It just so happens I received a new bookshelf from my husband and kids for my birthday last week. I have only been asking for a one since Christmas. To some a bookshelf is not their idea of the perfect gift. To me and my fellow book-o-holics it IS the perfect gift! It is where I display my treasures. My brain doesn’t even compute the words when my husband asks, “Why don’t you just give the books away or sell them?” Um…what? These books are the reason I started my blog Walking on Bookshelves. Well, that and I can spew some of the randomness that has no other outlet. So, here’s a picture of my new bookshelf.
That space you see at the bottom is vacant for the books I loaned my mom. As you can see I love YA novels. 90% are YA paranormal but I like a few YA and contemporary romances too. I like these particular kinds of books for several reasons. One is the imagination these authors use to grab my attention. Some even have the amazing ability to write from a young adult or teen’s perspective. Another reason I peruse the YA section first is the lack of frustration when it comes to the characters’ relationships. Adults can be so complicated! I’m not offended to read sex scenes or violence, though I have my limits. The YA books just don’t have as much and that leaves more for the adventure. I know there are people who read to educate themselves or for self-improvement. I read for entertainment and to lose myself in someone else’s more interesting story.
What you can’t see is the bookshelf inside my Kindle. It makes this one look like mere knick knacks! The nice thing about my Kindle is it allows me to hide how severe my obsession truly is. It too is filled with primarily YA. However, it holds many Indie authors that I love as much the main stream. Two such wonderful authors are L.M. Pruitt and Cindy C. Bennett just to name a couple.
My bookshelf isn’t just for the books I love or to proudly showcase what I consider priceless gems. It is a legacy I want to leave my girls. I’m doing my best to show them what a joy reading is. If we go to a bookstore and they want a book, I rarely say no as long as it’s appropriate reading for them. If a movie comes out based on a book, we read the book first. Others may leave money, family heirlooms and real estate for their children and I’ll do that too…if I have any. The books on my shelf, those are the things I hope they pick up and remember fondly me reading to them and all my silly voices for the characters. I hope they will have the same giddy excitement waiting for the next book in their favorite series. Ok, I do hope they control themselves a little better than their mother who acts like a kid on Christmas morning.
Jeannette @ Walking on Bookshelves