Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Slice of Life: Bookshelves!

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Lisa, Melanie, and Lanny
 for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday and nurturing our writing lives.

If you're like me, you can't resist peeking at the bookshelves when you're in someone's home.  We stayed in a cabin in Park City for a few days in July and the bedroom where I slept had wonderful bookshelves.  I love that the book offerings included children's books (but no picture books!) as well as the usual adult books.  This would be a fine place to be stranded during a blizzard.  While I don't typically reread many books, there are several that I would enjoy rereading.  Here are some of my random bookshelf musings, shelf by shelf.

  •  This shelf has two books that I've read:  The Pilot's Wife which always wins our book club's query, "What is the worst book we've ever read?"  and The Picture of Dorian Gray which we recently read (not one of my favorites).
  • I've never read anything by Fern Michaels, so I might give that book a try.  I also might try Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter. Delicate Edible Birds looked intriguing and History's Trickier Questions would be a nice nonfiction foray.  

  •  Sibley Birds is a wonderful nonfiction resource book for vacation (though perhaps not as useful during that winter snowstorm).  
  • Children's book favorites include The Little Mermaid, Green Eggs and Ham, Curious George's Dream and Little Bear's Friend.
  • This shelf includes a couple of middle grade titles that I would like to read:  The Maze and Kenny and the Dragon (which a former student loved and wanted me to read).
  • I would definitely reread The Poisonwood Bible from this shelf.  If the blizzard lasts long enough and the hot chocolate stash holds out, I would dive into Wolf Hall, something I've wanted to read for awhile.  I might even dip into Walden (having only read excerpts from it)!

  • Of the three John Grisham titles on this shelf, the only one I've read is A Painted House.  
  • Our book club's discussion of The Da Vinci Code holds the record for most attendees in attendance.  We used all those in attendance to wind yarn for my daughter's Gold Award Girl Scout project which was making hats for the homeless.  
  • I would like to reread Peace Like a River, Macbeth, and The Screwtape Letters.
  • This shelf wins the award for the most classic titles (5).  Given enough time, I might finally read For Whom the Bell Tolls and Uncle Tom's Cabin.   The book I would definitely NOT read is the Stephen King title.  Who needs to be scared to death while stranded in a snowstorm?
Do you enjoy looking at other people's bookshelves?  What titles would you be sure to have on the shelves of your cabin?  I would definitely add Beach Music by Pat Conroy, Christy by Catherine Marshall, and The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.


  1. I think look at other people's bookshelves tells a lot about that person. I'm afraid that if you looked at mine you would see mostly see horror and mystery books. Wonder what that says about me.

  2. You are right, Ramona, that's the perfect cabin to be stranded in - what a fabulous variety of books!

  3. Such an interesting post. I love to look at the books of people I visit, to see what we have in common and what they have that I want to read -- or don't. And some people I've visited have a few books in their guest rooms, usually left by previous guests. I will pay more attention now, and maybe do a post like yours when I take a road trip later this month.

  4. I love to look at other people's bookshelves, too. Even though I have a large TBR stack, I'm always looking for another book I might like. And I guess all book clubs talk about what is the worst book the club ever read!

  5. We recently stayed in an air B&B. I did enjoy looking at the book shelves, but we were anything but stranded inside. I wish I could've taken one for the long trip home. I read a book both going and coming. I think we have the same taste in books. Give me middle grade any day.

  6. Wow! I'm hugely impressed at that selection! I'm giggling because I'm a bookshelf judger. I can't help it! LOL! -- Christie @ https://wonderingandwondering.wordpress.com/

  7. This is a lovely, varied selection with something for everyone. And yes, I always snoop and peek at people's bookshelves.

  8. Dear Ramona, if you HAD to read a Stephen King, read THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON. I love that book... and I am not a horror fan by any means! Though I must say that we saw the trailer for the DARK TOWER movie, and it makes me want to read the books! (It helps that my father, too, LOVED the DARK TOWER books... reading them would be a way for me to feel connected to him.) Question for you: if you could donate some picture books to be in a house to be read during a snowstorm, what would they be? Write a post about that, pretty please?? I love your reading life! xo