So how about we tour my bookshelves? Yes, let’s.
This is Part 1 of a series of posts about all my bookshelves… every last one of them. Here we go…
Today we’re talking fiction, and I’m taking shelfies.
We’re starting with the first bookshelf a person sees upon entering my house, and weirdly enough (given my nonfiction-y ways), that’s fiction.
Here’s the wide view…
…and the fiction is on the left. (We’ll hit the right side next time. Stay tuned.)
So… fiction. Recently I weeded my collection, and I merged the mysteries into the general fiction. Still not too sure how I feel about that, but that’s how it currently sits.
So after the Big Fiction Weeding of 2018, the only books that remain are the ones I truly love (along with a few I haven’t read yet). It’s normal for me to stand in front of this shelf and coo.
Here we’ve got the top two shelves…
And the bottom two shelves…
Since it’s fiction, of course the books are arranged alphabetically by author’s last name. Because: librarian.
So while I love all of these books, I’m gonna highlight some of my most favorite favorites, just because I want to.
- Anything Marisa de los Santos ever wrote
- The early and recent works of Elinor Lipman
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
- Run by Ann Patchett
- A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The thing that always strikes me about fiction is the way it makes my mind and my heart expand. And so often, I learn as much from fiction as I do from the most practical nuts-and-bolts nonfiction book out there. It makes me nearly get verklempt to think about it.
And of course science has proven it now, so we don’t have to feel all touchy-feely when talking about the power of fiction. There’s science to back it up.
So let’s pause and pay tribute to the beautiful fiction shelves this week.
(There. Didn’t that feel good?)
Next week, we’ll be looking at some of the nonfiction that fills the Unruly home… because reader cannot live by fiction alone.
In the meantime, please tell us…
When you look at your fiction shelves, which books make you happiest to see there?