Bookshelf Tour: The Rainbow Pt3

And finally we are back with part 3 of my bookshelf tour. Not gonna lie, this series could go on for years, like I’m currently buying books faster than I can write these blog posts. I should do something about that….

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The Silence of Animals by John Gray. Okay, I have read this book, and I remember nothing about it. Like literally nothing, like I don’t even remember if I enjoyed it or not.

Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch. I came across this in an Oxfam bookshop and I pretty much only bought it because the cover was shiny. But I recently found out that it was nominated for the Man Booker award in 2011 so that must mean it’s good. Right?

Europe In Autumn by Dave Hutchinson. I was really surprised by this book in that it was nominated for the Arthur C Clarke award which is for science-fiction books published in the UK. But this isn’t really science-fiction. It’s good, but it’s more of a really good spy novel with a very strange sci-fi ending.

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer. This is a YA not quite adaption of The Bell Jar, but a large part of the story focuses on a bunch of kids studying The Bell Jar. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

The Raven’s Head by Karen Maitland. I did not like this book at all. It was so boring. Like it was really really boring. Like I gave up half way through this because it seemed that the author had forgotten to include a plot.

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming. I haven’t read this yet, I do intend to at some point. The only reason I bought it is because it was in the damaged books section of Waterstones. This one was actually damaged (it had a little rip on the spine) but I fixed that with a little bit of glue. So basically I got a practically new book for like half the price.

The City and The City by China Mieville. Yeah, haven’t read this yet. Does anyone else think that China Mieville sounds like a womans name? Because I spent quite a long time thinking he was a woman.

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey. I don’t know much about this book. I mainly bought it because of the hype. Also because I was at the till in Waterstones and the lady was all “you can get this book half price”.

@War by Shane Harris. I was sent this book for review over a year ago and I never reviewed it and I feel really bad about that because I found this book really interesting. I just never found the time to finish reading it.

Way Down Dark by James Smythe. The problem with this book is it’s just another people-living-on-a-generational-ship-and-some-sort-of-plot-twist-happens type of book. I admit the plot twist was kind of interesting it was just annoying going in knowing there would be a twist.

Paper Towns by John GreenI know a lot of people don’t like this book but out of all the John Green books I’ve read this one was the best. Though I’m just a sucker for a good road trip!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I bought it because I like the cover. I actually want to get all of her books in these editions. Just to look at, not to read.

Foundation Trilogy by Issac Asimov. I love the Everyman’s Library editions and I bought this book partly because I wanted to read it but mostly because I thought it looked pretty.

The BFG by Roald Dahl. I loved The BFG when I was a kid but I don’t think I ever read the book, I watched the cartoon (which was and still is fantastic) and I listened to the audiobook (which is still terrifying) so when I came across an Everyman’s Library edition of it I had to buy it.

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Bookshelf Tour: The Rainbow Pt2

Welcome back to part two of my bookshelf tour, this week we are going to be looking at the red to orange books.

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Fun fact, way back in 2012 when I made youtube videos I did an entire video talking about this book and how pissed I was that I had to wait ages for the movie to be released. And no I will not be linking that video.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead. So I got this because I am very very slowly working my way through the reading list on wellread40.com, and most of the very early works can be found for free online but I came across this in Waterstones and even though it was expensive, bought it because the cover was shiny. I like shiny covers…..

Red Rising by Pierce Brown. This is what I imagine would happen if The Hunger Games and Ender’s Game made a baby. I know that sounds strange but it was actually really good.

A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. Another Sherlock book I haven’t read. These books actually came in a pack and I’m pretty sure they have a bunch of extras from the people who wrote the BBC Sherlock adaption.

Parasite by Mira Grant. This was a weird book. It’s one of those books that tries to pretend it’s not a zombie book. It started off really good then around 100 pages in it’s all oh yeah and zombies now. Also the entire way the zombies worked was really confusing because like they could talk and think for themselves. Yeah… it wasn’t very good.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub. I got this in a charity shop almost brand new. I’ve also read that it’s not very good so that might be why I found an almost new copy in a charity shop.

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey. This is a book full of little essays about the daily life of famous and creative people. It’s pretty good if you’re lazy because you can be all “Look, Isaac Newton spent all day looking out a window and he still made something of his life” (I should also add that I totally just made that up).

The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan. I haven’t read this yet. I should read it.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. So I really enjoyed the beginning of this. I can’t say why but the entire section on how they artificially engineer the embryos was really fascinating.

Lock In by John Scalzi. This was a really interesting short read. I keep talking about this but this book did disability in a very good way. In that there is an entire story going on and the point isn’t about the main character having a disability.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. This book is not what I would have expected from JK Rowling. Like I still can’t believe this came from her brain, it’s all about kinky sex and gruesome deaths and lots of stuff like that. And I know that JK came up with horcruxes which are pretty nasty things but still, that’s nothing compared to this book.

The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams. So I requested this from BookBridgr then I found out it was the second part of a sequel and I haven’t read it because I read a tiny bit and I had no idea what was going on.

Railsea by China Mieville. This book was recommended to me by Joe (@DiskettJoseph). It’s set in a future Earth where all the seas have dried up so people travel the flat expanses that were once seas on trains.

A Field Guide To Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit. Yeah, I only bought this because of the cover. It’s also not very good. I have read this book and I still have no idea what it was about. 

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Bookshelf Tour: The Rainbow Pt1

It’s been ages since I last did a post in my bookshelf tour series, so here is the first part of my rainbow shelves. We begin with the red and orange books. Or if you want to get technical burgundy to orangey-yellow with a weird faded red-ish book on the end. .

