Disclaimer: If you follow my Facebook page, you will have already seen one of these pictures, but not the others!
We moved into our current house about 8 years ago this fall and, as happens when one moves households, a lot of boxes disappeared into the basement to be unpacked at a later date. However, we became pregnant shortly thereafter, and I spent the next 5 months sick as a dog and the following 4 getting ready for the baby (not to mention what happens after a baby is born!). Many of our boxes never made it out of storage to be unpacked.
Since then we’ve “cleaned up” the basement, it subsequently becomes a disaster area, then is “cleaned up” again, then…well, you know the cycle. As a result there a lot of boxes that have been lost. They are moved, more boxes are piled on top as we accumulate more stuff, and they are forgotten.
This past weekend I had the horror–er, joy–of once again cleaning out my basement. I made a lot of progress and my trunk is currently full of things to donate to Goodwill. Primarily baby things, in fact, to bring life full circle.
But as I was cleaning out the scariest, darkest, farthest corner of my basement, I discovered the bin of “keeper” books. I think I gasped, shrieked, and then did a victory dance. Some of these books have been with me since high school and are the books that started me reading and writing historical romance.
And, double score, On The Night Of the Seventh Moon was a book I referenced in the 2015 Read A Romance Month that I thought I had lost!
Here’s an abbreviated list of the contents, not counting all of Mr. Alexander’s books:
The Great Gatsby
HP & Order of the Phoenix
HP & The Goblet of Fire
HP & The Prisoner of Azkiban
Odd Thomas (2 copies, lol! One paperback, one hardcover)
Forever Odd (ditto!)
Brother Odd (ditto again!)
2 Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly
2 Alex Delaware books by Jonathan Kellerman
Paint The Wind (and if you notice it has a library sticker on it, I promise, I bought it at a library sale, I didn’t forget to return it!)
Gone With The Wind
Thoroughly Modern Millie
And all the Jane Aiken Hodge, Victoria Holt, Colleen McCullough and Mary Stewart books I recall ever owning. Every single one.
Secret for a Nightingale by Victoria Holt was the first “adult” book I ever read, and it is that specific copy in the picture to the right. I read it in middle school, and my passion with Gothic and historical romance grew from there. And, clearly, I’ve never forgotten them, because this bin of books will be staying on my keeper shelf!
So tell me, what’s on your keeper shelf?