August 25, 2015

what's on my bookshelf? bonus treasures

Blogger's Note: After years of sharing my thoughts on books through book releases and #bookselfies, throughout the month of August I'll be giving you a closer look at what books are in my home library.

I still have more shelves and favorite stories to share, but today I wanted to showcase a few of the little extras that make my little home library uniquely mine.

This beautiful Murano glass pen and ink set on my Garwood to Gibson shelf was a gift from my little sister. During a trip she took to Europe a couple of years ago, she found this set in a shop in Venice, Italy, and brought it home for me. And I adore it. Not only is it a perfect gift for a writer, but it's beautiful and looks particularly pretty in the morning sunlight. It has added meaning, because it came from Sarah.

The Ariel and Belle bells on my Montgomery to Robb shelf were another gift. A couple of my friends brought them back to me from Disney World as a thank you present for checking on their dog while they were on vacation. Again, these are two presents that mean a lot because of the givers and because it's always nice to know your friends get you and what you like.

This is a memory jar, located on the writing resources shelf of my library. I've blogged about this before, but basically this jar contains little mementos from some of my travels. Notable pieces are train and tube passes from my college trip to England, a VIP pass to the backstage of the 2008 Scream Awards, and a sea shell from the beach where one of my best friends got married.

This is a never-before shared shelf, but I like to think of it as my nerd nook. I ran out of room on my regular bookshelves, so I keep the boxed sets to my Song of Fire and Ice, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings collections on top of one of the shelves. For a little flare, I have this metal "&" decoration, which I snapped up at Michael's during a trip to find supplies for a project.

I adore the ceramic white owl that stands on top of one of the shelves. I found it at a vintage shop earlier this summer, and I like how it looks sitting in front of that picture frame (another gift from a friend, it is the framed ISBN number for my debut novel, Hard Hats and Doormats).

And last but not least, the story behind the picture you've seen a lot of throughout the month. Those are framed paper-art portraits of my beloved Jane and Bingley created by my sister for me as a Christmas present. These came about, because I fell in love with some artwork my sister was creating to give to a friend for a baby shower. After months of not-so-subtly dropping hints (which ultimately led to me saying, "All I want for Christmas is cut-out pictures of the cats") I was beyond thrilled to find these sitting under the tree. The ceramic squirrel is another gift from my sister, and it doubles as a tea light holder.

Mr. Squirrel is sitting on top of three gift books, including The Wit and Wisdom of Jane Austen, Downton Abbey Rules for Household Staff, and A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen.

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