I love books best of all

A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper. – David Quaimen

Modern Mrs. Darcy asked “What’s on your bookshelves?”  Well, I’m here to tell you.


I grew up in a house with a lot of books, and no TV.  I read voraciously as a child and high schooler – Boxcar Children, Calvin & Hobbes, Beverly Cleary, Orphan Train Quartet, Baby Sitters Club, Sweet Valley, Christy Miller, Jeanette Oke, the Left Behind series, Lurlene McDaniel, James Michener, whatever I could get my hands on through the church library or our small town library loan program.

Chad likes books more than he likes reading, I think, and together, we have a decent collection. Our current house has an impressive bookshelf in the living room that holds them all, but truth be told, we need to get rid of a lot of our books – it’s even on my 33 before 33 list.


The top shelf of books (with 4 empty shelves above it) are Chad’s Economics textbooks from his time at Northwestern University. He likes having them around. His Computer Science books are all in boxes in the basement. I promised him I wouldn’t get rid of them without his approval. Still working on that… The next shelf down is Someday DIY home improvement projects and fantasty novels. Potter, the complete Robert Jordan Wheel of Time series and another series that I’ve never heard of but has pretty jewel tone book covers.


The next shelf is a dead giveaway that I went to a small Christian college.  Here we keep our Bible study resources, Church history, commentaries, and No Sex Until Marriage books.  On Being Reformed lives next to Basic United Methodist Beliefs there.  We’re equal opportunity book lovers.


I’m almost embarrassed of this picture.  Dianna Anderson asked on Twitter a while back for some Purity Culture book titles.  Well, here you go.  Looking at this picture, it makes me wonder where my once-well-loved copy of I Kissed Dating Goodbye went.  IMG_9731

Moving down the bookshelf, we have our Leadership/Entrepreneurship Conference section, along with a few books from my Family Studies minor.


C.S. Lewis and Bonhoffer and Nowen and Tozer live together on the next shelf.  My dad gave me The Divine Conspiracy several years ago, and probably the greatest gift I could give him as a daughter would be to actually read the darn thing.


This is a quirky collection, but some of my favorites.  If I ever have a coffee table or mantle that I “style,” I’d probably put some of these out there. I love the Schott’s Miscellany books, and The Original Preppy Handbook is just great.  Makes me laugh ever time I look at it, and the plaid cover is fun. Short stories, Mennonites, Laura Ingalls Wilder, TWoP, Poland and The Giver round out this little collection.

Oh!  Can’t forget about The Twisted Window, which I will keep forever, because the girl on the cover LOOKS JUST LIKE ME at age 16, when the book came out.  I will never forget that moment in high school when my friend pulled the book out of her backpack, looked at me, looked back at the book…so crazy.


We keep our Enneagram books out on a side table since we reference them ALL THE TIME.  Guns, Germs and Steel gets referenced a lot, too, oddly enough.IMG_9720

The side table across the room holds some favorite “oh, have you read that?” books.

IMG_9723I keep a few of my favorite food books in the kitchen.  I still have a load of cookbooks, but I cook mostly from my imagination and/or Pinterest now, so I don’t need to access them as often.  These few I keep out on the counter just ’cause they’re pretty look at.

IMG_9724My night stand holds some animal rights books which I should be reading for work, a fun fluffy novel, some Book Club varities from my mother-in-law, and the books that I wish I was reading right now.  But both Bread & Wine and Jesus Feminist deserve just the right day and a bottle of wine, I think.

My iPad has Rachel Held Evan’s Year of Biblical Womanhood, Addie Ziermann’s When We Were on Fire, Dinner: a Love Story (all yet unread) and some novels I’ve read this month while we traveled:  The Art Forger (Shapiro), The Dinner (Koch), The Winter Palace (Stachniak), The Memory Thief (Colin).

Despite my love for TV and movies, I love books best of all.

6 thoughts on “I love books best of all

  1. Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy

    that picture up top is gorgeous! Love the shelves themselves, with the chair, the lamp, the conveniently positioned table. I could make myself right at home there. 🙂

    I loved spying Television Without Pity, The Splendid Table, and Guns, Germs, and Steel. I’ve never read it, but have a dear friend who references it all.the.time.

    Thanks for sharing your shelves with us!

  2. justoneoftheboysblog

    Oooh! Loving your collection! I’m reading Jesus Feminist right now, myself. 🙂 Enneagram books are really piquing my interest lately – I’ll have to look into them a bit more! And I’m seeing some titles that I need to add to my GoodReads list!

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