Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 14 | Top Shelf

We made it! We’re now touring the top shelf of the first bookcase I chose to feature which means… WE’RE DONE!! 😀 Well, at least for now we are. There’s a second bookcase to tour.

So here we are at the top shelf. Thinking back on when I started this bookshelf tour, I had no idea it would take this long to get here. Of course, it’s because of how I structured the tour, but still… This took longer than expected. The other shelf isn’t as deep, but it will take some time to work through it too. It’s only stacked two-rows deep, but it is a little taller and doesn’t contain as many hardbacks. I wonder if I will complete touring it before the end of the year.

Anyway, here’s the 3-books deep bookcase that we’re about to wrap up.

We’re now touring the top shelf, which has a variety of books, mostly books that can’t fit anywhere else because they are too large or because I ran out of space in the sections they should go or because I was too lazy to place them in the sections they should go. I also have some boxed sets up here. Let’s get a good look at the top shelf:

Stuff that are not books:
  • The olive box up front is an Ollivander’s wizard wand I overpaid for at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • To the right of the wand box beneath the Discworld books are a few DVDs of shows I love: the Final Destination movies, Expendables 1, 2, and 3, and Logan.
  • In the middle is a box of markers I used to draw with, and the gold thing next to it is a canister holding a cartoon portrait of myself that I got at Universal. I need to find somewhere to put it.

Stacked: (Spines Facing Front)

The Astrology Bible: The Definitive Guide to the Zodiac by Judy Hall

Dominicana by Angie Cruz ★★★☆☆ ½

A historical fiction novel with hints of magical realism about a girl from the Dominican Republic who is forced to marry at a young age so that she can move to the U.S. to better help her family financially. The story takes place in D.R. and New York City. It’s a compelling read. It’s the second novel by Cruz I’ve read, and I liked it as much as I did the first, Soledad.

Growing Things and Other Things by Paul Tremblay

The Wicked + the Divine, Vol. 7: Mothering Invention by Kieron Gillen, illus. by Jamie McKelvie & Matt Wilson

The Wicked + the Divine, Vol. 8: Old Is the New New by Kieron Gillen, illus. by various artists

These two are actually my brother’s comic books. I’ve been “borrowing” them for years because I’ve yet to continue on with the WicDiv series. I’ll try to get to them soon.


Stacked: (Spines to the side)

Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel (illus.)

Above the Timberline by Gregory Manchess (illus.) ★★★☆☆

I was eager to read this when I heard of it because Above the Timberline was described as “a painted novel.” It’s a sci-fi novel set in an alternate future where a Polar Shift occurred causing it to snow nonstop for 1,500 years. It’s about a young man searching for his father, who was an explorer. The story was okay, but I LOVED the paintings that accompany it. They were stunning and breathtaking.

Ocean Meets Sky by Terry & Eric Fan (illus.)

Journey by Aaron Becker (illus.)

Quest by Aaron Becker (illus.)

Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander by Frank Miller (illus.)

Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole (illus.) ★★★★☆

A wordless children’s picture book about a boy searching for his lost cat. It sometimes reminded me of Where’s Waldo, lol. I really like the illustrations.

Erté: Art Deco Master of Graphic Art & Illustration by Rosalind Ormiston, illus. by Erté


Stacked: (Above the CDs)

The Colour of Magic (Discworld: The Unseen University Collection) by Terry Pratchett

Reaper Man (Discworld: The Unseen University Collection) by Terry Pratchett

Mort (Discworld: The Unseen University Collection) by Terry Pratchett


Stacked: (Behind the Discworld Books)

There are a bunch of unfinished journals, agendas, and notebooks here. I’ve stopped buying them since I only write in them for a few pages before moving on to a different one because of the pretty cover.

Literary Listography by Lisa Nola, illus. by Holly Exley

Kind of feel like I wasted my money buying this. A sweet book of lists, but I really didn’t need it.

Drawing to See by Nathan Goldstein & Harriet J. Fishman

I bought this book for an art class and was so pissed that I did because I believe I overpaid for it. I was so upset! But it’s a decent book. Pretty helpful.

There’s another notebook here with a black spine.

Cliffnotes English Grammar: Practice Pack by Jeffrey G. Coghill & Stacy Magedanz

Helpful for grammar practice, but I might unhaul it.

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Strauss

Masterpiece Paint-doku by Conceptis Puzzles

Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford (illus.)

I got this and the adult coloring books below it when such books were very popular. I’ve yet to complete any of them and have not colored in any of them in years. But I refuse to get rid of them because I love the illustrations.

Pop Manga Coloring Book: A Surreal Journey Through a Cute, Curious, Bizarre, and Beautiful World by Camilla d’Errico (illus.)

Alphonse Mucha: Make Your Own Art Masterpiece compiled by Daisy Seal, illus. by David Jones

Color Me Crazy: Insanely Detailed Creations to Challenge Your Skills and Blow Your Mind by Peter Deligdisch (illus.)

I’ve been following Peter — Peter Draws — on YouTube for years. I love his drawing videos and his voice is so calming too. I’ve colored some of his illustrations in this book. And I actually have a large poster-size piece by him that hangs over my bookcases.

