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I love seeing and hearing about other readers' bookshelves. Thanks so much for featuring this on your blog.


You know what is almost as fun as looking at everyone's books? Seeing what else is on the shelves with the books. I love the little animals in the first photo and all the cards and pictures that share space with the books. I have added Without Reservations to my TBR list, it sounds so good!


Another fascinating peek into a fellow book lover's shelves. I enjoy reading Michelle's blog, so I was quite happy to see her here. Alice Steinbach's Without Reservations is also a favorite travel memoir of mine, too. I haven't read Educating Alice (pictured underneath Without Reservations)--what did you think of that, Michelle?


I greatly enjoy it, too, and am happy to other reader's libraries here!


That's a book I actually have read, too, and recall enjoying it very much. I'm glad Michelle shared it--a reminder it is a book that is worth revisiting. I also love the little figurines and memorabilia she keeps on her shelves--I have a few things on mine as well--but right now it's all far too messy to even think about. And I love how the little animals are indeed peeking out from around the books in that second photo (and I see I need to resize it so everyone can see them...).


And now we get to see the books behind the blog/blogger! :) I'm curious, too, about Alice Steinbach's other books. A good travel book sounds sort of appealing right now, don't you think?!


Yes, the poor animals... I do feel bad actually. In other instances, the animals always come first, though. The real ones, I mean. ;)
And glad to have another reader pick up Steinbach! She does deserve to be revisited. :)


Ooops, I have not gotten to that one yet, as well. As with so many of the other books on my shelves, I'm sad to say. As usual, I am much more efficient in buying books I feel I must have them now but not read till goodness knows when! Sigh....
Really gotta do something about that bad habit seriously.:p

vicki (bibliolathas/skiourophile)

I have read some Morton - those about Rome in particular - and I agree that he deserves rediscovery. I really enjoyed exploring these shelves. And I like Michelle's attitude re reading at her whim - I am very bad at 'have to read' books (and tasks, too, actually!), so I relate to how much fun it is to be a random reader.

Margaret Powling

I have thoroughly enjoyed a browse through Michelle's books and all the other objets on her shelves! Although I'm not into furry animals, sitting on my own shelves right now are a couple of tiny teddy bears and a furry monkey! This is because our younger son's dog tried to eat them and I rescued them and the highest place I could put them was on my bookshelves and there they have stayed!
Alice Steinbach's book, Without Reservations, is a gem, and I have also enjoyed her other two books, Educating Alice and The Miss Dennis School of Writing. Sadly, Alice died last year.
Re H V Morton, I also enjoy his books and there is a biography of him called In Search of H V Morton by Michael Bartholomew, published by Methuen in 2004.
Again, thank you for such an entertaining trip around your books!
PS I also read on a whim, hopping from a romantic historical novel to a mystery to a book on architecture ...


Lovely shelves. So diverse
I do the exact same thing, I keep the books I bought together, together as long as possible.
I want to read "Name all the Animals" as well. It sound s like a book I'd like a lot.


It is always so nice to see one of my countrymen on a bookshelf far away. I discovered Geert Mak in the last picture. And have made a note of Alice Steinbach.


Great tour Michelle (and Danielle). Thanks for the introduction to H.V. Morton - a new find.


I have just started A Traveller in Southern Italy (in preparation for an upcoming trip this summer), have you read this one? I love the cover of the 2006 edition by Methuen & Co. And I love the novelty of having the gist of the page's contents summarised in a header on every alternate page of the book. So interesting (& handy for references!)
Good to know another reader who loves to read at whim. :)


Thanks, Margaret! And good of you, for saving the bears and the monkey from certain 'death'. ;)
The Steinbach is a gem, isn't it? I was shocked to hear of her death earlier from Travelling Penguin, Pam's comment on The Captive Reader's blog. Such sad news.
I've seen the HV Morton bio while searching for his other books. Is it really good? I like the title, though. :)


Thanks, Caroline! So thrilled to know we have the same tendency for grouping our books in that way! :)
And am equally thrilled to hear another reader willing to give 'Name all the Animals' a try. Hope you'll like it. :)


Hi Cath, glad you caught sight of the Geert Mak on the shelves! :) Your fellow countryman may be on a shelf far away, but rest assured, he has definitely secured one of the 'best' seats around here. ;)
Do have a go at Steinbach, she's worth it.


Thanks, Ted (and Danielle, for the invitation to do this).
Hope you will enjoy H.V. Morton as much as those of us who love him, do! :)

Margaret Powling

Do you know, Michelle, I can't actually recall what I read in the H V Morton biog, but I think I enjoyed it! I read it a long time ago, soon after it was published. I also love the covers of the H V Morton books.
It is sad to learn of a much-loved writer's death, isn't it? I have all the books by journalist and critic, Bernard Levin, also the books (his non-fiction) of Dirk Bogarde, and the novels of Mary Wesley, all of whom were very much alive and kicking when I began to collect their books, and now they are all gone ...
I would certainly recommend the biographical memoirs of Dirk Bogarde, they are some of my favourite books, in particular An Orderly Man in which he describes his change from being a "fillum star" to writer.
Lovely tidy bookshelves you have, Michelle, and I like the way you have displayed your books, too.


Thanks so much for this Michelle! I love all the photos and plan on looking for Alice Steinbach's other books. Also will be checking out Alison Smith and HV Morton--so thanks for sharing those authors. I really enjoyed this! :)


Aren't her shelves lovely? They put my messy ones to shame. I will have to do a massive clean up if I share my own shelves! :)

vicki (bibliolathas / skiourophile)

No, I haven't read that one - I think my favourite is (so far!) The Waters of Rome: he's got such a great knack of spinning a tale from an object and making it come alive, tho' I really enjoyed his Venice one too.


Gosh this is such a dangerous but fabulous feature - Morton is a new name to me, as is Alice Steinbach, and I think I will have to check them out! Love the photos as always, and the overflowing bookshelves look very familiar to me. I think I like them better that way than too neat and tidy!


They (the piles) do make you want to pick them all up and look through them to see just what's there! I read Alice Steinbach and liked her, too. She's worth looking for if you like travel narratives. I've only read one of her books but have another on hand, and as usual this makes me want to go and grab it from my bookshelves.


Thanks, Margaret! Will have to look up those recommendations of yours. No wonder our TBR stacks are always growing taller and taller by the day! ;)

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