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Meme: What's On Your Bookshelf?

Holly Cupala tagged me for this bookish meme.

Tell me about the book that has been on your shelf the longest.

All of my childhood books and some of my all-time favorite books, including The NeverEnding Story by Michael Ende, are in storage, sadly. Those would be the longest-running (er, standing?) titles were they truly here in my current abode.

Then there are the oldest books, those published decades ago and passed through many hands before I acquired them, such as some of the well-read books related to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Tell me about a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (i.e. a person, a place, a time, etc.)

Every time I read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, I hear Nick's voice (as opposed to my own) so clearly in my head, it's as if he's speaking over my shoulder.

Tell me about a book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used bookstore, prize, etc.)

I collect (among other things) different editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. It's not a huge collection; I have less than twenty volumes written by Carroll or related to Alice. However, I have a separate bookshelf just for these books and other items from Wonderland, like the DVD of my favorite film version of the story*, some mugs, and a couple of journals, one of which was given to me by someone who might be reading this post! Some of the books were given to me too, such as Adventures from the Original Alice in Wonderland published by Wonder Books in 1951 and a collection of selected songs from the 1985 version of Alice in Wonderland. A few years ago, while wandering through a used bookstore, I was extremely happy to find a copy of The Other Alice: The Story of Alice Liddell and Alice in Wonderland by Christina Bjork, illustrated by Inga-Karin Eriksson and translated by Joan Sandin, a biography I love which had gone out-of-print.

* Go to my big ol' post about Alice and scroll down to the section entitled Musicalice. I still need to buy the soundtrack, which was released by Screen Archives Entertainment a few years ago.

... and I should admit to owning two copies of the DVD. One was a gift. The other I found at a used music and movie shop a year later and, since it cost only five dollars and had a different cover, I bought it in hopes that it was better quality than the first version and/or had other features. It isn't and it doesn't, but that's okay!

Back to the bookshelves: I really prize my Golden books. Not Golden Books - though those are wonderful as well - but books written by Christopher Golden. I have some very special editions. See the last question and answer on this meme for more about that collection.

Tell me about the most recent addition to your shelves.

If you count my library shelves, then my most recent additions would be the ten books I checked out today, which include Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi, a volume of sheet music (I'm making copies tomorrow), and three graphic novels published by Minx (which I still can't believe they cancelled less than a year and a half after the imprint was launched!)

Tell me about a book that has been with you to the most places.

Most books just go from the store to my home, unless they've traveled with me on a plane, like I'd Tell You I'd Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter. Though I don't travel often, every time I do, I bring so many books with me that they outweight the clothes I've packed. I'm serious. I pack really lightly, clothes- and stuff-wise, but since I read so quickly, I have to pack at least one book per day I'm going to be gone or I go nuts.

Tell me about a bonus book that doesn't fit any of the above questions.

I have a separate bookshelf just for books by Christopher Golden. Thomas Sniegoski is there, too, actually, as I segue on the top shelf from his solo works to those co-written with Golden, then the rest is silence the remaining shelves are filled with Golden's other works. Look up 'prolific' in the dictionary and you'll see his picture. He's written over 100 solo works, not to mention all of his collaborative projects. I aspire to his productivity and publishing history! Find out where to start: Reading Christopher Golden.
Tags: alice, books, bsc, christopher golden, gatsby, library, meme, personal

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