The other day, I posted something about reading a book by one of my favorite romance authors. This made me stop and look again at my “keeper” shelves. They are big, and they are full.
I believe I started collecting the books on my keeper shelf not long after I got out of college. I won’t say what year it was, but my son is out of college himself, married and has a baby. So yeah, it’s been a few years.
When I first started buying books, I started keeping them all, then quickly realized I didn’t have the space. So I started narrowing the books down to my favorites. There have been plenty of books over the years which I bought and enjoyed, and then passed on for other people to read. Bags and bags of them. I gave away many more than what I kept.
In spite of the culling, my keeper shelf has shown healthy growth over the years. It is now a set of eight shelves, all eight feet long. And even that doesn’t quite hold them all, so I also have an additional small bookcase. All told, I estimate I have over 800 books on my keeper shelf. Historical romance, contemporary, romantic suspense, a few paranormal – they run the gamut. Now, when I’m in the mood to reread a good book, I have my choice.
I suspect I’m not the only reader out there with a keeper shelf which has mushroomed beyond belief. I’d love to hear about your keep shelf!
I write historical fiction, and I invite you to share the journey to published author with me.