There are only a few things left to do in our big construction project! Mr. Max is doing built-in shelves around the fireplace and we have to change out a ceiling fan and put moldings back on the existing bookshelves… oh, and get the room back together!
So this morning I’ve been going through all my books. You might remember, this is how our bookshelves looked before we started the den project..
Going through all of these books is a big job in and of itself and the fact that I’m opening every one of them and remembering when I bought it, when I read it or who gave it to me, may mean I’ll never finish this part of my project. It’s been a morning full of nostalgia.
A lot of my old books are classics. The Husband tracked most of them down and surprised me on various occasions. Each one makes me smile.
I also inherited my Gramma’s books. She loved her books and when she left this world I couldn’t bare to see them thrown out or given away.
You know, you can tell a lot about a person by the books they leave behind…
Gramma was passionate about poetry…
When I was in the first grade she taught me to read using a book of poems as my primer.
Gramma loved people’s stories, she had lots of memoirs about Godly women like Edith Shaffer, Ruth Bell Graham, and Amiee Simple McPherson.
And my Gramma loved her presidents and their wives…
Especially President Kennedy.
These are things Gramma and I never talked about…but today, I’m looking through old yellow paged volumes and discovering more about that woman who so impacted my life.
This made me wonder…when I’m gone, if anyone looks through my books,what will they find out about me?
For starters…it’ll be obvious how much I love the writings of Somerset Maugham and Oscar Wilde…
They’ll notice that I, like my Gramma, love to read a person’s story…
Of the several biographies nestled on my shelves, it’s interesting that each one of them is about famous writers.
Maybe most of my heroes are authors.
Of course I have 20 or so decorating books and a bazillion cookbooks and loads of books about following Jesus. And thanks to Kindle and Audible most of my recreational reading takes up no space on my bookshelves!
How about you, do you love books? What would your loved ones learn about you if they were to one day look back through your library?
ps…I want to show you my favorite new addition to our den, it’s the coffee table! Old rustic wood…ahhhh, I love it!
~Have a nostalgic day my friends~