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.
Shelf 2 – Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
As in previous years Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett share a shelf again. My collection of Gaiman books isn’t very big yet (but at least I’ve read most of them) so it still fits with Pratchett. Knowing their friendship and owning Good Omens, it only seems fitting for them to share a shelf.
So lets start with Neil Gaiman. In the corner you can see my illustrated edition of Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman and Illustrated by Chris Riddell. The Sleeper and the Spindle that is facing forward is by the same duo. I will never pass up buying a book that has both of their names on it.
Next to that you find the shiny spine of Norse Mythology. It is very pretty and a good read overall. Then you can see my two editions of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. The hardcover is Dutch and the paperback in English. Next to that is the tiny Stardust.
Then we find the pretty Neverwere hardcover. I still have to read this one and I really need to get to it this year. I also have the boxset of more Neil Gaiman and Chriss Riddell combinations, namely these editions of The Graveyard Book, Fortunately the Milk... and Coraline. Next to that you can find the Dutch edition of Fragile Things.
Lastly we find Gaiman’s name on Good Omens, of course with Terry Pratchett. I started this two years ago but I had just had Merijn and I wasn’t feeling it. I will give it another chance in the future. And then we move on to more Terry Pratchett.
The last vertical book is the Discworld coloring book with Paul Kidby‘s illustration that I am never coloring haha. Well I don’t think I am ever going to color it. It has full color illustrations at the back and it is gorgeous.
Then you can see some of my big Discworld hardcovers. With the exception of The Shepherd’s Crown I have all found these second-hand. On the top you see The Truth which is on Industrial Revolution arc book. Making Money is the second Moist von Lipwig arc book. Unseen Academicals is a Rincewind arc book and Snuff a City Watch arc book. Both Wintersmith and The Shepherd’s Crown are from the Tiffany Aching arc. And yes Wintersmith I also have as a paperback but I could not for the life of me leave this for the price it was.
Shelf 3 – Jonathan Stroud and Anne Bishop
Another shelf with two great authors. You all know how much I love Jonathan Stroud by now. And Anne Bishop has worked her way up to a favorite with her The Others series.
In the corner you can see the graphic novel of The Amulet of Samarkand, the first book of the Bartimaeus series. It was a nice addition but the other books were never continued on in graphic novels. Which is a shame because I would have loved my favorite as a graphic novel. Then we have The Ring of Solomon, a prequel novel to the series.
Next we have the actual The Amulet of Samarkand. I quite like these editions but never could find them all in the same matching heights. As you can see with The Golem’s Eye paperback that is smaller. I also found the signed hardcover last year at a book market.
Moving on I have two copies of Ptolemy’s Gate. The most right one was my original copy. However Mika, our cat, left some claw marks in the front cover. As this saddened me so much husband got me the left one.
And next we start the Lockwood & Co. series that was concluded last year. Almost all hardcovers except the first one. The matching cover wasn’t released in hardcover. Grumbles. I swear the next series I get by him will be matching! Anyway the series starts with The Screaming Staircase, and continues with The Whispering Skull, The Hollow Boy, The Creeping Shadow and The Empty Grave.
And on to the last 6 books on this shelf. It starts with Lake Silence, the sixth The Others book by Anne Bishop. This one is in English while I have the first five in Dutch. However the Dutch publisher is unlikely to continue translating so I moved onto the English editions. The stack from bottom to top is: Written in Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver, Marked in Flesh and Etched in Bone.
Shelf 5 – Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan publishes so many books that he has to have his own shelf. And I don’t even own ALL of them (like The Kane Chronicles). As this is going down further unfortunately some of the pictures aren’t as sharp as I would have liked them to be.
So lets get into it. I have the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard first on the shelf. It consists of The Sword of Summer, The Hammer of Thor and The Ship of the Dead. While I wasn’t instantly taken with this story the last book completely sold me on all of the characters and I need more of them.
