Bookshelf Tour | Classics, History, Politics

Earlier this year I decided that I wanted a third bookshelf to house my history, political, and classic books. Ever since I've had this bookshelf, it's become my favorite. More than anything I want to document how my library will grow and change over time. You may notice that I own multiple editions of the same book. Usually this happens if I'm gifted a favorite book that I don't want to let go of or if I find an edition I think is beautiful, other times it's for convenience. I have larger books that I don't necessarily enjoy carrying around which is why I'll have a second copy in paperback edition.

Puffin in Bloom Collection
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Penguin Clothbound Classics
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Middlemarch by George Elliot
Emma by Jane Austen
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Sense and Sensability by Jane Austen
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Penguin English Library
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales by Edgar Allen Poe

Julius Ceasar & Hamlet

Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Five Novels by Charles Dickens
The Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Seven Novels by Jane Austen
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories by Lewis Carroll
Jurassic Park and The Lost World by Michael Crichton

Vintage and Regular Paperbacks
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (two editions)
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Other Stories by Washington Irving
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Night by Elie Wiesel
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Hiroshima by John Hersey
The Prince by Machiavelli
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Penguin Classics
The Politics by Aristotle
The Republic by Plato
The Wealth of Nations: Books IV-V by Adam Smith
The Wealth of Nations: Books I-III by Adam Smith
Reflections of the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke

Vintage and Regular Paperbacks
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (six editions)
1984 by George Orwell (two editions)
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding (two editions)
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Political and American History Books
Living American Documents
The Ethics of Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard
A Patriot's History of the United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen
The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left by Yuval Levin
To Begin the World Anew: The Genuis and Ambiguities of the American Founders by Bernard Bailyn
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis
Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries: The Founding Fathers in the Age of Enlightenment by Tom Shachtman
Madison and Jefferson by Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg
Thomas Jefferson - Revolutionary: A Radical's Struggle to Remake America by Kevin Gutzman
Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Future of America by Thomas Fleming
1775: A Good Year for Revolution by Kevin Phillips
The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined America, Then and Now by Thomas Fleming
Never Enough: America's Limitless Welfare State by William Voegeli
A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption by Jay Cost
1776 by David McCullough
The Anti-Federalist Papers
American History: 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About by John A. Garraty
Thoams Jefferson Biography Saul K. Padover
Political Writings of John Locke
Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History by Fawn M. Brodie
Great Issues in American History: From Settlement to Revolution, 1584-1776 by Richard Hofstadter
Great Issues in American History: From the Revolution to the Civil War, 1765-1865 by Richard Hofstadter
Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty by Dumas Malone (two editions)
The American Revolution: A History by Gordon S. Wood
America Afire: Jefferson, Adams, and the First Contested Election by Bernard A. Weisberger
American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic by Joseph J. Ellis
Thomas Jefferson: Author of America by Christopher Hitchens
Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
The Founding Fathers on Leadership by Donald T. Phillips
46 Pages: Thomas Paine, Common Sense, and the Turning Point to Independence by Scott Liell
Miracle at Philadelphia: Story of the Constitutional Convention, May-September 1787 by Catherine Drinker Bowen
The Real History of the American Revolution by Alan Axelrod

Penguin Civic Classics
The Declaration of Independence & The United States Constitution
Common Sense by Thomas Paine
The Federalist Papers

Miscellaneous & Non-Fiction
A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich
Help! For Writers by Roy Peter Clark
Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books by Wendy Lesser
The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World by Edward Dolnick
Second Treatise of Government by John Locke
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. Whitte
The Evils of Revolution by Edmund Burke
The Enlightenment: A Very Short Introduction by John Robertson
The Age of Enlightenment: The 18th Century Philosophers by Isaiah Berlin
Econmics in Minutes by Niall Kishtainy
World History in Minutes by Tat Wood and Dorothy Ail



Book Haul | Independent Bookstore Day

Yesterday was Independent Bookstore Day. To celebrate, Jessica (Wonder Riot Blog) and I visited Mojo Books & Record. It's my favorite independent bookstore in Tampa. Since there are so many books that I want to read and have in my library, I can't always afford to buy brand new books. My favorite independent bookshops are those that sell used books and coffee which is why I love this one in particular. I ended up purchasing six used books.

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton

Political Writings of John Lock

The Wealth of Nations Books IV-V by Adam Smith

Living American Documents

The Ethics of Liberty by Murrary N. Rothbard

A Patriot's History of the United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen



Memorials & Architecture in Washington D.C.

September 12th-14th. During our last few of days in Virginia, Lea and I spent most of our days exploring Washington D.C. We returned to the Library of Congress, visited the Jefferson Memorial (my favorite, of course), the George Mason Memorial, the Washington Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. We wanted to tour the White House, but we didn't sign up for the tour soon enough, so we weren't able to. The last place we visited before our flight back to Florida was the National Archives Building which houses the Charters of Freedoms. I thought it was fitting that this was our last stop as it left quite the impression. Seeing the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights up close was unforgettable.







The Future statue at the National Archives: "What is past is prologue."



