Welcome to the highly requested tour of my book stacks!
I’ve received a lot of lovely compliments on Twitter (thank you) when posting photos of these, and so I thought I would take you on an in depth, photographic tour. There is a lot to get through, so I’ll dive right in.
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These are my lovely hardbacks – all stacked together in alphabetical order (by author’s second name).
If I’m honest, I prefer paperback. Unless it’s a special edition – my copy of Dracula, for instance (third from the top) – a new release, or a gift, I’ll more than likely reach for paperback. The majority of these come under the category of newly released, as I’m FAR too impatient to wait for paperback release. As there are quite a few, I thought I’d run you through some of my favourites:
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – somehow, this manages to find its way into every book related post of mine. You only need to spend a few minutes browsing through my blog to figure out how much I adore this book.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) – Simon received a lot of praise for obvious reasons, but TUOP (I feel) hasn’t received the love that it deserves. It is a lovely read that I relate to on far too many levles. Though that may be because the protagonist has a ridiculous amount of crushes, and adores cats and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders – a blend of fact and fiction, that tackles Abraham Lincoln’s movements on the night of (and days following) his son’s death, and the fictional movements of his son and the characters that he meets in purgatory. A must read for any Lincoln-fan-come-book-lover (me).
MY READ PILES
Excuse the shadow (a combination of terrible lighting and terrible photography) but the first four paperback piles, starting from the left and working inwards, I have read. As with the hardbacks, all are in alphabetical order, by author’s second name.
There is a mix of university and non-academic reading, but, as you can clearly see, it’s predominantly YA. After falling out of love with YA in my mid-teens, I started to reintroduce it into my reading last year and fell madly in love with it once more. The vast majority of those you can see were read last summer.
I have all of Sara Barnard’s work, and a few Holly Bourne – both nestled in the corner, and both of whom I discovered last year. I have my very well read A Court of Thorns and Roses series, and a couple of Emery Lord novels (a HIGHLY underrated YA novelist, who writes beautiful stories of faith and family) – again, discoveries of last summer. There are so many more authors that and novels that I’d love to pick out, particularly university related books, but I think I’ll talk more on that in another post! But, as with my hardbacks, I thought I’d pick a few favourites.
Salinger (though a bit of a creep) is one of my favourite authors – as you can see by my well read copies of The Catcher in the Rye (one of my favourite novels), and For Esme with Love and Squalor (also referred to as Nine Stories). I have read Catcher three or four times, and find more to comb over on every read – it will never cease to hold a very special place in my heart. And For Esme with Love and Squalor holds possibly my favourite piece of writing in existence – a short story called Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut – that is nuanced, and frightening, and raw, and upsetting and utterly beautiful. I would highly recommend picking this up if you like collections of short stories.
ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES
Is that two copies of All the Bright Places? You bet your ass that’s two copies of All the Bright Places. There is a reason for this. Partly, it is because this is one of my favourite (and my most read) novels, and Theodore Finch is my favourite character in all of literature. But it’s largely because I wanted to read it at home, and my actual copy was in my old flat in Edinburgh. I couldn’t wait, so I just bought another. I have that little impulse control.
ATBP is a beautiful, and important read, with character arcs that out-character-arc all other novels, and a journey that will both break and mend you. If it is sitting on your TBR, I really encourage you (more than I would with any other novel (even *gasp* The Cruel Prince)) to bring it down. Jennifer Niven sauntered into my heart, and completely stole it with this. She changed the way that I write fiction (in a wonderful way) and I will be forever grateful.
I can’t wait to see the incredible Justice Finch and Elle Fanning bring my favourite characters to life.
MY TBR PILES
My eternal shame: my to be read piles. I don’t have a clue how I ended up here. If you put these together, I know that these would be taller than me! It isn’t that I don’t want to read any of these – I just always have something else on the go. There are so many that I’m utterly desperate to read, but I thought I’d list just a few (otherwise we’d be here all day):
How to Stop Time, Matt Haig.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Remi Eddo-Lodge
Adventures in the Screen Trade, William Goldman
Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi
The Crow Road, Iain Banks
Why did I start listing? I’ll be listing the whole pile at this rate.
Please let me know what you’ve read, and what you think is really worth prioritising (Children of Blood and Bone is probably top of my list at the moment). In fact I might move it to the slightly smaller TBR on my bedside cabinet.
AND THAT’S A WRAP
I still have a lot of other novels littered around my room, but these are mostly series and collections! If you’d be interested to know more about those, I have a tour of them that you can find HERE. I also have other TBR piles on my bedside cabinets. One you can’t see contains some for an Contemporary American module I am doing next semester, along with a few YA reads. And the other you can see next to my hardbacks, contains all of my reads for #Classicsathon – you can read more about that HERE.
I’m incredibly lucky that I’ve been able to buy or be gifted so many wonderful books. It feels surreal to look at all of them and know that they are mine. I’m always hoping they will take pride of place in the library that I will have in my future home (thank you Belle and Beast, for my utterly unrealistic depictions of what a house should look like).
I really hope you enjoyed this post, and that any and all nosey bookworms feel very satisfied.
I know I absolutely adore these kind of posts, so I can only hope that you did too.
Thank you for reading!
(It’s me procrastinating from reading everything on my TBR)!