Then we have the first two books in The Trails of Apollo. I loved the first book The Hidden Oracle but had a bit of a problem with The Dark Prophecy. Even so I am curious for The Burning Maze. And lastly on this photo you see The Lost Hero, the first book of The Heroes of Olympus.
Continuing with the Heroes of Olympus we have The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, The House of Hades and The Blood of Olympus. I think of this series my favorite has to be The Mark of Athena. I also have two companion books to Percy Jackson which are The Greek Heroes and The Greek Gods.
And then you can see my gorgeous Percy Jackson boxset which I exchanged for my mismatching paperbacks. I fell in love with these from the first time I saw them. When I saw them cheaper than normal I got them for my birthday. Which is funny because I got The Heroes of Olympus boxset for my birthday too (only there the box was damaged so I got rid of that). Anyway it consists of The Ligthtning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian.
Shelf 6 – Manga Favorites
Manga is something from my teen years and not something I still often buy. However I do still have my favorites from back then that I keep on this shelf. Which is mainly clamp. Some day I would like to complete these series.
If you would like to see the rest of my manga collection upstairs please let me know and I might do a small tour of that later on in the year.
One of the series that I was obsessed with, though initially it was the anime, was Get Backers by Yuya Aoki and Rando Ayamine. I just really loved the characters (Ginji!) and the powers. I really should rewatch the anime some day. Obviously my series is nowhere near complete. Some day though! The first two are from the prequel Infinity Fortress.
And then my Clamp corner starts. At the bottom you can find my bind up of Cardcaptor Sakura book 2, volume four to six. There are four of these bind-ups of the entire first series but I only have this one. Honestly I was always more interested in the anime than in the manga back then.
Moving up we have the first three volumes of Legal Drug. After the third volume the series was put on hold to be continued on to Drug & Drop a few years later, only to be put on hold again after the second volume. ._. I quite enjoy these characters though so I am awaiting to see if they will continue on again.
A series I read completely online during my teens and early college years was Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles. I don’t own the whole series but I do own a bunch. The series is an alternate world where various characters from their previous manga come together and play different roles. We get Sakura and Syaoran again as main characters here. It is also connected to their series XXX Holic.
And here is XXX Holic. Again it is a bit of a mix match here. I own the first bind-up of volume one to 3 and then a few seperate volumes. But this is for sure one of my favorites. There is just so much to love and to laugh about. But also to cry about. ._. Lastly we have the first volume of the continuation of this series XXX Holic: Rei.
Shelf 7 – Mostly Mass Market Paperbacks
Again I want to appologize for the bad quality of these photos. This shelf is completely at the bottom and it makes it so hard to get good and proper photos. It contains mostly mass Market Paperbacks or books of similar size that I have read already. They are mix matchy or I just didn’t have more space on other shelves for them.
We start the shelf with 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. I love this series but I HATE that I don’t have a matching series. ._.
Next to that you see my edition of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. A great read. There is also Indigo Springs, the first Astrid Lethewood book by A.M. Dellamonica. I also have Howl’s Moving Castle and its companion Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones. Howl’s Moving Castle is a favorite but I’m not a fan of these editions. Which is probably why I haven’t gotten the third one yet. And lastly you can see my only book by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Prince of Mist.
And the last bit of this part and this shelf are these mass market paperbacks. First up are The Magicians and The Magician King by Lev Grossman. I really liked The Magicians when I first read it, a little less after a reread. I had a hard time with The Magician King and ended up dnf-ing it. I think I will give it another go but not for a while.
Below that is The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks, consisting of The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge and Beyond the Shadows. These are just great assasin fantasy stories and I should check out the authors other works. I remember reading the last two during our trip to Egypt in 2009.
The last stack you will recognize of course and the are the current five books out for A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. Consisting of A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast of Crows and A Dance with Dragons. I find it interesting that book 6 and 7 both already have a cover and we have no idea when they will publish…