I came across Wonderfully Bookish’s Guided bookshelf tour the other week and I loved the little insight into her world and her shelves so I thought I’d introduce you to my shelves one week at a time.
I have a couple different book shelves dotted around my house filled with a mixture of different books and I thought it would be fun to look at each shelf separately every week.
So first up, is my bedroom bookcase. These shelves contain my favourite fiction books to read, and mainly have fantasy books and also my current tbrs on them. They’re generally the books I grab before bed to read.
So let’s start the tour off with my top shelf.
At the very top of the bookcase I store a lot of random stuff including my roller derby helmet, a horse mask a friend made and book dust jackets. I also store all of my protective book sleeves at the top. Most of my book sleeves come from the lovely Paper and Word, which are fantastic quality. I definitely recommend them.
So, let’s commence the tour with my books from left to right:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I bought this series of books shortly before the film came out wanting to do the classic “I read the book first” scenario. I devoured all three books over one weekend in between attending a convention. I absolutely loved these books, and the movies were great as well.
Heretic by Sarah Singleton
Shortly after reading Tithe I was wanting more faeries in my literary life and found Heretic. I’ve found this book quiet and a little unknown amongst the book community, but I don’t know why. It’s a fantastic story set in the Elizabethian era, during the time of Catholic persecution in a Protestant state, throw in the faery realm and witch prosecutions as well and you’ve got a fantastic book about friendship and hardship.
I love my copy of Heretic, you’ve just got to grab yourself one here.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
I picked this one up partly because of the hype surrounding it and partly because it was my 3rd book choice in a 3 for 2 scenario in Waterstones. I do like this book but it did take me a while to get into. Much longer than I was expecting considering it’s a book about faeries and hidden houses.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
This book kept popping up on my Amazon recommends list, and during a large Amazon shop I decided to add it in and give it a go. I’m glad I did, it’s an interesting twist on the tale of Beauty and the Beast. Definitely in need of a reread soon.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
I love this book! It’s one of my favourite Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman books. Although I’m not sure why it’s on this shelf – clearly it should be with my other Gaiman/ Pratchett books. I can’t wait to eventually watch the TV series they’re making for it, it’s been a long time coming!
Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Another recent purchase, bought on the recommendations of A Clockwork Reader on Youtube. This has been given a lot of good write-ups so I’m really looking forward to getting around to reading it.
Trudi Canavan Collection
For anyone that knows me, it’s pretty standard for me to throw Trudi Canavan books at them. I love her writing and without fail I will reread at least one of her series a year.
Age of Five
The Age of Five series is by far one of my most read book series. To the point that the books are completely trashed – and I’m really anal about the quality of my books. Seriously, there’s bent pages, a cracked spine beyond recognition, there’s even tea stains throughout. That is the ultimate proof of how much I love these books, and how much you need to read them as well. I mean just look at them…
This is actually Book one of Millennium’s rule series, it’s one of Canavan’s newest series and along with my other tbr pile I still haven’t managed to get around to reading it. But it’s there, ready and waiting for me.
Black Magician Original Trilogy
This was actually the first Trudi Canavan series I read, and I immediately fell in love. I found the Black Magician trilogy whilst wanting more magical book in between Harry Potter releases. I don’t know whether it’s because the main character is a teen girl but I immediately related to this series. It’s actually one of the first series I read from a female POV, having previously read the likes of Harry Potter and Darren Shan. I fell hard for Sonea’s emotional strength and smarts.
The Magician’s Apprentice
The Magician’s Apprentice is the prequel book set hundreds of years before the Black Magician Trilogy. The book sets out how to the guild was originally formed and the wastes formed. It’s a really interesting look into the history that helped form the Black Magician’s world.
The Traitor Spy trilogy
Another books series I haven’t gotten around to finishing yet. I buy all these books but don’t have enough time to read them all – I need to put aside some time. The Traitor Spy trilogy is set around 18yrs after the events of the Black Magician trilogy.
I definitely recommend reading the Kyralia world books (Black Magician etc) in order of publication. Don’t start with the Magician’s Apprentice, otherwise they’ll be a whole host spoilers for the Black Magicians trilogy.
My recommendation for reading The Kyralia books in order:
- The Black Magician Trilogy
- The Magicians’ Guild
- The Novice
- The High Lord
- The Magician’s Apprentice
- The Traitor Spy Trilogy
- The Ambassador’s Mission
- The Rogue
- The Traitor Queen
That’s all folks!
And thus ends my first bookshelf tour. I hope you liked reading the first of many upcoming bookshelf tours. I’m sorry if I’ve overloaded you, but there’s a lot to cover.
Have you read any of those books? What did you think of them?
Check back next week for my next Bookshelf Tour!
Thanks for reading x
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