Here we finally have the start to the actual book shelf tour that I have been preparing you for.
I will update these with links as they are published.
The pictures were taken on April 26th so any books that came in after that were not included on any of the shelves. All links lead to Goodreads.
Upstairs To Read Shelf
Instead of starting downstairs this time I am starting you upstairs. Now I won’t be going into the other book shelves in Merijn’s room and the few books I have in the extra bedroom. But I did make one board in our bedroom with books to read.
The reason for this is that I have been reading more before bed time again. I’ve been using mostly library books for this. But I figured that when I don’t have library books or when I read those downstairs for some reason, that it would be handy to have some others upstairs. I have moved books upstairs I wouldn’t very quickly pick up downstairs as there are more recent releases and fantasy that scream my name.
My orangutuan very lovely holds my books up. And it starts with First & Then by Emma Mills. I really do have to get to that this Summer. A World Without You by Beth Revis promises to be more of an emotional read which is why I haven’t quite picked it up. I got it signed in a book box. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp I worry won’t be my taste writing style wise. But I do like her as a person so I do want to give it a fair chance. On Writing: a Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King is one I bought a few years ago in the sale, when I still thought that I would write stories. I know that isn’t going to be for me now but I do still want to read his thoughts on it all.
Then we have Onder Mijn Huid by Marlies Slegers, a signed copy I won two years ago I think. This is another emotional one I suspect. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak was bought after reading The Book Thief that I surprisingly loved. Hart van Glas by Miranda Peters and The Blemished by Sarah Dalton are both signed and books I acquired at Westerhof earlier this year. The Dwarves by Markus Heitz I have had on my shelves for close to ten years and I still haven’t read it. I don’t even know why. I need to get to that one this year. And lastly Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed was a book I got this year as well that I want to read. I’ve heard some mixed things though so we shall see.
And the empty corner was filled by Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. But as I started writing this post I realized my photos of this corner were a bit bad so I retook them. But Simon vs at the time was somewhere else, ready for my reread.
Classics and the Sort Cabinet
It was a little difficult to take pictures of this area as it is a little way from the window and as such it makes it rather on the dark side. I took my neat cups and glasses out of this to make some more room for books.
Arabian Fairytales by Rodaan Al Galidi has such a gorgeous cover that this photo really does not do justice. It was made by Geertje Aalders as well as all of the illustrations inside and she used to work at my local book store so that is kinda cool.
Moving lower the shelf starts with The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. My pretty little leatherbound edition. Then I have a leatherbound edition of Tolkien, a Dictionary by David Day. I also have the bindup of The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Moving on we have Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling. And the ravenclaw edition of The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I didn’t have a lot of space left on my Harry Potter shelf and I figured that I would use these more for photos anyway. I also have this gorgeous edition of Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I fell for this edition the first time I saw it. I did not like the Miss Marple books by Agatha Christie but I hope I will like this better.
Then I have an illustrated edition of Snow White by the Brothers Grimm. The illustrations are by Camille Rose Garcia. I really liked it. This edition of The Story of King Arthur and his Knights by Howard Pyle is also incredibly gorgeous and I want to read more of King Arthur. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. (I can’t actually find my edition on goodreads.) I haven’t read anything by him yet but some day. Lastly on the above photo is I, Robot by Isaac Asimov that I read last year and really enjoyed.
Moving on, next to I Robot you can find my two copies of 20 000 Leagues under the Sea in two parts by Jules Verne. Then we have my newest edition of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll that I fell in love with. Still have to read the actual book though but I think this edition i can read with Merijn in the future. The illustrations are by Rebecca Dautreimer.
Then I have four children Puffin Classics. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Treasure Island by Robert Luis Stevenson and Matilda by Roald Dahl. I love these editions and I only still have to read The Wind in the Willows. Lastly is my little black classics penguin edition of The Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti.
The Blue Shelf
This was the last added book shelf, the billy limited edition blue from Ikea. I like the look of it but it sucks you can’t expand on top of it like with the others. Anyway as you can see the shelf is in a bit of an awkward corner with the couch in front of it and the curtains so close. The sun rarely hits this shelf so it is a bit harder to get good pictures there.
Top of Blue Shelf
So here we are and it starts wth Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll as a jigsaw book. It takes mostly scenes from the book with puzzles. I think this will be a fun one to do with Merijn when he is older. Next to that I have my Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve which is an illustrated book with interactive elements by Harper Design. I really want to read it but I keep starting other books first.
And then we have my four Barnes and Noble leatherbound books. I would love to get more of these but not all are so easily availble here unless I go to Waterstones in Amsterdam. And they are crazy expensive.
Anyway it starts with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Stories by Lewis Carroll. This one is so pretty and though pink usually doesn’t draw me in I just love the overall look of this book. Next to that we have The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that I got when the BBC Sherlock hype was huge. I’ve read it too. Then we have The Snow Queen and Other Winter Tales by various authors. I started it once but didn’t continue. I should have a go again this Winter. And lastly my bind up of American Gods and Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. I’ve read the first but still have to read the second.
Shelf 1 – Discworld Shelf
This first shelf is completely Discworld by Terry Pratchett and that will not surprise you as the blue shelf is mostly a favorites shelf. I still struggle with organizing my Discworld books as I have so many different editions. ._.
The shelf starts off with The Colour of Magic, the very first Discworld novel. Next up is Thief of Time, the last one to the Death arc. Then I have The Last Hero which is an illustrated edition. Up next are my Tiffany Aching paperbacks; The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith and I Shall Wear Midnight. Going Postal and Raising Steam are from the Industrial Revolution/Moist von Lipwig arc.
And then we get my pretty hardcover Gollancz ones. I still have the dream to one day own all of these editions but I have quite a few already and that makes me happy.
First we have Sourcery and Eric, both from the Rincewind arc. Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies, and Maskerade are all from the Witches arc. Mort, Reaper Man and Soul Music are all from the Death arc.
That was it for this first part of the book shelf tour. Next Sunday I will continue on with the rest of the blue book shelf. Until then!