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Peter Pan and Wendy by JM Barrie. So my dad got me this book for my seventh birthday (and I know that because he wrote an inscription inside). And I’m kind of amazed by this because my dad is terrible at remembering birthdays/ anniversaries and actually buying presents (he is that typical guy who goes out at 4pm on Christmas Eve buying presents).

Dante’s Inferno. I got this a few years ago when I went through a phase of wanting to read some more classic works of fiction. Yeah I still haven’t even started it.

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman. So first thing I need to say is that I love this edition, however it is really annoying that I had to buy this edition because I got these books way back when they were originally released and lost them. I got this one from Waterstones but I bought the other two in charity shops which now means that the series is the exact opposite of matching.

Cell by Stephen King. I started this and noped out when it got to some guy chewing on a dog’s ear. Someone told me that this is Stephen King’s version of a zombie book because cell phone signal turning people into zombies is like literally the worst pretense for a zombie apocalypse.

The Mechanical by Ian Tregellis. I bought this then put it on a shelf and promptly forgot about it. Then a few months later I came across a review by someone who said it was basically the best book they had ever read. So obviously I started reading it and it turned out to be terrible, like all my hopes and dreams died with that book.

Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut. Its a classic sci-fi and it was good. I just didn’t think it was quite as good as what the internet makes it out to be.

The Letter For The King by Tonke Dragt. This is a book that I’ve seen booksandquills talk about on her channel. It seems to be one she read and really enjoyed as a child and since it was recently translated into english I decided to pick up a copy.

Abhorsen by Garth Nix. If you haven’t read this book yet what the heck have you been doing with your life. Its the finale to one of my all time favourite fantasy series.

Ivyland by Miles Klee. I have actually started reading this and yet I couldn’t tell you what it’s about. Apparently its got something to do with medicine.

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton. Won this in a Goodreads giveaway, I’m not too bothered about reading it however I did get a very nice note from the publisher along with it.

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison. I read about half of this and gave up. I don’t know what I was expecting when I bought this book but this certainly wasn’t it.

Narrative Essays by George Orwell. I literally just bought this because of George Orwell hating people who go into book stores.

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. Jasmine Warga told me to read this. I haven’t read it yet.

Dust by Hugh Howey. This is one where I can’t say much without giving away spoilers. But I will say that out of the three books in the Wool series this is the best. Its weird, you can almost see Howey’s writing improve as the series goes on.

Since starting this series the layout of my bookshelves has changed quite drastically from this to this and this. I realise the whole point of this series is to share the books I own and not how they are laid out, but I thought it would be best to note this change because it really is quite a big one.

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Bookshelf Tour: Stuff

So I thought I would start off this bookshelf tour by showing you some of the stuff (junk) on my shelves. I have a little bit of it. I also enjoy collecting book ends (yes I know that’s weird), I hate most of the fancy ornaments normally sold as bookends so I’m pretty much constantly on the lookout for things I can use to stop my books from falling over.

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I love these mugs, they are huge and almost a bit impractical for drinking tea out of (not something you will hear me say often). However they are quite heavy so they work pretty well as bookends, they are also a good place for storing little odds and ends.

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I also quite like using jars as bookends. The large one doubles as my TBR jar (though I haven’t used it in a while). The other is used to store the paper cranes I got at my cousin’s wedding.

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These are possibly my favourite bookends and I’ve had them for years. So way way back when The Lord of the Rings was first being released on DVD you could get fancy collectors editions with the deleted scenes and a fancy bookend. There was also a website where you could go and buy the matching bookend. I never bought the matching ones which is something I’ve come to regret now. I was also never able to get one of the Argonaths which came with the Fellowship collectors box set. Very annoying.

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This is the nerd shrine. We have a couple of wands (though they don’t work), a chocolate frog, a ticket for the Hogwarts Express and Bilbo’s sign from the start of the Fellowship. I love that thing.

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So it really annoys me that even though Lego have been making LOTR and Avengers sets, you can’t actually buy the minifigures on their own. However they do sell the minifigures on keyrings which is pretty cool. I’ve sort of gotten into the habit of buying a keyring every time I go into the Lego store. Which doesn’t happen often for that exact reason.

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I nearly forgot about Frank. He looks after my jewellery.

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The Bookshelf Tour

I decided to copy Tasha over at The Bookie Monsters and do a series showing my bookshelves and what’s on them. To be honest I just wanted an excuse to write more about books. Just a warning this is going to be a very long series. I have many many books.

One more thing I want to say. I am not in any way trying to show off. I was very fortunate in that my parents encouraged me to read from a young age. What you see is the result of a 25 year obsession with books.

To start I thought I would give a little overview of my bookshelves

The Bookshelf Tour

These are my newest shelves. I like to call them the rainbow because the books are ordered in rainbow order. Obviously. These shelves are also almost full so I believe I will be needing another trip to IKEA soon.

The Bookshelf Tour

My Billy bookcase from IKEA holds the rest of my books. I keep most of my heavier paperbacks and hardbacks in it. Basically all the books that were too heavy for the rainbow shelves. Actually no thats a lie, my dad didn’t put the rainbow shelves up right so they can’t hold as much weight as they should be able to.

The shelves above my desk are for my review copies and oddly shaped books which didn’t fit anywhere else. Seriously, who decided mass market paperbacks were a good idea.

The Bookshelf Tour

And finally we have my art books. These were originally on the shelves above my desk but art books are heavy and I was worried about the integrity of the shelf after it started bending in the middle.

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