What is on your bookshelf?

bookshelfIt’s been a while since I posted so I figured I’d better write something. I could write about school starting again soon – yay! I could write about completing my first 10-mile race last weekend; which I’ll cheer for only because it’s done. I could write about writing. I’m 8,000 words into my story. I read a couple of days ago that if I were writing a novella that I’d be almost halfway done!

But I’m not going to write about that stuff. Well, at least not anymore than I already have. I figured I’d write about the tiny little bookshelf in my desk.

Here is the inventory from the picture you see here and the reason it’s on my shelf.

Red by Ted Dekker is the second book in the Circle series. I bought this book at a Barnes & Noble in Brandon, Florida. It was November 7th, 2011. We were down in the sunshine state cleaning out my dad and grandma’s place. My sister and I had a long drive home to Michigan in a U-Haul. I was still up to my neck in grief over dad’s passing and I needed something to read that gave me a picture of something larger than myself. This book will remain on my shelf as that reminder.

The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart is an advanced reading copy book that I got from Barnes & Noble book club. The idea was that the participants of the club would get a copy of the book, read it, review it and get a chance to discuss it with the author before its official release date. It wasn’t the type of book that I would normally read but I thought it was fascinating. This book thrilled me because it was my first ARC book and I was geeked about seeing the notices on the back and inside of the book that it was not for resale. review only. etc. I felt like a member of a pretty exclusive club.

The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson is an ARC book that I won from a Goodreads giveaway. I read the book’s blurb and it sounded interesting. When I started to read it I just couldn’t finish it. I couldn’t get into it. It may have just been a case of the right book at the wrong time. I have every intention of giving it another shot when I have the time to do so.

CSS, DHTML & AJAX by Cranford & Teague is a college book that I held onto from my web design days. I don’t code anymore but I do occasionally find myself looking at code upon request and it helps to serve as a refresher.

Angst by David Pedersen is one of the first indie books I gave a chance to. I have no clue how I discovered this book or what led to me following David on twitter but I’m glad I did. I read it, reviewed it and then won a contest for an autographed copy. Inside it says: “Dusty, Thank you for the support and the amazing review!! Best regards,” It’s also a collectors edition as it’s sporting an older cover than the latest printing of the book.

Wild at Heart Journal by John Eldredge is a leather-bound journal to complement the book of the same name. I loved the book but only made it a few pages into the journal. Still it’s leather-bound and adds a touch of class to my shelf.

Scrivener for Dummies by Gwen Hernandez is a great resource for writers who use the brilliant Scrivener software. I admit that I haven’t had a chance to open the book yet for more than just a glance at a particular function of the software but I don’t know if most “for Dummies” books are meant to be read cover to cover. Perhaps this one is. I’ll have to look closer.

ESV Study Bible is a study bible. It’s definitely not as worn as it should be but I do use the online membership that came with it far more often than the actual printed copy.

Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy is a book that came highly-recommended to me and I can understand why. Just over halfway through and I’m seeing issues with my own story that this book has helped right. I’m eager to reach the editing phase so I can work on sharpening my scenes with the tips I’ve been given so far.

Latest issue of Wired.

Programming in Visual Basic .NET by Bradley and Milspaugh is another college textbook that I’ve hung onto. I haven’t done much VB coding since college but this book was fantastic. I thought it taught the content brilliantly. I’ve hung onto it for that reason.

And that’s it for now. I have a few laptop hard drives on the shelf, a Zune HD music player, an iPad smart cover, some papers, a deck of cards from Poland and my NOOK Simple Touch with Glow Light. That last item has a tens of dozens of more books I could share but that list would be a novel in and of itself.

What have you got on your bookshelf? Are any of those books special to you? And for what reason?

2 thoughts on “What is on your bookshelf?”

  1. I have a few books on my shelves that I cannot part with.
    1. Why? By Anne Graham Lotz
    I was going thru such a hard time in my life with illness and was sitting in the car waiting to go into see the Dr. Listening to the radio and she came on. She read some from her book and I actually sat and cried in the car. It was like she was speaking to me. I later bought the book and numerous copies to give out. I book I will forever be greatful for.
    2. The Twilight Series by Stephenie Myers
    I’m gonna catch a lot of grief for this one but I loved the books. She drew me in and I had to know what happened next. I read all four books in about a week. I would stay up all hours of the night and would read till my eyes were so blurry I couldn’t see to read another word.
    3. Is an old book I had when I went to college for real estate.
    Appraising Residential Properties by the Appraisal Institute. I can’t express enough how much I hated this class. The only class that I received a B in and was not happy at all. The book was expensive and I’ve just always kept it and displayed it on my shelf.
    4. I have 8 very old books about President Abraham Lincoln. I have not had a chance to read them all but hopefully someday will be able to read them.
    5. My NVC Devotional Bible that I need to read more of.
    6. Last but not least Second Guessing God by Brian Jones. This is one of my favorites. It was a time in my life when I was doubting everything and asking why. I bought this book at Goodwill.it came at the right time and answered the right questions. Is my life perfect? In no way but I’m able to understand things better and just be happy about who I am and where I am while God is teaching me.
    One other thing I should let you know is I collect cookbooks. I have hundreds and hundreds that I will not part with. A girls gotta cook…right?!?

  2. Sounds like your bookshelf has a lot of meaning to you too. It’s funny how books can come to mean more to us due to their relation to an event in our lives than the story themselves.

    As for the cookbooks: Yes. Absolutely. A girl has got to cook. Because Lord knows I cannot. But I’d love to learn.

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