Yes, my birthday is coming.
|Yep. That's about the way I look at it.|
I know am in tune with the saying about youth being wasted on the young.
When you are young, you do everything with gusto and no experience. It's the conundrum of life, I suppose. I mean, I couldn't appreciate a good heartache until I had blundered through a couple. Sex was only sex until I learned what real love was about. Smoking, eating, drinking - what a child I was about it all! How nice it would be to go back and enjoy the "first time" of some experiences, huh? But with the wisdom and palate of maturity.
But I ramble (because that's what older folk do).
This post is supposed to be about my dream bookshelf. Not a bookshelf of dreams, but what I dream of having on my bookshelf.
In all the moving around I've done over the past several years, I slowly let go of things that weighed me down. Getting rid of my books is a big regret. I did pass them on to friends and family, but, still. Thankfully, we live in an age when books are weightless, only taking up room on the microchip in our phones or tablets. What a world!
Having books on a microchip is pretty handy, but, as with photographs and letters, some things are better when we can touch them and hold them. Until I can collect hard copies of them, here are the books on my dream bookshelf *:
- The Conjure Woman
- Till We Have Faces
- The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
- The Souls of Black Folk
- The Art of War (though I probably won't read it)
- Everything by Zora Neale Hurston
- The Alchemist
There are so many more. There are the Christian fiction series by people like D. Brian Shafer and Frank Peretti. I also want to read more of the lesser known literary works of early African-American writers.
Anyway, this is what I wish to see on my bookshelf. From now on, when I meet people, I'm going to ask what they would wish to have on their bookshelves.
(Note to my family: this post is not a hint, but do what you must!)
* I use Wikipedia in most links because it will provide an overview for those not familiar with a title and author.