Book Shelves

Bookshelf Tour 2016 – Part 4

Here we are. Part 4, the final part of this bookshelf tour. I hope you all enjoyed seeing my bookshelves again. I did it a bit different from last year. Next to having the intro post first, I also shared the books more in a story way instead of lists like I had done last year. Let me know if you preferred that. I also linked up a bunch of these books to Goodreads which was actually a lot of work. So for this I am only linking to the series pages if they have them. You can still find each individual book from there. But lets get to those final 4 shelves. And as previously, this will be compared to my shelves last year. You can find the post for these shelves here.

Remember that these picture 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.

Intro / Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

Shelf 5 – Mass Market Paperbacks

This shelf used to be a decorations shelf and so last year I hadn’t counted it as shelf 5. The one below it was shelf 5 back then. As you can see I have taken away the decorations. This because I have a lot of mass market paperbacks or paperbacks that aren’t very tall that would fit easily on these lower shelves. And I needed more space.

So we start with the Sovereign Stone series by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman. I came across a box for these in Dutch years ago and thought it was interesting as a fantasy. I have yet to read them though. I just hear so little about these books that it is hard to get excited about them I suppose. These consist of The Well of Darkness, Guardians of the Lost and Journey into the Void.

Then we have The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks. I bought the first book years ago, 2009 I believe, when I was waiting on my husband (then boyfriend) at the train station in Utrecht. I enjoyed it enough to purchase the other two online and I think I read them when we went to Egypt that year. The trilogy consists of The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge and Beyond the Shadows.

Eragon and Eldest are the first two books of The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. In the next photo you see Brisinger and Inheritance (in the wrong order I see now, ugh). These were really popular for a while back when I didn’t read as much. I didn’t care too much about dragons at the time (I KNOW) so I never picked them up. Last year, I think, I read Eragon and liked it enough to want to read the rest of the series. But I haven’t yet.

Of course my mass market paperback of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin can’t be missed from my shelves. They consist of A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. I have read these all and I have to say that A Storm of Swords is my favorite. I do want to know what happens next in this series, but George R.R. Martin has to hurry up with releasing the next book because I am honestly losing a bit of interest here. I get that he writes big tomes of books and does other things, but then so does Brandon Sanderson and he releases a lot of books.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman was another book I bought around 2009/2010. I really loved it the first time around but rereading it somewhat recently it lost some of its charm for me. I also didn’t know for the longest time that this book was a part of a trilogy, The Magicians trilogy. For me it stood fine on its own to be honest. And The Magician King I haven’t been able to get into unfortunately. But I still really need to see the tv show. Last on this shelf is Indigo Springs from the Astrid Lethewood duology by A.M. Dellamonica. I really love this book, even more after rereading it and it NEEDS to be read by more people. Unfortunately the second book (which you saw on my hardcover shelf in part 3) was a dissapointment. I want to read this authors other series as well but they are so expensive, it makes me weep a little.

Shelf 6

This shelf used to be completely full with TBR books. Now it has more books of series that I have more than one book of.

The Enchanted Inc. series by Shanna Swendson is a bit of a guilty pleasure read for me. They are fantasy chick lit books. Very easy reads. I used to read more chick lit books, but I lost interest in them because a lot were the same. But these are set in a fantasy world and I quite enjoyed that addition to this. I can’t say I have come across a lot of fantasy chick lit books. Do you guys know of more? In any case I own the first four which are Enchanted Inc, Once Upon Stilletto’s, Damsel Under Stress and Don’t Hex with Texas.

Then we have The Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore in a complete mix matched fashion. Though these are also more companions so it doesn’t quite bother me as much. I read Graceling two years ago I think and while I enjoyed it I had just expected more of it. I am curious to see how Fire and Bitterblue are though.

Then we move onto my Morganville Vampires books by Rachel Caine that I have been buying from the Bookfest (Boekenfestijn) the last three years. I own the first three which are Glass Houses, The Dead Girls Dance and Midnight Alley, and the eight and nineth which are Kiss of Death and Ghost Town. A bit mix matched as you can see, but so far it isn’t a favorite series. I’m mostly interested as it is about vampires and that always appeals to me from my high school days when I had a thing with vampires. Unfortunately most vampire books dissapoint me. I read Glass Houses and while I found it entertaining, it wasn’t very special.

Next to that is Rachel Caine’s other series which starts with Ink and Bone. Since this deals with libraries, I think, I am a bit more excited about that book to read at some point. My boxset of Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland is so colourful. They are dragon books but more children books I think. They consist of The Dragonet Prophecy, The Lost Heir, The Hidden Kingdom, The Dark Secret and The Brighest Night. But apparently there are four more books in this series which I didn’t realize when I got them. Oh well. They seem to be fast reads. And lastly another boxset. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. These five are certainly worth a read!

shelf 7 + 8

Shelf 7 – Mass Market Paperbacks and Tiny Paperbacks

This shelf actually used to be my mass market paperbacks that are now on the other lower shelf that can’t fit taller paperbacks. It still starts with the same three books though. Which is the orginal Shannara trilogy by Terry Brooks. They consist of The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara. I tried to start the first book last year but I couldn’t really get into it so I put it aside for a while. But recently they made a tv show of this series and it was said you could easily skip the first book. Not sure how that works, but I might try it.

