Welcome to the bookshelf tour! Previously: Nonfiction | Buddhism & Yoga | Poetry & Adult Fiction | Adult Fiction & Graphic Novels | Horror & Classics | Tolkien | Contemporary Romance | Magic & Research | Middle Grade | Middle Grade & Classics. 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.
The title is a bit deceiving since there’s a few other books beside Harry Potter & Shadowhunters, but they probably take up more than half of the shelf combined, so it felt fitting. I was also trying to remember why I just abandoned the alphabet for the beginning of my two full fantasy shelves, but as I was thinking about rearranging them after taking these pictures, I remembered that if I put Cassandra Clare in her proper place, two huge stacks of Shadowhunters on their sides wouldn’t have been aesthetically pleasing together, and it was easier to separate them between shelves.
I swear, my shelves are just a cluttered mess because I collect so many damn rocks. We’ve got a totally unidentifiable candle with a framed fortune on it that says someday you will write a book. No shit, Sherlock. This is the spooky black shelf of crystals, too, so we’ve got two tumbled snowflake obsidian bracketing a jade Ganesha, a huge smoky quartz point cluster in front of a Harry Potter painting that a yoga student & friend got me in London, three pieces of raw hematite, my favorite smoky quartz point on top of my favorite brand of candle, Sand & Fog, in the BEST SCENT EVER, lemon & bergamot, four pieces of raw obsidian chips in front of my favorite Henry David Thoreau quote in plaque form, a massive tourmaline (a friend saw it and said, “holy shit, Mary, who the hell are you trying to get rid of??”), and a smaller piece of tourmaline (it’s my favorite crystal).
And without the stuff so you can actually see the books.
And here ends the middle grade! I’m pretty happy that I’ve got a full shelf and a half of it, though I’d definitely like to have quite a bit more. I always forget about both the adult & middle grade section when I’m in a bookstore until the very end, and, by then, I’m already being drowned by young adult that I can’t justify buying more.
My top three in this section is:
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty | ★★★★★ | Review
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling | ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling | ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling | ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling | ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling | ★★★★★
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling | ★★★★★
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander | ★★★★★
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling | ★★★★
Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Sea Monsters by Maggie Stiefvater & Jackson Pearce | ★★★★
I am never going to stop buying Shadowhunters books. I feel like Cardan, kiss me until I’m sick of it and then never getting sick of it, and wow, gross, I can’t believe I just compared myself to Cardan, I think I need to take a bath. And then get into gear and kick ass with one of the best characters ever, Clary Fray. Also, I don’t have a top three because I haven’t even kind of thought about reading The Dark Artifices yet. Hell, I just barely finished The Infernal Devices recently.
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare | UNREAD
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare | UNREAD
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | UNREAD
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare | UNREAD