Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 15 | Classics (begins)

We’re now on the second bookshelf! 😀

This one isn’t as deep as the first one. It’s only stacked 2-books deep, so there are only 2 rows of books on each shelf. My dad made me this bookcase, and I’ve had it for years. Many books have passed through it 🤣. And, unlike the first bookshelf I toured, I’m able to place the shelves so that they are equidistant apart; so I don’t have a random shelf that’s so short that it can’t even hold my mass market paperback if they are placed vertically.

Well then, why don’t we get a look at the bookcase:

We’re gonna start with the last shelf, the one that’s at the bottom. It holds the majority of my classics. Let’s take a look.

For some reason, I place whatever liquor I get on my bookshelves. (It’s so weird.) But that’s a bottle of almond-flavored tequila I bought a couple years ago in Mexico. On top it, I placed a miniature polar bear that I got at the American Library Association Conference I attended last year.

Next to the bottle is a Columbina mask I got in Rastafarian colors, and further on is a Funko of Raymond “Red” Reddington from the Black List TV show. It was my first Funko. 🙂

SITTING ON TOP:

Dracula by Bram Stoker, illus. by Becky Cloonan

An illustrated copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I started reading this two years ago in October 2018 but have yet to complete it. I still have the page marked where I stopped, and I have every intention of picking up there and finishing the book, when I’m in the mood for it. The story should be interesting, but it bores me. I like the illustrations.

Paradise Lost by John Milton


STACKED: LEFT TO RIGHT

The Illustrated Emerson: Essays & Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. by David Mikics, illus. by Charles W. Smith

The Essential Tales of Chekhov by Richard Ford (ed.)

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

One of the few Shakespeare plays I’ve read AND actually understood what was going on.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling

This and everything after it (up to Kipling’s 100 Poems) I had to read for college English classes. Some of the books are pretty thin, so the spines don’t show well in the photo above. I keep thinking to unhaul some of them, especially the poetry because I don’t really like poetry, but they are so small and take up such little space that I think I might as well keep them… I don’t know.

Metaphysical Poetry: An Anthology by Paul Negri (ed.)

Will unhaul

Selected Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Everyman and Other Miracle and Morality Plays by Anonymous

This and the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (below) are a few of the classics I read for class that I actually liked.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson ★★★★★

Translations by Brian Friel

I’ve forgotten much about Translations and A Tempest, but I remember really liking them. I’d love to revisit them to see if that’s still true.

A Tempest by Aimé Césaire

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë ★★☆☆☆

Hated this book. I don’t know why I still have it. I’ll unhaul it… Or maybe I’ll give it another chance and then unhaul it. Will see. I’m surprised I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads. That’s being very generous considering how I feel about it.

Dubliners by James Joyce

English Victorian Poetry: An Anthology by Paul Negri (ed.)

English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology by Stanley Appelbaum (ed.)

I actually like these two poetry collections, which is weird because AP Literature in high school made me hate poetry with a passion.

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

World War One British Poets by Candace Ward (ed.)

Will unhaul and might get rid of Arcadia too. I remember nothing about that Stoppard play.

Selected Short Stories by D.H. Lawrence

Beowulf by Anonymous ★★☆☆☆

The movie starring Ray Winstone as Beowulf and Angelina Jolie as Grendel’s mom came out when I was studying this story for a British lit. class, which, I think, made me willing to read it because I was notorious for not doing the homework or the reading.

Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys ★★★☆☆

I read this for a Caribbean lit. class and hated it because I couldn’t understand what was going on. I’d like to reread it to see if I’ll have better luck with it now. The novel gives a backstory to Mr. Rochester’s “mad” wife in Jane Eyre.

Quicksand & Passing by Nella Larsen ★★★★☆

Great reads; both are about interracial Black women who can pass as White. Some choose to do so while others don’t. The stories gives us insight into the psyche and emotions of women who are able to “pass” in Black and White spaces in 1920s Harlem. It’s been a while since I read these stories, so my memory of them is a little shoddy. Of the two, I liked Quicksand more.


