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Hi everyone and welcome to a brand new tag – Shelfie by Shelfie that I was inspired to create late one night when I couldn’t sleep. If you want to join in, you share a picture (or “shelfie”) of one of your shelves i.e. favourites, TBR, however you like to organise them, and then answer ten questions that are based around that particular shelf. I have quite a large collection and am going to do every single bookshelf which comprises both my huge TBR and the books I’ve read and kept but please, don’t feel obliged to do every shelf yourself if you fancy doing this tag. I’d love to see anything and just a snapshot of your collection would be terrific and I’m sure, really interesting for other people to see!
Anyway – on with the tag, here is the sixth shelf of my first bookshelf (I’ve chosen to split it up into two separate shelfies because of the sheer number of books, oops!). Here is the front shelf and we’re looking at the middle part of this image.
And here are the questions!:
1.) Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?
Another random shelf I’m afraid to say! BUT my book buying ban (well, kind of book buying ban, I’m not including books I get as gifts or books that I’ve already pre-ordered for the year) is working really well, I am reducing my book collection little by little and I’ve got quite a few shelves now that are single stacked that you’ll see when we get to my second bookshelf. I know, shock horror! Don’t worry, the leopard hasn’t changed its spots completely, my third bookshelf is completely double stacked – haha. Anyway, there are a couple of authors that I’ve grouped together to show some small semblance of organisation – like my Patrick Ness, Sarah Dunant and John Irving books. The rest? All random books I haven’t read yet. Yup. No change here!
2.) Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/ a memory associated with it etc.
For this answer I’m going to go with A Closed And Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, which is the second book in the Wayfarers series that began with The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet. I don’t have a particular memory associated with it but it’s special to me as I connected with the first book in the series in such a profound way that it’s sitting on my bookshelves, taunting me and just begging to be read. Can’t believe I haven’t picked it up yet!
3.) Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?
This is so hard when most of these books (apart from two of the Ness novels) are books I haven’t read yet. If I had to make a decision I would ditch The Birth Of Venus by Sarah Dunant. I bought a few of her novels years back when I got a bit over-excited and was planned to read this particular novel just before my partner and I went to Florence on a short break. However, on reading the synopsis, I just didn’t fancy it anymore and am still wondering whether I should just let the book go? If you’ve read it, loved it and can persuade me to keep it, I’m happy to change my mind!
4.) Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?
I think it would be Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye. I love the cover, I’ve been hearing such great things, I’ve coveted it for ages and finally gave in and bought it as a birthday present to myself with some birthday vouchers earlier this year. Still haven’t read it though. If anyone wants to buddy read it with me I’d be delighted and then it would encourage me to get to it sooner?!
5.) Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?
I think that would be The Incarnations by Susan Barker. Looks amazing, again just haven’t had the time to get round to it. This is the problem with new, shiny books getting in the way.
6.) Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?
Sleeping Beauties by Jo Spain which was a gift from a very good blogging buddy of mine!
7.) Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf?)
I think I’ve said it before in a previous tag unrelated to Shelfie by Shelfie but I’m hoping to read Fates And Furies by Lauren Groff very, very soon. My TBR is getting ridiculous, honestly!
8.) If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.
There’s no room for any object on this shelf unfortunately, it’s double stacked as a lot of my shelves are!
9.) What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?
That I love a variety of genres as usual probably! There’s a whole mixture on here from historical fiction to YA, to contemporary and literary fiction with a smidge of horror and sci-fi.
10.) Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.
I won’t tag anyone but if anyone wants to do this tag, I’d be delighted and I’d love to see your shelfie.
For other Shelfie by Shelfies round the blogosphere, please see:
Dee @ Dees Rad Reads And Reviews Shelfie HERE
Jacquie @ Rattle The Stars Shelfie HERE
Stuart @ Always Trust In Books Shelfie #1 HERE.
Paula @ Book Jotter Shelfie #1 HERE.
Gretchen @ Thoughts Become Words Shelfie HERE.
Thank you so much to Chrissi, Sarah, Dee, Jacquie, Stuart, Jennifer, Paula and Gretchen for participating in Shelfie by Shelfie, it really means the world to me. Hugs!
If you’ve done this tag or you’re one of the people above and I’ve missed out one of your shelfies please let me know and I’d be happy to add you to Shelfie by Shelfies round the blogosphere!
COMING SOON on bibliobeth : Shelfie by Shelfie #11