It’s that time again, it’s time for ‘What’s On Your Shelf?’ and today, we have Carmen Stefanescu from the blog, ‘Shadows Of The Past’. Hailing, in her own words, from Dracula country, Carmen is Romanian, a teacher of English and German, a romance writer and a longstanding bibliophile. You can find out more about Carmen via her blog and her books are available on Amazon and Goodreads.
‘I thank my gracious host, Dawn, who invited me here to share with her followers my “treasure”!
I love to read. Yes, I love the escape of stories, the passage of time in another world. I’ve always loved to read – ever since I was a little girl in the kindergarten.
My maternal grandmother taught me the alphabet and I started reading as early as three years old. (This was a reason I was accepted to start school one year earlier than was the regulation in my country at that time – at six).
I was born in a period when books were the greatest entertainment in my country, Romania. Especially in provincial towns. No TV. Just here and there a radio.
I have to thank my family who inculcated in me the fondness for fine arts- music and painting, and above all in books. I must confess I suffer of something that during the 1800s was defined, in Europe, as illness – BIBLIOMANIA. That is – collecting books.
As a child I had my collection of fairy stories books. They, later, were passed to my daughters and now to my only grandson.
My mother used to bring me small gifts as reward for the good grades I had in school. These gifts were, yes, you guessed right – books.
As an adult, I started a collection called Love Stories Novels. It was in Romanian. I have almost the whole of it, around 300 books. Another great collection was The Dolphin- war stories. In Romanian , too.
The very first book in English I read was Pride and Prejudice. I borrowed it from the University library. I was a college student. I remember to this day the feel of the fine pages and smell of the leather bound covers.
After the fall of communism, things changed around here and I was able to buy paper books in English and German from bookshops that sold second hand books. My dream came true. I have over two thousand books in Romanian, English and German. And I mean paper books. I am a hoarder, I admit.
In picture 1 you can see some of the books (they are on two rows) in English and German. My bookshelves are covered by glass as we live in an area full of dust most of the year.
Picture 2 is a close up of the same bookshelf where you can read the titles.
Picture 3 is a part of the bookshelf where I have Romanian books. The photo there is a graduation one. I was the class master of the pupils in it.
Picture 4 is from another room with another bookshelf with books in all three languages I speak. It’s in the room I use to call Muse’s den. During warm weather, I write here. The yellowish poster you notice on the shelf has, in chronological order, all the queens and kings of Britain, up to Elisabeth II.
Finally, in picture 5, a small shelf displaying my favorite author’s books – Catherine Cookson. Thomas Hardy, Catherine Cookson, as well as S. King and Somerset Maugham are my idols in the field of writing.
So, here are some of the proper/paper books have. I have books to read two lifetimes. But you know what? I won’t get upset if I get some more.
I haven’t mentioned anything about the ebooks that threaten to spill out of the Kindle I have on the PC.
As I was saying above, Bibliomania is something I will never be cured of. And I don’t want it, of course.
My only concern is if I find any books to read in the afterlife, when I leave this human world on Earth!’
I’m a little jealous of those large glass fronted shelves, Carmen. That must make dusting a lot easier. I hate dusting our shelves there’s so much ‘stuff’ on them. As for the books themselves! What an amazing and varied library you have and a fascinating life you’ve led, thanks for sharing that with us.
It’s lovely that you have your graduation photo still and that the books and love of reading are in some ways your grandmother’s legacy. Perhaps they will be yours too. It’s clear to see from your favourite authors that you’re a bit of a romantic at heart with a soft spot for the heroine in a novel. I think we all enjoy a feel good story every now and then.
What do you guys think?
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