Bookshelf Tour 2017 – Part 3

Time for part 3 of this bookshelf tour! This part continues on with the left bookshelf and is all about paperbacks. They deserve some love too. I think there is less of a clear reason why some books are where they are here than in the previous parts. But that is okay.

You know I used to have all books by the same author together but lately I feel less inclined to do this. I have even broken up a serie or two. I know where they are.  How do you feel about that?

As these posts are a lot of work I did take these pictures of this bookshelf at the start of May in a moment there was some reasonable light. Keep that in mind if you think you don’t see something that came up in a book haul or something. Of if I have read something in the mean time.

Intro / The Number Games / Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 4 / Part 5
Previous bookshelf tours

Shelf 5 – All perfectly ordered by height and almost all read paperbacks

Ah shelf 5 always gives me so much calm. How these books fit so nicely together in height and even in colors in parts makes me a happy bookshelf owner. I wish all my shelves could look like that.

This shelf starts with The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds, Never Fade and In the Afterlight. I enjoyed this trilogy. Another trilogy I enjoyed is certainly the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu which was a surprise to me. I own them in Dutch as you can see from the titles. They are Legend, Prodigy and Champion.

Next there is the trilogy with the very pretty covers. The Firebird trilogy by Claudia Gray. The books are A Thousand Pieces of You, Ten Thousand Skies Above You and  A Million Worlds With You. Gilded Cage by Vic James is the first book in a new series, Dark Gifts, that was released earlier this year. The sequel is already being released this September! Then my V.E. Schwab paperback section starts. This Savage Song, the first of a duology, we have first. I don’t know if I’ll be getting the paperback of the next book or if I might read the ebook. This book kind of dissapointed me. Next is Vicious who I still have to read. I gave it a go once but could not get into it. I’ll give it another chance sometime this year perhaps.

Continuing on with Schwab is of course the Shades of Magic trilogy with A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light. Hightly recommend these.  And as you can see I prefer the UK paperbacks.

Next there is The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo with Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising. I enjoyed these but I really prefer the Six of Crows duology. And there we have The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. And why are they in the wrong order again. This is such a theme for me, haha. It is supposed to be Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess. In any case this is the only Cassandra Clare series that I have kept as I really did enjoy these characters. Lastly is Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton, a standalone middle grade that I enjoyed.

Shelf 6 – Mass Market Paperbacks part 1

This shelf doesn’t hold a lot for a change. Plenty of space left for me! It starts with The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, volume 1, 2 and 3 bind-ups by Diana Wynne Jones. I’ve read the first one but have yet to continue on. Each bind-up has two books. Then we continue on with the Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch. I really liked The Lies of Locke Lamora but have yet to continue on with Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves. Very curious though. And so very mismatched.

Brandon Sanderson of course is not be left behind. While I got rid of The Reckoners I still have plenty by him to try out. Starting with The Way of Kings, the first Stormlight Archive book. So curious about this one but I keep being held back from picking it by the size. Then we have books 1, Final Empire, and 3, The Hero of Ages, from the Mistborn series. And lastly The Rithmatist which apparently is getting a sequel.

Shelf 7 – Mismatched Series

Oh this shelf makes my eyes hurt. Yet I can’t justify to myself to rebuy books in different editions to make them match. Terrible though.

This shelf starts with The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater with the first two, The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves, in Dutch. Then we have Blue Lily, Lily Blue and The Raven King. I enjoyed this series but the first two the most. Then we move on to one of my favorite series which is the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. It starts with The Demon King (though I obviously have that in Dutch). Then continues on with The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne and The Crimson Crown. The Shattered Realms series is a continuation of sorts with Flamecaster and Shadowcaster.

The Graceling Realm books by Kristin Cashore are so horribly mismatched. Graceling and Fire are the same type edition cover, but Fire is in Dutch, and Bitterblue is just an entirely different type of cover. Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee I loved at first. Angelfall and World After were great. But End of Days dissapointed me. The Young Elites by Marie Lu was another dissapointment. I still have to read The Rose Society though.

Shelf 8 – Mass Market Paperbacks part 2

Obviously I am entirely caught up with A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. It has only been a decade since the fifth book came out and we probably have to wait another decade on the sixth. It is kind of ridiculous that the seventh book already has a cover on Goodreads when we don’t even know when the sixth one will be released. The books are A Game of Thrones, A Clash Of Kings, A Storm of Swords (my favorite), A Feast of Crows and A Dance with Dragons.

Next to them is The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks. The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge and Beyond the Shadows I read ages ago and I should reread these at some point. I tried last year but at the time couldn’t get into them. I blame that on my pregnancy because I remember really enjoying these.

Of The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini I have only read Eragon. I have had little motivation to pick up Eldest, Brisinger and Inheritance. I wasn’t that excited about the first book. Still they are dragon books and there seem to be a lot of fans.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman is a trilogy but I only own the first two, The Magicians and The Magician King. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a great standalone read. I loved Indigo Springs by Astrid Lethewood. And The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon was my first read by him and a complete surprise. This shelf ends with Howl’s Moving Castle and Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones. I absolutely love Howl!

I won’t show shelf 9 as that is basically empty. Yeay for more space!

