Guest blogger and First Book supporter Mindy Klasky is the author of six fantasy novels, including the award-winning, best-selling The Glasswrights’ Apprentice and numerous short stories. Her latest trilogy, The Jane Madison Series, chronicles a love-struck D.C. librarian who discovers she’s a witch. Visit www.mindyklasky.com to learn more about Mindy’s work and her support of First Book.
A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I essentially renewed our marriage vows: after almost six years of happily wedded bliss, we combined our books. Both Mark and I are avid readers. We have always loved owning books, going back to them for frequent re-reads, for consultation on specific lines that we partially remember, for reference to precise character descriptions and plot twists. His office and my office are filled with bookshelves – a total of 11 (and that doesn’t count the three gigantic built-in bookshelves upstairs!)
I learned a lot in our little marital exercise.
First, we had surprisingly few duplicate books. There were a handful of exceptions (most notably, The Lord of the Rings – we own a surprising total of four complete copies!) and we both had copies of some “English-major” books (Twain, the Brontes, Hawthorne, Hemingway)- novels that we’d originally been required to read for high school or for college. READ MORE »