What’s on YOUR Bookshelf?

Every month I join Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Twitterature Link-up (which should be coming up at the end of this week and I am super excited to get some feedback on the books I read this past month). Today, she hosted a What’s on YOUR Bookshelf Link-up for all of us to sneak a peak at each other’s book shelves. If you are a book lover, you know of the unspeakable delight it is to peruse someone else’s collection. I look forward to seeing all of YOUR bookshelves; they just might kick-off my writing of a Christmas list!

I have books everywhere! Ask Andy, he is constantly *amazed* at how I can possibly find so many different places to gather reading material. It’s a skill, really.

I usually keep the books I am currently reading on the couch, in a nearby basket, in my purse, or on my nightstand (and I have yet to streamline my library book organization so those are pretty much everywhere). Anyway, these shelves are in the downstairs office…


The top shelf is pretty much theology, marriage, and Christian living (and the Armour not in the pic but right next to these shelves houses more books on Christian Living, theology, psychology, and all my cookbooks. There is a lot of C.S. Lewis, Timothy Keller, Philip Yancey, and Walking with God by John Eldredge, which was one that really stuck out to Andy and me this past year.

I have divided them into some categories. Below, Parenting (and parenting boys)…


Dobson and Leman always offer sound Biblical wisdom and valuable insight into the world of Christian parenting. I haven’t read every book in this stack yet, so they are not all coming endorsed :)

The first book I read on eating real food, was not so ironically called, Real Food by Nina Planck. That was one book in a long list (some shown below) that led us farther down the road of Our {Real Food} Journey. For my birthday a couple years ago, Andy bought me the “library” of initial books I’d read and the documentaries we’d watched along the way. It was an awesome gift because now I have them on hand to reference and share as resources for others who are curious about the real food lifestyle.


I have another stack of Adoption books in my nightstand, but many I read from the library and would like to add those to my home library in due time. One that is definitely missing here is Secret Thoughts of An Adoptive mother by Jana Wolff, with which I agreed and disagreed, but is absolutely worth the read for anyone pursuing adoption. Another Place at the Table is one that is primarily written about foster care (but the family also adopted three children out of the foster care system). I cried almost the entire book. I’m not kidding. Bawling out of control, go to bed early and weep…This goes RIGHT back to the fact that Adoption isn’t Charity, It’s War!


A few classics on homeschooling! My oldest is 3.5 years old, so we’ve started some Preschool at home; however, I’ve been trying to research general thoughts and different philosophies on the topic. The three I’ve most researched are the Montessori Method, the Charlotte Mason Method, and Classical Education. I can’t speak highly enough about any of these, but I ate up every word of the Charlotte Mason Companion!


This is some of my growing collection of more advanced children’s literature. I snatch up copies of classics whenever I spot them at a thrift store or used book sales. Right now, Max and I are finishing up Mr. Popper’s Penguins.


This is a much harder task than I expected because there is so much to say about every book that graces my shelves. Some I have but could do without, others I read from the library and have on a list to bring home to stay. I didn’t even show you the pathetic glimpse of my classics, because much of my classic literature is boxed up. As for current fiction, I tend to check those out from the library because with a limited book budget, I like to buy books that I am either loved, certain I’ll read again, or serve as a valuable resource.

Plus, I didn’t even touch the boys’ bookshelves. I might have to put together a What’s on YOUR bookshelf: Children’s edition!

~ Becca

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15 Responses to What’s on YOUR Bookshelf?
  1. Allie @ Days Like These
    November 14, 2013 | 5:10 am

    Loved peeking at your bookshelves, Becca! Need to check out some of those “real food” suggestions!

    • Becca V
      November 16, 2013 | 1:44 am


  2. Katie
    November 14, 2013 | 7:06 pm

    That looks like the same set of Narnia books we had growing up! :-)

    I have some of those same parenting boys books. They were given to me and I haven’t read any of them yet. Any you particularly recommend?

    • Becca V
      November 16, 2013 | 1:57 am

      Definitely Bringing up Boys! And I haven’t finished The Difference a Mom Makes, but I bawled the first chapter or two!

  3. Adriana @ Classical Quest
    November 15, 2013 | 3:50 am

    The Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family –that sounds helpful! (We have five kids.) I just read Oliver Twist a couple months ago. Loved The Giver. Thanks for sharing your bookshelf, Becca! :-) This is such a fun link up!

    • Becca V
      November 16, 2013 | 1:44 am

      The Giver was one of my absolute favorites in Middle School and I just reread it for the first time in adulthood a couple years ago – still a favorite :) Loved looking at your bookshelves, too!

  4. Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy
    November 15, 2013 | 5:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing your shelves with us! I especially love the old and new classic editions side-by-side.

    • Becca V
      November 16, 2013 | 1:42 am

      Absolutely! Thank you for hosting, Anne!

  5. […] shared one of our bookshelves already this week, but every month, Modern Mrs. Darcy hosts a Twitterature Link-up as, […]

  6. Emily
    November 15, 2013 | 8:36 pm

    Oooh! Too many to write right now. A few of the most recent/current reads from the library are
    Fiction: Karen Kingsbury – recently discovered and devoured 20 books in a ridiculously short time period.
    Nonfiction: Zero Waste Home, Relish by Daphne Oz, Young House Love, Cooked by Michael Pollan
    Love, love, love all of them!

    • Becca V
      November 16, 2013 | 1:41 am

      Awesome. I got cooked on CD from the library right after it came out…turns out I cannot even remotely listen to books on tape in the car anymore for any period of time. I will have to look back into it. FOOD RULES by Michael Pollan is one of my most highly recommended Real Food books – super short and straight to the point!

  7. Ginger - Just One of the Boysw
    November 16, 2013 | 8:14 pm

    What an awesome collection! I see several of my classic favorites – Well-Trained Mind, What a Difference a Mom Makes, and Narnia! Love your shelves – what a great display! Thank you for sharing your bookshelves with everyone :)

    • Becca V
      November 19, 2013 | 8:06 pm

      Absolutely – thanks for stopping over.

  8. Jennifer
    November 21, 2013 | 2:23 am

    The books by Lillard on Montessori are wonderful, my favorites are Montessori in the Classroom and Montessori From The Start.

    • Becca V
      November 21, 2013 | 8:00 pm

      oooh, Thank you for the recommendations! I really love some of the philosophy and methodology of Montessori and should definitely read more!