The Leaning Tower of Books #TuesdayTidbit #Poetry #Inspiration

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Today, I’m taking a challenge from a blog called Myths of the Mirror to write about your to-be-read (TBR) pile. Below is a poem I wrote about piles of books past and present. You can click the link below the poem to hear me read it.



by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Copyright 2022



In my youth, before Kindle and Audible,
it stood on my coffee table,
threatening to fall at any minute,
a pile of green boxes containing books on cassettes
borrowed from my regional talking book library.
I read one or two, then added one or two more,
never ran out of books.

Now, there’s no leaning tower
but a list of titles in my Kindle, Audible and other libraries.
I read one or two, then acquire one or two more,
will never get through them all in one lifetime.

The Leaning Tower of Books

You can click here to participate in this challenge and find links to other bloggers’ responses. The deadline is January 23rd. Good luck.


New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?



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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at:

19 thoughts on “The Leaning Tower of Books #TuesdayTidbit #Poetry #Inspiration”

  1. My leaning tower is a variety of tall bookshelves in several rooms – dozens upon dozens of actual books – collections of books I cherish but can no longer see to read. I’ve donated hundreds of books to a variety of places over the fourteen years since I lost my sight, but I hung on to collections of many others. Plus, I’ve continued to purchase lots more books up to this present time. Books I can never see or read. I’ve just decided this winter how stupid this is and I am about to do a cleansing of books again – and this time I am not going to be sentimental and hang on to any of them. New year, new (cleaned out) book shelves. Coming soon.

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