Then we move onto a series that I am excited to read but dread at the same time, because what if it dissapoints? It is the Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch which consists of The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves. Again in the wrong order, dangit. Clearly I haven’t been paying much attention. Can I just say it is pregnancy hormones and get away with it? The fourth book should be out this September. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones is a favorite read as is the movie. Castle in the air, a companion book, was also rather entertaining. Another series by this author is The Chronicles of Chrestomanci that I haven’t read yet. I have the first two bind ups that consist of Charmed Life, The Lives of Christopher Chant, Witch Week and The Magicians of Caprona.

Then we have two Earthsea books by Ursula K. Le Guin which are A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan. Apparently this author is a must read and so I had to have these books. I’m curious to see how I will like them. They are short so I’m expecting to easily tear through them.

Then we have a bunch of books of which I only own the first book. Which starts with The Name of the Wind, the first Kingkiller Chronicles book by Patrick Rothfuss. I have to get to this. The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon was a great read as was Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand is a book that I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about. While I only hear good things about The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani.

The Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed drew me in by the cover when I got it with my birthday money a few years ago. Joe Abercrombie is a fantasy author I’ve heard a lot about, sometimes mixed things. Half a King sounds interesting though. And of course there is Pierce Brown who is apparently one of the hottest authors around. I hope his book, Red Rising, is good though, because I don’t think his looks should matter that much.

Catherine Fisher‘s series The Snow Walker I loved so when I saw this first book Incarceron of a different series I had to get it to try in the future. The Bone Season by Samathan Shannon gets mostly good reviews so I’ll be curious to see how it is. I find the title interesting in any case. Nex to that I have The Assasin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. Robin Hobb is a big name so I have to try some of her books at some point. She has so many though but most are follow up trilogies I am told which start at this one. The Mysteries by Lisa Tuttle I read earlier this year and I quite enjoyed for a paranormal detective. And lastly on this shelf I have Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan which was a pleasant surprise when I read it last year.

Shelf 8 – (Mostly) TBR

This shelf was a TBR shelf last year and it still is, for the most part. I guess the focus on some books stay the same while others change more easily.

It starts with Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton. I have yet to pick this up because I haven’t heard the greatest things about this book. They say the second one is better but we’ll see. Then we have The Isle of the Lost, the first Descendants book by Melissa de la Cruz. It is attached to the Disney movie the Descendants that I thought was rather amusing. Finnkin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta has been on my shelf for a while, but I have yet to pick it up even though it sounds good. I think it might have to do with just having the first and I am expecting to want to binge read it.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin I have read and I enjoyed it, but I haven’t been able to motivate myself to pick up the other two to be honest. I have it in Dutch as well and so far the last one hasn’t been translated I think, and I doubt it will at this point.

The third book of Fallen Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes is lonesome on this shelf. I have the other two on my shelves upstairs and I am happy that I haven’t gotten the fourth even though I almost did get it. The first two just dissapointed me and I have little interest at the moment to pick up this third. I wonder if I ever will.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake I really need to read this October. Witch and Wizard by James Patterson is a book I’ve heard mostly negative things about which is why it is still unread on my shelf. Some day! My husband picked up the second Dresden Files book at Boekenfestijn (bookfest) a few years ago because it looked interesting. He hasn’t read it yet. Neither have I. Can I start with the second book?

De Stem van de Zee is the first book by Dutch author Mara Li that I am curious about. The Dwarves by Markus Heitz is the first book in a dwarves series which is interesting. I’ve heard some things about this but not a whole lot. It’s been on my shelf for ages though so I need to get to it. Then we have Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige which has an interesting concept and covers. The hardcovers look so pretty. Silber (Dream a Little Dream) is the first book of the Silber series by Kerstin Gier. I read her other series last year and enjoyed that so I am curious about this one.

The Ruins of Gorlan, the first book of The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan. I’ve heard so much about that series so I got the first book just to see what it is like. I’m not sure if I want to commit to the series though. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson is like Finnikin of the Rock. I haven’t picked this up yet because I think I’ll want to binge read it.

The first book of The Tapestry by Henry H. Neff, The Hound of Rowan. As you could see in the hardcover section I have the third book for this as well. I haven’t heard much about it though. The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan. Trudi Canavan is one of those other fantasy authors that I should have at least read one book from.

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb, as a detective book, was quite a surprise to me. I quite enjoyed it and am looking forward to diving into the rest of the serie some time. Then we have The Field Guide which is the first book of the Spiderwick Chronicles that I find interesting. And in the corner of this shelf I have the first two books of The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer.

