I have what builders call a “plant shelf” in my master bedroom. When my husband and I first moved into our home thirteen years ago, I had no idea what to put on that shelf. I tried some leftover wedding flowers and random plants, but it didn’t look good at all. As I began collecting books, because I finally had a place to store them, I realized that they would look good on this plant shelf.
For the next few months, I’m going to share with you the titles of the books that are on this plant shelf, ten at a time. On it, I keep books that I’ve read and liked more than other books. (You could even say that most of these are favorites.) I find their presence there comforting. I recognize them, even without being able to see the type or the title, from their colors and heights and placement. They are my friends. And sometimes, when I’m feeling particularly lonely or self-pitying, I look up and remember that I have many friends, and all of them wait for me within the books of this shelf.
Today’s third set of ten books are the following.
Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Shannon’s Way by A. J. Cronin
The Green Years by A. J. Cronin
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
The Way Things Are by E. M. Delafield
Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai
Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass by Isak Dinesen (Karen von Blixen-Finecke)
Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow
Just ignore The Canterbury Tales. It was part of the last set of ten. It turns out that taking pictures of books only ten at a time is actually a little tricky, which is why some of these titles are cut off and the books on the sides are showing.
Have you read and enjoyed any of these books?