Peanuts Classics by Charles M. Schulz

Some of you may remember a past Avid Reader feature, Undercover: Judging People by Their Books, in which I talked about the pleasure of perusing the bookshelves in people's homes. In the article, I lamented the rising prevalence of e-readers, because their increased presence means eventually fewer books, on fewer shelves. Even worse, it is considered impolite to nosily browse through someone's electronic device without asking, while it's accepted and expected to gawk at someone's bookshelf. It was a popular feature, and garnered comments from our readers, many of whom suggested that they'd like to view one of our bookshelves.

So, you are cordially invited to enjoy one of my bookshelves. Some of its contents are obscure, like the title Songs Unbidden by author The Prospector (actually George E. Winkler, apparently) - a collection of poems, published here in Victoria. B.C., whose foreword begins "This little book of verse is fraternally dedicated to prospectors everywhere, whether they travel over the burning sands of the southern deserts, "mush" across the frozen tundras of the far North, penetrate along the great waterways of the Pre-Cambrian shield, or climb the steep forested slopes of the Cordilleran ranges in search of the buried treasures of old Mother Earth". The book has no publication date, but research suggests it was around 1920.

Most of the contents of my shelf are more common, modern books for reading - lots of Canadiana like Alistair MacLeod, Margaret Atwood, Douglas Coupland, Carol Shields, Rohinton Mistry and Evelyn Lau, lots of graphic novels by the likes of Jordan Crane, Gene Luen Yang, Craig Thompson, Garth Ennis and Adrian Tomine, plus some poetry, some guilty pleasures, some books I will read and read again, some childhood leftovers, and more.

Consider it an eclectic approach to staff picks. Enjoy.

 

The Bookshelf of One Avid Reader :






A Selection of Beth's Books

The Book of Bugs by Harvey Sutherland
The Book of Bugs
by Harvey Sutherland
The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith
The Autograph Man
by Zadie Smith
An Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
An Interpreter of Maladies
by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Lacuna
by Barbara Kingsolver
No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
No Great Mischief
by Alistair MacLeod
The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang
The Eternal Smile
by Gene Luen Yang
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
by Roddy Doyle
The Last Lonely Saturday by Jordan Crane
The Last Lonely Saturday
by Jordan Crane
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Jurassic Park
by Michael Crichton
Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill
Lullabies for Little Criminals
by Heather O'Neill
The Snoopy Festival by Charles M. Schulz
The Snoopy Festival
by Charles M. Schulz
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
Level Up
by Gene Luen Yang
Moon Walk by Michael Jackson
Moon Walk
by Michael Jackson
Days Off by Henry Van Dyke
Days Off
by Henry Van Dyke
The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Unconsoled
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine
Shortcomings
by Adrian Tomine
The Clouds Above by Jordan Crane
The Clouds Above
by Jordan Crane
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke
The Outcast by Sadie Jones
The Outcast
by Sadie Jones
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
In Defense of Food
by Michael Pollan
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
A Visit from the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
The Slap
by Christos Tsiolkas
State of Fear by Michael Crichton
State of Fear
by Michael Crichton
The Stone Raft by José Saramago
The Stone Raft
by José Saramago
The Snapper by Roddy Doyle
The Snapper
by Roddy Doyle
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang
Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry
Such a Long Journey
by Rohinton Mistry
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck

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