Monday, January 19, 2009

MEME: The Bookshelf

Laura at Musings tagged me for the bookshelf meme, originally created by Eva at A Striped Armchair.

The Book that has been on my bookshelf the longest?
Oh a toughie. I managed to keep a big pile of books from when I was little and most of them I believe are from when I was around 5 or so. So I picked one that was a favorite which was The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. It was bought for me by my grandparents on a trip back to England which made the book all that more exciting as it came from over seas!

A book that reminds me of something specific in my life (a person, a place, a time etc)?
I discovered Terry Pratchett in my teens and it all started with Truckers. I got this through the Schoolastic book club that was running at the time through schools and got it purely because I liked the look of the cover. I devoured it in a night and then spent the rest of my teens finding and reading TP books. I haven't looked back since.

A book I acquired in an interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used bookstore, prize etc)?
I suppose my first ARC which was through Library Thing falls into this category. The book was Hal Spacejock: No Free Lunch by Simon Haynes. It was the first Australian ARC made available on Library Thing and some how I managed to snag a copy. So this was a big deal for me personally. So while just getting the book was a huge deal for me when I got the book it came with all these goodies like fridge magnets, signed draft copy, and letter from the author to name a few. I was so happy and the book was excellent too!

A book that has been with me to the most places?
Jurassic Park. It is a good fun read that I know will not disappoint. Jurassic Park has traveled with me on most of my overseas trips, the furthest being my trip to Canada two years ago. I usually take it as my "backup" book, just in case that new read I have turns out to be a dud. I have read it so many times I know it nearly word for word now.

The most recent addition to my shelves?
Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched The World by Vicki Myron. I picked this up from my mum who had a copy.

I will finish this by tagging three people that should have some fascinating answers.

  1. Gail at Ticket to Anywhere

  2. David at from my bookshelf

  3. Terri at Reading, Writing and Retirement

And the rules for your post:

  1. Tag 3-5 people, so the fun keeps going!

  2. Leave a comment at the original post at A Striped Armchair, so that Eva can collect everyone’s answers.

  3. If you leave a comment and link back to Eva as the meme’s creator, she will enter you in a book giveaway contest! She has a whole shelf devoted to giveaway books that you’ll be able to choose from, or a bookmooch point if you prefer.

  4. Remember that this is all about enjoying books as physical objects, so feel free to describe the exact book you’re talking about, down to that warping from being dropped in the bath water…

  5. Make the meme more fun with visuals! Covers of the specific edition you’re talking about, photos of your bookshelves, etc.


  1. Great post! Thanks!

  2. I got your tag! Thanks, I think. ;o)

  3. I'm reading Dewey too. My girls, 9 and 5, love the cover and the 9 year old 'read' it too. Well, she skimmed it and read anytime she saw it was about Dewey. I try to read a chapter a day as I wait on the computer.