There were specific questions to answer, however, I've taken a few minor liberties (ok, ok, some are more major liberties) with the questions I answer.
What books have been on your shelf the longest?
In all seriousness, probably some of the ones on the top shelf. On the left hand side of the top shelf are three books I've had since high school by Ferrol Sams. He is one of my all time favorite writers. And he is (or was) a doctor who was born and raised in Georgia.
There is one book I'd like to point out - What Girls Learn. I've only had it for about a year, but already I've read it twice and loaned it out to other several times. It is a great one!
What book brings fond memories to mind?
That would definitely be a toss-up between these two books.
My boys were fascinated with knowing where they came from. I think I read Where Did I Come From about ten million times. Seriously, we had the stupid book memorized. My mother kept telling me this book told them too much information. I kept telling her all the experts say to answer their questions and that the kids would only digest what they could understand. While shopping with my mother, my oldest son announced he wanted a baby sister. When I explained to him that his mommy wasn't having any more babies, he loudly exclaimed, "You have thousands of eggs. You are just being selfish." My mother gave me that look. You know the one that says "I told you so."
And I Love You Forever - ahh, what a tear fest. I think my boys brought that book to me just to watch me cry. For whatever sick reason, that just cracked them up.
What books are in your waiting to read pile?
Currently, I'm reading Father Melancholy's Daughter (on top). All the ones underneath are part of the ones next in line to be devoured. Plus I just bought 4 more books this evening at the book store. I get a little freaked out if I don't have an adequate reserve of books to read. In fact, I worry more about not having a new read more than I do showing a random body part.
What book have you reread the most?
I love to reread certain books. Of all the books I've reread, The Good Earth has been read the most. I know of five times I've read the book since 7th grade. Several years ago, I found out it was the first in a trilogy of books. I've read the other two - but only once. They are good but they just didn't capture my attention like The Good Earth.
What is your favorite non-fiction book?
Without hesitation, my favorite non-fiction category would be cook books. I love food. My favorite collection of recipes is the old Better Homes and Garden Cook Book from the early 60s. Nothing like an old-fashioned recipe with some shortening. And did I mention, I love food. There are those who think in coincidental that my husband is a caterer. I say there are no accidents in life.
There are books all over the house - here are a couple more shelves for those of you who want to take a gander. I will read just about anything. Poor Mr. Strong has had to get used to my obsessive ways regarding books. And I've adjusted to all of his knick knacks. For the record, the books are easier to dust.