So I just realized what a task this is to tour my bookshelves. There are so many books on them, especially this bookcase because it’s stacked 3-books deep. Whenever I clean or reorganize it, I wonder where all these books came from, what am I doing with them all, will I actually read them? Should I start doing the KonMari Method and chuck them out? Doing so would free up a lot of space but would leave me feeling deprived and missing my books.
I don’t think I could ever get rid of them. There was a low moment when I was battling student loans (I’m still battling them) when I wondered if selling all my books could help me pay down my loans. I convinced myself that doing so wouldn’t help, which was a good thing because now I get to do this tour!
So we’re still on this 3-books-deep bookcase —
— (we’ll be on it for a while) but now we’re touring the second shelf from from the bottom, which means we’re done with nonfiction books for now, sort of.
This shelf contains all my books that would usually be stacked in the general fiction section, so contemporary, historical, and literary fiction novels. I think overflow from the nonfiction shelf may be stacked in the last row on this shelf. But for now, let’s check out the first row:
We meet my first Funko Pop on this shelf. It’s one of my favorite rappers — Tupac.
Sitting on top:
Fool by Christopher Moore
The Thunder of My Name by Bukka Rennie
The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox
These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris ★★★★☆
This is actually humor. It’s a book of short stories about or set in or around the Christmas holiday season. It’s the perfect read for that time of year (lol).
Ayiti by Roxane Gay
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Stacked: left to right
Very Good, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Magical Negro by Morgan Parker
Wole Soyinka: Collected Plays 1 by Wole Soyinka
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
Heads of Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Lord of the Flies by William Golding ★★☆☆☆
I had to read this in high school and hated it. It was the same with The Great Gatsby, but I reread Fitzgerald’s book and liked it so I’d like to do the same with this one to see what happens.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
It’s there, hidden beside Lord of the Flies.
Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis
Native Son by Richard Wright ★★★★☆
A classic novel that was first published in 1940 that touches on issues American society still struggles with today.
The Last Summer (of You & Me) by Ann Brashares
Stacked: left to right (continued)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng ★★★★☆ ½
A compelling read. I’m not sure yet if I’ll watch the show.
When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey
Silence by Shūsaku Endō
Afterburn by Zane ★★★☆☆
African American erotica. I read it years ago. Now I only remember bits and pieces.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston ★★★★★
My favorite classic novel. I love this book so much!
Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo ★★★★★
I read this years ago and loved it but have forgotten all the details. I only remember that it’s magical realism, has some LGBT representation, and is probably set in Trinidad.
Beloved by Toni Morrison ★★★★★
It took me years to read this book because I watched the movie as a kid and was so scared that I thought the book must be worse. (It’s not that scary.)
Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen ★★★★★
I recently read this and absolutely loved it. I’ll post a review soon.
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Rasputin’s Daughter by Robert Alexander ★★★★★
One of my favorite books when I was high school. Back then, I wanted to read everything about Rasputin. I’m still fascinated by him, well, curious is a better word.
Pimp: The Story of My Life by Iceberg Slim
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez ★★★★★
Another of my favorite classics. Love the story and how it’s written.
Total books in this row = 42
How many I completed = 11
How many I will unhaul = 0
Total shelves so far = 2
Total books so far = 160
How many completed = 62
How many I will unhaul = 8
Lol that “How many I completed” number will become less as the “Total books” number rise. Ah well. That’s how it is for a book lover, I guess.