Visit our new site at

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Five: What's on your shelf?

You probably have, like me, a study full of books. Maybe they spill into another room. They go with you in the car to appointments when you might have some dead space in your schedule. In my study, the books are double-stacked and in somewhat precarious piles. I've always dreamed of a study that looked like this:

Recently I decided to re-organize my study and put books of like topic and purpose together. (Of course, they don't stay that way -- but that's another matter!) I also culled out some books which I hesitated to even donate to the library book sale because they were either extremely outdated or had content that I didn't want the unexamined mind to read. (Not quite as bad as "The Total Woman" but... you get my drift!)

SOooo... with that in mind, let's talk about the books in your life!

1. STUDYING: What is your favorite book or series for sermon prep or study? Or have you moved from books to on-line tools for your personal study?

2. IN THE QUEUE: Do you have a queue of books you are longing to read or do you read in bits and pieces over several books at a time? What's in the queue?

3. FAVORITE OF ALL TIME: What's one book that you have to have in your study? Is it professional, personal, fun or artistic? (For instance, I have a copy of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It just helps sometimes.)

4. KINDLE OR PRINT? or both? Is there a trend in your recent purchases?

5. DISCARDS: I regularly cruise the "FREE BOOKS" rack at our local library. (I know, I know. It's a bad habit!) When's the last time you went through your books and gave some away (or threw some away?) Do you remember what made the discard pile?

BONUS: Post a picture of the present state of your study! Just in the interests of full disclosure, here's mine! :)

I'm looking forward to reading your responses!


To make it easy to visit your blog, please leave a link to your blog in the comments with this easy cut-and-paste code:

<a href="the url of your blog here">"what you want to say here"</a>


  1. Deb, thanks so much! I have to play later this morning, but I definitely will. I *love* to talk about books. :-)

  2. I have done that same organizational thing...and then one book comes home with me and then another and...well you can see the writing on the wall so to speak.

    I played here

    Thanks, Deb!

  3. Thanks, Deb. This was fun. Played as soon as I got up. Books, Books, Books

  4. Deb, you made me do it. I haven't played in such a long time, mostly because Friday's are crazy for me these days, but I couldn't pass this up. Wish I had time to pontificate a bit about books in the post, but anyway, I played here.

  5. And I will take a picture of my study when I am next at church and will add it to the post. But I am writing at home in my pajamas...

  6. It has been a while, but I am back! And what a perfect one for my librarian-self! Read your way through the Lilies here!

  7. Y'all are a bunch of readers, to be sure! I'll visit your places later on after I make some headway on my sermon... But for now, here's MINE!


  8. I look forward to reading around after book group. Meanwhile, here is my embarrassingly cluttered office space. Yikes!

  9. Hey book-sorting sisters---
    Wondering how you go about the sorting, how long it takes, any hints for those of us
    With shelves begging to be sorted?

  10. I should have taken a picture... it was an unholy mess for about three days, and took up every spare inch of flat, stackable space in my study and our college girl's room (aka "The Johnnie".) I started with general piles (commentaries, lexicons and books of the Bible, missiology, feminist theology, pastoral care, church growth and leadership, emergent church, fiction, etc) and then a whole category of "inspirational" which included everything from Anne Lamott to Zig Ziglar.

    From there it was a matter of sorting and re-sorting (that's where I found a few duplicates) and some serious decision-making on what I would keep. I gave away about 2 boxes and recycled some.

    I should note that I'm married to a librarian and he was not interested in setting up my shelves in LOC order. So, I got a shareware program called "Delicious Library" and with my high school girl's help, entered as many of the books as we had ISBNs for. She is a machine on the keyboard -- it was impressive! So now I can look up a book on Delicious. I'm still trying to figure out if it was worth it. :)

    Hope that rambling answer helps. We have librarian types on Rev Gals so I hope they'll lend us their expertise! :)

  11. This comment has been removed by the author.

  12. I feel like the last runner over the line at the race...I posted at LutheranChik.


You don't want to comment here; instead, come visit our new blog, We'll see you there!

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.