What Lines the Shelves of Christy’s Billy Bookcase?

Photos of my book shelves

The shelves are full of books and accessories. Photo via Christy Birmingham.

This photo post of my Billy bookcase from Ikea was inspired by melouise of the Just Fletcher blog. When melouise asked about my bookcases at home, I thought, well, I’ll share some photos here so you can all see them! I will point out things from both photos for you. The bookshelf sits to the left of my computer desk. I do have other bookshelves too but am just sharing this one with you today ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s start with the photo above. It features a quote that I picked out from the O, The Oprah Magazine years ago and framed. It says, “My life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” ~Gilda Radner.

On the Shelves: Dolls and Fiction Reads

In the photo above, you will also see my green M&M doll there and a birdhouse I made when my parents were trying to perk me up while I was in a down time. As for books, hello I have lots! That photo shows the top two shelves of my Billy bookcase.

Many of my all-time favorite reads are shown in the above photo. My book recommendations include Harper Lee’sย To Kill a Mockingbird, and it is in the orange cover there on the far left of the shelf. There are also several booksย byย Margaret Atwood, includingย The Blind Assassin andย The Handmaid’s Tale. Oh and three Amy Tan books are there too, includingย The Joy Luck Club. If you haven’t read these fiction books, they are absolutely book recommendations from me.

Okay, now on to the second photo, which is taken a bit further away:

Shelves with more book recommendations

Aha, here you see I have more shelves with books and… an Angry Birds doll too. Photo via Christy Birmingham.

Hehe, there’s my blue Angry Birds Space doll. You bonk it on the head, and it makes noises – true story! I won it in a contest. I have… more fiction books on the shelves! The photo of the Billy bookcase above shows the second, third, and fourth shelves of this bookcase. There are another two shelves underneath that are full of boring papersย and photos.

More Fiction Reads on Christy’s Billy Bookcase

Are there more book recommendations in this second photo? Of course! There is S.E. Hinton’sย The Outsiders, for example.ย I first fell in love with the book’s characters, including Ponyboy and Johnny, in high school when reading this book was part of the curriculum for my English class.

Slightly in front of my S.E. Hinton books is a round purple shape at the right side of the photo above. It’s a stress ball! You hold it in your hand and squeeze to alleviate stress. So, first I bonk the Angry Birds Space doll, and then I squeeze the stress ball in my beloved shade of purple. Got it? LOL.

The bookends of the horses are very old, and they were my parents. When they wantedย several years ago to redecorate, I kindly took them off of their hands (smiles). I think they are retro awesomeness that complementย the fiction books on the shelves well.

Oh and do you see a hint of bright pink from a book cover hidden behind the horse’s head at the bottom of the Billy bookcase photo? It isย The News Factory by Matthew Abuelo, a collection of poetry and short stories that I reviewed here at this blog in 2013.

I have more bookcases too with more fiction books but didn’t want to overwhelm you! I wanted to show this one to you today. I also, of course, have many eBooks that are held on my tablet.

Have you read any of the fiction books that are on the shelves of my Billy bookcase? What are some of the titles that are on your shelves?

ยฉ2015 Christy Birmingham

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97 thoughts on “What Lines the Shelves of Christy’s Billy Bookcase?

  1. Carrie Rubin

    Fun to see what’s on your bookshelf! I recently read “A Handmaid’s Tale” because I wanted to read something by Atwood. I’m not a huge fan of dystopian novels, but I enjoyed it, and her prose is lovely. I also have an Amy Tan book: “The Valley of Amazement.” Loved that one.

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  2. Veronica

    Debo agregar aumento en mis anteojos Christy ๐Ÿ˜€ Apenas distingo los tรญtulos de tus libros. Amy Tan me parece una excelente opciรณn. ๐Ÿ™‚ ยกy los Angry Birds son fabulosos! Voy a anotar tus recomendaciones aunque creo (no es una afirmaciรณn tajante) que me inclino por otro tipo de ficciรณn.
    Besos y abrazos ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. rollyachabotbooks

    Hi Christy…, Thanks for sharing such an important part of who you are. Margret Atwood is a favourite here, The Blind Assassin is one, along with a list of many other Canadian writers. Some would say they are just books but to me they are windows into the heart of the writer and the worlds they take us. I have a special book by a well know West Coast Author. Christy Birmingham is her name, you may have heard of her book “Pathways to Illumination.” A beautiful book of poetry written from the heart.
    I have one spare storage room in my home which has been dedicated as the library and it is over flowing… time to pass some along, but they are so enduring. Like you I have a Kindle and at last count I had 350 plus books on it… smiles.
    Love the toys you have… particularly fond of your M&M Doll…

    Hugs from Alberta

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  4. Rasma R

    Lots of books but at present no time to just sit back and read. Right no my reading consists of the net and getting ideas for writing. Also much caught up in the April challenge. Nice to see your bookcase and love that green M & M.

