“Filling a bookcase is like gathering a social circle.”

~May Lamberton Becker

Via Pages Turned, I’ve enjoyed touring the bookcases of fellow bloggers and bibliophiles The Sheila Variations and Book World. Inspired, I thought I’d give a brief tour of my books (not including all the ones in my kids’ rooms).

Living Room

On top of the piano—The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor, Conversations with Bernstein, and Godel, Escher, Bach (I will eventually read this) among others. On the table between two chairs—Ahab’s Wife, Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead, Precious Bane, The Man Who Was Thursday, The Annie Dillard Reader. On the entertainment center—books by Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis and miscellaneous novels, like The Brothers Karamazov (also still waiting to be read) and The Girl with the Pearl Earring.


On the computer desk—Books I’m currently reading: Destructive Emotions, Comfortable with Uncertainty. Books to be read soon: Da Vinci Code, Memoirs of Berlioz (actually, I've started this; it's one of those books I read for a while then put down for a while; it's in the put down for a while stage). Books I keep close by for some reason, like The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.


Bookcase #1—Education books, such as Jim Trelease’s Read Aloud Handbook. Poetry books. Borrowed books (if you read this, L., I still have A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and will return it one of these days). Also the Britannicas.

Bookcase #2—Works of literature in chronological order (sort of): The Iliad, The Aeneid, two sets of Dante’s Divine Comedy (one by Dorothy Sayers, one by John Ciardi), etc. The Shakespeare shelf. The philosophy shelf: Plato, Voltaire, others.

Bookcase #3—Art books, art books and more art books.

2nd Floor Landing

Bookcase #4—Literature anthologies. Books on writing (my favorite, Bird by Bird). Books on reading, including Adler’s How to Read a Book. Favorite children’s read alouds, such as The Twenty-One Balloons, James and the Giant Peach, Lang’s Fairy Tale books.


Bookcase #5—Fiction I’ve read, like Mr. Sammler’s Planet, East of Eden, The Secret Life of Bees. Fiction waiting to be read, like And the Ladies of the Club, Age of Innocence, Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, The Poisonwood Bible. Lots of favorites, Howards End, Good Omens, Madeleine L’Engle’s Crosswick Journals, Carl Sagan’s Forgotten Ancestors.

Books on the nightstand—A Room of One’s Own, Masters of Drama, and a lovely palm-sized Rudyard Kipling anthology.

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