When I was a baby, my father made two bookcases for my room. We were always a reading family, and books were frequently given as presents, which always suited me fine. While my dad did try his best to steer my reading in a more factual direction, I naturally gravitated to fairy tales, legends and myths. Even as a tender young sprout, if the story ended in "they lived happily ever after," it was going on those shelves. As I grew, picture books and fairy tale collections gave way to what would now be termed young adult fiction, vintage comics and then my true love, historical romance. The pastel bookcases found their way down to the basement, but when it was time to close my dad's house, I knew I had to have those bookcases and I knew that they couldn't house merely any old books.
Behind the "D" in the "dance," you'll see the very same copy of The Kadin by Bertrice Small, the book that started me on the amazing adventure that is historical romance, so it was only natural that my very first bookshelf would hold my very first book in my favorite genre, and the literally dozens of books written by the author who showed me how sumptous, exciting and educational the world of historical romance could be. It's one of the first things I see when I go into my office, and, no matter how long it's been since a reread of any of the books on that shelf, it's like waving hello to dear old friends, always there for me when I need them.
Next to this shelf, there's a newer bookcase, this one store-bought, and filled with books of a different criteria. The top shelf has my most pressing TBR books, as my default summer reading plan is to clear off that shelf before acquiring too many more books. Yes, you may all pause now for knowing laughter. The existing books will be read, but I have to admit there are now three more books starting a second row of TBR books, and that will probably grow. Even so, I feel the same sense of welcome from the TBR bookcase as I do from my old favorites. These stories, too, are waiting for me to open their covers and enter their worlds.
If you're anything like me, bookshelf snooping is second nature, so let's do some cyber-peeking. Do you have special bookshelves dedicated to certain authors, series or genres? How do you organize them? Are your bookshelves on display for all to see, or reserved for private use only? Even for those who are digital only, do you peek at your friends' bookcases when you visit? Tell us everything.