My “Bookshelf”

Searching through someone’s bookshelf is like peeking into their mind, taking a glimpse into their heart, understanding their whole being a little bit more. I love skimming my finger along the spines, each new title intriguing me all the more than the last. I can’t share with you everyone’s bookshelves that I’ve ever looked through. But I can share with you mine. Or what it would be.

I recently had to get rid of most of my books because we made a big move. But, I’m planning on hitting up garage sales as soon as I can to collect those books I really want. So here’s my on-hold “bookshelf”.


  • Jane Austen Novels
  • Count of Monte Cristo
  • Black Beauty
  • Shakespeare Collection
  • The Little Princess
  • The Wind in the Willows

Sci-fi and Fantasy:

  • The Princess Bride
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Ender’s Game
  • The Giver
  • The Son
  • Inkheart and the rest of the series


  • The Westing Game
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Man in the Brown Suit
  • And Then There Were None
  • Tommy and Tuppence Series
  • All the Agatha Christie I can find!

Historical Fiction:

  • The Book Thief
  • The Help
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet


  • A Year in Provence
  • Little House series


  • 1920 “My Book House” series
  • Winnie the Pooh Collection
  • When You Reach Me
  • Mango-Shaped Space
  • Eight Keys
  • The Little Prince
  • Nobody Asked the Pea
  • The King with Horse’s Ears

A look into a few of these books…

My Book House series:

You might be wondering what the ‘1920 “My Book House” series’ is. The six book set is one of my favorite collections of literature I’ve ever found. Probably my favorite. It’s goal is to help kids learn to read. So the first book is easiest to read and the reading level progressively gets more difficult. It’s full of tales from around the world, ranging from well known fairy tales to unheard-of full length novels when you get to the last book. My favorite book is “Through Fairy Halls”, the third volume. That book is all short stories, with some poems thrown in.

I remember going into my parents room once, late at night, and asking my mom to read to me from “Through Fairy Halls.” She smiled and said “Do you want to read to me instead?”. After that it became a common happening for me to go and sit on my parents’ bed and read one of the fairy tales to my mom before I went to bed. Sometimes after much pleading, my mom would read one of the stories to me, and that was a special treat.

There will be nights when I just don’t want to go to sleep quite yet, or nights when I want to chase my nightmares away, and those nights, you can find me curled up on the couch, softly turning the pages of a fairy tale I haven’t read yet, or maybe I just have forgotten, or rereading an old tale to remind me of those beloved characters chasing seemingly unachievable dreams.

All of the Agatha Christie I can find:

To learn about my discovery of Agatha Christie and why I can’t get enough of her mysteries, read my article “The Genius of Agatha Christie”.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society:

I also have already written an article on what I love so much about this incredible WWII story.

Let me know…

  • What are some books you have on your bookshelf?

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Zach Nelson says:

    I like “Help, I Accidentally Built a Shelf!?” by The Internet

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  2. 52ivorykeys says:

    Ah so many wonderful books… I prefer to loan or swap books rather than buying them. Therefore, I do not actually have these books on any literal bookshelf – though not from lack of shelves (thanks internet). Off the top of my head, I would recommend “The Phantom Tollbooth,” “Far From the Madding Crowd,” and “Facing the Lion.”


    1. I also very much love to loan out books, but I find that owning your own copy of books brings a whole new feeling to a read and they are always at your fingertips for whenever you want to read them. I haven’t read any of those books quite yet. But I have the first two on my TBR for this year and am really excited to read them! I’ll look into “Facing the Lion”. Thanks for the suggestions!


      1. 52ivorykeys says:

        I just realized there is another, different book called “Facing the Lion.” Just to clarify, the one I am recommending is by Simone Arnold Liebster 🙂


  3. jeremyjames says:

    Some great books here….the count of monte cristo is a favourite of mine.


    1. Thanks! I must admit I still haven’t finished the Count of Monte Cristo, but have loved what I have read of it. My lack of being able to finish it is one of the reasons I want to own it, so that I can always come back to it without having to constantly be returning it to the library.


      1. jeremyjames says:

        I can’t tell you how much I loved that book. Even the web of French names didn’t dull the brilliance. I’m thinking of reading the three musketeers soon….but the size always gives me pause lol


      2. Haha, yeah I’ve run into the same problem when I’ve wanted to read Dumas’ novels. But, I’m gonna make it a goal to finish at least the Count of Monte Cristo.

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      3. jeremyjames says:

        It just gives you pause doesn’t it?! A gigantic book like that lol. At least with ‘ the count’ it’s worth it..I wished it were longer


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