I am back with part 2 of the bookshelf tour of my main bookshelves downstairs. This time I am continuing on with showing you the other shelves on the right bookshelf. There are 5 shelves left which seems like a lot as last time I only did the first three, but they aren’t all as full and one is filled with decorations. Again I will try and compare it to last year. The post for that you can find here.
Remember that these pictures were already taken at the start of June to be able to plan these posts in. So bits have changed since then, and you can’t see any new books I got after May.
Shelf 4 – Neil Gaiman + Terry Pratchett
This shelf has changed somewhat from last year. Last year I also had Jonathan Stroud on this shelf. But as you could see in part 1 he has moved up a shelf and is now buddying up to Rick Riordan.
First up you see my Neil Gaiman collection which isn’t all that big. The first book is The Sleeper and the Spindle. Next to that is a boxset of some his middle grade/young adult books like The Graveyard Book, Coraline and Fortunately, the Milk. All these and The Sleeper and the Spindle have been illustrated by Chris Riddell. I love his illustrations, and they are great adds to the stories. The last book of Gaiman I have is The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Suprisingly I have actually read all of these. Go me!
As you can see from the overview picture is that my Discworld collection of Terry Pratchett has grown quite a bit since last year. There is no real order in how I organized them. I guess they are by similar editions.
Anyway the collection of course starts with The Color of Magic from the Rincewind arc, the very first book. Not my pick to start the series with though which is what I see a lot of people say when they talk about what order to read the series in. To be honest you can start at every first book of an arc within the series. Which is why after The Colour of Magic I went straight to Mort. But moving on, the next book is Thief of Time, the ending to the Death arc. Raising Steam is one of the later books that were released in the series and is apart of the Moist von Lipwig arc.
Next to that is the complete Tiffany Aching arc, more of a young adult set compared to the other books. It starts with The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, Shall I wear Midnight, and the very last book of Discworld, The Shepherd’s Crown. Making Money is another book apart of the Moist von Lipwig arc.
And then you see my Gollancz editions that I love. I hope to have all 21 some day. Unfortunately Gollancz doesn’t have the rights to publish the others in these editions so that sucks. Eric is a rather small addition to the Rincewind arc. Guards! Guards! is the first book of the City Watch arc. After that the Death arc starts (though I see that in this picture they are in the wrong order. It has Mort, Reaper Man, Soul Music and Hogfather. Technically Thief of Time comes after Hogfather I believe. After the Death arc you see the Witches arc which has Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies and Maskerade. I think I miss one book from this arc. And lastly you see Good Omens which isn’t a part of Discworld, but in a similar edition. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman co-wrote it. I’m very curious how their writing is combined in this book.
Shelf 6 – Series I own two of and Graphic Novels
This shelf starts us off with The Others series by Anne Bishop. And AGAIN I see I put them in the wrong order. What is that? In any case I got these in Dutch for a change. The ones I have are Written in Red and Murder of Crows. Up next is the The Graveyard Queen series by Amanda Stevens that has The Restorer and The Kingdom. I read the first book in English as an ebook, but once I saw them in Dutch in paperback I had to purchase them. While I had my issues with the first book, I really loved the second one. About the Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi I have heard nothing but good things so I got the first two books in Dutch when their prices went down somewhat. These books are Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night. The Moontide Quartet by David Hair only has four books in English, but apparently in Dutch there will be a total of 10 books (I read somewhere recently) as they are splitting them up. I understand that because I have seen the paperbacks of the English editions and they are quite massive, but even so I haven’t quite decided if I would want to continue on with this series in Dutch because of that. But I might as well read these two and see if I even like the series. Because I have yet to do this. These two are combined The Mage’s Blood.
Next to that are two super gorgeous books. The Firebird trilogy by Claudia Gray has such pretty covers, and I can’t wait to see the third one in real life. So far this trilogy consists of A Thousand Pieces of You and Ten Thousand Skies Above You.
And last, but not least I have a bind-up of the first two books of Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. I have heard a lot of friends rave about this series so I bought the bind-up when I saw it somewhat cheap so I get a good idea of the series. I think there are over 10 books for this series now. The bind-up has Skulduggery Pleasant and Playing with Fire.
This sixth shelf has changed a lot since last year. None of the same books reside on this shelf now. It was mostly vampires and standalones. I have even unhauled a bunch of the books that were on this shelf last year like The Vampire Academy and The Vampire Chronicles.
