You know about selfies, but do you know about shelfies? Shelfies are photos of your bookshelves, with or without you, OR photos of you reading a book. Today I asked some of my favorite writers and bloggers to share their own #shelfies with us. See what you think — I think it’s a fascinating peek into someone’s life. Don’t you? (Scroll down to the bottom to see mine.)
Susan Kaye Quinn, YA author
“Yup – those are all mine! The Legacy Human just launched, the first of my new Singularity series. When I’m done, I may need a whole shelf just for them! It’s going to be a 6 book series about a post-Singularity world where a legacy human boy wants nothing more to ascend and joining the human/machine hybrids that now run the world. But when he finally gets his chance, he realizes they’re not as god-like as he believed, and soon he’s on the run, trying to stay alive and figure out who he truly is. The Legacy Human is my new young adult science fiction series that explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world… and how technology will challenge us to remember what it means to be human.
Susan Kaye Quinn
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, middle-grade author
It’s not pretty, but there is so much love here. It’s one of my favorite (also overflowing) shelves in the apartment. In honor of World Read Aloud Day, I’m proudly displaying some of our cherished picture books, the ones we read, sang, and thoroughly enjoyed over and over and over…and over again. And my middle schooler and I still do. I’m a firm believer in the power of a picture book at any age!
Laura Resau, middle grade and YA author
This shelf of vintage children’s books is in our living room, and features one of my all-time favorite picture books, HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON. Philosophically, I love how Harold creates his own reality with that crayon! My dad adores flea markets and thrift shops, and has amassed a lovely collection of old children’s books for me over the years.
Megan Sheakoski, blogger
Here’s our book basket. We rotate books in it to keep interest while keeping a few of the same favorites each time for repeated reading.
Coffee Cups and Crayons
Debbie Ohi, illustrator
This photo is just a sample from my office bookshelves. I so need to organize my books!
Malia Hollowell, blogger
Hands down this one of my favorite pieces of furniture: a bookshelf Middle Brother’s grandfather built for him when he was born. It was handcrafted with so much love.
Playdough to Plato
Zina Harrington, blogger
Let’s Lasso the Moon
Sarah Albee, children’s nonfiction author
Here’s a snapshot of one of my shelves, artfully–and ominously–lit to showcase the subject of my book-in-progress: POISON. I was going to crop it, but I left in the upper shelf, where you can see how oh-so-very organized I am with shelving my research books according to subject (FASHION and BUGS). The biographies include some of my favorite poisoners, Catherine de Medici and the Borgia family, as well as The Double Life of Doctor Lopez, which is about the poor, doomed physician to Elizabeth I who was accused of attempting to poison Her Majesty and cruelly executed. He was probably innocent, but because he had converted from Judaism, people were quick to distrust/accuse him. (He’s the character after whom Shakespearemodelled Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, which was written just a few years after Lopez’s execution.)
Sarah Albee Books
Anne Bogel, blogger
This colorful bookshelf is in our living room: it holds paperback Puffin Classics, Penguin Young Readers clothbound classics, the Beverly Cleary collection, Nancy Drew, the Mother-Daughter Book Club, Puffin in Bloom, and more. It also holds a few of MY books on the top shelf, because good books are good books, regardless of what age they’re intended for. My kids don’t read the grown-up books yet, but you better believe I dip into “their” classics.
Modern Mrs. Darcy
Tiffany Dahle, blogger
Kristen Duke, blogger
Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
Janine Halloran, blogger
We got this bookshelf when I was pregnant with my first. It was one of the first items we purchased as parents-to-be, because both my husband and I love to read and we wanted to pass that along to our kids. We read to them every day (my husband does great voices), everything from Mo Willems to Harry Potter. We have passed on our love of reading to our daughter – one of her goals this year is to read more!
Ana Dziengel, blogger
Babble Dabble Do
Tara Lazar, children’s picture book author
This is my staircase landing library. The space was big for just a stairway and it looked so empty to me. What a great place for a reading nook! I measured the width and realized that two bookcases fit perfectly, almost as if they were custom-built. So I bought them and filled them up with picture books and MG/YA novels. But this space will soon be exclusively for picture books since I bought another bedroom bookcase for the novels. It’s difficult to go up and down the stairs without plopping down to read! (Hence the comfy pillow.)
Melissa Taylor, blogger
Which #shelfies are your favorites?