I don’t know that there’s one single book that I’d rescue. Not sure if these count or not, but…when Charles and I first started dating, we wrote all of our notes to each other in spiral-bound notebooks. There are literally VOLUMES of them (with the volume number on the inside front cover, along with the dates that it covered), and they’re all together in a red crate. That’s what I’d rescue. And they sort of count, because they’re noteBOOKS, right?
I grew up surrounded by books, so I’ve never really thought about WHY I display books. They’ve just always been on shelves around me. What else do people do with books? Put them in closets? Now that I’m grown and have my own books/shelves/house, I guess I display them because they’re my favorites. As hard as it is, I try to give some books away and keep the ones that I’m most fond of or can foresee reading again…but that’s pretty much all of them.
Absolutely! I’ve kept all of my favorite books from school through the years, and I know there are tons of my “kiddie books” at my parents’ house still. Most of my books from childhood are still at my parents’ house, but I definitely want to shift them to our house (once we make a little room for them on some larger, nicer bookshelves!).
I guess I have four main genres of books on my shelves–classic literature, young adult literature, African American literature, and Christian books. I LOVE classic literature, and have kept pretty much every classic novel I’ve ever read. When I’m looking for a new book to read, I tend to find myself perusing the “Summer Reading” section of the bookstore, since the classics tend to live there. In college, I took quite a few young adult literature classes, and wound up purchasing a ton of books for them. I love YA lit, so I kept all of them. Same thing with the African American lit books–I chose to take a class on African American lit while in college, then my Senior Seminar class was also on African American lit. I kept all of them too. The fourth genre is pretty self-explanatory. I’m not much of a fan of Christian fiction, but I love reading books on the Bible, interpreting it, studying it, and applying it to daily life.
I loved “The Help” and all it had to offer. I haven’t done a lot of reading lately (shame on me), but my mother-in-law read it and passed it along to me to read. It was incredibly easy to relate to, being from Mississippi, and made me both laugh and cry. I love books that can do that. I couldn’t put it down.
Oh dear. This is hard. I think there are quite a few books on our shelves that certain people would find surprising! I think the most surprising is probably a textbook left over from college that I kept for some unknown reason…”Human Sexuality.” I needed an easy elective, it was offered online, and I took the class. And I kept the book. Don’t ask.
Hardbacks look nicer on shelves, but I much prefer paperbacks. They’re so much easier for my small hands to handle! I haven’t hopped on the e-reader train yet. Charles has an iPad with the Kindle app on it, and I did read “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” on it…and I hate to admit that it was really convenient. I like to think of myself as a book purist, but I think I could be persuaded to enjoy an e-reader one of these days.
9. What’s next on your To-Read List, and how do you choose what to read next?
10. Do you have a “guilty pleasure” book you’re a bit embarrassed to say you love?
So there you go! Now I want to go re-read a bunch of my YA lit books!