They say birds of a feather flock together. I believe that is completely true when it comes to book lovers. That is one of the reasons I was so excited to participate in Anne Bogel’s What’s On Your Bookshelf link up over at Modern Mrs. Darcy. Wednesday I shared what is on my bookshelves.
I invited you take a peek at all the books in the Patton house from the ones we proudly display in my office to the ones tossed in a laundry basked that are waiting patiently until we find them a home. Then I asked you to share your bookshelves with me. You responded, and I am so excited to share them with you today!
Here are a few of my close family and friends’ bookshelves. I hope you enjoy browsing them as much as I have.
Pastor Matt’s Bookshelf:
Matt shared one of his bookshelves with partly read and to read books. Like me, he says he needs a 12-step book on reading addiction. I searched for such a book on amazon but could not find one. I assume recovery counselors haven’t written such a book because it would only fuel our addiction. Until then, let’s keep on reading!
Tom is one of my favorite readers. I don’t mean blog readers- although he is that- I mean book readers. His enthusiasm about what he learns and discovers through books is contagious. We have had numerous conversations on Facebook and at church about what we are reading. One of my favorite Facebook conversations was a discussion about what 10 books you would take with you if you were going to be marooned on a desert island. Tom, like any good reader, listed way more than 10 books!
Speaking of a great conversationalist, Becky is just the person to talk reading with. She participates in our Facebook conversations as well, but my favorite time to talk to Becky is over a breakfast turned into lunch date. She reads a lot of challenging books about the faith and is eager to learn and grow. She is willing to have a healthy debate and wrestle through difficult issues. She is willing to live in the tension with you and recognizes we are in this pursuit of being more like Jesus together.
I am excited about the fact that we are going to be reading Addie Ziermann’s new release When We Were On Fire together very, very soon. I am sure it will give us a wonderful excuse to get together for many more extra long breakfast dates.
Even though Lisa and I were in the same small group, it was only by traveling with her to Thailand that I discovered her love for reading. She is a die hard non-fiction reader whom I got hooked on Jodi Picoult. Of course, she has gotten me hooked on more than one non-fiction author.
Lisa shared with me that her bookshelves include numerous “homeless Bibles.” I thought she was buying Bibles to give to the homeless. I was wrong. She buys “homeless Bibles” off the lonely shelves at Goodwill! I love this idea. Can you imagine the wonderful notes you would come across in the margins? What a treasure!
John’s Bookshelf (pt. 2):
I shared a few of John’s bookshelves with you yesterday. When he learned I asked everyone to share their shelves with me, he sent me a screen shot of his iBook shelf…and this isn’t even half of it. Here is the message he attached:
Ebooks are the only way to read. I can carry an entire library on my iPad. This is just one of my libraries. The other two are in Nook and Kindle with an equal amount of books.
John has completely turned to the dark side. For the most part he would prefer an eBook to a hard copy. I just don’t understand my husband sometimes! 😉
On another note, I did a double take when I saw his shelf. Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni is front and center. I asked him what in the world it was about. He said it was a business book he read with the church staff. I suppose that type of reaction is what Lencioni was hoping for. I will definitely have to check it out.
I am thrilled my mom wanted to share her bookshelves with you- at least few of them. She didn’t share the shelves of math books she keeps in the back room. She loved to read then before she retired. Yes, shelves of math books, and yes, she occasionally pulled them out and made me read them with her over the summer. She was a wonderful teacher and mother, not always fun for her teenage daughter but definitely wonderful. She also didn’t share the rows of books she has stored in my childhood closet.
Truthfully, my mom’s shelves are a minimal reflection of all she has read. She is constantly passing her books on to friends and her VERY appreciative daughter and grandchildren. Just take a gander at the stacks of books she let me bring home this summer:
When I called my mom tonight she was reading the new Southern Living Annual Cookbook. I can’t wait to peruse it myself. I asked her what her favorite book of all times was. I was tickled by her answer:
Oh, Amy, there are so many good books. My favorites go back to the classics, though. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Christy by Catherine Marshall would probably be my favorites.
Sound familiar? I guess this acorn didn’t fall very far from the tree.
Thank you so much for sharing your bookshelves! I loved seeing them and can’t wait to read some of your favorite books.
Pastor Matt shelves encouraged me to move Seth Godin’s The Dip higher up on my wish list. Tom’s shelves added several books to my must read list. I need to give Young’s The Shack another go. Becky’s shelves inspired me to read Atlas Shrugged, and the Harry Potter series (No, I’ve never indulged in those magic filled books). Lisa’s shelves made me realize I never read Jodi Picoult’s The Tenth Circle. As I mentioned, John’s shelves added Getting Naked to my must read list, and my Mom’s shelves reminded me that I want to check out Jeffrey Archer, an old but new to me author, but first I think I’ll spend a little quality time with a few of my cookbooks.
So, that’s my friends and family. What about you? What has been your favorite thing about seeing everyone’s bookshelves? And, I’m curious. If you knew you were going to be marooned on a desert island what 10 books would you take with you? I can’t wait to hear. Be sure to leave a comment.