January 14, 2015

book shelfie - think pink & seeing red

Blogger's Note: I've organized my books with Dewey Decimal Classification since I learned what it was in from my elementary school librarian. I recently borrowed a page from Pinterest and went with a new scheme--by color--to spice up my literary life. To commemorate the occasion, I'll offer a glimpse of each shelf and what the books and decorations mean to me.

Beginning on the first shelf at the start of the rainbow...

Think Pink

Body Movers: 3 Men & a Body and 2 Bodies for the Price of 1 by Stephanie Bond - So... I know I haven't read the third book in the series, but I did read and enjoy the second. Book 2 (and Book 1, which will be mentioned in the future) were given to me as review copies while I worked at my college newspaper. I was the first reviewer in recent history to tackle romance novels, and a local RWA chapter contacted me to see if I'd give the series a try. I was also invited to attend a workshop led by the author. While I don't stick to all of the lessons I learned from Bond, I do keep them in mind to this day.

Daydreamer by Brea Brown - I actually haven't read this copy of the book, but I bought it after devouring the e-book version of it. When my sister was looking for a book to take with her on vacation to Belize last summer, I sent this copy along with her, so it's a well-traveled copy.

Mrs. McGinty's Death by Agatha Christie - I rescued this, and all of the forthcoming, Agatha Christie novel when my mom was reducing her book collection. I fully intend to read these mysteries someday.

Daisy's Back in Town by Rachel Gibson - I bought this book at a time when I would pick up any and everything written by Rachel Gibson. Though not my favorite of her books, I enjoyed it well enough. SEMI SPOILER ALERT (though this all comes out pretty early on): It features a theme I like (old love revisited years later) with a couple I don't (overly douchey MMC and secret child).

On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn - I'll admit, I don't remember what this book is about, but I do recall picking up this book on my way out of town for a business trip. I'll use the excuse that 2009 was a crazy, crazy year in my life as explanation for why I don't have particulars. Given that it's by Julia Quinn, it's safe to say it's a witty regency romance. And I'm sure I enjoyed it.

Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts - The fourth and final book in Nora Roberts' Bride Quartet, I loved and read this book in the span of one-sitting. On an airplane ride between Houston and Omaha. I had a conversation with one of the flight attendants about how much we loved Nora's books and how she hadn't realized that the new book was out already. She joked about needing to confiscate it for official business, but fortunately it didn't actually turn out to be a TSA mandate.

O'Hurley Born by Nora Roberts - Another book picked up for pre-flight entertainment, this book contains two stories from the O'Hurley quartet. These ones are fine. I mean, they're by Nora Roberts so you can count on them being well-written and enjoyable. But it's not my favorite Nora.

On the Way Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder - This tells the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder's final migration from De Smet, South Dakota, to her future forever home in Mansfield, Missouri. Told from her actual journal entries, it's an interesting read for fans of the series.

Diary of a Mad Mom-to-Be by Laura Wolf - The second of two diary-style books, I picked up this one after reading and loving the first book (which you'll hear about later). This is a perfect example of a random bookstore find turning into a much-loved staple in my collection.

Seeing Red

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - This was one of the few books I was required to read in school that I actually enjoyed. Masterfully written, imaginative, and actually quite terrifying, this book pulled at me, begging to be read. If only every required read had been so gripping, I would have done a lot better with my homework.

The Elite by Kiera Cass - The second, and my favorite, book in the Selection series, this was pitched to me as a cross between the Bachelor and the Hunger Games. And I suppose it is, though I'd say it's more of the first than the last.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - The second and best book of the famed Hunger Games series. I actually haven't read this copy either (I read the series on my Nook, but wanted the series on my shelf, because I loved them so much). I picked up the hardcover trilogy from Indigo Bridge Books, a local bookstore.

The Scottish Bride and The Sherbrooke Bride by Catherine Coulter - Two Catherine Coulter books about brides--from the same series--and one is well-loved and read multiple times, and the other has been on my shelf waiting to be read for about 10 years. This is what happens when you go on book buying binges on summer vacation and end up having zero time to read in your free-time thanks to college and the alleged need to study.

The Lost World and Rising Sun by Michael Crichton - I read and enjoyed Jurassic Park when I was in middle school, and I always meant to check out more Michael Crichton reads, and I still do. But it hasn't happened yet. I received both of these from my mom's "read" pile.

For the Roses by Julie Garwood - Man. I feel like I've said this before, but this is another book I only kind of like by an author I love. There must be something about this shelf. Yikes.

True Love & Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson - Okay. Now this is a book by an author I love that I also truly enjoyed. Part of the beloved Chinooks hockey team, this one had plenty of steam and a happy ending for more than one reason.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen - I picked up this book for two reasons. One: I wanted to read it before the movie came out, and I wanted to see the movie, because I had a thing for Robert Pattinson at the time. Second: I'd just finished participating in my first National Novel Writing Month. Gruen wrote this book during her own previous NaNoWriMo, and I figured it would inspire me.

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris - Getting to finally watch the movie, The Silence of the Lambs, was a big rite of passage for me. It was on the short-list of films I was forbidden to see until I was at least 13. After finally seeing the movie and deciding it wasn't as horrifying as my parents had led me to believe it would be. I'm not saying it's a pleasant story, but after growing up on procedural crime dramas, I was okay. That said, I liked the movie, I liked the book.

About a Boy by Nick Hornby - I meant to read the book and go see the movie, but neither happened. Instead, my mom read the book and passed it on to me to read during breaks at my movie theater job. Someday. Someday I'll read the book and see the movie. And maybe I'll watch the TV show. (Is it even still on air? I'm so out of the loop on the TV world.)

The Cider House Rules by John Irving - This is another example of a movie coming out and me wanting to read the book first. Only in this instance, I succeeded at doing both. Watching the movie felt like seeing a completely different story from the one I'd read. And the one I read was much better.

Ralph's Party by Lisa Jewell - This was the second chick lit novel I ever read based on the advice of a friend who knew I enjoyed Bridget Jones's Diary. Who knew I'd be starting a new past-time?

And on this particular shelf you'll find two of my favorite treasures. The Ariel and Belle bells were gifts from friends. Knowing me and my love for The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, they picked up these gifts from me in Disney World. Though I've lived in four different places since receiving these bells, they always find a place of honor on my shelves.

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