Just over a month ago my then still fiancé and I moved into our new apartment. New apartment means new bookshelves! So I am going to show off my books…
These are the shelves, right after we put them up. The top shelves on the far left are my husband’s, so I wont be going through those.
The first shelf is housing my meager non-fiction collection, mainly consisting of Penguin Great Ideas: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, On Natural Selection by Charles Darwin, The Art of War by Sun-tzu, The Symposium by Plato, Days of reading by Marcel Proust, Decline of English Murder by George Orwell, Why Look at Animals by John Berger, The Tao of Nature by Chuang Tzu, On Conspiracies by Nicolò Machiavelli, Night Walks by Charles Dickens, Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by Vladimir Lenin, and Some Thoughts on the Common Toad by George Orwell. Next to that I have a Dutch book on sayings: Waarom mussen nooit dood van het dak vallen by Friederike de Raat. This is followed by Darwin Meets Einstein by Frans W Saris, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs From Outer Space by Janna Levin, my husband’s The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell, and some travel guides.
The second shelf is the start of my shelves of unread books. I have a total of 3 shelves of those, which I am okay with. It starts off with Charm by Sarah Pinborough, followed by Northern Lights (which I have read but it is part of a boxed set), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman, Nacht van Inkt (Inkspell) and Web van Inkt (Inkdeath) by Cornelia Funke, The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, Wildwood by Colin Meloy, The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge, The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Milwood Hargrave, Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi, The Glass Sentance by S.E. Grove, A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan, Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky, The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks, Knight’s Shadow and Saint’s Blood by Sebastien De Castell, The Magicians’ Guild and The Novice by Trudi Canavan, Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson, and Hollow World and Age of Swords by Michael J Sullivan.
Next up are two more shelves of unread books. The first one starts with Good Omens, Johnny and the Bomb, Johnny and the Dead, Only you can save mankind, The Bromeliad, Snuff, Unseen Academicals and Dodger, all by Terry Pratchett. These are followed by Lost Boy and Alice by Christina Henry, The Looking Glass House by Vanessa Tait, Dorothy must die by Danielle Paige, Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw, Murder by Sarah Pinborough, The Devil’s Workshop and The Black Country by Alex Grecian, The Return of the Discontinued Man by Mark Hodder, Veiled, Chosen and Hidden by Benedict Jacka, Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets edited by David Thomas Moore, Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove, Further Associates of Sherlock Holmes edited by George Mann, and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow and The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, all by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The bottom shelf starts with The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 28 edited by Gardner Dozois, followed by Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection, The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon, Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (read), The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (read), Life, the Universe and Everything (read), So Long and Thanks for All the Fish and Mostly Harmless, all by Douglas Adams, Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre, Anno Dracula by Kim Newman, Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestrat by Anne Rice, The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel, The Ghost by Robert Harris, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
I start off my read fiction with two shelves of books by Terry Pratchett, starting from the bottom of the stack on the second shelf: The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Equal Rites, Mort, Sourcery, Wyrd Sisters, Pyramids, Guards! Guards!, Eric, Moving Pictures, Reaper Man, Small Gods, Lords and Ladies, Men at Arms, Soul Music, Interesting Times, Maskerade, Feet of Clay, Hogfather, Jingo and The Fifth Elephant. On the top shelf I also have Going Postal, the Dutch copies of The Colour of Magic (De Kleur van Toverij) and The Light Fantastic (Dat Wonderbare licht), finishing with Witches Abroad. On the second shelf I have The Wee Free Men, I shall wear midnight, Een hoed van lucht (A hat full of sky), The Shepherd’s Crown and Mirakelse Maurits (The Amazing Maurice and hid Educated Rodents).
My last three shelves for this post, bringing us some more fantasy. The first shelf starts off with The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder, followed by The Falling Machine and Hearts of Smoke and Steam by Andrew P. Mayer, The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis, The Death Collector by Justin Richards, The Infinity Bridge, The Osiris Ritual, The Immortality Engine, and The Executioner’s Heart, all by George Mann, Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger, Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough, Rivers of London, Moon over Soho, Whispers Underground and Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch, Fated by Benedict Jacka, Storm Front by Jim Butcher, and Just One Damned Thing after Another by Jodi Taylor.
From there we move on to a shelf dedicated fully to Brandon Sanderson with The Rithmatist, Elantris, The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, The Bands of Mourning, Legion and the Emperor’s Soul, Warbreaker, The Way of Kings (part one currently on my nightstand) and Words of Radiance.
The third and final shelf for today starts with Age of Myth, Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire and Heir of Novron, all by Michael J Sullivan, followed by The Black Prism by Brent Weeks, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, Seraphina by Rachell Hartman, His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik, Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell, The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington, De Kronieken van Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis, and The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King and The Children of Hurin, all by J.R.R. Tolkien.
So those are my first nine shelves of books. Part two with the next nine shelves will be coming soon.
Hoping you are having a great day,