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A Map of My Bookshelf

Time to draw a map of my bookshelf. Three shelves are dedicated to books and one to CDs and computer games. The books pile onto the shelves haphazardly, stacked atop one another like a game of real life Tetris, and rank from absolute favorite at the top and downward to “I liked them enough to not give them away.”

The middle of the three shelves holds Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady—historical fiction about a spy in the Revolutionary War who hid written information in a loaf of bread. My mom suggested this novel to me and I remember it as one of the first books I couldn’t put down.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke rests at the top shelf, keenly aware of its status. This book about books and the power of words instilled in me a yearning much like that of the main character Meggie. While Meggie wished to be able to read aspects of the story out of books and into the real world, I wished to construct entire worlds with words. “The wish had settled like a cuckoo in the nest of her heart, where it kept fluffing up its plumage and making itself at home, no matter how hard she tried to throw it out.” Today, I opened up my paperback copy of the book to find the spine cracked at this page. A younger me had underlined the text of the entire page and wrote quotes from the movie and rewrote seemingly important lines from the book in the margins.

The second book of the Ink Trilogy, Inkspell, takes its place next to the first. However, the third, Inkdeath, has been banished to the bottom shelf. After great anticipation, the story was not going the way I wanted, so I set the book aside, and to this day, it still sits on my bookshelf unfinished. I’m not proud of this, and one day I’ll pick it up again with my new respect of the craft of story. But you do a lot of stupid stuff when you’re twelve.

Also on the top shelf are the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix, John Green’s books, and a few Nancy Drew mysteries. I devoured the Nancy Drew books like a one-year-old fixated on their cake at their birthday party, even though the suspenseful sometimes scared me. As I got older, the stories grew more riveting to me and I eventually graduated to Sherlock Holmes mysteries. However, Sherlock is also on the bottom shelf, but only comparatively because Nancy Drew will always hold a special place in my heart and on my bookshelf.

The second shelf holds all the other Rick Riordan books I own–the Kane Chronicles and half the Heroes of Olympus series. Here, you can also find Eragon by Christopher Paolini. It took me forever to finish this book. It is one of only two stories that I found the movie to be better in comparison. Arguably, the book was too detailed, so in my opinion, the movie cut down on the unfortunately slow parts of the story. Here we also have a few inspirational autobiographies I had to read for school and the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.

The Harry Potter series is placed on the bottom shelf purely out of lack of room on the top shelf. The books know where their rightful place is, except for Order of the Phoenix, of course. The bottom shelf is also where I dump books I haven’t read yet, like Yes Please by Amy Poehler, the Jurassic Park series, and Esther Earl’s biography. I also have a collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales here too.

I hope this map of my bookshelf provides a glimpse into my inspiration for my writing and even my organization methods. How do you organize your bookshelf? What books do you keep there?

Lauren Alice
laurenaliceink@gmail.com

Lauren is a writer and editor and has a Bachelor’s in English with a focus on creative writing from the University of Central Florida. Science fiction is her passion and she believes coffee is better with cream.

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