Author of OUTBACK LOVE a contemporary romance novel set in Australia, JETTING AWAY a short story prequel to OUTBACK LOVE, MOON OVER MADNESS a paranormal romantic comedy and BAYOU BLUES AND OTHER SORROWS a collection of short stories and poems about life and love. All are available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Sony, Diesel and Kobo. On Twitter @TeriHeyer

Monday, August 20, 2012

In Love with Books

My guest room bookshelf.
Yes, I can honestly say I am in love with books. This is a love affair that began when I was a small child and has continued all my life. For this reason, I have numerous bookshelves filled with every kind of books imaginable.

Most of these books were collected over the last thirty years. That's the number of years my husband and I have been married. Oh my, has it really been thirty years? Well, that's certainly something to save for a future post. This one is all about my love of books.

The other day I realized that readers, those who are also in love with books, might be interested in what books grace my bookshelves. So I started this guided tour with my previous post, "Crazy About Books."

Let me explain. We, my husband and I and our two dogs, live in a small older house. There's not a lot of extra space, but I still have five overcrowded bookshelves. Two are in the living room, one in the guest room and two in the computer room (aka, "man cave," that's my husband's room, but I have bunches of books there, just sayin').  My post, "Crazy About Books," gives you a guided tour of my living room bookshelves.

In this post, "In Love with Books," it's a guided tour of the bookshelf in the guest room (see the picture above).  There are too many books to list them all here, so I'll just list a selection of them.  I love history books, classics, romances, literary fiction, just about everything. So this is what you'll find on this particular bookshelf. These shelves have double rows, so there are lots of books that can't be seen in the picture.

A guided tour, shelf by shelf, from top to bottom:

Washington's War by Michael Rose
The Pirate Queen (Queen Elizabeth I) by Susan Ronald
The Oxford History of the French Revolution by William Doyle
The Penguin History of Medieval Europe by Maurice Keen
The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades Ed. by Jonathan Riley-Smith
The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings Ed. by Peter Sawyer
Eleanor of Aquitaine, A Biography by Marion Meade
Queen Victoria at Home Michael De-la-Noy
The Great Game by Peter Hopkirk
Savage Kingdom (Jamestown) by Benjamin Woolley
The Pursuit of Glory by Tim Blanning

Queen Victoria's Little Wars by Byron Farwell
Gertrude Bell by Georgina Howell
Russia Under the Old Regime by Richard Pipes
The Third Reich in Power by Richard J. Evans
Hell Hath No Fury by Rosalind Miles & Robin Cross
Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence
The Valleys of the Assassins by Freya Stark
A Winder in Arabia by Freya Stark
The White Nile by Alan Moorehead
The Blue Nile by Alan Moorehead

A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
Middlemarch by George Eliot
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Lady Chatterley's Love by D. H. Lawrence

The Defector by Daniel Silva
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence
The Collected Stories of Katherine Mansfield
100 Selected Stories O Henry
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart
The Fallen Angels by Bernard Cornwell & Susannah Kells
Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell

Given a choice, I would have wall to wall bookshelves in my house. But my husband isn't in love with books like I am. So for now I'll settle for five bookshelves and then too-many-to-count boxes of books.

If you're in love with books like I am, I hope you'll add a comment below. What books are on your bookshelves? I'm sure all of us readers would love to know.

1 comment:

  1. “This is a love affair that began when I was a small child and has continued all my life.”-- I believe that if you’ve been reading books ever since you were little, you’ll definitely carry this practice until you grow up. Well, reading is considered as a favorite hobby of many. You can’t blame them because reading is really fun. You can learn a lot just by reading and you’re free to explore things with your imagination. :)

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