Do you own a cat and if so, how do you prevent it from nibbling on your books?
I ask this because my household got a cat a couple weeks ago. It’s the most curious, friendly cat I’ve ever met. I’ve always thought that cats were aloof; you know, stuck up and giving zero fucks about cuddling up next to you. But this one likes such things. He loves to play and to be petted. He LOVES attention. I didn’t expect that at all.
He also loves to smell everything. Is that typical of cats? When he comes into my room, he smells every nook and cranny (that’s how I realized that certain areas were dusty because he sneezed…never heard a cat sneeze before). Once he saw some books on my chair and began to nibble on them. That’s a big no-no for me. So I told him to get out. Of course, he just paused to look at me before going back to nibbling. I had to take the book from him. He doesn’t bother the books on my shelves, so far, but he sure loves cords and the random wayward book laying on the bed or the chair. For some reason, though, he doesn’t bother the Funko Pops on my shelves. Weird cat.
Anyway, we’re touring the second bookcase in my room.
And we’re now on the third shelf from the bottom, which also has my middle grade books. You’ll also see a few YA books mixed in. Let’s take a look:
There are some more Funkos on this shelf. We have here Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series rocking her lion hat, which she wore to quidditch games when cheering for Gryffindor.
Next to her are two keychains: another Luna Lovegood in her school uniform and radish earrings, and a dementor. I also have here Dustin from Stranger Things and a Ravenclaw journal.
SITTING ON TOP
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (20th ed.) by J.K. Rowling, illus. by Levi Pinfold ★★★★★
I consider myself a Ravenclaw, but I got the Hufflepuff version of this edition because I LOVE the bright yellow color. I would like to get the Ravenclaw hardcover version, but I can’t convince myself to spend more money just to get another version.
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell (illus.)
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson, illus. by Eugene Yelchin
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
STACKED: LEFT TO RIGHT
The House of Secrets by Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini, illus. by Greg Call
Jinx’s Magic by Sage Blackwood
Jinx by Sage Blackwood ★★★☆☆
About a boy abandoned in the forest who becomes an apprentice to a magician. The story was interesting and I’d love to reread it and continue on to the second book, Jinx’s Magic. I bought and read it because I like the cover. 😊
The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol ★★★☆☆
About a young woman who failed her witch’s exam and is sent to a little village to work as an apprentice before she can be considered a witch. I enjoyed reading it and would like to continue with the series.
The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani, illus. by Iacopo Bruno
The School for Good & Evil by Soman Chainani, illus. by Iacopo Bruno
A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani, illus. by Iacopo Bruno
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, illus. by Todd Harris ★★★★☆
I had such a great time reading this book. It’s inspired by fairytales and is actually about the princes charming in the fairytales. It’s fantasy but also quite humorous. I’d love to continue with the series. The second book —
The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy, illus. by Todd Harris
A Path Begins by J.A. White, illus. by Andrea Offermann
STACKED: LEFT TO RIGHT (CONTINUED)
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, illus. by Brandon Dorman ★★★☆☆
About a brother and sister who are sent to spend time with their grandparents, who they learn are caretakers of a haven for fey creatures. It was okay. It didn’t interest me enough to want to continue with the series. I considered unhauling the book, but I like the cover too much. I’d like to reread it too.
The following 5 books make up the Chronicles of Prydain series — about a boy who works as a pig keeper for a wizard. The boy goes on several quests on which he makes new friends, learn stuff about himself, and help save the world. It’s a fun read. I liked all the books except the last one, which really annoyed me. The books are listed from last to first.
The High King by Lloyd Alexander ★★☆☆☆
Taran Wanderer by Lloyd Alexander ★★★★☆
The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander ★★★☆☆
The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander ★★★☆☆
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander ★★★☆☆
The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron ★★☆☆☆
A childhood favorite I reread fairly recently but didn’t like 😩. It’s about the great wizard Merlin as a boy.
The Chronicles of Narnia series are childhood favorites and are some of the books that got me interested in fantasy. I’ve forgotten the story in most of the books, but I recall the Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe quite well. I’d like to revisit this series.
Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis, illus. by Pauline Baynes ★★★★☆
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, illus. by Pauline Baynes ★★★★★
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, illus. by Pauline Baynes ★★★★★
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis, illus. by Pauline Baynes ★★★☆☆
The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis, illus. by Pauline Baynes ★★★☆☆
Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley ★★★★★
This is a YA fantasy retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I love the story and McKinley’s writing and the lush setting that’s so full of magic people have to hire fairies to come by to clear it up.
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Below are the second and third books in the Earthsea Cycle series by Ursula Le Guin. They were good reads, but I prefer the first book — A Wizard of Earthsea.
The Farthest Shore by Ursula Le Guin ★★☆☆☆
The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula Le Guin ★★★☆☆
Last is one of my favorite YA fantasy series — the Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. It’s about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to become a knight. Parts of it don’t hold up well to a modern perspective (white saviorism), but I still enjoy the story and recommend it.
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce ★★★★★
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce ★★★★★
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce ★★★★★
Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce ★★★★★
Total books in this row(s) = 35
How many I completed = 23
How many I will unhaul = 0
Total shelves so far = 9
Total books so far = 695
How many completed = 299
How many I will unhaul = 23