The anatomy of my bookshelf

I have only one bookshelf.  I would love to have a second, but I don’t want to have 2 half empty shelves.  Solution: buy more books.  However, I’m trying to keep my shelves to books I absolutely love and will read again, and not have a bunch of unread books all over (see my TBR reading goal for the year).  Sure, I have a lot of knickknacks that I can display to fill up more space.  But I have one word in response to that: cats.

Anyway, here is the breakdown of they types of books you will find on my shelf:

92 Adult, YA and Middle Grade books

 Rough breakdown:

     30 Adult (About half are ‘transitional books’ found in the adult section but are very much YA style.)

     51 YA

     11 Middle Grade (my half of the series of Harry Potter books are in here)

12 Children’s books

11 Reference-type books

2 Anthologies (YA)

3 Non-fiction books (2 for school, one bought recently)

7 Textbooks (actually currently holding up my cat tree, not on my shelf)

1 3D image search book (see below for example)


Book Haul #2

A new city means a new library system and thus new books!  Here is the first haul of books I choose to sign out.  There are a lot of books on my to read list.  These are just a start and a fairly random assortment of books I thought I’d be in the mood to read (and were available). (Links to Goodreads page included, covers are the versions I have, not the ones I prefer to look at).


Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy: A Russian teen physics prodigy is called to America and NASA to help save the Earth from an asteroid that will destroy the planet. While in America he meets others his age and learns more about the people that live on Earth and why it should be saved.

Why I’m interested: This books seems like a mix of SciFi and the teen finding yourself generas and it has me interested. Plus I love the name of the book.

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan: An online game posts anonymous dares for the challengers to complete for the amusement of the world. As you can imagine, they get more and more dangerous and other things are likely at play here.

Why I’m interested: It has an interesting premise, one which I gravitate to reading (other examples include Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott and Flash Point by Nancy Kress) though I often find them predictable and not as good as they promise. I do live in hope that one day I will find one that lives up to my expectations. Also this book is now a movie that I am interested in seeing.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu: An illness swept the world and left some of the survivors with mutant/magical powers. This book follows one such girl as she learns more about her powers the people that want to use and abuse them.

Why I’m interested: It’s been on my list for years, with a good premise and good reviews, both of the series and the author, who also did some of the artwork in Gemina (Kaufman and Kristoff). Since I’m currently in a SciFi kick that will not let me go, I’m thinking and hoping this might appease that while also maybe letting me transition back into fantasy.

Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: This books continues Kelsea’s journey as she takes over as Queen of the Tearling, a country on the cusp of war.  In the first book we learn about Kelsea: a queen hidden away from her country in order to prevent assassination as she grows up and is taught how to rule.  Once she is of age she goes to take her crown and her place on the throne, but learns not everything she was taught (or not taught) is as it seems. 

Why I’m interested: This is simple: I loved the first book and want to continue on the series!

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: This book is the tale of Kvothe, a mighty wizard. It chronicals his various adventures and exploits.

Why I’m interested: Everyone has amazing things to say about this book and it has an amazing 4.55 star rating on Goodreads. Also a classic adult fantasy novel with more of a character driven plot (something I love) and one I’ve been interested in for a while. I’ve read the first chapter and a half and was very interested, just need to read the rest of this massive sucker!

TBR pile accounting

One of my reading goals I have this year is to reduce the number of unread books on my bookshelf by half.  At the time of writing that goal I hadn’t counted the number of unread books I had, but thought it was around a dozen.  So here is the official count!  Plus a few little tidbits of information on the books thrown in.  

1. & 2. & 3. Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen (Abhorsen trilogy) by Garth Nix

Bought: July 2014 

On shelf: 2.75 years

This was my only buy the whole series at once before reading it moment I’ve had.  I have heard good things about it by good people and started reading the first book and though I found it interesting, it didn’t immediately drag me in and force me to read the rest.  I will hopefully attempt to read it again. 

4. The Diviner by Melanie Rawn

Bought: ~August 2012

On shelf:  4.5 years

I bought this to be a plane read before my study abroad and I did actually start it but didn’t get too far into it as I’m not really a plane or bus reader, even though I can actually read in moving vehicles (I just prefer to look out the window or sleep).  Since then I haven’t attempted it and have lost interest.  This book is the most likely one I will donate, but I am also curious to know what it’s about.  I bought it because Rawn had another companion book that sounded good but was suggested I read this one first.  

5. Brimstone (Pendergast #5) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child 

Gifted by a friend Christmas 2014

On shelf: 2 years

This is a favourite book of a friend.  I’m told you don’t need to read them in order and reading the back of the book I realize it does sound interesting.  This sounds like an urban fantasy book which I generally don’t reach for but I’ve become more adventurous recently and I have being doing some group creative writing in an urban fantasy setting so now could be a great time to finally pick this book up. 

6. The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4) by Cinda Willams Chima 

Gifted by a friend Christmas 2014

On shelf: 2 years

I have read most of Chima’s books and have liked or loved them, though I have yet to read the last of Seven Realms books.  As it’s my friends favourite series and she knows this, she got me a copy of the last book in the series to finish it off though I haven’t been in a rush to do so. 

7. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Gifted by a friend 2016

On shelf: ~1 year

This is a first edition, signed Atwood book.  A friend gifted it to me since she already had personally signed copy.  Atwood is not normally my cup of tea,  but this book does sound good: it’s about a social experiment where pairs of couples switch between life in prison and normal life.  

8. Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Stolen/given to me by family member

On shelf: ~8 months

The family member didn’t really like this book and so when I went to borrow it he said I could keep it.  It been on my to read list for a few years so I think it was a win-win for all.  Though we do generally have similar tastes in books so the fact that he didn’t like it too much has me hesitant but I think it’s more he’s growing out of the genera then anything wrong with the book.

9. Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson 

Bought: Summer 2015?

On Shelf: ~1.75 years

I’ve heard excellent things about this book from BookTube and even though it has a love triangle I am curious.  I’ve started it once and got about 2 chapters in but wasn’t in the mood to read it at the time.  Whenever I travel it’s the book I drag along with me so I think it’s only a matter of time.

10. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J Maas

Christmas Present 2015

On Shelf: 1 year

This is a series that I have up to this point enjoyed.  I do expect to enjoy this book but for some reason have yet to get to it, likely because I am strange and liked the first book more then the second and feel like I won’t like this book, even though I’m also sure I will.  At the same time, I feel like I will like it and that is why I haven’t read it?  It’s a strange situation to be in, but I hope to get to this book soon. 

11. Half Bad by Sally Green

Bought: Summer 2015?

On Shelf: ~1.75 years

I have been interested in this book for years and around the time it was really hyped on BookTube I found it for 6$ in the book store (for a hardcover!).  Witches are generally not a theme I read about, but this one sounds good and I will likely get to it soon.

12. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Bought: July 2014

On Shelf: 2.75 years

I bought this before learning about BookTube and seeing all the hype about this series.  The cover dragged me in and everything I have heard about the book in reviews has only made me want to read it more, yet I haven’t gotten to it yet.  For shame!  Another one that I will likely get to soon. 

Note: Most of these books are part of a series, but unless indicated otherwise, they are the first of the series.

Average wait of time: 2.15 years

Number bought versus number gifted: 8 bought, 4 gifted

Approximate percent of bookshelf that is unread: 10-15% (I forgot to count all my books so this is a rough estimate)

For the record, because there are 12 books and I want to reduce that in half by the end of the year that means I want to have 6 unread books on my shelf by the end of the year.  If I buy more books I haven’t read I still want to have 6 or fewer.  If I give away books I haven’r read that means I have to read fewer books to hit the 6 unread books. 

Oh! and I *do* have copies of the first four Game of Thrones books, but they are currently in the ‘donate’ pile in my room, so I’m not counting them.  

Oh look, a book haul! (finally)

If you haven’t noticed, this blog is not one that does book hauls all that often. Firstly, because I don’t buy a lot of books. In fact, these are the first two books I have bought in over a year and in all likelihood, the last ones for a while. Secondly, I don’t ever want to make anyone feel bad for not being able to buy books. I mostly read out of libraries since money is and has been tight in the past and I know a lot of other people are int he same boat as me. Plus, I like to know that I like or love the book before I spend money on it. Related to this, I never want to make others feel like they need to buy books or that they should buy books or that they need to read more. I want this to be some sort of safe bookish space for people.haul1All that being said, I was in a bookstore this weekend and I splurged and would like to share what I have bought for myself. I have yet to read these books, breaking an unspoken rule of mine, so they were a bit of a leap of faith for me!

So without any more boringness, let’s get to the books, shall we!


Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Published: April 5th 2016

Publisher: Tor Books

Pages: 173

Genera: Found in Adult Fantasy section

Series: Yes, first of 1 currently out

This first one I have been dying to read for months now but my library system does not have it.  It’s a newer release, from the beginning of the year.  I have it on good authority that it is AMAZING.  That plus the summary plus a spoiler that I have heard about the book, I think it’ll be great and that I’ll enjoy it.  I was hesitant about buying this book because it’s pricey for it’s length, but hopefully I will love it and not care once I read it!  Also, that cover is fabulous!  It definitely does not follow the thread of “terribly photoshopped white girl not looking at you” that has become so rampant in literature.  Finally, this book was found in the adult section, but I don’t think it’s outside the realm of YA reads?  I will keep you updated.


The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Published: July 2014

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Pages: 404

Genera: Found in Adult SciFi

Series: Yes, first of 2 currently released, more to come

This next book is another I have wanted to read for several months but, alas, the library does not have it.  It’s described as a character-focused SciFi which is right up my ally at the moment so I took a chance on it and bought it!  Plus, again, that cover sold me on it.  It’s too pretty and perfect and it makes me want to follow the trend of a front facing display book on my bookshelves.  It was also found in the Adult SciFi section, but I’ll keep you updated as to whether it can be read by younger crowds as well.  This one (and the previous one) is on the list of books I want to read before the year is over so I have to start cracking at it to get it read!

PS if the images are funny coloured its because I took them after dark in weird lighting with a phone whose camera only works 5% of the time so you gotta use it when it’s working!