Monday, November 3, 2014


Okay, Hannah at The Writer's Window tagged me to do a "Shelfie" post. Instead of a photo of myself, I am to post a photo of my bookshelf of favorite books.

But . . . which bookshelf of favorite books? I have bookshelves of children's picture books, of classics, of animal stories, of adventure stories, of fantasy stories, of romance stories, of research books (probably too many of those). And then there are the bookshelves downstairs . . .

So, I chose a few that might be most fun for readers to see.

First, a shelf of classics, including many I have used to teach literature classes for our local co-op in the past few years:

To be honest, many of the above are not exactly "favorites," but I enjoy reading them for reasons other than pleasure, I suppose.

Next, two shelves from one of the big bookshelves downstairs. When we moved this summer, I discarded many boxes of books (sadly), but these all made the cut. Some of them were mine when I was a child, all of them are loved. The upper shelf is animal books--the kind with more "realistic" animals. I have another shelf filled with books about talking animals.

The lower shelf includes some of my fantasy books. (Do you see Jenelle's there?) Now, keep in mind that many of my fantasy favorites are in my Nook, so I can't take pictures of them--including the Attolia books, many of Diana Wynne Jones's books, and several by authors whose name you would recognize (Morgan Busse, Ashley Willis, etc). The Chronicles of Narnia and Tolkein's books are on a shelf below these. I mean, really, how many books can fit into one photo? :-D

And you knew this one was coming . . .

I don't have my original Heartsong Presents books on display, only the stories in collections. I'm thinking Anne Elisabeth and I will each have a shelf to ourselves in just a few more years! But for now I am honored to share a bit of space with the Tales of Goldstone Wood and the fairytale collections. :-)

So there you are--a glimpse of my bookshelves!


  1. How much fun! Thanks for sharing, Jill! Your "realistic" animal books sent me back to junior high (that's what we called it back then). I'm fairly certain I read all but a few of those books. If our school library had a book with a horse in it, I was sure to read it. Some of the Marguerite Henry and Walter Farly books are in our personal library. Hannah has the Dandi Mackall books, and I love those. I'm so glad that Hannah introduced me to many of the books are your fantasy shelf. My son has many of the Tolkien books, which he read out loud to the family about six to eight years ago. The shelf with the books written by the authors Stengl is very impressive...and special. It's enough to make a mum's heart burst with joy! ~Becky

    1. Farley... I thought I corrected that. :(

    2. Yep, I was a horse lover too. Actually, I was an animal lover pretty much from day one! I was just like you about the library books. :-) I know I read every animal book in our school library more than once, and the local library as well! I loved Walter Farley's books but sadly don't own many. They were mostly library books, I guess. I'm thinking you and I would have been great friends as kids, Becky! :-D But better late than never, eh?

    3. I must have been an animal lover from day one also. And yes! Better late than never, my friend! :o)

  2. Yay, how cool! I'm jealous of your literature classes if they get to read all those books. : ) And your fiction shelf-- lovely! Such a broad variety! : ) Thanks for sharing!

    1. I have really enjoyed reading all these books with my classes. Teaching has pushed me out of my "comfort zone" reading material. :-)

  3. Oh, what a great idea - - a "Shelfie" !
    Enjoyed seeing some of your books, Jill (and your daughter's too!).
    I had to smile when I saw Wisconsin Brides - - I have that on my "keeper shelf" *big smile*.
    Hugs, Patti Jo

    1. Hello Patti Jo!
      I am such a bad blogger--I really need to get on here more often! Thanks so much for visiting. :-D Aww, I'm glad my WI book is one of your keepers!
      Hugs right back!