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  5. Marissa Bergen

    My children have bookshelves but I don’t. I rarely read books more than once so rather than buy them, I usually get them from the library! Anyway, my version of this blog would show a really cluttered coffee table! What a great idea for a blog! A lot of classics in there!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      I’m glad you head to the library regularly. I need to get over there soon; usually I buy books, win them in giveaways, or get them free in exchange for writing honest reviews. I hope you are having a nice week, Marissa โค

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      1. Marissa Bergen

        Oh, yes, it’s great if you can get them from other authors in return for reviewing them. I’ve done a bit of that as well. Also, buy books from thrift stores, but usually for my kids. New books are really expensive and I can’t see the sense when I usually only read them once!

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        1. Christy Birmingham Post author

          Ye, my parents go to second-hand bookstores and get some great deals. As a kid, I went with my dad to thrift stores for books – you just reminded me of those fun outings! SO TRUE about new books being expensive. Dang it!

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  6. markbialczak

    Your M&M and Angry Bird are priceless, Christy. So you, I do believe. Chocolate and sunshine. And a purple stress ball. Very revealing with your fiction favorites. Happy Tuesday. โค

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  7. Pete Day

    Hey Christy,hmmm ‘ To Kill A Mockingbird’ is one I’d like to read…a quick glance at my pitiful excuse of a bookcase shows mainly Stephen King….plus an assortment of other bits & bobs….

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  8. Sue Dreamwalker

    Its great to see what’s on your book shelves Christy.. And love the Angry bird ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe one day I should share my book shelves… ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a Wonderful Happy Week.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Oh! It's Vefday

    I live in a community housing apartment and don’t have a lot of space for a large bookcase. Some books are kept in my room and downstairs there is a big lounge room filled with an assortment of novels. I picked up one yesterday written by Jodi Picoult and started reading. It’s titled ‘Picture Perfect’ and I think it’s about a controlling husband who violently abuses his wife.

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  10. reocochran

    To Kill a Mockingbird and The Handmaid’s Tale are great. I like another Margaret Atwood book, but don’t remember the title. I love the fact you shared your photo with the great quote by Gilda Radnor. The book that her husband wrote Gene Wilder, is one of my favorites, too. I enjoy Oprah and also, am a big fan of Jane Austen’s books. I appreciate our overlapping tastes, and also our divergent tastes! I wondered if you ever liked T.H. White’s book, “The Once and Future King” or any Ian Fleming’s James Bond books? I don’t usually like a lot of fantasy, but while young liked, “A Wrinkle in Time,” and my own children enjoyed this book, along with my sixth grade language arts’ students. Their other favorite was, “The Yearling.” I like the book, the movie “Out of Africa” was based on, by Isak Dinesen. My Mom thought it was ‘cool’ that Harper Lee and Isak Dinesen “fooled” readers by having male author names! Smiles, Robin

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  11. Heartafire

    Oh I love this up close and personal view of Christy’s bookshelves. Ones books say a lot and its all good here Thank you Christy , fabulous post! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Jeri Walker (@JeriWB)

    Looks like we have Amy Tan in common as an author we’ve read. Most of my fiction has been weeded out as I’ve cut down on personal possessions and magnitude of bookshelves, but I’ve still kept a lot of reference books and the like in various subjects. And I can’t help but notice Atwood’s name on that thick spine. I get to hear her speak tomorrow night at Boise State!!!

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  13. vivachange77

    It’s fun to see what books are in your bookcase. And your toys. I love To Kill a Mockingbird and have read but not particularly enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale. I like the Joy Luck club. My toy is a little stuffed animal Eyore from Winnie the Pooh books which I’ve read and loved since I was six years old .I have all of Ann Patchett’s novels, many of Annie Dillard’s writings, Allan Fuerst’s spy novels, T.S. Eliot, David Whyte and Adrienne Rich’s poetry, and David McCullough’s non fiction about American history. And many others.

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  14. Peter Wells aka Countingducks

    I should have been looking at the books, of course, but I couldn’t take my eye off the M&M figure because these are just the kind of chums I like around my living space. I have a decent collection of ducks and penguins, and looking at them always brings a smile to my face

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  16. Jane Carroll

    Christy,

    Thank you for a peek inside your reading and personal space. I love to imagine you bonking the Angry Bird and squeezing the stress ball…not that I want you to be stress…but the thoughts just make me smile.

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  17. Aquileana

    Awesome idea for a post… I love your books….
    Oh and the green “enimen” is sweet….How many of them to you have…. I say two more, red and orange…Am I right?….. โญ All the best to you, CB. Love Aquileana ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Aquileana

      Hi again CB! I am inviting you to join a Poetry challenge called Non Love in More Than Ten Words. You can check it out on this post, after the mythology section wp.me/p60vo-4ah
      All my best wishes, Aquileana ๐Ÿ˜€

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  18. Jacqui Murray

    I love having my books close to me. They are comfort food for my brain. I often refer to them, sometimes just for a name, or a quote, but always I stay longer than I should!

