my parents so I also keep a stack of books at my house so I have a ready supply on hand. 
My current bookshelf layout. I say current
because I'm about ready to run out of space.
And yes, I have a ridiculous number of ceramics
on my shelf. They're ones I made back when I was
 in 4-H and I don't know what to to with them! 

Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books?

I sort them by alphabetic order by author's last name. That's how my dad always sorted them so I just thought that would be the easiest way. Additionally I sort the books by the author in alphabetic order by title.

What's the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf?

After some diligent searching through the page numbers of thick books on my shelf I discovered it's my new copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare- 1263 pages! 

What's the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf?

The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence- 61 pages. I actually have two copies of this book as two people gave it to me for a graduation present and one actually has more pages than the other- different versions. I thought it was going to be my copy of Dr. Seuss's ABC but it's 63 pages. :)

Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?

I received The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers for my birthday this year. :)

What's the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

Once again it's The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.

What's the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

And also once again The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. 

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?

My best friend eBeth actually started me out on my book collection. A good chunk of the books I own are ones she gave me. She would always give me her duplicates. I know she supplied my whole Chronicles of Narnia collection and she also gave me my copy of Persuasion. I'm not sure what else... a lot! :) I have an awesome friend. 

Most expensive book?

Probably The Complete Works of William Shakespeare but I didn't actually have to pay for it because I had a gift card! :)

The last book you read on your shelf?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (it was a re-read)

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read?

Probably Dr. Seuss's ABC, which makes me laugh. :) 

Do you have more than one copy of a book?

I have two copies of The Horse and His Boy, The Two Towers, Tom Sawyer, and Killer Angels. The last two I didn't mean to get two copies of but I forgot I already had copies of them. That's okay though... they're great books so two copies is better than one. ;)

Do you have the complete series of any book series?

I have the complete series of the Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings (I guess that's a trilogy not a series but whatever!). I really want the complete series of Anne of Green Gables! 

What's the newest addition to your shelf?

I just got a big haul from the used bookstore last week. :) It includes all of Amanda Grange's Austen heroes diaries, my second copy of Killer Angels, The Last Full Measure, Life Expectancy, Elephants Can Remember, The Harlequin Tea Set, Hercule Poroit's Christmas and Animal Farm. 

What book has been on your shelf FOREVER?

Probably the Chronicles of Narnia. 

What's the most recently published book on your shelf?

Henry Tilney's Diary by Amanda Grange- 2011

The oldest book on your shelf (as in, the actual copy is old)?

 I'm not going to look through all my books but I looked at the oldest looking ones and I think it's my copy of Jane Austen's Persuasion- 1960.

A book you won?


A book you'd hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)?

I'm pretty generous with lending out books. I'm not sure there's one I'd not lend out. However, my Complete Works of Shakespeare is pretty nice I'd had to lose it. 

Most beat up book?

My copy of The Voyage of the Dawn Treasure is in two pieces and one of my copies of The Two Towers is pretty beat up too. 

Most pristine book?

The Complet Works of Shakespeare. 

A book from your childhood?

Anne of Green Gables and Little Women

A book that's not actually your book?

At first I thought that they were all mine but then I remembered that my copy of Much Ado about Nothing, isn't exactly mine. We read it for 4-H reading group some years back and my mom bought multiple copies so we'd have enough to go around and I kind of just held on to it. 

A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)?

My copy of The Valley of Vision has a leather cover. It feels really luxurious! :) 

A book that is your favorite color?

My copy of Beowulf has a beautiful teal color... which is my favorite color... I love all shades of blue. :) 

Book that's been on your shelf the longest that you STILL haven't read?

Probably The Czar by Deborah Alcock. I really need to get around to reading it. I've had it for a couple years now. 

Any signed books?

Not on my shelf but on my parents shelves we have several signed copies of Brian Jacques novels from when we went to a signing/talk from him. I even have a picture with him. :) 

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  1. Fun meme! You've been finding some really interesting ones lately :) I might do this later. Your bookshelf looks great! =D

  2. So excited you did the tag! And your parents have signed Brian Jacques books??? How exciting is that?!?!? :) Also (to date), my favorite Shakespeare is Much Ado (I think I've read it in its entirety about 3 times).

    1. It is pretty cool. :) Much Ado is probably my favorite too... I go back and forth between it and Tamng of the Shrew.

    2. Woo! Much Ado and Taming are my 2 favorite Shxpr comedies :-D

  3. Thanks so much for doing the tag! I enjoyed reading your answers!
    And I love your bookshelf. It's so elegant and pretty! :)

  4. My! Does your bookshelf look like that all the time? It's very pretty-looking. :)

    I might give this a go...will see.

    1. It's not always quite so neat but I do try to keep it organized. :) thanks :)

  5. Fun questions! I liked hearing about your bookshelf! How was Henry Tilney's Diary? That sounds like it would be a fun read, as I love Northanger Abbey.

    1. I haven't read it or any of the diaries series yet but I've heard they're good. I'm a big fan of Northanger Abbey too. :)


    Ahem. I did read the rest of the post, never fear;) BUT YOU HAVE A PICTURE WITH BRIAN JACQUES!!!!

    Haha, our copy of Voyage of the Dawn Treader is in two pieces too, I think! Actually, a lot of our Narnia books are pretty beat up…

    So glad to see you did this;)

    1. Yes I do! With his arm around me no less! Be jealous! ;) Meeting him is one of my most treasured experiences. :)

    2. So jealous right jealous. ;)
      That's cool, though! I remember my brothers and I were so sad when he died...which is why I'm so happy that he was a Christian!!! (Well, obviously that's not the only reason, but you know what I mean...)
      He was born on my birthday:D

    3. He was born on your birthday? Now THAT is cool!
      Yes I was thankful too. :)
      Did you ever listen to any of the audiobooks of the Redwall series narrated by him? He was an amazing narrator! And the audiobooks are amazing otherwise. :)

    4. I know, right?! When I found that out I had a little happy dance;)
      OH MY GOODNESS. Those audiobooks are my childhood. Seriously. My brothers and I would listen to them while we colored, played with toys, etc. I actually get almost emotional when I listen to the opening music from "Mariel of Redwall," because SO MANY MEMORIES AND FEELS!!!!
      Which are your favorites to listen to and which to read? My favorites to listen to are Mariel and Loamhedge, and to read...probably a tie between Rakkety Tam, High Rhulain, and Doomwyte:D

    5. I think I only ever listened all the way through to Redwall and Taggerung but I know I listened to parts of others. My favorite was definitely Taggerung! It's also one of my very favorites to read! I also love Rakkety Tamm (displaced Taggerung for my all time favorite), High Rhulain, Mossflower, The Long Patrol, Marlfox and Lord Brocktree. There's honestly not one I dislike but there are some that I'm not as crazy about. Actually Doomeyte is one of those... Sorry! ;)

    6. Cool! I haven't listened to the audiobook of Taggerung yet, but I can imagine it's awesome!:D
      Hee, don't apologize!:D


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