Weekend Reads #101: Bookshelf Tour!!

Weekend Reads will now include my…. bookshelf tour!! 😀 😀

A couple weeks ago, I did my first poll to see if y’all would be interested in one and several of you voted that I should go ahead with it, so I’m happy to comply. 🙂 I keep the majority of my books on these two deep, white bookcases, which I’ll be giving a tour of in my Weekend Reads posts.

The bookcase on the left is double-stacked on each shelf, and the one on the right is triple-stacked on each shelf. I simply have too many damn books and should probably get rid of a few, but it’s so hard for me to let a book go. Is it the same for you too?

Even if I dislike a book, I usually keep it in case I reread it later and like it. But, due to the limited space on these shelves, I’ve started to slowly let certain books go: those I don’t like or got for free but will never, ever read. Oh yeah, if I bought a book, the chances of me getting rid of it without once cracking open the cover is pretty damn slim.

Well, I’m starting with the bottom shelf of the bookcase on the right because it’s the hardest to photograph. This shelf houses the majority of my nonfiction books: mythology, psychology, philosophy, writing, language mechanics, and a little history. Here’s a close-up of the first bunch:

It looks much neater when seen from afar, lol. Well, here’s what’s on it.

Sitting on top:
  • Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better by Pema Chödrön ★★★★☆
    • A very motivating book that was really helpful to me when I was at a low point
  • The Cloud Collector’s Handbook by Gavin Pretor-Pinney
  • The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries From a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
  • You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth | You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life ★★★★★ both by Jen Sincero
    • You Are a Badass is a self-help book. I listened to the audiobook, which was very uplifting.
  • The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
    • A classic that all should read; highly recommend

Stacked: left to right
  • The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them by Meg Jay ★★★★☆
    • Another self-help book. Meg Jay is a clinical psychologist. I read it shortly after graduating college, which was the perfect time to read it.
  • A World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts From Every Nation on the Planet by John Oldale
  • A History of the World by E.H. Gombrich
    • I read this so long ago, I’ve forgotten the details but I remember liking it.
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
  • Like a Thief in Broad Daylight: Power in the Era of Post-Human Capitalism by Slavoj Žižek
    • Žižek is so quirky and interesting. I don’t often agree with him, but I’ve seen a couple videos of his lectures/talks, so I’d like to read one of his books too.
  • The Fire this Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward
    • This spine doesn’t show well in either of the pictures.
  • The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang
  • Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Brief Histories of Almost Anything: 50 Savvy Slices of Our Global Past by Chris Brazier (ed.)
  • Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
    • Another one where too much time has passed since I last read it. But it too is a classic that’s worth the read.
  • The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C.L.R. James
    • An amazing read. Another classic that I HIGHLY recommend.
  • Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother’s Love by Zack McDermott
  • The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Da Vinci’s Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image by Toby Lester
  • Changing My Mind: Occassional Essays by Zadie Smith
  • Living by the Word: Essays by Alice Walker
  • Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession by Elizabeth Benedict
  • The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
  • Parallel Myths by J.F. Bierlein
  • Mythology by Philip Wilkinson & Neil Philip
  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology: An A-Z Guide to the Myths and Legends of the Ancient World by Arthur Cotterell & Rachel Storm
    • I’ve had this book on my Goodreads currently reading shelf for a couple years now, lol. I like it but I stopped reading halfway and have yet to go back to it.

Stacked: left to right (continued)
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  • Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love by Betsy Prioleau
  • The Best American Essays of the Century by Joyce Carol Oates (ed.)
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
    •  I started reading this years ago but didn’t finish it.
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
    • An absolutely amazing read! Highly recommend it, of course.
  • A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash by Sylvia Nasar
    • I saw the movie years ago and have been planning to read the book since but have yet to.
  • The Gods of Olympus: A History by Barbara Graziosi
  • Myths & Legends: Classical Greek, Celtic, Norse, Chinese, African, Native American, & More by Jake Jackson (ed.)
  • Body Language for Dummies by Elizabeth Kuhnke
    • Read it. Meh. Didn’t care for it much.

Ok, so, that’s a lot of books for just one row on one shelf. Well, hopefully something caught your interest and hopefully I’ll have better pics next time. 🙂

Bookshelf Tour — Nonfiction (continues) →


What I’m currently reading:

Wyrd and Wonder, the month-long celebration of all things fantasy, has started, which means I’ll be reading nothing but fantasy all month long. Yeahie me!! 😀

For this weekend, I’ll read…

The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan

I’d like to complete it this month. If I can just get by the Perrin chapters at the beginning, I’ll be fine. I think that’s what’s slowing me down.

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

This is the readalong book for Wyrd and Wonder. I’d like to start it this weekend.

A mystery TBR book

Well, that’s not exactly true. After a recent convo with Ola from Re-enactment of the World, I’m now in the mood to read either The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss or The Black Prism by Brent Weeks, neither of which are on my TBR for Wyrd & Wonder, lol. But that’s not a problem. I never stick my TBRs anyway. I’m a total mood reader.

Hmm… I might do the Try a Chapter Tag to help me decide what other book I should pick up this weekend.

**BTW, is it just me or do these three covers side by side seem to be saying something: the character on the cover of the Goblin Emperor is looking at Rand (on the cover of Dragon Reborn) with an expression that’s reflected on the mystery book cover I slapped together. Actually, everyone’s looking at Rand like that and, considering what happens in Dragon Reborn, that makes sense.


That’s it for me. What’re you up to this weekend?
And how do you decide what books to give away?

20 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #101: Bookshelf Tour!!

  1. What a fun look at your bookshelves! As for getting rid of books, I just keep the ones that I honestly think might reread one day. If I liked it but don’t think I’d reread it, then I donate it to the Friends of the Library. If I ever want to reread a book I’ve gotten rid of I know I can borrow it from the library, so that helps alleviate the desire to hang on. Plus I just don’t have a lot of space for books so I have to be judicious.

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    1. Oh, I didn’t even think of it that way: that I can just go borrow it if I want to reread it again. It’s so obvious but I really didn’t think of it. My mind goes along the lines of “OMG it’s gone and I’ll never, ever see it again!!” lol

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  2. We have the same Mythology books! and not mythology, but everything I’ve read by Mary Roach, I’ve loved.

    i too am quickly running out of bookshelf space. How do I know it’s time for a book to find a new home? If I start reading it, and really don’t enjoy it, the book goes. If I’ve had it on my shelf for years, and I’m confident that I’m not going to read it in the next 5 years, It usually goes.

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    1. Oh cool! 🙂
      And that’s good to hear about Roach. I just have the one book by her.

      That’s a good process for weeding them out. I asked the question to get ideas for myself, lol, so this is helpful. Thanks.

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  3. Lol at “everyone’s looking at Rand like that”! 😂
    Love your collection, some very interesting books you have there! Lots of mythology, which I’m addicted to 😄 And I’m quite surprised to see Žižek there, thought nobody on that side of Atlantic was really interested in what he has to say. Have you read Oates’ collection?

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    1. Actually I haven’t come across anyone who has read or listened to Žižek. I think I got lucky in finding out about him from an article that spoke about how eccentric he is….something like that.
      Yep, I forgot to mention that I did read Oates collection. It has a nice variety of essays. I’ve read a few but haven’t yet completed the entire thing. I dip in and out of it every now and then.

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  4. Ohhhh stunning and colourful collection! This post must’ve helped you rediscover some gems and get things even more organized in the process! I love reorganizing my own shelves every 6 months. I have yet to really let go of books yet but I have put several of the books I know I won’t read in a box that I’ll probably give away at some point hahaha Thanks for sharing! 😀

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