Spice Of My Shelves: #6

Today, we will be whirling at breakneck speed through 5 different books, each one special to me in its own way.  I hope this post contains a book or two you might consider reading – plus, I think knowing the kind of books a person has and loves tells something about her.  Hopefully, you will like what these books say about me.

We’ll get the most random of them all over with first:


I’m blushing.  I’ve never enjoyed photos of babies in their diapers…

The reason I have this book is actually because as a writer (or wanna-be writer) I need characters.  Actually, I develop far more character than plot ideas, and one of the best parts of character development is choosing their name.  This book contains 15000+ names (I got that number from the front of the book; I haven’t actually counted them) and, especially when I was younger, really inspires me when I need a suitable name, especially for a character of specific heritage, such as a German name, or Biblical name.

The book does, of course, contain a spot where you are supposed to write down your top names for a future baby – and yes, I filled out that list!  I was probably 11 or 12 – but hey, one can’t be too prepared!!! 🙂 Let’s look at my top ten names for a baby girl: (I picked all these when I was in middle school…)

1 Alessandra

2 Naomi

3 Rosa

4 Lacey

5 Heidi

6 Alexia

7 Margaret

8 Marjorie

9 Abigail

10 Jessica


I actually picked pretty decent names… proud of my middle-school self.

Anyway, moving on!  I have to introduce you guys to an author and illustrator named Cicely Mary Barker.  This woman was mostly self-taught, learned to produce incredible watercolor pictures.  She created wonderfully accurate pictures of the different flowers and plants around her home, and eventually published a series – the ‘Flower Fairy series.’  Here is one that we own – the ‘Flower Fairies of Summer’:


Yes, every page in the book is just as cute as this front cover.  And yes, she does the ‘Flower Fairies’ in all the seasons – there are books for spring, autumn, and winter, for the eager reader to enjoy.

Just look at this page featuring the Poppy Fairy:


Because these books are so great, our third book is also by Cicely Mary Barker.  Not only does she have the Flower Fairy Seasons series, but she also created ‘Flower Fairies of the Trees.’


If you are looking for adorable artwork, or are interested in the various botanical fairies of England, you must find these little treasures!

Here’s our next book, a gift from my sweet Aunt Kara:


Patricia St. John, a missionary and devout woman with a godly spirit, wrote many wonderful children’s books which I will feature one day on this blog.  She has a keen heart’s eye that sees the troubles in young people’s lives, and writes many of her books based on her childhood experiences and work as a missionary in Morocco.  This book that I’m featuring today is a beautiful, easily accessible devotional that truly encouraged me so much when I was about 13 or 14.  It goes short stories to read for your daily devotional, stories this wonderful writer crafts so well.  They all illustrate an important part of Christian doctrine – things such as prayer, forgiveness, the Trinity, and so forth.  I remember at least one of these stories brought me to tears, and I still go back to this book when I need to return to the basic solid truths of Christianity.  I would highly recommend this devotional for any young person, and actually, any age could benefit from it.

Our last star of the day is a book that was given to me by a good friend.  It is historical fiction, and it is a love story, full of suspense, and information on a time period and place that I never knew much about.  It’s called, ‘Between Shades of Gray.’


No, not 50 shades of gray… BETWEEN Shades of Gray.  It is by Ruta Sepetys, and as you can see in the picture, is a New York Times Bestseller.

My summary:  Lina, an artistic prodigy, is taken away from her home in Lithuania, along with her family, and sent to Siberia, where she must fight for survival, and endure hunger, freezing cold, brutal labor, and loss – and of course, though she has fallen in love, there seems little hope for a happy ending.

In fact, this book is pretty sad.

If you’re looking for a poignant piece of historical fiction, with a little romance sprinkled in, you should read this book.  The endurance that it required for these Eastern European people to survive their circumstances is difficult to imagine.  I’m so glad an author took it upon herself to document the plight of those victims of tragedy.

My favorite character in the book is probably Lina’s love interest – can’t help it!

9 thoughts on “Spice Of My Shelves: #6

  1. Awesome picks, Shannon! Ooh I love baby name books 🙂 the covers are always so ugly and awkward, I’m not sure why … but over the years, as a writer, I’ve had maybe four or five. I have a huge one that has over 100,000 baby names, which is just crazy, but it is a very nice resource, haha.

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  2. First, can I just say, I LOVE YOUR BOOKCASE! If that is your bookcase, if not, well, it is still gorgeous! : ) Second, I can’t tell you how many baby name websites I have saved, probably at 7 if not more than 10. As a writer, yes, exactly! We need names and meanings! Third, I love fairies, and I am going to check out this author and those books, just so you know : ) Loved this post, Shannon! Keep it up!

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    1. It is actually my mother’s bookcase! She has wonderful taste in décor 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the spice of my shelves series – hopefully I’ll be talking about more books soon. I’m a Literature Geek 🙂

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      1. I am trying to engage in more classical literature. I finished Oliver Twist a couple months back, wow! I also have a free copy of Emma I’ve been reading. I really want to read Jane Austen’s work. I’ve tried the Bronte sisters, and ehh. Some parts really drag for me. Though, I do enjoy Jane Eyre, overall.

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        1. I know, Jane Eyre starts to feel soooo long. Honestly, I hated Wuthering Heights up till the very end, and I loved the final chapter so much, it became one of my favorite books! I think my favorite Jane Austen book, cliché though it may be, is Pride and Prejudice!

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