Musings From A Bookmammal

Musing Mondays–My Library “Categories”


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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

Here’s my musing for this week–

This great illustration by Tom Gauld has been making the rounds lately, and I’ve read several posts from bloggers who examined their own bookshelves to find examples from each category. I decided to join the fun!

tom gauld my library

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Here are my picks from my bookshelves that fit these categories. I’m only selecting physical books that are on my actual bookcases at home-no library books or eBooks allowed!



The last book I read that I own was The Gastronomy of Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love by Michelle Maisto. I’m a big fan of books about all aspects of how food and cooking impact our culture, and I liked this memoir of how food, cooking, and eating played a role in the author’s courtship and marriage to her husband. Plus–cool cover!



123534Chang and Eng by Darin Strauss has been at the top of my TBR list for awhile. Unfortunately it keeps getting bumped by library books that have non-negotiable due dates. This is a historical fictional account of two conjoined twins who lived during the late 1800s-early 1900s—and who actually married two sisters. Once my library pile is under control (wishful thinking!) I want to get started on this book.


art of fieldingI’m in the middle of The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach and although I ‘m really enjoying it, it’s a huge book and it’s not one that I want to rush through. There are so many other books that I also want to be reading–plus, a ton of library holds have all come in at the same time—so I’m choosing to take a lot of breaks from this book and read other things. I know I’ll finish this book eventually—I’ve got too much invested in the wonderful characters to abandon them!—but I just don’t know when that’s going to happen.


I really can’t recall pretending to read anything. I’m pretty honest about what I do and don’t read. I can’t find anything on my shelves that I’ve fibbed about reading.


1938260I really want to read and savor Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln by Janis Cooke Newman—but at just over 600 pages, it’s going to take me some time. I’m so intrigued by the premise of this historical novel that’s told through the voice of Lincoln’s wife, but this may be a book that I save for winter. I can totally see myself reading this all curled up in a quilt while there’s a blizzard outside!


crime and punishmentI’ve got a paperback copy of Crime & Punishment by Dostoyevsky sitting on my shelf that I’ve had since high school. The reality is that I’m never going to choose this book over the others that are on my TBR list—but for some reason, I just can’t get rid of it.


homes of the presidentsOne of the many perks of working at a bookstore years ago was taking advantage of the very generous employee discount. I have several big “coffee table” books that I never would have been able to afford otherwise. One of them is the history-geek-worthy Homes of the Presidents by Bill Harris. (No—it is not filled with page after page of White House photos—it’s all the pre-presidential houses!) This is a great browsing book but I’ve read very little of the text.


absolute powerFor awhile I was really into David Baldacci’s thrillers, and I’ve got a bunch of them sitting here—but for the life of me I cannot remember a single character or plotline from any of them!




I’m stumped on this one! I’m sure there are books that I wish I hadn’t spent time reading, but I must have given them away. If I don’t want to remember reading it, I probably don’t want it taking up space on my shelves!

How about you? Do we have any books in common in any of these categories? Which of your books would you choose? Please share!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

22 thoughts on “Musing Mondays–My Library “Categories”

  1. What a clever illustration ! 🙂 I may borrow it for a blog post soon !

  2. Fun graphic. I totally agree with you about the “pretend to read” category. it seems quite silly to lie about what one has or hasn’t read…

  3. Oh, I love Crime and Punishment. I read it in high school and I still gush about it 🙂

  4. Crime & Punishment is one of my all time favorites!!!

  5. total fun – thanks for sharing your responses!


  6. Oh I love it! I had to read Crime and Punishment in high school and let’s just say we didn’t get along. I’ve been meaning to reread that and a few others to see if I enjoy it more as an adult but I probably should fess up and add it to the Probably Not Going to Happen List.

    • Yes–I just have too many books in my TBR pile that I think I’m going to really enjoy to take the time to read something just because it’s considered a classic.

  7. We don’t have books in common, but I find your answers really interesting. Enjoy your books this week!

  8. Love the illustration! Might have to steal this for a feature musing!
    Oh, The Gastronomy of Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love looks great, I too love books about food and culture, will have to check that out, thanks for sharing!

  9. This would be hard for me to exclude eBooks. I have a lot of books around the house – but in the interest of staying married I have purged many of them. 🙂

    The book that stands out for me that I know I’ve read but can’t remember a damn thing about is Slaughterhouse Five. I read it on my own – but can’t for the life of me remember anything about it.

    I also have a special love for coffee table books. 🙂

    • HA! One of the perks of being single is that any book purging is completely on my own terms! 🙂
      I love coffee table books–if I’m visiting someone and see those huge books sitting around, you’ll probably find mesitting in a corner browsing away.
      (and–nope–I’m not a Google+ person)

  10. The Mary Todd Lincoln book is definitely worth reading!

  11. This is a great idea. I hope you don’t mind if I borrow it.

  12. Pingback: What do the books in my library say ? | The Resurgent Bookworm

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