Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 4 | General Fiction (begins)

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.


← Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 3 | Nonfiction (continues)

Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 5 | General Fiction (continues)

Some stats:

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.

18 thoughts on “Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 4 | General Fiction (begins)

  1. Sooo many interesting books here. I don’t have that much general fiction, I think a lot of my general fiction is historical fiction because I used to be really into that. Some of these look pretty intriguing to me though!

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      1. Yep. I went through a fantasy phase in middle school and high school but then got into historical fiction for a while before going back to fantasy. Funny how things happen like that, maybe one day I’ll be into something else again lol.

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  2. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is fantastic! I hope you like it whenever you read it!

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  3. Noooo, no KonMari!!! D: Lol, I feel like I’m still in that phase when I only buy books and not ready to let them go just yet, even the ones that I didn’t like.

    I’ve been watching lots of Adichie speeches lately, and really love her ideas. We Should All be Feminist is on my TBR as well!

    And I just ordered Boy, Snow, Bird. It’s currently on its way.

    I’m falling in love with your shelves! So many books I want to buy/read! ❤

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    1. Lol! I’ll trim down my stack a bit but I can’t KonMari my books. I’ll lose my mind, lol!
      Totally understand. If I had more space, I’d hold onto a few of the ones I disliked a bit longer if they have a nice cover.

      Same here on Adichie. That’s why I have 3 of her books and have yet to read them 😀 lol

      I’m actually going to read Boy Snow Bird next month for a book club I’m part of with some coworkers. I’ve heard great things about Oyeyemi’s work.

      😀 I’m glad you’re enjoying these posts. Thanks so much for checking them out. 🙂

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  4. I heard only good things about First Frost 🙂
    I can’t say I love Lord of Flies, but I think it’s a damn great novel. Horrible, but great. Not so with Great Gatsby, which I can’t really stand 😉
    Marquez is very interesting, but my favorite authors from that part of the world and that time are Cortazar and Llosa. Can’t recommend them enough! 😀

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    1. First Frost is now one of my comfort reads. I love that book so much 🙂
      Lol that was how I was about the Great Gatsby at first but the writing really got me. I wonder if I would think the same if I reread it now.
      I need to try some of Llosa’s work. My friend often recommends them to me.

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      1. Llosa’s “Conversation in the Cathedral” is absolutely amazing. Hard, harrowing, but totally amazing. The Time of the Hero is also very powerful and haunting, especially if you realize it was his debut. There are also more comedic novels, Captain Pantoja and the Special Services, or Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter.

        Yea, as you can see I can write about Llosa for a very long time 😉

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  5. This is a collection that’s worth to have. I chuckled a little when I saw the book about astrology lying almost on top of cosmogony, but fast reminded myself that I also had my bout when astrology fascinated me. It still does in a way, but not like astrologists want to disconnect their subject from the actual science, astrology. If you want to be serious about the issue that the constellations can influence our reality, you can’t say that their actual position is irrelevant.

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