At one time, I counted over 6,000 books in my personal library. I had twelve huge bookshelves crammed full of books.
I've been downsizing for some time now. I keep very few books now. I only hang onto those that I feel I might read again.
Here is my single shelf of keepers* (l-r, and then on top):
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Love is a Wild Assault by Elithe Hamilton Kirkland (historical fiction set in the county where I live)
Independent People by Halldor Laxness
The Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Secret History by Donna Tart
The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Possession by A. S. Byatt
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (in English, Spanish, and French)
The World is Not Enough by Zoé Oldenbourg (my favorite historical fiction)
The Windup Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
Happenstance by Carol Shields
The Gold Bug Variations by Richard Powers
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Moby Dick by Herman Melville**
What fiction titles do you keep? Do you have any overlap with your shelf and mine? Have you read any of these? Are there any you want to read? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
**Would you look and see what has ended up on my Keeper Shelf?! Yeah, it took me a month and 655 pages, but I've finally managed to fall for the old whale book. Glory be.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.