Are you an avid reader? Perhaps in the past you have mostly checked books out of the library. If you have decided that you want to own your own collection of books, from selecting coffee table books to including historical novels, here are some ideas that might help you to build your home library.
Own What You Have Loved In The Past
Do you find yourself returning to favorite books and rediscovering them as you read?
For example, if you read Margaret Mitchell's Gone With The Wind the first time and you were captivated by the love story of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler, perhaps the second time you read that classic you discovered that you learned important history lessons. Maybe it's time for you to buy that book to have as your very own.
Do you love to travel? If so, buy coffee table books that depict the places you have been to in person. Consider purchasing books that include recipes of the regions you love. For instance, if you loved visiting Italy, look for a coffee table book that has recipes along with pictures of the Italian landscape and points of interest.
Perhaps you have children or grandchildren. If so, think about buying books that you enjoyed when you were a child for your home library. Classics like Heidi, Little Women and even the Hardy Boys mysteries would be fun for your own family members to read. You might even find original copies.
Add Books That Also Instruct
Have you read books by Herman Wouk that tell about World War II in novel form? If so, you might have learned more about that intriguing part of history in a novel than you did from a textbook while you were in school.
Consider adding historical novels to your home library. If you haven't read them before, you are in for a treat, even an adventure. Not only will you learn a great deal about life in England, but you will learn about life in the new America.
If you do decide to buy Roger Williams historical novels, think about starting with I, Roger Williams by Mary Lee Settle. It depicts the elegance of Roger William's life in England and then shows the steps he took to move to the new Americas where he dedicated his life to the quest of political freedom.
Think of including all of the Roger Williams historical novels so that you will have the complete set. Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul by John Barry goes into William's points of view and how his philosophies affected his personal life. Rekindled by Teresa Irizarry is another great option.
As you build your home library, consider ordering attractive name labels that you can place in the front of your book.