A TOUR OF MY BOOK SERIES AND COLLECTIONS

I’m a little nosey, and I often like browsing through other’s bookshelves, particularly to see what kind of genres they like, or what series/collections they own.

With that said, I think a lot of others like doing it too, and if you’ve looked through some of my book reviews, then you know that I love YA (so there is no need for a genre post). So I thought, why not do a tour of the series and collections that I have in my bookshelf? Even though I don’t actually have a bookshelf (sacrilege, I know) – my books are just in alphabetically ordered piles on the floor.

So, here it is – a tour of my book series/collections. Enjoy!

DELUXE EDITION PENGUIN CLASSICS

This stunning trio are Deluxe Edition Penguin Classics (of which there are many more), each cover designed by artist extraordinaire Rubin Toledo. I was mesmerised by their gothic wispiness, and incredible detail, and HAD to have them. Small confession: I have yet to read any of these novels. I know, I know – a literature lover that has yet to read Pride and Prejudice; colour me ashamed. But I promise that both Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre are high on my TBR pile (that has, admittedly, grown taller than me). Sorry Emily – I have read half of Wuthering Heights, I just couldn’t quite bring myself to carry on. Maybe one day.

HIS DARK MATERIALS

His Dark Materials is an outstanding trilogy that I would consider a must read – though admittedly, I have problems with that phrase. I was late to the party (realising at 18 that The Golden Compass is a terrible injustice) but fell unreservedly in love with this trio – a trio that is, at heart, a children’s tale, but is also a tale of corruption, greed, and innocence. If you like epic adventure with a lot of grit, outstanding world-buildingand incredibly complex characters, this is the series for you.

PENGUIN ENGLISH LIBRARY

My Penguin English Library collection is my pride and joy – a little bit of an exaggeration, but it has all of my heart (and some of my money). I adore these editions – the colours, the print, the way that they look when grouped together. And they are extremely affordable, at only £5.99 a book (and often on offer at buy one get one free). This is my collection thus far – lots of my favourite novelists (Dickens, Hardy and Austen), and books I desperately want to read (The Picture of Dorian Grey and The Scarlett Letter). I can’t wait to continue building it when I have a little more money.

SIDE NOTE: Yes, I do have two copies of Jane Eyre… a book I have not yet read. I have issues.

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

If you spend more than one minute on bookstagram, you will know that the A Court of Thorns and Roses novels are another must read. I admit, I was not a friend of fantasy, but (shortly after the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin) everyone seemed obsessed with Maas, and so I thought why not, and purchased all three. A bold move that I did not regret, as I devoured all three in days, and was left speechless. These novels will tear you apart – adventure, characters I cannot begin to describe due to my sheer amazement, epic twists, spellbinding battles (literally), and DID I MENTION THE CHARACTERS? If you want a series that will consume you, this is it.

JOHN GREEN

I have oodles of time for John Green – as an individual, and novelist. Without him, I don’t know that I would have pursued my passion for writing to the extent that I have, and I certainly don’t think that I would have discovered my love of writing YA. Because of this, and the kindness and empathy I have gained from lessons learned in these novels, I am really proud (and wanted to show off) this little collection.

If you think you’d like to start reading some of John’s work, then I recommend starting with Paper Towns – admittedly, it is no longer my favourite, but it’s an easy, wonderful, heartwarming read. The rest you can browse in any order, but make sure to give Turtles All the Way Down the appreciation that it deserves, for it’s brutally honest depiction of mental illness – it really is quite set apart from the soft, gentility of his other writing, but still has the heart and warmth that I’ve grown to love.

Did I mention he tweeted me the day of its release? I still can’t believe that’s a thing that happened.

John Green

CHAOS WALKING

The Chaos Walking trilogy is the latest series that I have adored – though I have yet to read Monsters of Men. There is not a moment of calm in The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer, each novel a whirlwind from beginning to end, and it is a heady blend of exhilarating and epic. If you are a fan of adventure novels, with young, daring leads, and a world that will frighten and mesmerise you in equal measures, I would highly recommend this series.

I am, after reading, ever so slightly concerned about the adaptation. Though I adore Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley, Todd and Viola are very young, and Tom and Daisy are, well, not (though they do look rather young). I hope that, if they have aged them slightly, it doesn’t take away from the youthful innocence that adds so much to this series.

HARRY POTTER

Did I say that my Penguin English Library Collection was my pride and joy? Well, my other pride and joy (and this is no exaggeration), is this BEAUTIFUL collection of all eight Harry Potter novels. Just look at the detail, the colour, the illustrations. Are you already falling in love?

I have another confession to make: I didn’t read these until I was eighteen years old. I know, ridiculous right? I had watched and enjoyed the films, but for some reason, never made time for the novels, and when anyone asked for my thoughts, or asked why I hadn’t read them, I would just shrug, and say that I didn’t want to.

The truth is that I have no idea why I didn’t read these sooner, because, as you most likely already know, they are wonderful. Rowling’s storytelling ability is second to none, and there are so many benefits to reading the novels like developed plot points (a detailed backstory for Petunia), reasons to dislike characters whose loyalty you do not question in the films (I’m looking at you Dumbledore), and reasons to adore characters the films sometimes chastise (I love you, Neville Longbottom).

I’m so glad that I read these books, and it’s unlikely that I’ll need to encourage anyone to read them, but definitely do if you haven’t already.

And that’s all the series and collections that I own! 

I hope you enjoyed having a peek at the kinds of books that I collect and enjoy – let me know if you’d like to see something like this, but maybe with the TV/Film series that I own instead.

Thank you for reading!

