What’s on My Bookshelves (Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy)

The lovely Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy invited her readers to show off our bookshelves on her site today! I love to look at bookshelves when we visit someone’s house or office, so having all these bookshelves in one place will be so fun! We have bookshelves and book stacks all over the house, so I’m taking you on a tour around the place, showing my work books, my family members’ books, and even cookbooks! Hope you enjoy!

We’ll start the tour at my desk. I work from home as a freelance editor, so the books I use most often are handy when I need them. I just finished a 31 Days series on books for writers, if you want to see more over on my editing site.

My husband Lee and I released this Bible study for special-needs parents in September. This stack is on my desk waiting to be mailed off!

I homeschool our eight-year-old son David, and my priority this year is to help him fall in love with books. He has dyslexia, so reading isn’t easy for him, but listening to me read is lots of fun. Here’s the stack on my bedside table we’ve been reading together recently.

Moving on to the living room, these are some of our favorite books and series on display on the piano.

And in the dining room, here are some of my cookbooks. The Pioneer Woman and Paula Deen are two of my favorites, especially as I start to plan our holiday meals.

My husband Lee is a pastor and is currently working on his doctorate. This is his stack, which is usually on the floor in the dining room since that’s where he works when he’s home.

One of my favorite stacks, these are James’s books. James is six and has autism, which for him means his favorite books have been his favorites for years. I’m not sure how many copies of The Very Hungry Caterpillar we’ve been through, but each one has been loved.

Our basement has a wall of bookshelves, which I love. My background includes two degrees that require more reading than most (English in college and women’s studies in seminary), so this is home base for so many of my favorites. They did require a little dusting, since I’m not discussing The Scarlet Letter with seventeen-year-olds or finding the roots of Greek words like I was ten years ago, but I like knowing my favorites are close by. Below are a couple close-ups of some of the shelves, one devoted to mostly books about special-needs issues and diet changes, and the other with my favorite classic paperbacks.

Thanks for taking a tour of my bookshelves and book stacks!

Do you have books all over the house?

14 thoughts on “What’s on My Bookshelves (Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy)

  1. I love how neat and organized your stacks and shelves are! I spotted a lot of my favorites, and your last photo reminded me that I love A Separate Peace and I really should read it again.

  2. Your shelves are so lovely! I spotted several of my favorites on your piano 🙂

  3. I went to Modern Mrs. Darcy’s list of linkups today and randomly clicked yours first. What instantly caught my eye was the Bible study you’ve written for parents of special-needs kids. I am also one of those parents so I will check out your book right away!

    You have a ton of amazing classics too. I’m impressed!

  4. I am loving perusing your bookshelves, as I’m seeing so many favorites of mine – both classics like Pride & Prejudice and Uncle Tom’s Cabin and kids books like Harry Potter and Curious George!

  5. What beautiful books! I like how you shared books from each member of your family. My husband is also in school but music so we have stacks of music and theory books around our house. =)
    I have Black Beauty and Hans Brinker in the same edition as your Little Woman and love the binding. I’m always on the hunt for books bound like that in secondhand stores. =)

  6. I love all the stories you shared that go along with the books. What a beautiful collection of books that reflect the different kinds of love that you have for those you read them with! It’s a lot of feeding the soul and the imagination and the body in all those books!

  7. What fun seeing all of your bookshelves. I have a friend whose son is autistic. I look forward to reading more about the Bible Study you mentioned. Maybe it would encourage her and help me be a better encouragement to her. Thanks a bunch, Amy

  8. Sandra, I saw so many of my books in your collection, and can only wish I was as organised!!! I loved discovering your 31 Days series, I’ll be going back and adding to my ‘to read’ list 🙂

  9. Now I see what I need for my own shelves: a blue and red Chicago Manual of Style! Functional AND pretty.

    I love that family favorites are prominently displayed on the piano. And your 8-year-old’s current reads look fantastic! I may snag some of those for my own kids’ reading lists. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your shelves with us!

  10. I love seeing all of Pioneer Woman’s cookbooks, I need to get those myself!

  11. Love Brene Brown’s books – and I just finished Stephen King’s book On Writing last month. Such good stuff! I loved looking at your shelves – thank you for giving everyone a peek into your shelves!

  12. A SEPARATE PEACE is one of my absolute favorites!

    Hate to sound like I’m hawking my wares here, but I can’t help but share I have a middle-grade historical verse novel that came out with Random House Children’s Books in 2012 called MAY B. It happens to be about a girl with dyslexia on the Kansas frontier. As a former teacher, I was fascinated what it must have been like for children with learning disabilities to find their way in classrooms that were largely based on rote memorization and recitation. Anyway, thought I’d share. 🙂

  13. I love Paula D. for holiday cooking too. Her foolproof standing rib roast is a Christmas must have for us.

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I’m Sandra Peoples. I’m a pastor’s wife and a special-needs mom. But to be honest, those descriptions weren’t my plan A. Click here to learn more about my journey.