In an effort to track my reading habits this year, I’m posting a bookshelf tour. In no way is this my complete collection of books (I have about four boxes in storage and one that lives in my car); these are the books that I have either bought recently or want to read sometime soon. Will that happen? No. Do I like thinking it will happen? You bet I do.
So…Let’s get started!
Bottom Shelf – What’s in the Bag???
These are all the comics I found on Free Comic Book Day 2015. Some goodies include bits from the Challenge! series by DC and The Sisterhood of Steel by Epic Comics, which seems like it’s about some kickass, 80s-styled women and I can’t complain. I haven’t read any of these, but I’m hoping to do so soon.
Also, yes, I do have blue carpet.
Bottom Shelf – Those disconnected, melancholy spines
- Hausfrau – Jill Alexander Essbaum
- The Truth According to Us – Annie Barrows
- Cane River – Lalita Tademy
- The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
- The Swan Thieves – Elizabeth Kostova
- The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket
- The Wide Window – Lemony Snicket
These were placed here mostly because I didn’t have anywhere to put them. This is clearly a tiny bookshelf, and while I want it to look good, not everything fit into the design plan. As is life, right? Anyway, two of these, Hausfrau and The Truth According to Us, are ARCs that have come out by this time, and I’m really hoping to read them before the year passes. I’ve also heard pretty great things about Cane River, so hopefully I can get to that one also. It’s on the schedule for my library’s book club, so if all goes according to plan, I can read it and attend the book club as well.
Bottom Shelf – Spines as black as my soul
- The Woman Who Would Be King – Kara Cooney
- Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende
- The Magicians – Lev Grossman
- The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
- The Wee Free Men: The Beginning – Terry Pratchett
- The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George
- The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
- The Ghost Network – Catie Disabato
- The Little Friend – Donna Tartt
- The Fatal Strand – Robin Jarvis
There are a few within this section that I really want to read. The Little Paris Bookshelf and The Ghost Network are other ARCs, and The Magicians has been recommended to me several times, so I am itching to read it. I heard a great interview (on the wonderful Stuff Mom Never Told You) with Kara Cooney regarding The Woman Who Would Be King, and Hatshepsut seems like a fascinating person; I want to get to that one this year also. I, oddly enough, have the last book in the Wyrd Museum trilogy up here as well. Not many people talk about this series, but I absolutely loved it as a kid. There’s mystery, adventure, horror, and it delves into history and European mythologies. I would recommend them to all children if they weren’t so hard to find.
Bottom Shelf – Graphic Novels (plus some)
- A Reading Course in Homeric Greek – Dr. Leslie Edwards
- Introduction to Latin – Susan C. Shelmerdine
- Metamorphosis (original Latin) – Ovid
- The Last Unicorn – Peter S. Beagle
- Improbable Libraries – Alex Johnson
- Secret Garden – Johanna Basford
- 50 State Quarters (A Collection)
- This One Summer – Jillian Tamaki
- Calvin and Hobbes – Bill Watterson
- Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
- Rat Queens, Vol. 1 – Kurtis J. Wiebe
- Ms. Marvel, Vols. 1-4 – G. Willow Wilson
- The Wicked and the Divine, Vol. 1 – Kieron Gillen
- X-Men: The End, Vols 1-3 – Chris Claremont
- Inhumans, Vols. 1-2 – Christopher Soule
- Preacher, Vols. 6-9 – Garth Ennis
- Watchmen – Alan Moore
Obviously the main focus here are my graphic novels. My favorite series is Preacher, and the first half I have loaned out to my cousin. It’s super violent and very strange, but it really resonated with me when I was a teenager who loved all things black. I’ve also read most of these, but there’s a few that I haven’t yet. My focus will be on This One Summer and Fun Home, the two that I bought recently and really want to pick up.
Top Shelf – Mass Market Paperbacks
- Ten Plays – Euripides
- Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
- Parable of the Sower – Octavia E. Butler
- Women Who Run With the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes
- American Gods – Neil Gaiman
- Dune – Frank Herbert
- Johnny Got His Gun – Dalton Trumbo
- A Collection of Doonesbury Books – G. B. Trudeau
- A Song of Ice and Fire, books 1-4 – George R. R. Martin
Of note here is my absolute favorite book, Johnny Got His Gun. I like to keep it on my bookshelf and read it at least once every few years. I definitely want to finish up A Song of Ice and Fire this year, and I really want to get more into Neil Gaiman. I also own a few from the Sandman series, but I want to read more of his novels. I also love Doonesbury, and this small collection of comics was passed on to me by my dad.
Top Shelf – White Books, Blue Books…
- The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
- Consider the Lobster – David Foster Wallace
- Room – Emma Donoghue
- Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm – Philip Pullman
- The Illustrated Screwtape Letters – C. S. Lewis
- Freedom – Jonathan Franzen
- Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson – Judy Blume
- The Enchanted – Rene Denfeld
- Tragedies, Vol. 1 – William Shakespeare
- One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
- The Oxford History of Greece and the Hellenistic World
For this portion of the top shelf, there are certain books that I really, really want to read. The movie version of Room is nominated and is winning lots of awards this year, and I really want to read the book before I watch the movie. I want to read The Enchanted as well, though I hear it’s pretty dark and not a very easy one to get through. And speaking of books that can be hard to get through, I’ve been wanting to read Infinite Jest, but it’s so daunting and long. My solution: read Wallace’s short stories first. Thus, I’m hoping to read Consider the Lobster this year also.
Top Shelf – …Red Books, Tall Books? (Not as clever as I thought…)
- Fool – Christopher Moore
- Seeing – Jose Saramago
- Skylight – Jose Saramago
- The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
- Cutting For Stone – Abraham Verges
- The Art Forger – B. A. Shapiro
- Metamorphosis (English translation) – Ovid
- Dr. Ox’s Experiment – Jules Verne
- Frog Music – Emma Donoghue
- The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel
- Landline – Rainbow Rowell
- The Prisoner of Heaven – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Aaaaand the last bit!! Of these, I really want to read more Saramago; I have already read Blindness, and I would love to get more into his works. I also absolutely love Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and I am planning on finishing up his series The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Finally, I’ve never read any Rainbow Rowell books, and now that I’m getting more and more into YA lit, I figured I should get into her as well.