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Shelfie: An Ongoing Exploration of Bookshelves

I am one of those individuals who could stand and stare at her bookshelves for hours and never become bored. I love books: the way they look, the way they smell, and the way they feel. They’re a satisfying symphony for my senses.

Disappointingly, I had to give away or donate more than half of my books when we moved from our townhouse to our house two years ago, though I’ve been working at accumulating more. The photos in this post represent part of my current collection.

A good majority of what I read is romance, though I do have some mystery, science fiction, and works like the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, and Grimm’s Fairy Tales. In addition to my fiction collection, I have a number of research and reference books for my career in writing, as well as a fine assortment of antiquarian books.

Among my romance novels are works from authors such as Sabrina Jeffries, Elizabeth Hoyt, Tessa Dare, Suzanne Enoch, Alexandra Hawkins, and Celeste Bradley. These are purely for cheerful, escapism literature, which I absolutely adore.

My reference and research books are rather important in my writing career. They include Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloster and An Elegant Madness—High Society in Regency England by Venetia Murray, both excellent reference guides to what life was like in Regency England. Colonial Fashion of the Georgian Era, edited by S. B. Jeffrey from High Quality Wikipedia Articles, is a superb, detailed look at clothing both before the Regency period, and during. Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830, by Ginny Redington Dawes with Olivia Collings, pairs nicely with the book on fashion, and has some lovely images that give inspiration.

During my research into the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) and the impact they had on life in England during the years depicted in my works (1814-1815), I referenced The Mammoth Book of Soldiers at War—Firsthand Accounts of Warfare from the Age of Napoleon, edited by Jon E. Lewis, and The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It by David A. Bell.

The other images I have are of my treasured antiquarian books. I have a modest collection, but I love them dearly. Among the group are two novels written by a woman named Mrs. Inchbald: a fascinating woman, indeed! Another is a book of poetry written by a man named Nicolas Rowe, printed in 1750. Rowe was the first modern editor for William Shakespeare. I have two collections—both printed in the 1800s—of Lord Byron’s poems, in addition to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. One of my favorites among my collection is The European Magazine and London Review—Containing Portraits, News, Biography, Anecdotes, Literature, History, Politics, Arts, Manners, and Amusements of the Age by the Philological Society of London, printed in 1806.

There is something wonderfully addictive about collecting books, and I am eternally grateful that my husband accepts this side of me. Despite the neatly arranged shelves in my office, my house is overrun with literature!

Thank you for allowing me to be a guest blogger!

CHERI CHAMPAGNE started writing as a child, and began reading historical romance novels at the age of fifteen. Finally, she combined her two passions and began writing sizzling romances. She lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, four young children, and their dog.

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