Floral Wonders Color Art for Everyone by Leisure Arts

Might get rid of this one.


Sitting on top

Parasites: Tales of Humanity’s Most Unwelcome Guests by Rosemary Drisdelle

I started reading this book either last year or the year before that. It’s nonfiction and quite dry, which is why I’m procrastinating on it. I’ll most likely unhaul it after completing it…or maybe before then.

Rough Magic: A Biography of Sylvia Plath by Paul Alexander

This is actually a friend’s book that I’ve had for years and have yet to read, lol! I suck at borrowing books and hate to lend them, smh. I prefer not to do either.

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandermeer

I love this writing book! 😀 Well, I love what I’ve read so far. It’s another one I’ve been reading for a couple years now and need to finish.

Perfect Shadow by Brent Weeks ★★★★☆

The prequel to the Night Angel trilogy. This book contains two short stories. The first one focuses on Durzo Blint before he became a wetboy and the second focuses on Kylar after the events in the trilogy. I liked both stories.

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Boxed Sets

Harry Potter books written by J.K. Rowling with covers by Kazu Kibuishi ★★★★★

This is my favorite edition of the Harry Potter books. I LOVE Kibuishi’s illustrations on the books’ covers and on the box itself. The front of the box has an illustration of Hogsmeade and, as you can see, the books’ spines create an image of Hogwarts. I love this edition so much that I hardly use them, haha!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

This is tied with the fourth book as my absolute favorite of the series. This book introduces us to this fantastic world, so of course it’s high on my favorites list.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I can be so slow sometimes, but it’s in recent years, after rereading the series MANY times, that I realized that the books are really all mysteries, mostly books 1-4, and this one is a major whodunit.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I’m probably a minority in the fandom for not caring much about the marauders; however, I think the Marauders Map is pretty cool.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This one is also my absolute favorite because it’s in this one that the wizarding world expands and things begin to get more complex.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Recently, this has become my second fav HP book. I love the political undercurrent in it and Umbridge is one of my fav characters as well. Also, I’m more sympathetic toward Harry and his angst and anger in this one.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I haven’t reread this one often, probably because Dumbledore dies in it and it’s too close to the end.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I’ve reread all the books MANY times, except this one. I think I’ve reread this one only once or twice, which is VERY weird of me because I’m a MAJOR rereader.

Night Angel books written by Brent Weeks

These grimdark fantasy novels are about a street urchin who becomes an apprentice to the most notorious assassin in his crooked city. They were entertaining reads.

The Way of Shadows ★★★★☆

I was so hooked that I sped through the book and finished it in a day, I think. It was very fast-paced and I enjoyed reading about Kylar’s assassin training.

Shadow’s Edge ★★★☆☆

I enjoyed reading this installment too but, ugh!!, some parts were torture. I hated the romantic relationships in the story. They are all problematic IMO, and it’s annoying how easily the protag is distracted by large breasts.

Beyond the Shadows ★★★☆☆

I liked this one too but wasn’t crazy about how it wraps up. Still, I’m hoping the series continues. I miss Durzo.

A Song of Ice and Fire leather-bound books written by George R.R. Martin

I bought this boxed set of the leather-bound edition of the Song of Ice and Fire books last year because I got a great deal on them. It took me forever to convince myself to take them out the plastic. I just love the look of them. They make me think of bibles.

A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords

A Feast for Crows
A Dance With Dragons

Maybe I’m being too hard on myself, but since I don’t consider these read since I haven’t yet read these editions. I don’t know if I will because I want to keep them pristine, lol. 🙂 Anyway, I’ve read all the books and was halfway through A Dance with Dragons before I stopped, took a break, and started over before forgetting  about that rereading project. I’ll start on it again whenever Martin gives us the last book.


← Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 13 | Picture Books & Graphic Novels… Maybe Some Comics Too?

Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 15 | Classics (begins) 

Some stats

Total books in this row(s) = 46
How many I completed = 22
How many I will unhaul = 3

Total shelves so far = 6
Total books so far = 512
How many completed = 197
How many I will unhaul = 16

14 thoughts on “Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 14 | Top Shelf

    1. Ikr! 🙂
      I don’t mind getting boxsets if they are of the first couple books or of a finished series (ASOIF is an exception), especially if the packaging is appealing.
      I prefer finished series so I know I’ll get the full story if I keep going. So far, of the few series I have completed, I keep wanting the story to continue lol.
      Are you annoyed by incomplete series too?

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  1. Awww, you have that beautiful A Song of Ice and Fire box set ❤ I tried reading this series multiple times, but half way through 2nd book is as far as I've gotten.. lol I wouldn't mind buying this box set though 😀

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  2. I like how the boxsets are all together. It annoys me though that they usually always come in all kinds of size, making it harder to make them all look good next to each other hahah

    Did you end up reorganizing while doing this tour or were you really just cataloging it all? 😮

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    1. For real man. The boxsets would look much better if they were the same size.

      A bit of both. I reorganized after taking a full pic of the bookcases and when I started this tour, I realized it’d be good to catalog the collection as I go along.

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