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    • Emily
      Author
      July 17, 2018 / 4:50 pm

      Thank you, Shania! ❤️

  1. July 18, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    Loved this! Them deluxe penguin classics are gorgeous! I’ve only just read Pride and Prejudice myself recently and I actually really enjoyed it, and Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books! I’m probably the only book lover though who hasn’t read Harry Potter, oops. Love the idea of this post!

    Evie x | https://eviejayne.co.uk

    • Emily
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you! I’ve heard so many great things – I can’t wait to start reading them. Ha, I’m probably the only book lover who hasn’t read Jane Eyre, so we’re in similar boats. 😂

  2. July 18, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    Wow you have some beautiful books I’m so jealous! I’m intrigued by those Penguin English Library books I’m going to look into them now. The Chaos Walking books have been on my wishlist for about 7 years and I still haven’t got them, I also love John Green and read Let It Snow every Christmas but I’m yet to read TATWD!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • Emily
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      They’re ridiculously affordable, and really easy to carry around with you – would definitely recommend. Really? That’s so sweet. I’ve only read it once, but it’s such a lovely read. Turtles All the Way Down is brilliant – if you like John’s work, I’d definitely recommend checking it out. ☺️

  3. July 18, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    I love this. I really do enjoy having a nosey at other peoples books. And you couldn’t be more right about the Golden Compass being a great injustice.

    • Emily
      Author
      July 18, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      It’s so much fun! I know, right! I couldn’t believe it when I read The Northern Lights – it’s such a wonderful book, and TGC is such a mediocre film.

  4. July 19, 2018 / 12:32 am

    John Green was also a big inspiration for me to get into writing! The first book of his that I read was TFIOS 5 years ago and it had such a big impact on my life ever since. Great post!

    • Emily
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 10:53 am

      That’s awesome! He’s such a wonderful author. I feel like he’s inspired so many people. Thank you! 😊

  5. July 19, 2018 / 8:44 am

    Jane Eyre is honestly one of my tip top books of all time! I still have the copy I bought when I was 11, and it’s my most battered book but I still love her. The deluxe penguin copies are completely gorgeous though. I also love His Dark Materials – but I’ve not even gone near the film because I read the books first, and I don’t want to spoil my love for the series!

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.squarespace.com

    • Emily
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 10:55 am

      That’s amazing. I LOVE it when people have old, battered copies of their favourite books. I’m even more excited to read it now. Good idea! It’s not worth your time at all. 😂

  6. July 19, 2018 / 9:00 am

    Love this! I really like John Green, to (although, I don’t think I’m quite at your level ;)) and it’s SO COOL he replied to your tweet. Also, your box of HP books looks so pretty.

    • Emily
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 10:58 am

      Thanks Ruth! Ha, I don’t think there’s many people at my level – momentarily forgot how to breathe when I received that tweet. 😂 Isn’t it? I’m so in love with it.

  7. July 19, 2018 / 10:02 am

    They’re all so pretty! A lot of my books are the Penguin English Classics but the covers on those deluxe edition ones are so beautiful. I had a little giggle to myself because all of those books are in my TBR as well. Great post x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Emily
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 10:59 am

      I know – I absolutely adore them. Ha, I’m glad I’m not the only one. Hope you enjoy them when you get around to reading them! Thank you. 💜

  8. July 19, 2018 / 10:57 am

    I have the collection of John Green books too – they’re some of my all time favourites! I think Looking for Alaska will always top the list for me 🙂 Can’t believe John replied to you! How lucky! xxx

    • Emily
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 11:02 am

      It’s up there for me too, though I’ve always been a little bit annoyed by the “twist”. But Alaska is one of my favourite characters of his by a landslide. I know! I still can’t believe it. 😂

  9. July 19, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    Love this post, you just can’t beat a good book! I’ve heard good things about a court of thorns and roses been meaning to put it on my tbr list💜☺

    • Emily
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 10:10 pm

      It’s definitely the series on the list I would recommend the most at the moment – it’s so close to my heart. 🌸

  10. July 21, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    Wow, you have an impressive collection of books Emily! I’ve read Fault In Our Stars & Paper Towns and loved them both. I really want to read some more John Green books and that’s so cool he replied to your tweet! Thanks did sharing 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Emily
      Author
      July 23, 2018 / 8:12 am

      Thank you! I definitely recommend reading the others – though Turtles All the Way Down is undoubtedly my top pick if you didn’t want to buy them all. I know! Still can’t believe it. Thank you! 💛

  11. July 21, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    Those deluxe penguin books are absolutely beautiful – I studied Pride and Prejudice this year at uni and it’s a fabulous book, I really recommend watching the film as well!

    • Emily
      Author
      July 23, 2018 / 8:15 am

      I think I’ll start it today! I’ve heard that! I’d really like to watch the TV mini series too. I want to see what the ‘Colin Firth as Mr Darcy’ fuss is all about. 😂

  12. July 22, 2018 / 10:36 am

    I LOVE your deluxe editions of Penguin classics! They’re so beautiful and quite original!
    Jas xx

    • Emily
      Author
      July 23, 2018 / 8:16 am

      They do feel very unique! I hadn’t really thought about that before. There’s something almost personalised about them – probably the really cool illustrations. 💛

  13. venus aby
    July 23, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    Love this post! I knew the Golden Compass was adapted from the Northern Lights book but I had NO idea it was a trilogy! I should go and actually read them, I’ve been thinking to for such a long time (same with the Chaos Walking trilogy, I’ve been saying I wanted to read it since secondary school and still haven’t picked it up oof).

    venus | https://venusaby.blogspot.com

    • Emily
      Author
      July 24, 2018 / 7:46 am

      If you liked TNL, you’ll hopefully love the others as well! I was exactly the same with Chaos Walking – I just kept putting it off. But I’m so glad I finally picked it up. ☺️

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