22 thoughts on “Bookshelf Tour 2017 – Part 3

  1. My entire bookshelves look like the last part of your fifth shelf. I still have mine alphabetically organized. And well, with he differences in height for all the random Dutch books, there is no way to avoid the craziness, so I decided to embrace it instead. 🙂 Hence why there are no extras on my shelves. The books themselves make it colorful enough.

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    1. Haha. True. I always find it so pretty on other people’s bookshelves actually. It always looks as if it should be that way yet I find it so annoying in mine. I wonder why that is…


  2. Ik durf dat zelf ook doen hoor. Eigenlijk zet ik mijn boeken gewoon per genre én dan op de manier die ik het mooiste vind. Series staat samen maar mocht een auteur reeksen uitbrengen in verschillende hoogtes dan is de kans groot dat ze niet bij elkaar staan. Zolang ik zelf alles maar weet terug te vinden hé.

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  3. *happy sigh* How I love reading/seeing booktour articles. i really love your collection. so many books i want to read as well.

    I have to start with the darkest minds series but since reading passenger i’m a bit skittish starting the darkest minds, because i wasn’t a fan of passenger unfortunately.
    i’ve got the legend trilogy on the shelves as well, still unread. i haven’t read anything by marie lu yet, but i’m really curious about her books!

    i keep seeing positive reviews about the shades of magic books. definitely need to start reading this trilogy very soon.

    have you read the final empire by sanderson yet? i’ve started it a while ago, and really liked it so far but my mind wasn’t just completely ‘there’ at the time so i have to start over again. i liked his reckoners trilogy very much and the synopsis of the mistborn series sounds sooo incredibly good and i’ve heard many good things about the books so i definitely need to pick it up again asap. and the rithmatist has been on my wishlist for quite some time now, very curious about that one too.

    and what a beautiful mask ❤

    and *cough cough* i definitely need to start the seven realms series very soon. I knowwwwwww, i'm sorry i still haven't picked them up yet, but i promise i will very soon..

    too bad you weren't all that excited about eragon. i really adore the series and plan on re-reading it again. the series really grows in a positive way throughout the next books i think. i read them in dutch but i sold the books and plan on buying and reading them in english again.

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    1. Thank you! I have heard a lot of people not being a fan of Passenger that loved The Darkest Minds. It is a very different type of book I think.

      I haven’t gotten around to picking up The Final Empire. I’m kind of feeling like I should start The Way of Kings first though.

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  4. Nice trinkets on the shelves 🙂 Whenever I try to do those, I just feel like I end up clogging up the whole thing.
    I hope you give Vicious a second try. I couldn’t get into it the first time too, but then I couldn’t put it down when I gave it a second try. For Sanderson, I would suggest giving the Final Empire a try first. The Way of Kings start off REALLY slow. And Rithmatist’s sequel isn’t likely to come soon, so avoid that for sometime. I made the mistake of reading it and now I’m stuck impatiently waiting for the sequel.

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    1. For some reason The Way of Kings is what is calling to me more than The Final Empire. Not sure why that is. I don’t nessecarily mind slow if the characters are good. I will give Vicious another go but not soon I think. It might not have been the right time for me.

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      1. The characters are really good, I think they are some of the best Sanderson has ever done. Though their development does move at a somewhat slower pace. I hope you’ll enjoy Vicious the next time you try it 🙂

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  5. Your shelves always look awesome. I used to think all of an authors books needed to be together but I’m sorta letting go of that rule lol. I’ve been enjoying color coordinating and other similar time- wasting nonsense lately. 🙂

    Seriously though nice post. Love the shelves! I like it too when paperbacks all match up size- wise.

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  6. Annemieke,
    I love your shelves! Working my way through the Demon King this week, I hope. It’s really nice. Have yet to read Marie Lu’s work. Sanderson requires some bravery, I find, because I am still scared to read The Well of Ascension. Will try to do that this week as well. Vicious sounds really neat! I can’t wait to read that one, too! Also, I am really glad you liked The Darkest Minds trilogy, because it’s on my TBR. It’s always comforting to see friends liking books that I have on my shelves for me to read.
    *Big hug*

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  7. You have such a great collection of books, Annemieke! Look at all that fantasy that I want to read but never have time to *sobs softly* My shelves mostly look like your fifth shelf; I have most of them organized by height, and because I have more books than shelf space, I have a ton of them laid horizontally. 🙂

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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    1. Oh so much same. So many fantasy, so little time. I want all the fantasy!

      I used to have a lot of them horizontally as well but I have a bit more space in these since I got my third bookshelf where I put my favorites which is completely full, haha.


  8. I also didn’t care for This Savage Song, and Vicious was a flop for me, too. It is strange because ADSOM was wonderful. What is the other one? The Archived? I haven’t tried that one, but I will probably wait until I read the other two ADSOM books. Paolini was a scrap for us, too. :/

    I thought the sixth Game Of Thrones was the last one, ha ha. I guess I won’t be waiting for the last one to come out before I start reading, like I planned. How many are there supposed to be? 😛

    That mask is beautiful. You shoukd do a tour of all of your decorations, like the piggy bank, and tell the stories behing each one. 🙂

    Thanks for these shelf tours I really enjoy them! ❤

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    1. I think there are suppose to be 8 or so in total. That I know of anyway. Who really knows with George R.R. Martin, right? 😉

      I don’t think I remember the stories behind all of them. But maybe a good idea for the start of next year. 🙂

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