Shelf Life: Amy Larsen

For 25-year-old Amy Larsen of Airdrie, collecting books is just something she’s always done.

“I’ve been reading for a really long time, longer than I can remember, and with that came collecting.”

“My shelfs are organized alphabetically by authors last name.

“Then I go further by organizing them by ‘Read’ and ‘Non-read’ categories.

“Unfortunately, there are a lot of ‘non-read,’ it’s about 50/50 right now.

“It’s okay though, books, unless they are at the library I work at, don’t tend to have a shelf life.”

Genres that make up the shelves, whether they are read or not, mostly include YA, fantasy, and romance.

Though, upon closer inspection one shelf is entirely devoted to one particular book series.

“My Harry Potter series, it’s basically just me.”

“I don’t know who I would be now without Harry Potter, I can’t even express it.

“I read before Harry Potter, but I don’t know if I would be as big of a reader now if it hadn’t been for that series.”

Another book that holds sentimental value for Amy is a book of poetry that almost every person has read at some point in their lives.

Amy holding her battered copy of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends.

“[Where the Sidewalk Ends] is an old book that sits on my shelf, it has no cover anymore, but I still have fond memories of it.

“This was a birthday gift I got from my Aunt and Uncle and I just remember so many of these poems.

“It’s so worn in that it is almost like a baby blanket.

“It has always been there.”

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Amy received ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ as a birthday gift from her Aunt Susan and Uncle Scott.

While Amy’s copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends is worn in with age, the books she picks up nowadays come from the way she shops.

“I definitely judge a book by its cover.

“I can stare at a whole shelf of books and if it peaks my interest, it tends to have a pretty cover.

“I don’t tend to look at reviews before buying books.”

One book she did read reviews on before buying was Smoke by Dan Vyleta, but it didn’t match up to her expectations.

“It was too political for me.”

“It had really great reviews though, and it referenced Phillip Pullman, author of the His Dark Material series, and Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, so I said sure to buying it.

“I didn’t like it at all, reviewing doesn’t always work out.”

And yet, for someone who doesn’t much care for political fiction, one of Amy’s favourite series is the quasi-political/religious ‘Robert Langdon’ books by Dan Brown.

One that comes instantly to mind for Amy is Brown’s 2009 The Lost Symbol.

Besides being a fast-paced thriller, Amy also considers a quote in this book to be one of her favourites.

As for what it is…

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One of Amy’s favourite quotes, from Chapter 131 of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol.



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