Shelf 7 – Manga
This manga shelf is one I never touch, as in I hardly ever move it around so it is mostly the same from a year a go. I just had to take out some Air Gear when I added an omnibus. But I think that is the only change I’ve made there over the year.
Get Backers by Yua Aoki and Rando Ayamine is one of the first manga I became a fan of and that I also have the anime of in a boxset. I just love the relationship between the two main characters and the other characters that are present. I have volume 2, 3, 4, 5, and 12. There is also, The Infinity Fortress, of which I have volume 1 and 2.
Then there is Soul Eater by Atsushi Ohkubo. While I enjoyed this manga I never collected beyond volume 5. Naruto volume 47 by Mashashi Kishimoto is next to it on the shelf. In my upstairs manga collection I have more Naruto in different editions. And then there is one volume of Air Gear by Oh! Great left. I also have a bind-up of three later volumes.
And then we have a block of CLAMP manga. If you didn’t know, I love CLAMP’s art style and characters, though I never really got into Chobits or X/1999.
One of my favorites is certainly XXXHolic. I LOVE the characters, I love the world and the spiritualness. I also love that we often get an explanation of cultural things in Japan throughout the translation. I own the omnibus of the first three volumes. But I also own volume 2 seperately. Next to that I own volume 7, 10, 12, 14, 15 and 16. The top one is called XXXHolic: Rei which is a continuation of the manga that they recently started (well, 2-3 years ago anyway). It’s actually on hiatus but they do that a lot. Legal Drug is so cute, which isn’t what you would expect with a name like that. But again I love the characters. They put this series on hold for a long while until they continued Drug & Drup.
Tsubasa is a crossover manga that takes characters from their other manga’s and drops them into a whole new world which is really interesting. There are also new characters, and I liked this retake on some of the characters in alternate form we already knew from other series. It also touches over with XXXHolic. And then I have an omnibus of volume 4, 5 and 6 of Cardcaptor Sakura. I mostly know this series from the anime that they showed on tv when I was in high school. Again, the characters in this are great.
Shelf 8 – Not Fantasy + Fantasy and Sci-Fi Standalone Paperbacks
And then we reach the last shelf which has changed again and again. The books on this shelf have gone to various places. This shelf was also empty until recently when I had to shuffle things around a bit again.
Paaz by Myrthe van der Meer is a book I read earlier this year and that I loved. Next to that there are two Markus Zusak books, The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger. I have read The Book Thief and loved it, but I have yet to pick up the other one. Midwinter Sacrifice is one of the few mystery/crime type of books that I liked. It is from the Mon Fors series by Mons Kallentoft.
Of these two Karen Slaughter books I have only read one and to be honest I was a bit dissapointed. These two are Blindsighted and Kisscut. Then there are two Dan Brown books. I’ll be honest and admit that I haven’t read these nor did I ever have a lot of interest in them. But my husband took them home from the bookfest a few years ago and so there they are. I might pick them up at some point. These two are The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol.
Onder Mijn Huid by Marlies Slegers is a book I won in a giveaway by the publisher last year and it is signed. I haven’t been in the mood to read it yet. Maybe this Summer. Next to that I have a book by Stephen King on writing. I haven’t really been writing in the last few years but in the future I’d like to pick it up again. And last but not least there is Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli in this section. I loved Simon vs, and I’m glad I got around to reading it. Every now and then I can enjoy a contemporary.
And then we move towards the standalones. In Transit by Margaretha van Andel is a book I bougt at the YAA event at Almere earlier this year where she also signed it for me. I’m curious about it, but for some reason my mood keeps telling me to read it in the Winter. I’m weird, I know.
Next to that is The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg. I started it last year but then put it to the side for other books that drew my attention more. I’ll get back around to it at some point.
You all should know by now that I highly recommend Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt that has been translated and published in English earlier this year. The ending is different from my Dutch version though. I won’t share that ending if anyone asks. If the author wanted you to know than he would let you know somewhere. And yes I have had people on Goodreads ask me that.
That huge paperback is Under the Dome by Stephen King. We watched the tv show (though not season 3 as of yet) and because my husband was a bit of a fan I got him this big book. Next to that is Dreamcatcher by him.
I read Pride and Prejudice a while ago and so when I heard about the movie for this book I had to get it. It is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith. Then we have Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce , a fairytale retelling I believe. Endymion Spring by Mathew Skelton is a pick from bookfest. And then we have the lovely The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
And that was it for the right bookcase. I hope you enjoyed it. I will show you the first few shelves of the left bookcase two weeks from now. Please don’t be afraid to ask me any questions or talk to me about any of these books.