What’s On Your Bookshelf?

Marie Greene
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What’s on your bookshelf?

You can learn a lot about someone by poking around their bookshelf. Mine consists of cookbooks, organizing tips, gardening tomes, knitting references, business and marketing advice, social justice resources, true crime, travel books, writing and aromatherapy. When I read fiction, which isn’t often, it’s in the form of an audio-book so I can listen while I cook, knit, or drive. Words, whether on a page or spoken into being, are the personal vehicle by which we travel beyond the here and now. And it’s not just fiction that carries us away to other worlds; I’ve traveled to many a faraway place through a single recipe.

Take a minute to browse your own books. What do you see?

Books represent not just our preferences, but our hope for tomorrow. On any given bookshelf, you’ll find the secrets of someone’s plots, plans and future adventures. Books give us something to think about; they’re fodder for daydreams and alternate realities. Books put the power in our hands to spark ideas and help us execute them.

Maybe I’ll design the cabinets for my kitchen remodel. Maybe I’ll finally start that experiment with fermented foods. Maybe I’ll learn to weave. Maybe I’ll build a tiny house. The good news is that, if any of those maybes come around, I have just the book to get me started.

What does your bookshelf say about you?