So there you have it. My bookshelf tour 2016.

Of course once I was almost done with this one, and had the previous ones already planned in, we did find extensions to the Billy bookcase in the sales section of Ikea. And now everything looks different! But I didn’t want to redo all these posts that I had worked hard on. I might do an updated bookshelf post (just one) just to show you what changed and how the doors look in front of the shelves. But that won’t be for a while.

12 thoughts on “Bookshelf Tour 2016 – Part 4

  1. Wow, nice tour. I of course love the GRRM section, but man you’re so right- just when I want to cut him some slack on taking so long, Brandon Sanderson releases another 1000 page tome. How does HE do it? I like the covers of the Weeks books, they all seem to have that hooded man thing going on. Rothfuss is someone I haven’t been able to get into (tried twice), and shannara- I read those years ago but when I tried to read the first one again recently, it didn’t work. But yeah I think you can skip it.

    Nice collection. šŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks!
      I know. I don’t understand that. It’s like how Nora Roberts has a million books to her name (and to her other writing name J.D. Robb).
      I tried reading the first one last year or two years ago and couldn’t get into it either. So I’m hoping the second one will be better.


  2. Wow, your shelves are so pretty! And it’s so cool to see the way you organize them. I don’t even know how I’d organize my books if I had that many. It seems daunting lol.

    I love those Night Angel covers. I think I used one on one of my cover posts once. So pretty. Same for the Magician’s Guild cover.

    Anyway, awesome tour!

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    1. Thanks! šŸ˜€ I love seeing how others organize their shelves. I do have to say that I change the organization at least once a year because I can’t always make up my mind, haha.

      They are really pretty!


  3. Definitely continue on with the storytelling style of your bookshelves tour. I like it. There is so much I want to talk about with these books that I will probably be coming back and replying a gazillion times with new thoughts! Firstly, Sebastian and I read the first Paolini book from the library and we both liked it. Sebastian didn’t want to wait for the library to get the second one so I bought the HC the day it pubbed. Neither one of us liked it and I don’t think either one of us finished it. I may have and am not remembering, but I know he dnfed it.

    Sebastian says that reading the second Dresden Files book without reading the first is possible, but he says it references a lot of situations in the first book, and would cut down on the enjoyment of the second book considerably.

    I had the original Earthsea trilogy in paperback (I think there are more now?) and I loved them so much I made sure that I kept them for my someday children, but Sebastan hated the first book. Ha! He thought it was corny. It makes me want to reread it to see if I think it is corny now, too. šŸ˜

    I loved Anna Dressed In Blood, but dnfed A Girl of Nightmares. Everyone has recommended the Finnikin books to me. I HATED the Seeker. It was like there was no real plot, and the characters were too weak to make up for it. Ha ha. I have the Chrestomanci (sp?) books on my tbr. I really liked Howl’s Moving Castle and intend to read the other two.

    I loved the first two Mara Dyer books, but there was such a long stretch between two and three that I feel I need to reread one and two. The plot is complicated and I think I may have forgotten too many things. šŸ˜€

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    1. Yeah, I prefer it over the list form as well. Haha, you are welcome to. šŸ˜‰
      I’ve been hearing a lot lately that people didn’t seem to like Eldest at all. So I’m really curious to see how I’ll like it.

      That is good to know. I’ll have to remember that. I might try it anyway and see how I like the style since I’ve never read anything by this author.

      Haha. Funny how that works. And yeah there are like 5 or 6 now I think. At least they are short. šŸ˜‰
      I loved Howl, and I enjoyed the second one a lot too. I have yet to read the third one though. Curious though.

      Here only the first two were translated to Dutch so that has been keeping me from picking up the series further since I have the first one in Dutch. I think I might have forgotten a bunch of the first book now, haha.


  4. Dat is natuurlijk typisch voor de boekenkasten van een boekenworm hĆ©. Soms lijkt het wel alsof die een eigen leven leiden. Afgeschreven boeken die vervangen worden door nieuwe aanwinsten, een reorganisatie omdat je plots niet voldoende plek meer hebt, … Mijn shelfies van een tijd terug zien er ondertussen ook weer helemaal anders uit. Ik ben wel van plan om nu we een jaar verder zijn mijn kasten weer eens te tonen maar ik weet nog steeds niet zeker of ik het opnieuw met foto’s ga doen of me aan een vlog zal wagen.

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    1. Haha, dat is ook zo. Ik ga vandaag waarschijnlijk nog weer een plank veranderen.

      Ik heb me ook erg afgevraagd om niet een vlog te maken dit jaar maar ik heb nog nooit wat ge-edit van zoiets en een bookshelf tour leek me dan weer wat ambitieus, haha. Dat zal ik waarschijnlijk elk jaar wel zeggen.

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