Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 7 | Hints at Fantasy (begins)

Finally! We’re on a row that features some fantasy books. But don’t get your hopes up because I don’t think the row behind this one has fantasy books. Or maybe it does… I don’t know. It’s a weird shelf.

So yea, my bookshelf tour continues. So far, I’ve been publishing these posts once a week and will continue to do so until I run out of shelves and books…maybe sometime in the fall/winter months, lol.

I’ve been working through this bookcase, which is stacked 3 books deep.

I started with the shelf at the very bottom, the nonfiction shelf; then I moved to the one above it, which I call my general fiction shelf because it has everything except fantasy novels on it. And now I’m on the third shelf from the bottom. The weird one.

It hints at being a fantasy shelf, but it’s not. The books in the first row are there to mislead you and me, I think. Actually, this shelf is a mixture of fantasy, general fiction, nonfiction, and whatever else I threw on it out of frustration when I ran out of time the last time I attempted to organize my shelves. But for now, let’s check out some of the fantasy books I have on it.

I have two more Funko Pops here: Jack Sparrow (from Pirates of the Caribbean) and author George R.R. Martin (I like his cap).

Sitting on top:

Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance by Oliver Bowden

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin


Stacked: left to right

Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman (ed.)

Rasputin: A Short Life by Frances Welch

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Arcadia by James Treadwell

I consider unhauling this every time I see it. It’s the last book in the trilogy. I have the first book somewhere else on this shelf maybe.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

Song of Kali by Dan Simmons ★★★★★

A horror novel set in Calcutta, India, that’s about a journalist who’s sent there to write about a noted Indian poet. It was a good read that made me want to try more of Simmons’s work.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, transl. by Lucia Graves

American Gods by Neil Gaiman DNF

I gave up on this a couple weeks ago. It didn’t appeal to me. Somehow it didn’t click, which is weird because I like this kind of story that deals with gods and mythologies and stuff. I think it’s the writing that didn’t click with me.

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami, transl. by Ted Goossen

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle ★★★☆☆

Horror novella set in 1920s NYC that retells H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, “The Horror at Red Hook,” from the perspective of a Black man. It was okay, but I think I’d have gotten more out of it if I was familiar with Lovecraft’s story. 

Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor


Stacked: left to right (continued)

The Changeling by Victor LaValle

The Outsorcerer’s Apprentice by Tom Holt

The Fall by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan ★★☆☆☆ ½

The second novel in the Strain trilogy, a horror novel about a vampire apocalypse that begins in NYC as a virus. Loved the first book but this one disappointed me.

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski, transl. by Danusia Stok

I have no idea why I sandwiched this between the two Strain books.

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan ★★★★★

The first novel in the Strain trilogy, a horror novel about a vampire apocalypse that begins in NYC as a virus. I enjoyed it and also liked the TV show. (Ugh! No idea why I placed it after the second book in the trilogy.)

Fear by L. Ron Hubbard

I have no interest in reading this or anything by this author. I want to unhaul it, but I have a hard time unhauling books I bought at full price but have never read. Don’t know why I bought it, smh.

The Ambassador’s Mission by Trudi Canavan

Stacked: horizontally

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith ★★★★☆

I really enjoyed this book. It’s alt-historical fiction about Abraham Lincoln as a vampire hunter.

Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski, transl. by Danusia Stok

Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

The Thorn of Dentonhill by Marshall Ryan Maresca

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison ★★★★★

It’s not in the photos of this shelf because I was reading it when I took the picture, but it belongs in this stack. It’s a fantasy novel about a young half-goblin who unexpectedly becomes emperor of his kingdom when his father and all his older brothers suddenly die. I read it for the Wyrd & Wonder readalong and loved it. It’s now one of my favorite books. Review coming soon.


← Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 6 | General Fiction (continues)

Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 8 | Hints at Fantasy (continues)

Some stats:

Total books in this row = 36
How many I completed = 7
How many I will unhaul = 2

Total shelves so far = 3
Total books so far = 257
How many completed = 85
How many I will unhaul = 11

23 thoughts on “Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 7 | Hints at Fantasy (begins)

    1. I seen people say the same of Renaissance somewhere, maybe on Goodreads. That was after I bought the book 😦 Will still check it out and then maybe jump to one of your recs. Thanks!

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  1. So many of these are on my TBR! American Gods was also a DNF for me though. Just couldn’t connect with the story or the main character at all… but I’m hit and miss when it comes to Gaiman. I did like Stardust though, which I see is on this shelf too. And I love Simmons’s ‘Hyperion’ (the first 10 pages or so are clunky but after that it sucked me in) so I have to read ‘Song of Kali’ at some point too.

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    1. Yes!! That’s how it was for me with American Gods. I just couldn’t connect with it and did not feel interested at all. I do hope Stardust works for me though. Gaiman just sounds like the type of author whose work I would like. Yes! Please check out Song of Kali. It also takes a while to get into, but it’s an interesting read. I’ll def pick up Hyperion.

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  2. I think I have that Trudi Canavan book on my shelf too–also unread. I was such a huge fan of her Black Magician’s series or whatever it was called back in the day (I can’t even remember, this is how old I am) and I think this was sort of a continuation many years later. I bought the book and then never read it!

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      1. Oh, I only read Hyperion and Endymion, and while the latter is not a bad novel by any standard, it still felt just ok to slightly meh after Hyperion, which was simply stunning – so I can’t give you much advice on that particular conundrum! 😅

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