Thank you to all our booklovers who entered our #MeMyShelfandI Giveaway. We asked and you delivered! There were thousands of entries filled with amazing shelves and we truly enjoyed hearing all of the great stories behind your collections. Alas, there could only be one randomly selected winner of this giveaway. Without further ado, please meet and join us in congratulating the winner, Natalie! – Sam
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 18 years old and I’ll be going to Cornell University next year, most likely majoring in English. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been dancing ballet and reading books. I’m also a Disney fanatic—I wrote my admissions essay about Disneyland!
I have a blog that I started to document my freshman year, and one of my recent posts covered the books I brought home from the HPB clearance sale (14 books for $20?! AWESOME).
2. Tell us about your collection.
My books range from my pre-teen years to today, so there’s a huge variety. I’ve sold plenty back to Half Price, but have still kept many books I read years ago.
3. What’s your favorite Half Price Books location?
Definitely the HPB by White Rock Lake in Dallas (The Flagship). It’s HUGE! The first time I went, I panicked because I wouldn’t have enough time to go through the entire fiction section before closing (definitely a daylong affair). Kind of far from my house, but well worth the drive.
4. What’s your favorite book, author, or genre? Why?
I don’t have one single favorite book, but The Joy Luck Club, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Jane Eyre, and These Things Hidden are among my favorites. I like books that have a little bit of mystery, succinct and powerful writing, and the ability to change the way you think about other people. As far as authors go, I also don’t have a favorite but I tend to read a lot of Barbara Kingsolver and Bill Bryson. In general, I read a variety of realistic fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and biography, but I’m always looking to expand my horizons.
5. What book are you currently reading?
I just started reading The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan.
6. What are the next 3 books on your reading list?
My current to-read tally is 121 and the list isn’t prioritized, but I think I’ll read Slaughterhouse Five, The Big Sleep, and either Illumination Night or Room next.
7. What’s the best part about your shelf?
I like how I’ve organized my shelf. My main shelf is general/miscellaneous, my end table is school-assigned reading (so my younger siblings can find required books easily), and my floor/dresser is for books I have yet to read.
8. What’s the last thing you bought at Half Price Books?
My last haul consisted of Slaughterhouse Five, The Age of Innocence, Pride and Prejudice, The Imperfectionists, and On the Road.
9. Where is your favorite place to read?
I like reading on my balcony and basically anywhere I can, but when given the chance, I love reading on the beach (as long as I’m in the shade).
10. Do you have any books recommendations?
I just finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and I absolutely loved it! I’d definitely recommend that one as well as Me Before You, Quiet, and Atonement.
11. Anything else you would like to add about….anything?
Half Price Books is great. It gives me hope that printed books will be here for a long time and I’m so glad that there are others committed to keeping them around. Also, I post about books and movies on my blog, Natalie in Collegeland, including books I’ve bought at HPB. I have a Goodreads account too, if anybody’s interested in reading some of the many reviews I’ve written.