In order to get to know a little bit more about me, I thought I’d share a tour of my bookshelf, or maybe more aptly, my book-bucket. Any avid reader dreams of a quiet library filled with their most-loved books in an array of shelves from top to bottom. However, while living at home, my collection looks like anything but that.
In this lovely picture of my pile of books, I have everything from fiction to non-fiction, favorite childhood books, poetry books, and even a few school textbooks I know I can continue learning from forever. I try to organize my books, but they always end up an even bigger mess. Naturally, readers don’t just get rid of books— unless there’s a book swap, of course.
From my bookshelf, I’ve selected five books to dive into a little deeper. In order to get to know me better, I’ve selected these books from a variety of genres.
A Glimpse into my Shelf
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover has recently taken over the literary world and her books continue to be favorites of mine. It Ends With Us recalls a relationship between a flower shop owner and a neurosurgeon. Everything seems perfect, until there’s an unexpected shift in their relationship. Hoover has written numerous books and I’ve enjoyed many of them, but I keep coming back to It Ends With Us.
The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
This is a story about love and redemption based in Cambodia. The two main characters, Ki and Sang, survive everyday on trash they collect in the largest waste dump in the country. The characters in this book go through a harrowing journey to save their own lives. Based on the author’s life, this book is as moving as it is tragic.
The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
The Other Woman has been on the top of my favorite’s list for a long time now. Sandie Jones writes about an extremely complicated love triangle between a young couple and the boyfriend’s mother. A captivating psychological thriller that has you anxiously turning the page to find out who is really at the core of this twisted tale.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Now, I’ll admit I haven’t been able to get through this. Not because it isn’t any good, but because I keep buying more books! Eventually The Happiness Project will make its way into my hands but until then, it sits. This book dives into the author’s life as she tests out different theories on the origin of happiness. I thought it was important to note that not all the books on my bookshelf have been read yet… A realistic look into us reading fanatics. Sometimes we buy books long before we run out of things to read.
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
After reading this book in high school, I’ve let it sit on my shelf for the last five years. I remember it fondly as a great read with strong writing. Laurel, the main character, must deal with the grief of losing her sister. Although Laurel witnessed her sister’s death, she still does not understand what happened. As she deals with this, Laurel beings writing letters to dead celebrities.
The summaries I have given are solely the fiction books I pulled from my pile but there’s plenty more where that came from. I have a wide variety of genres on this bookshelf and maybe organizing it could be a good idea. I found a cite here as a guide to do that!
Avid book readers hoard books but within good reason. Having a library brings many of us joy. The smell of books on a shelf can make any reader happy and since it’s not an obsession that hurts anyone, my book pile will continue to grow.
Thanks for coming along with me on this tour of my bookshelf. You can read more of my blogposts here.