Welcome to the bookshelf tour! Previously: Nonfiction | Buddhism & Yoga | Poetry & Adult Fiction | Adult Fiction & Graphic Novels | Horror & Classics | Tolkien | Contemporary Romance | Middle Grade. ICYMI, since I’m not on Booktube, and never will be, I wanted to travel through my shelves on a biweekly adventure on the blog. Since these are going to be pretty long, I won’t ramble on, so let’s get to it! About half of these are read, though probably only a handful are reviewed, so I’ll link to Goodreads if it’s available.
Okay, this shelf is completely bonkers, and I want to try to explain why. I live with my parents, and we’ve been in the same house for the last 20+ years. For most of that, I’ve shared a room with my sister. There’s a seven-year age gap between us, though, so living together throughout high school & college was pretty difficult. Thus, when I graduated college, they gave me the best gift ever–my own room! They split our living room, which was pretty huge, in half. I love, love, love having my own space, but holy moly, that room is small. My queen-size bed is in the middle, under a huge window that my cats love, bordered on the right by a dresser, and on the left & the end by four massive bookshelves. I literally have to roll across my bed if I want to get to the bookshelves on the left. Granted, there’s a TBR cart at the end that blocks me from just walking along the end of my bed, but even when it wasn’t there, I had to walk sideways and shuffle along. You might be going ah yes okay now as you realize why I have a huge stack of middle grades squished in with all of my classics. I can’t access my bottom shelves easily, and in order to take updated pictures for this tour, I had to literally take my bed out of my room. Thus, this bottom shelf is all of the middle grade that I’ve read and loved, but don’t need readily accessible, as well as the other half of my classics since I’m not crazy about classics and want to be able to show them off all the time. It’s sad because I love a lot of these books, but, at the end of the day, I want my fantasies to be a quick grab.
Wow, that was the longest explanation ever, and totally unnecessary, but now you know!
This shelf does not have any accouterments on it because it is the bottom shelf, and thus anything that ends up down there just ends up broken or hidden and collecting dust.
My top three of this shelf is:
Pure Dead Magic by Debi Gliori | ★★★★
Pure Dead Wicked by Debi Gliori | ★★★★
Pure Dead Brilliant by Debi Gliori | ★★★★
Pure Dead Trouble by Debi Gliori | ★★★★
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix | ★★★★
NOTE: I don’t know where my copy of Among the Imposters went,
and I am very distraught about it.
Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix | ★★★★
Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix | ★★★★
Among the Brave by Margaret Peterson Haddix | ★★★★
Among the Enemy by Margaret Peterson Haddix | ★★★★
Among the Free by Margaret Peterson Haddix | ★★★★
Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix | UNREAD
The House on the Gulf by Margaret Peterson Haddix | UNREAD
The Secret of Platform 13 by Iva Ibbotson | ★★★★
Which Witch? by Iva Ibbotson | ★★★
Island of the Aunts by Iva Ibbotson | ★★★★
Treasury of Fairytales by Dorothea S. Goldenberg
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
NOTE: This edition is from 1905.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll | ★★★★★ | Review
The Awakening by Kate Chopin | ★★★★
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
NOTE: This edition is from 1901.
Gilgamesh by Anonymous, translated by David Ferry | ★★★
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge | ★★★★
The Princess Bride by William Goldman | ★★★
Beowulf by Anonymous, translated by Seamus Heaney | ★★★★★
The Holy Bible by Anonymous, King James Version | UNREAD
Pitcairn’s Island by Charles Bernard Nordhoff | UNREAD
On the Road by Jack Kerouac | ★★★★
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac | UNREAD
Ulysses by James Joyce | UNREAD
Finnegans Wake by James Joyce | UNREAD
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce | ★★
Tales from Ovid: 24 Passages from Metamorphoses by Ovid, translated by Ted Hughes | ★★