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 fourth set of ten books are the following.
The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894) by Arthur Conan Doyle
An American Tragedy (1925) by Theodore Dreiser
Rebecca (1938) by Daphne du Maurier
House of Sand and Fog (1999) by Andre Dubus III
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (2005) by Kim Edwards
The Secrets of a Fire King (1997) by Kim Edwards
What is the What (2006) by Dave Eggers
Middlemarch (1874) by George Eliot
Silas Marner (1861) by George Eliot
Peace Like a River (2001)by Leif Enger
Have you read and enjoyed any of these books?