Colonial Williamsburg


Our second road trip in Virginia took place on September 11th, the day after our road trip to Monticello in Charlottesville. This time Lea and I were on our way to Colonial Williamsburg which has been described as a living-history museum. I've dreamt of going there since I was really young; walking through the old streets and seeing the horse-drawn carriage while passing people dressed in colonial attire. Also exploring the old homes, taverns, shops, and government buildings.

The drive to Colonial Williamsburg was lovely. I never considered my hometown of Tampa, Florida much of a "big city", but my reaction to the land and scenery of Virginia convinced me otherwise. We took the highway, and our view was that of trees that stretched for miles. During our drive, I couldn't help but put into perspective just how much land Thomas Jefferson had to cover during his travels between Monticello and Williamsburg, especially since we had just visited Thomas Jefferson's home the day prior and the distance was still fresh in my mind. It must be the history student in me, but I also imagined the carriage and horseback rides of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries that must have taken place beneath the modern roads.


Our first stop in Colonial Williamsburg was the Governor's Palace which was once the home of two post-colonial governors of Virginia: Patrick Henry (1776-1779) and Thomas Jefferson (1779-1780). The original building was destroyed in a 1781 fire which at that time was being used as a hospital for wounded American soldiers. The building was later reconstructed and replicated with late 18th-century furnishings.


The George Wythe House was one that I had been looking forward to touring for quite some time. His home was our next stop after eating lunch at Aromas Cafe and exploring Merchants Square. Not only was George Wythe was the first American law professor, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, scholar, and Virginia judge, but he was also a great friend and mentor to Thomas Jefferson. He taught at College William & Mary. His home was everything I expected from a man of scholarly pursuits.


The streets of Colonial Williamsburg were just as I envisioned they would be. Every now and then, we would hear and see the horse-drawn carriage down the road. We walked by taverns, including one of George Washington's favorite called Christina Campbell's Tavern which has a menu that 18th century Virginians would have been accustomed to. Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to eat lunch there. Another place we didn't get the chance to tour was the Peyton Randolph House, which is the dark red home in the photographs below.

We did, however, pass by R. Charlton's Coffeehouse. This is where discussion and debate on politics and news often took place over a cup of coffee, tea, or chocolate. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were frequent visitors, as were merchants and other elites. This is another place I want to physically go inside next time I visit. Regrettably, it's another site we were unable to fully experience due to time restrictions.

The Duke of Gloucester Street has gone through many changes over the centuries. During the 20th century, utility poles and power lines obstructed the 18th-century authenticity. Ultimately they were moved underground and even the roads with traffic were rerouted to present the street in such a way that could evoke the feeling of stepping into history. Some of the places that can be seen from this street, between the College of William & Mary down to the Capitol, include the Market Square, the Bruton Parish Church (which is where the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Wythe, Patrick Henry, and George Mason went to worship), Palace Green, the Weaver's Shop, the Shoemaker's Shop, the Courthouse, the Magazine, several different taverns, the Printing Office, the Bookbindery, the Post Office, Bake Shop, and Apothecary.


The Magazine is where the military equipment, arms, ammunition was stored. Just prior to the beginning of the American Revolution, it was the location of the confrontation between the residents of Williamsburg and the royal British government.


The Colonial Williamsburg courthouse was the site where Benjamin Waller read the Declaration of Independence from the steps on July 25th, 1776 and also where the Treaty of Paris was announced seven years later, which ended the American Revolution.


Being the bibliophile that I am, the bookbindery was one of the more interesting places we visited. Inside, the bookbinder explained how the books were made in Colonial times. It was a time-consuming process and much more complex than the production of the newspaper. The dainty old-fashioned post office is still a functioning one where stationary, books, and other prints can be purchased.


The Pasteur & Galt Apothecary Shop on Duke of Gloucester Street was more than just a type of "pharmacy" in colonial times. The apothecary did more than provide and sell prescribed medicines, they also performed surgery, administered medical procedures, and served as man-midwives. They were often practicing doctors. Similar to our drugstores today, the Williamsburg apothecary sold spices, oils, candles, toothbrushes, and other cooking ingredients.


The Gaol, which is pronounced "jail", held prisoners that were awaiting trial and convicts waiting to be hanged, whipped, or branded in accordance with their crime. During the American Revolution traitors, spies, deserters, and royalists were held as prisoners in the gaol.


I am thrilled that Lea and I chose to visit in September. The leaves were just beginning to fall and the weather was stunning. Below are some of the autumnal moments I was able to capture on  camera.


The capitol was, without a doubt, my favorite building that we toured on this day. Though the building that stands today wasn't the original, it has been reconstructed beautifully. Virginia was the first colony to express support for independence, and it was here where the Virginia Convention met on May 15th, 1776 to pass the resolution which called for its delegates at the Philadelphia Continental Congress to push for American independence. We were told story after story. The Capitol also held dinners, dances, and a number of other social events.

I am so grateful that we had the opportunity to explore Colonial Williamsburg. I hope to visit again someday when I have other destinations crossed off my bucket list, perhaps during Christmastime so there's a different atmosphere. I would also love to experience the ghost tour, spend more time in the bookshop at Merchants Square, and tour several other buildings. There are plenty of reasons for me to return.

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