Have you ever visited a friend's home and asked to browse over the books on her bookshelves? While doing so, did you think of how much it says about her as a person? I love it when friends ask to look at my books because it invites great conversation.
Well, this is sort of what this post is like.
My WEM friend, Adriana @ Classical Quest , linked up to The Modern Mrs. Darcy for "What's on your bookshelf," a synchro-blog event, and I thought I would join, too. I'm a homeschool mom, and many of my books are homeschool related. Only recently have I really started collecting books to read for my own enjoyment.
This is one bookcase in a little corner of my room:
The top shelf contains a partial collection of The Great Books of the Western World by Mortimer Adler that I picked up at a yard sale for $5; and the rest are my husband's theology books.
Another shelf (not shown) has binders of homeschool years, Scripture notes, and my commonplace book containing all of my WEM book notes.
On the next shelf, I have homeschool resources, reading resources, non-fiction, and some of my favorites: A Mom Just Like You by Vicki Farris, Let's Roll by Lisa Beamer, My Grandfather's Son by Clarence Thomas, and How Should We Then Live by Francis A. Schaeffer.
This lowest shelf is reserved for children's library books that rarely remained stacked properly; and I always hope they are returned to this shelf and never misplaced.
My favorite bookshelves, however, are in the living room. Many years ago I envisioned a bookcase around our very ugly fireplace. My extremely talented husband built this for me, and for awhile it stood quite bare. I hardly owned any books at the time, and I wasn't even homeschooling, yet. But today it is overflowing with knowledge and stories about far away places and great people who came before us.
A bottom shelf is for the kid's journals that they fill up during the school years; and that ridiculously huge green monster is The Complete Illustrated Shakespeare, which I purchased at a library book sale for 50 cents. I seriously think the librarian was mistaken about the price.
Here is our Little House shelf for our Little House Year that we are doing right now:
And our art, music, and poetry books from our Art and Music Year; those are our Thinker sculptures made of Sculpey clay:
A shelf for our Medieval Year; I love reading King Arthur and Robin Hood by Howard Pyle to my children:
A science shelf; we love Jeanne Fulbright's Exploring Creation series:
This would be the Ancients shelf; more favs are In Search of a Homeland, The Wanderings of Odysseus, and Black Ships Before Troy:
This is an overflow from our Medieval Year mixed with exploration sources, including books on the early Christian church and more favorites: Here I Stand about Martin Luther, and The Story of Liberty by Coffin; right now our family is reading Monks and Mystics by the Winthrows:
I really love my American history shelves; another favorite is A History of the American People by Paul Johnson. (The Book of Pirates needs to be with the exploration sources!)
Many of my important sources are here: The Five Thousand Year Leap by Skousen, Democracy in America, Common Sense, The Federalist Papers and a copy of The U.S. Constitution:
With an exception for a few books here, my TBR shelf is growing faster than I can read them. I hope to read Gone With the Wind, War and Peace, and maybe Les Misérables next year; anyone care to join me?
More TBR - Yikes! Some of these are on my WEM history and biography lists:
This next shelf is a special because it is my pile of Well Educated Mind books. With an exception of Seize the Day, I believe all the novels from Bauer's list are here:
My other favorite shelf is this one where I store fiction to read to the kids: Wind in the Willows, The Hobbit, A Christmas Carol, Where the Red Fern Grows, Holes, The Courage of Sarah Noble, Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little...
Here is a shelf of biblical topics and worn children's Bible stories:
Finally, the last shelf is for reference, with a green dictionary that I received as a Christmas gift when I was 9 years old in 1979. Now my kids use it, too.
Oh, and just a few stragglers: my John MacArthur Study Bible, waiting to do Bible study with the kids, my copy of Seize the Day by Saul Bellow, hoping I will get a moment to read it today, and Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane, which I won in a raffle for Banned Book week at my library, waiting to be added to a shelf. But where? I am running our of room.