Bookshelf #1 – Shelves 1 and 2 – An Overview

Y’all ever look at your bookshelf and realize it needs some serious revamping? Yeah it kind of hit me a few days ago. It had books half in the shelves and half falling off. It was covered in dust and contained everything from nonfiction books my fiancée read for his thesis to pamphlets and children’s books.

So today I am going to go through just a few shelves of my newly-organized bookcase. These shelves include books that my fiancé has read and that I have read, or plan to read (lol).

Bookshelf 1 – Shelves 1 and 2

This is going to be a pretty brief overview. Like I said a lot of these books are Jorge’s and some I still have to finish reading, but here we go. >_>”

Shelf #1: Red Book City!

This shelf is mostly my fiance’s books and includes Barrio Dreams, In My Father’s Country, Sisters of the Revolution, Pre-Suasion, The Knife of Never Letting Go, and of course my old copy of the Bible is hanging out there as well.

A lot of those books are ones that my fiancé has read for his master’s program when he was studying Urban Planning and Sustainable Communities. So, I don’t know too much about these books. From what I understand his favorite is probably The Knife of Never Letting Go out of the books listed above. Maybe one day he can do a guest blog post and give y’all more in-depth reviews of these? Haha. Who knows~

The book on the very end of the shelf is an issue of the 2016-2017 Iowa Review that I picked up because, honestly, I thought the cover was adorable lol. It has a bunch of Hello Kitty critters all over the front. I have not finished reading this entire magazine but there were quite a few stories that I noticed were very unique and stood out from the cookie-cutter stories I often read in literary magazines. You know the ones… the ones that try too hard to sound “literary” and high-brow. These stories are high-quality but at the same time have a fresh perspective on what literary magazine stories should feel like. It’s been a while since I read some of the stories so it’s hard for me to give specifics on this.

Shelf #2: Yellow, Green and Blue Books

I am going to just go ahead and pick out a few favorites on this shelf to tell y’all about. My absolute favorite and actually one of my favorite novels of all time is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I’m sure a lot of you reading this blog are probably all-too familiar with this widely popular young adult book, but if you aren’t here is a quick run-down from Amazon quoted below. You can click here to learn more.

“The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. A powerful story of friendship, it is also about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.” – Amazon book blurb

It discusses class warfare, racial tension, growing up during a war in Afghanistan, and family tensions between families of different classes and types. There is so much inside this relatively short book but just enough to introduce a lot of tough concepts to young adults. I cannot recommend this book enough.

Another one that I will recommend on this shelf is Winter Blues: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder by Norman E. Rosenthal, MD. This is, of course, a nonfiction read to help out those of us who struggle a little with our energy levels in the wintertime, especially if you live in an environment where it is pretty overcast and not very sunny all the time like myself.

I am not diagnosed of any sort of Seasonal Affective Disorder but my heart goes out to anyone who does struggle badly with seasonal depression. I haven’t finished this book so I can’t give a complete review yet but every winter I will go back to it and read a little more. It is definitely very helpful even if you find you are just a little more tired in the winter, especially now when a lot of us are working from home or not getting as much sunlight as we probably should. I would say the number one thing it taught me is that seasonal depression is real as is any other mental health condition and to combat it, you need to eat right, get enough sleep, get a lot of extra sunlight and, especially, get a “happy lamp.” I bought my own mini-lamp on Amazon for around $20 a few years ago and when I leave it on while I work for at least 20 minutes, I notice a huge difference in my energy level, mood, and ability to be productive. So it is something that is definitely worth considering if you struggle with some of those same issues.

Other notable mentions on Shelf #2 include Desert Solitaire, which is basically a cornerstone of environmental literature that unfortunately I still have to finish reading, and The Strangest Secret, which is a book my dad gifted me with when I was really young. The Strangest Secret is essentially a spiritual self-help book and when I am lacking motivation I find it very helpful to pick this up and read through it again because it is very short and only takes maybe 30-minutes to read through all the short phrases on each page.

Most of the other books are my fiancé’s so I cannot give much insight as to those, but they are books he reads for his job at the university and are nonfiction books.

As always please like this post and comment down below if you have read any of these books or have any thoughts on the books I haven’t checked out yet! And let me know if you want more posts on the rest of my 2 bookshelves! Have a great day and thank you for reading and all your support. This blog has been an amazing way for me to stay connected to readers and writers while I pursue a law degree and work at home. Love you guys!!

-Lauren

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