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  19. D.G.Kaye

    Thanks for taking us on a tour of your bookshelf Christy, that was fun. I can see they look a lot neater than mine, lol. I have so many they are taking my place over, it seems. I too have little knick knacks surrounding my books and holding them up. I suppose the things that comfort us stay close to our love for books. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

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  20. balroop2013

    I read To Kill a Mockingbird a few years ago when my daughter introduced me to American fiction. To my mind, the best decor of a room is a bookshelf and I always had one inbuilt in the room of my children when they were growing up and another in my living room. I love to keep my books neatly stacked and feel proud of my collection. I have Coleridge, Tennyson, Woolf, Lawrence, Hardy, Khushwant Singh, Hosseni…later my children added some modern writers to my bookshelf.

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  21. lenie5860

    Hi Christy – thanks for sharing this part of your life, enjoyed getting to know you better this way. I love the Angry Bird you bonk on the head, perfect for those certain moments. I have read most of the books mentioned, including the Blind Assassin, even though I’m not a great Margeret Atwood fan. I love the Ponyboys and actually have it sitting on the children’s bookshelf. Thanks for sharing a little part of your life.

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  22. Ranju

    Hey Christy. I love your Billy Bookcase. I haven’t read any of those books. And To kill a Mockingbird is almost on top of my to read list. Waiting for my exams to get over. Also, I have bookmarked this post of yours for the recommendations. ๐Ÿ™‚
    The M&M doll looks so cute ๐Ÿ™‚ and the birdhouse is so adorable. I don’t have any of the things I made as a child here ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I should have saved something.

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  23. Ste J

    I love to have a nosey at other people’s book collections so keep the photos coming, I like to go on Amazon and read all the blurbs for the books I see and add them to my stupidly long ‘coveted list’. You have given me a few hours of happy ‘shopping’ now.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      I have a looooonnnnnggggg to-read list too. I also have so many in my possession to read, beyond the ones I want to buy, ack! I’m glad I filled your ‘shopping’ needs with this post ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. Debbie

    Christy, this is such an interesting post — tells us a bit more about YOU, of course, but also satisfies most of our desires to eavesdrop into the spaces of a writer! To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favs that you’ve pictured here. Just a whole lot of good stuff contained in its covers! Thanks for sharing, and happy weekend!

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  25. Resa

    Lovin’ your Billy bookcase! I have a few myself, “lol”! Mostly I have books about history, art, designers, movie stars and other famous people.
    I do own a copy of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, and The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

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  26. Sherri

    I love your sweet birdhouse Christy, and what it means to you >3 Bookshelves are great for so many things – other than lots of lovely books that is! I have all sorts of special ‘bits and pieces’ on mine, things collected and things from others…just like your beautiful horse bookends from your parents ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. Mahesh Nair

    Great bookcase, wonderful books. To Kill A Mocking Bird is a favorite. Waiting for Harper Lee’s next (the second). All our furniture, including a bookcase, is from Ikea. I can smell Ikea in your post.

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  28. teagan geneviene

    How fun to have a look at your bookcase, Christy! I used mine as sort of a backdrop for a My Workspace blog hop — since my workspace is just my sofa and a laptop stand. However, i’m sorry to say that i’ve donated most of my books. For several years i’ve been trying to get a job in a different state. I was working on the idea that moving with as few possessions as possible would be all i could afford. But also hoping it would help “manifest” the relocation. It didn’t help. LOL. Thanks for this fun post. Hugs.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Well on the bright side if you do move then you will have less to relocate. Not to worry about having less books in your possession either, Teagan, as you keep the memories of them in your mind xo Thanks for enjoying the post here and you are welcome to the books on my bookcase anytime ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs

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  29. Letizia

    I always love seeing what’s on people’s bookshelves, what fun! I should read more of Amy Tan’s works. I saw her great TED talk and read The Joy Luck Club ages and ages ago but I haven’t read anything else. What should I read next of hers?

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Oh I didn’t see Amy Tan’s TED talk so I’m glad you mentioned it here, Letizia. I will have to Google it. Ummm let’s see… Have you read “The Kitchen God’s Wife”? It is also good. I do like “The Joy Luck Club” best through!!

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  30. Clanmother

    I love bookselves! Have I mentioned I love bookselves. Maybe I should say it again, “I LOVE bookselves.” They are the greatest invention since the discovery of the wheel. Hugs and more hugs.

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  31. DG MARYOGA

    Interesting to see what a talented poet reads … I’ll copy some titles,hope you don’t mind my lovely friend!Enjoy a wonderful week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs,Doda โค xxx

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