The Bookshelf Meme
One of our actual bookshelves…
Tell me about…
The book that’s been on your shelves the longest:
Um. I have a lot of those. But probably it’s my beloved copy of Miss Suzy. I have had this book on my shelves almost my whole life (it’s on my shelf now!), and I adore this little story of the brave Miss Suzy, the gentle gray squirrel, who, with the help of some brave toy soldiers, battles the Mean Red Squirrels who take over her house. There are descriptions of Miss Suzy taking refuge from a big wet storm in an old house with an attic, and it was always raining when I was a kid in Oregon and we had an old house with an attic, so I was particularly attached to that part of the story. I also loved the descriptions of how Miss Suzy kept house, sweeping with a twig broom and taking care of her acorn cups.
The most recent addition to your shelves
I just GOT RID of a ton of books, but I did just purchase In The Woods and The Land of Laughs. A perfect illustration of why I really hate to buy books at the full price (I know, I know, everyone should, to support the publishing industry, etc. But personally, I can’t stand it) because I read each of those in two or three days, and I don’t particularly want to re-read either of them and so now what do I do with them? Sigh. Time to start a big box for the used bookstore again.
Probably the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Those three books have been with me to: Finland, Russia, Alaska (where I lost one of them), Oregon, California, New York and Canada.
This one is hard to talk about because it doesn’t have a cover, I don’t know the name of it, but I just adore this book! It’s an antique copy of some very old (20s?) children’s fairy tales, very charming and quirky, with amazing illustrations. The first story in the book is called The Little Boy Who Made Toffee. It was my dad’s book, and probably my grandfather’s book as well. It’s got thick cardboard pages, is held together (barely) by masking tape, and is the sole reason I want to take a bookbinding class sooner or later so that I can fix this beloved book. I also very much wish I knew the title of it so I could see who authored it. I’ll scan some of the illustrations sometime and see if I can track it down.