One of my favourite things in the universe is my bookshelf. It is! I used to be the kind of bookworm who just read library books and tossed ’em back when I was done. Then I accidentally got into collecting books. Oh gosh. Don’t underestimate the addiction. Pretty covers, book photography, a million ways to organise them?! THE LIST OF GLORIOUSNESS GOES ON ETERNALLY.
I would pretty much like to collect books forever.
My shelf has rebuffed this, unfortunately, and I’m now stacking books on top.
DESCRIBE YOUR BOOKSHELF AND WHERE YOU GOT IT FROM:
It is a thing of beauty to behold. Although taking photos of it is a NIGHTMARE, because directly opposite of it is my window. Light, too much light. Hence the glare. BUT! Let’s pretend it is flawless.
I’m also not happy with how it’s stacked, but what’s an overcrowded bookworm to do?!
And it’s from IKEA. I’ve had it for 1.5 years. Next year, I presume, I’ll be building an igloo out of books and living in it.
HOW DO YOU ORGANISE YOUR BOOKS?
It’s sort of by colour! I say “sort of” because the top row of shelves are my favourite series that cannot be split up omg how dare anyone suggest it. And then now there is a row of books on top of the bookshelf and they have no meaning.
It’s sort of a catastrophe around here.
WHAT’S THE THICKEST/BIGGEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?
City of Heavenly Fire is not only astronomically tall, it’s gargantuanly thick. It’s my weapon of choice for the apocalypse. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is thick, but also short. I also bought it for $1 at a library sale. So proud of my hunting skills.
WHAT’S THE THINNEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?
Bridge to Terabithia isn’t even 200-pages! I haven’t read The Ocean At the End of the Lane yet. Shame on me.
IS THERE A BOOK YOU RECEIVED AS A BIRTHDAY GIFT?
NO. You know why?! No one gives me books for my birthday. It breaks my heart. It truly does. But my little sister gave me Paper Towns for Christmas, so that’s sort of close.
IS THERE A BOOK FROM A FRIEND ON YOUR SHELF?
I have the nicest friends. Jo gave me Tithe and Charnell gave me Dangerous Girls and Amanda gave me Thirteen. They’re all freaky, dark and scary books — so clearly I have made good friends. Also, you three, I am eternally grateful just LET ME GIVE YOU CAKE OR SOMETHING.
MOST EXPENSIVE BOOK?
Do you know how long it took me to figure out the answer to this one?! I DON’T BUY BOOKS. Or, when I do, I buy them for a few dollars from second-hand stores. But I actually bought Heir of Fire full price (about $15, if I remember correctly) and that was quite a big deal for me.
I AM RULER OF ALL. All should gift books as homage to my queenly rulership, to be honest.
THE LAST BOOK YOU READ ON YOUR SHELF?
I finally read this one! FINALLY. I’ve had it for absolutely months, and just felt no motivation after all the mixed reviews. I ended up liking the plot and just cringing over the characters.
Weirdly…yes. Sometimes publishers send me (accidentally?) two copies of the same book. OR. I buy a book and then get a review copy (like The Maze Runner, and Blue Lily) which is so frustrating. Or I win a book and then get a review-copy (like Fire and Flood).
Someday I will give the extras away. It will be after I’m crowned.
DO YOU HAVE A COMPLETE SERIES?
A Series of Unfortunate Events is my most proudest collection of EVER. They all match. They’re all hardcover. They are my favourite childhood series. I even know what VFD stands for. Ha. Ha.
WHAT’S THE NEWEST ADDITION TO YOUR SHELF?
Well, hello there, Dumplin’. I was tossing up requesting this one and then — TA DA — it arrived as a surprise in my mailbox. Penguin Teen knows things.
(I am a bit nervous though, because I didn’t like the author’s first book, Side Effects May Vary. So we shall see.)
WHAT’S THE MOST RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?
An Ember in the Ashes came out in June, 2015! I actually (weirdly) haven’t been keeping up with new releases so much this year. I’ve wandered off to devour older series. Next year I’ll probably regret this.
(And yes I posted this photo yesterday. BUT I’M PROUD OF IT, OKAY?)
THE OLDEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?
Okay, technically, Hornblower doesn’t live on my shelf. This is because a) it stinks like an old book and IT KILLS ME TO INHALE, and b) it’s perishing. Seriously. If I even look at it too long, flakes of the book just spirit away. So it’s in a dark corner in my cupboard. Also it stinks. Did I mention that?
BUT COME ON, PEOPLES. 1938!! And it’s Hornblower. I have such love for the TV show. (Not so much the book. I read, um, one book and fell asleep.)
This is my favourite scene:
A BOOK YOU WON?
I won Dorothy Must Die from…agh. I have no idea. Some wonderful person. I APPRECIATE YOUR WONDERFULNESS, UNNAMED WONDERFUL PERSON.
A BOOK YOU’D HATE TO LET OUT OF YOUR SIGHT? (AKA NO ONE IS EVER BORROWING IT. EVER.)
No one will ever read this magnanimous deluxe edition The Hunger Games books. NO ONE. Even I can’t bear to crack the spines myself yet.
MOST BEAT UP BOOK?
I found Mortal Coil for fifty cents at a library sale. AM I COMPLAINING ABOUT IT’S CONDITION? Nope. I am such a Scrooge.
MOST PRISTINE BOOK?
Why yes, this trilogy is on here twice. Remember how I said no one could touch them or read them on pain of me setting my ferocious fluffy puppy on them? (Okay, I totally didn’t say that then, but I implied it.) THIS IS WHY THEY’RE SO PRISTINE.
A BOOK FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD?
Can you believe I actually never finished the Inkheart trilogy?! MY CHILDHOOD IS IN RUINS. I will. One day. Oh! And I actually really adore the movie. Mostly these two adorable things.
A BOOK THAT DOESN’T BELONG TO YOU?
A Storm of Swords (book 3) is a library book. (I like having the audio and book around. It is just a super nice feeling.) And, can you believe, I actually don’t have many library books out right now?! This is the only book and the other two are comics. WHAT IS LIFE. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?
A BOOK WITH A SPECIAL/DIFFERENT COVER? (EX. LEATHER BOUND, SOFT FUZZY ETC.)
This isn’t technically on my shelf, but pfft. If I followed ALL the rules, you peoples would be worried. I am a ruler breaker. It’s just who I am. But Captain Jim (which is part of a fabulous Australian iconic series called Billabong by Mary Grant Bruce) has a sort of cloth cover. It’s nice to pet.
A BOOK THAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?
Orange is my favourite colour. SUNSET ORANGE. Not prison orange. I am probably Peeta.
A BOOK THAT’S BEEN ON YOUR SHELF THE LONGEST AND YOU STILL HAVEN’T READ IT?
I won this (years ago?) and just haven’t felt any motivation to tackle it’s hugeness. BUT! I posted about this recently and a lot of you said I should really give it a chance. (So maybe I will. I’m agreeable like that.) Also this is a super old ginger beer bottle I stole from my parents cupboard. It’s good for photos. And doesn’t it match ridiculously well!?? #steallikeanartist
ANY SIGNED BOOKS?
I just won this, actually! And do you know excited I am? FREAKISHLY EXCITED. I loved Talon. Sassy dragons — Oh gosh. Was it written for me? And now I own Rogue (it’s so shiiiiiny) and it’s signed and life is dragonishly good.
As always, STEAL THIS TAG IF YOU WANT TO. If you link to me (or tell me you posted!) Il’l come and read it! And, warning! I skipped some of the questions, so sneak over to Deborah’s post if you want them all.
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