I haven’t done one of these posts in a while either because of how busy June was.
Exploring My Bookshelves is a weekly meme created by Victoria at Addlepates and Book Nerds.
How it works:
- Take a “shelfie” (a picture of your bookshelf). Preferably literal, but e-shelves work too.
- Write something on the day’s prompt.
- Give the blurb and the cover of the book (and what you thought of it if you’ve read it).
- Link back to Victoria’s post.
Well, here’s the old picture of my bookshelf in all its organized glory. This is as organized and neat as it’ll ever get because it’s overstuffed.
I’d skipped the June 19th post so I’ll do it here. The prompt for that day was:
An author you can’t stop reading
I didn’t know what to put for this one because though I’d like to think of myself as a committed reader, I tend to jump around, stop reading a series in the middle of it, and give up on an author or book because something else grabbed my attention. But for now, it seems that I’ll always return to George R.R. Martin and his A Song of Ice and Fire series and any book by Rick Riordan.
Since Victoria is on vacation, she hasn’t updated the prompts so Shannon at For the Love of Words has decided to create her own for now, and I’ve decided to follow along so I’ll do her prompts as well. For this weekend, her topic is:
Most worn-out book
It’s a toss up between my copy of The White Witch of Rosehall by Herbert G. de Lisser and my
dad’s copy of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Everyone is familiar with the later but maybe not the former, which is set in Jamaica. I’ve had this copy for years, before I was even able to move to the U.S. Here is the blurb:
A very striking and curious story, founded on fact, of the West Indies of the earlty nineteenth century. Robert Rutherford is sent to the Islands to learn the planter’s business from the bottom. He becomes an overseer at Rosehall, the property of a young widow, Mrs Palmer, whose three husbands have all died in curious circumstances. She takes a violent fancy to Rutherford, who is also embarrassed by the attentions of his half-caste housekeeper, Millicent.
His housekeeper is urging him, with some sucess, to fall in with West Indian habits, when Mrs Palmer arrives. Millicent defies her and threatens her with the powers of Takoo, an Obeah man. Mrs Palmer, herself skilled in Obeah magic, puts a spell on the girl, which Takoo’s rites, shattered by the white woman’s stronger magic, are powerless to remove. (Amazon)
Both are great reads and I consider them both to be classics. The White Witch of Rosehall is actually due for a reread. As you can see, they are both worn out and I and others have thumbed the pages so much that they’re falling out.
What are your worn-out books?