Here we start another new feature to my blog — “What’s On Your Shelf?” day. I have several bookcases, all stuffed full of books covering all genres, so I just picked the top shelf of my tallest bookcase for today’s entry.
My friend Pamela showed us each book on her shelf for today’s entry, but I just can’t do that. There are too many! As you can see, the books on this shelf are stored two deep, so there’s no way I can discuss every single book. Also, please note the two electronics chargers. There’s an empty plug right next to this bookcase, a rare commodity in this house, so I do all my recharging of batteries right here.
On the left, you will notice several Robert A. Heinlein novels. I adore Robert A. Heinlein. He is my favorite author of all time, and I am pretty sure I have read most, if not all, of his writings. I am not entirely certain because he was a very prolific author who published his first piece in the 1930s and continued to write until his death in 1988. In the beginning, he wrote juvenile science fiction, meant to be serialized in boys’ magazines. He published Stranger in a Strange Land in 1961, which was his most controversial novel, and where the word “grok” enters the English language. The edition here on this shelf is the cut version; in 1961, several of the passages were too controversial to print, and the book itself was too long. I purchased the uncut version sometime in the 90s, but I am not exactly sure where it is. Several of the books on my shelf here are of his early work (The Man Who Sold the Moon, Double Star, Revolt in 2100, Methuselah’s Children, The Puppet Masters, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, Farnham’s Freehold, and Waldo and Magic, Inc.), while The Cat Who Walks Through Walls is a later novel. One thing I love about Heinlein is how a number of his books are all inter-related. The Cat Who Walks Through Walls takes place on the moon and involves a person who was first introduced in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, and one of the events in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls is also retold in Time Enough for Love and my personal favorite, To Sail Beyond the Sunset.
I also have a fair amount of literature here on this shelf. Voltaire’s Candide, To Kill a Mockingbird, and a collection of Louisa May Alcott’s works are all up there. I haven’t read Candide since high school, but I love Alcott and Harper Lee.
Some of the books in the middle aren’t exactly my normal cup of tea. Imzadi by Peter David — well, as you can see, that’s a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel. To make a long story short, one of my boyfriends in high school referred to me as his “imzadi,” or “beloved soulmate.” He lent me this copy of the novel so I knew what he was talking about, and I never did give it back. I hang on to it for sentimental reasons, but it’s been years since I read it. The Wolf of Winter is something I picked up in high school. I think the only reason why it hasn’t found a new home at a used bookstore or thrift store is it must have been hidden when I ruthlessly culled my books.
Do you see the Piers Anthony novels on the right? I wasn’t a huge fan of Piers Anthony. He can be a bit too far on the fantasy spectrum for my tastes. But his Incarnations of Immortality series really grabbed hold of me. In it, he postulates that there are humans who are chosen to hold these offices of the Incarnations (Death, Fate, Time, War, Nature, Evil, and Good) for a time, and each book deals with one of these Incarnations and their struggles in performing their offices to their fullest degree. Bearing an Hourglass features Time, and Wielding a Red Sword discusses War. I have several other novels, somewhere. Wikipedia tells me that the series Dead Like Me is loosely based on On a Pale Horse, the book covering Death. I didn’t know that! And because I am contrary like that, the first one I ever read was And Eternity, which is the last book of the series. I apparently have the inability to read a series starting with the first book.
So there’s my start to this project! If you have any questions or you’d like more information, leave a comment and I will email you back.