Welcome to ‘What’s On Your Shelf?’ and I am excited to have fellow writer and blogger, Mae Clair from ‘From The Pen Of Mae Clair’ here to show us her bookcase. Mae is a fan of cryptozoology myth and legend and prolific writer of suspense and mystery with a dash of romance. If you haven’t already, you can check out her blog here and her books here. They really are very good fun! Take it away Mae what’s on your shelf?
‘I love the idea of sharing the books that we read, so naturally I jumped at the chance to be on Dawn’s blog with my meager collection. I say meager, because I trimmed it down considerably over the last two years donating boxes and boxes of books to a local nursing home and also our local library. I did, however, hang onto my favorites which tend to be collections of authors and subjects I like.
Below is a snap of a few shelves on the larger of my two bookcases. It’s easy to see I like Preston and Child, P.J. Parrish, Tana French, Kevin O’Brien, and most anything on Robert F. Kennedy. Of course, there is the odd Battlestar Galactica and Stargate mixed in there too. ☺’
‘I’ve also got a section with some really old books that I can’t bear to part with. They’re down below with my Spanish books (I’m trying to teach myself through books, the Rosetta Stone and various apps). Those old original copies include The Lymond Chronicles, The Golden Unicorn, Urshurak, Summer of Night, The Chronicles of Amber, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Beast Master and others. To the left, I have my Harry Potter and Custer collections. Yes—that Custer. Other than RFK, he’s probably the person I’ve read the most non-fiction about.’
‘Dawn asked me to comment about the knickknacks on my shelf, and they amount to photos of my cats who have crossed the rainbow bridge (I need to add my current kitty) and some pottery from a trip hubby and I took to Sedona, Arizona years ago.
Finally, I have a smaller bookcase that is situated behind my desk. This one holds craft books related to writing and anything I might use for research—a Time Life collection on mythical subjects and creatures, several books related to the Mothman, urban legends, and strange happenings in various states. There’s also a few card games and interactive creative cards tossed in for fun.’
‘The hardest thing Dawn asked was to pick a favorite book among those on my shelf. Um…*gnawing fingernails* Anyone who loves books knows how hard that is to do. This also doesn’t include the hundreds of titles on my Kindle, Kindle Light and iPad Mini.
When I think of favorite books, I’m always drawn back to those that made an impression on me when I was younger. Of those, I’m especially fond of Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Dorothy Dunnett’s The Ringed Castle from the Lymond Chronicles. Today, I favor The Terror, by Dan Simons, Fever Dream by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, and Black Sun Rising by C. S. Friedman. Yeah, I know. I cheated. I named more than one ☺
Many thanks to Dawn for letting me ramble about my reading preferences. The only thing that gets me as excited as discussing writing, is discussing books!’
Thanks Mae! What a beautiful bookcase and so neat! There are so many books here I haven’t heard of I’m off to add some of them to my every growing ‘To Be Read List.’ That Time Life collection looks amazing, I’d love to have a look through that! It’s fascinating to see what books are on your shelf and what influences your writing, thank you so much for sharing.
What do you guys think? Are any of these your favourites too? If you’d like to know more about cryptozoology, myth and legend, then do stop by and check out Mae’s excellent blog.
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