Exploring My Bookshelves: favorite shelf

For NaBloPoMo I’m going to be needing some help coming up with daily post ideas. So I’ll be participating in the “Exploring My Bookshelves” meme, a weekly prompt made every Friday by Addlepates and Book Nerds (check it out for instructions on how to participate!). This week’s topic is “your favorite bookshelf.” Here is a photo of mine:

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This shelf is my favorite because it is where I keep my old-looking/pretty books. Some of my most treasured books are on this shelf. It is located in the hallway of my apartment and is the first thing you see when you walk in. I like to decorate it depending on the season (as you can see, right now it is all done up for Halloween). Here is a list of books currently on the shelf:

  • The Guide to Reading by Lyman Abbott (1924)
  • How to Read a Book by Mortimer Jerome Adler (1940)
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1947)
  • Lessons for Teachers of Beginners by Frances Weld Danielson (1914)
  • The Pocket Book of Quotations by Henry Davidoff (1942)
  • The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens (1896)
  • The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (1943)
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 & 2 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1953)
  • A Dreamer’s Tales and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany (1917)
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1957)
  • The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell (1905)
  • Hotel by Arthur Hailey (1965)
  • The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1900)
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway (1946)
  • English Critical Essays by Phyllis Maud Jones (1933)
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlof (1943)
  • The New England Tragedies by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1868)
  • Tales of a Wayside Inn by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1864)
  • Typee by Herman Melville (1931)
  • The Little Old Woman Who Used Her Head by Hope Newell (1935)
  • Forty-Two Tales Including “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe (1979)
  • Vanity Fair by William Thackeray (1958)
The book currently on display is the aforementioned copy of Edgar Allan Poe stories. I will admit, I haven’t read most of the books on this shelf (mostly because I don’t want to bring them any sort of physical harm), but I mean to! Other things on the shelf include my library bell, my Scentsy warmer, a trinket box, and of course the seasonal decorations. Stay tuned for more “Exploring My Bookshelves” posts every Friday of NaBloPoMo!
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