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Thursday, April 23, 2009

What's on your bookshelf?

Thanks to Miss Erin for tagging me!

Tell me about the book that has been on your shelf the longest...

I come from a family of book-collectors. I have tomes in my library dating over a hundred years ago, possibly even the 1800's. My grandparents gave me their 1906 Harvard Classics collection of 50 volumes, and I have leather editions of Nietsche, Voltaire, O. Henry...sigh. In children's books, I have Dr. Seuss books from the 60's, original Golden Books (remember The Pokey Little Puppy?), and more. Much to my gratitude, I was deemed the bookish girl in the family and have inherited the lot!

Of books belonging exclusively to me, I think the volume on my shelf the longest might be Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, or maybe The Secret Garden. My mom used to read to me every night.

Tell me about a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (i.e. a person, a place, a time, etc.)...

The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende - the hardbound version printed in red and green. I read it on a camping trip with my cousins at age 9 into the wee hours of the morning and cried because I didn't want it to end. Since then, I've read the book probably a dozen times.

Tell me about a book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used book store, prize, etc.)...

Most of my books have come about in some unusual way - through a friend's booksigning, gifts, inheritance, used book stores, even prizes! I won an advance copy of Laini Taylor's Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer for knowing children's book trivia at an SCBWI WWA event. Great read!

Tell me about the most recent addition to your shelves...

Somehow I have become the recipient of many advanced copies, by virtue of readergirlz. It's so fun, getting book packages! I just picked up a copy of Carrie Jones' Need. Gorgeous cover, terrific title, fascinating premise. I can't wait for it to come up in my TBR (to-be-read) pile.

Tell me about a book that has been with you to the most places...

Hmm. Probably The Bible. I have one of those child-sized pink ones that I take with me on trips. I took Han Nolan's Born Blue to NYC recently, and Kathi Appelt's The Underneath to visit family. Loved them both!

Tell me about a bonus book that doesn't fit any of the above questions...

My favorite book ever, Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. Someday, I want to write a book in his memory.

I hereby tag...Lorie Ann Grover, Little Willow, Justina Chen Headley, Beth Kephart, HipWriterMama, and Jackie Parker. ;)


  1. I will post my answers later today! In the meantime, I had to cheer you on for your inclusion of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Secret Garden, and The Neverending Story. :)

  2. Okay. You trickster, you. I have never done a meme, but for you, I shall. I will give this some thought, if I find any brain cells in my little old head, and post tomorrow or Sunday.

    I love Calvino. I once wrote a funky businses fable that was influenced by him and Alice and Wonderland and Little Prince. That's pretty odd, come to think of it.

  3. I have a child-sized pink Bible, too! :)

    And now I must look up 'Invisible Cities'...