Pride and Joy

What’s your most prized possession? GO!

I’d have to say that my most prized possession is my book collection. If there was a fire, after everyone was safe and sound outside, those books would be one of the first things I would run back into the house for (that and my Beanie Baby I’ve had since I was 5). One of my favorite things to do is to spend hours in books stores finding all kinds of new books to bring home. On a good day, not only do I find around 4-6 great new books, but I actually am able to buy them all. There’s never a worse feeling then wanting a book so badly but having to leave it behind. When I do finally leave the store with a handful of glorious new adventures, the first thing I have to do is find a place for them on my shelves. I’m at the point now where I don’t have much room for any more books, but that certainly doesn’t stop me from pulling a Will Graham and bringing home a few strays.

My shelves have a very specific system. My top two shelves (aka my largest shelves) that sit above my bed house a vast array of different genres. They range from Young Adult to Murder Mystery.  I arrange these seemingly random books alphabetically by title. My third and bottom shelf houses all of my favorite book series. They range from Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter. These books arePenquin Hardcover classics in no particular order but are always close at hand. On my other shelves are all of my classics novels. I found most of these gems in smaller books stores and am always keeping a lookout for a nice hardcover edition. My favorite so far that I’ve found are the Penguin editions. They are simply gorgeous. (So if you’re ever looking for a really great classic novel in hardcover, look for Penguin)

One of the things that I constantly dream about when I own my own home is have my own library. Having a nice place to display (and of course read and enjoy) all of my prized possessions would really make a roof and four walls feel like home.