The Top Ten Books of All Time, According to What I Grab Off Shelves in Ten Minutes

Inspired by @ladyprofessor who asked for this. Quick grabs of books that inspired me.
  1. 1.
    The Casual Observer Elizabeth Whitson
    My first book Christmas 1974 - I was 2 months. I love you for this mom.
  2. 2.
    Guide to Creative Gardening
    I spent my freshman year of college copying its watercolor images and planning a huge garden in my parents yard. That summer they sold the house and moved away. Talk about God laughing.
  3. 3.
    McCall's Cookbook
    Mom's wedding shower gift. See also classic Emily Post that was her graduation gift. Never cook anything from here but ❤️
  4. 4.
    The Days of Holly Hobby
    Ohmigosh I didn't even know this was on my shelf until just now. So happy.
  5. 5.
    The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge Hildegarde H. Swift & Lynd Ward
  6. 6.
    Bachelor Girl Betsy Israel
    Live it, love it.
  7. 7.
    This is a hallmark gift book that I apparently felt the need to co-op as a small child.
  8. 8.
    Probably for its endpapers
  9. 9.
    A Degree of Mastery Annie Tremel Wilcox
    When you like books.
  10. 10.
    The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook Gloria Bley Miller
    I read cookbooks like novels.
  11. 11.
    The Margaret Rudkin Pepperidge Farm Cookbook
    Found this beauty used filled with newspaper clippings and other ephemera. Love the drawings.
  12. 12.
    Some drawings from it.