It’s time for ‘What’s On Your Shelf?’ and today, ladies and gentlemen, we have the doctor in the house! Yes, I know what a coup, please give a very warm welcome to Victo Dolore from ‘Behind The White Coat’. Victo can be found blogging about the daily rollercoaster that is working in the health service, interspersed with dark, witty and frankly therapeutic, fiction and poetry. If you haven’t already, you can check out Victo’s blog here and more wonderful fiction here. So, without further ado, let’s see what’s on the doc’s shelf!
‘I love books. I have spent my entire life surrounded by them. They taught, provided escape, and empowered me. Much of who I am is because of those words.
My house has hundreds of books spread out all over the place spanning hundreds of years and covering just about any genre. The oldest ones date from the 1600’s but my favorite is the Victorian period. People said and wrote crazy, crazy stuff back then.
I have snapped pictures of a few shelves of interest. At least the ones that were not too cluttered. This first one has my first antique book, ‘The Birds’ X-mas Carol’. It was given to me by mother when I had just learned to read and I have cried my eyes out over it more than once. It was the first book I ever read without a happy ending. This shelf also has my second antique book, ‘The House of Seven Gables’, given to me by my grandmother shortly before she died.’
‘The next few hold books that have had profound influences on me. I won’t tell you which ones. Or some that hold sentimental value to me.’
‘This last one is the oldest book I own. Guess what it is?’
‘Please forgive the quality of my iPhone photos. Who knew taking photos of books would be so hard? Thank you so much for letting me do this. It helped me remember how much I love these old friends. :-)’
Some really beautiful books here Victo. I love second hand and antique books, in fact when I was younger I worked in a book shop that had a second hand section on the top floor, it was my favourite place. These shelves hold a fantastic mix of philosophy, medicine, fiction and classics, I’d love to hang out and peruse these shelves. I can almost smell those wonderful ancient pages. Oh, and the little chap conquering the shelf in the fourth picture clearly an avid reader too!
The books from your mother and grandmother are so precious and I’m sure they hold wonderful memories. I’ve not read either of these and I’m off to check out that sad ending you talked about. I’ve always been an admirer of someone who can write a book with an atypical conclusion.
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and show us your shelves Victo! Can you spot one of your favourites on Victo’s shelf?
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