STACKED: LEFT TO RIGHT (continued)

Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe ★★★★★

The Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge

The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

One thing I hated about college is having to buy a specific edition of a book for a class because the professor insists on it. That’s how I ended up with two copies of The Tempest. I will unhaul one of them. I’ll keep Dr. Faustus because it’s a favorite, but will also unhaul The Playboy of the Western World because I neither remember it nor care for it. I’ll keep The School for Scandal as well. I love that play although I hate reading it, lol.

The Cavalier Poets: An Anthology by Thomas Crofts (ed.)

Will unhaul this too

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe ★★★★★

This is a friend’s book I’ve had for years. I think he forgot that I have it, lol. I’m horrible at borrowing books, which is why I try not to. Anyway, Things Fall Apart is a great read that I highly recommend. I’ve only read it once and have since forgotten much about it, so I’d like to reread it and might do so with Rae at Rae’s Reads and Reviews.

In the Castle of My Skin by George Lamming ★★★★☆

Another great read that I highly recommend but read so long ago that I don’t remember much details. I’d love to reread it too. Lamming is a Bajan author.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë ★★★★☆ ½

I surprised myself when I read and enjoyed this a couple years ago. I attempted it in college (for a class, of course) and hated it so much that I didn’t bother doing the homework or whatever. But it worked for me when I read it for the blog. Loved how atmospheric it is but didn’t like the end much.

100 Poems: Old and New by Rudyard Kipling

Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories by Malcolm Bradbury (ed.)

Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

I’ve attempted to read this several times but have yet to complete it. It’s hard for me to work through the writing style of these early English novels. The story is funny, but the writing drags on sometimes and bores me.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

STACKED: HORIZONTALLY

The Prince by Niccoló Machiavelli

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Take Me With You by Andrea Gibson

Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale by Marina Warner

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, transl. by Charlie Louth

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Metamorphoses by Ovid

The Travels by Marco Polo


← Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 14 | Top Shelf

Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 16 | Classics (continues)

SOME STATS

Total books in this row(s) = 47
How many I completed = 28
How many I will unhaul = 7

Total shelves so far = 7
Total books so far = 559
How many completed = 225
How many I will unhaul = 23

Book Buying Habits Tag

It’s Friday. I feel like doing a book tag, so here’s the Book Buying Habits Tag created by booktuber Megan Olivier.

Where do you buy your books?

Wherever I see the book or find a cover/edition of it I like. I often shop at Barnes & Noble, but there are some indie bookstores I also like to shop at. If I want a particular edition or cover, I check Book Depository. I used to shop a lot at Book Outlet because of the huge discounts, but I don’t often do so anymore since I get discounts from working at a bookstore. And recently, I discovered Discworld Emporium, which sells books and other items related to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. I like their packaging, so I might get more stuff from them. 😊

…I miss shopping at Borders, though.

Continue reading “Book Buying Habits Tag”

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.

Continue reading “Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 14 | Top Shelf”

Mango Book Tag

I knew I HAD to do this tag the moment I saw it.
Okay, okay. Yes, I say that about almost every book tag I see, but this one is different because it’s named after my favorite fruit and the questions and such are based on mangoes! 😀 🥭

PLUS!! I ate a sweet, juicy mango a few days ago, and… Oh man! The mango was so good! My mouth is watering thinking about it right now. It had been so long since I’d eaten a mango. I miss it so much.

So, yea, I had to do a mango tag. 🥭

The tag was created by Nandini at Novels and Nebulas. She loves mangoes (of course!) and was inspired to create this tag after reading the Tiger at Midnight series by Swati Teerdhala. One of the characters, Esha, loves mangoes too, which I think is pretty cool. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a character who loves mangoes. 🥭

Continue reading “Mango Book Tag”

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

Okay, I have no idea what to call this shelf. This bookcase that we’re almost done touring has a weird design because the shelves aren’t equidistant apart. I tried to make them so, but I ended up with shelves that my books could hardly fit on when placed vertically.

This bookcase was originally intended for the general household books, which is what I call all the books that aren’t on my bookshelves. We have loads more in the basement and this bookcase was intended to hold them, but then we (well, my dad) ended up placing some built-in shelves down there, so I happily took this deep bookcase.

Because this shelf can’t hold books that are placed vertically (except some mass market paperbacks) I placed here books that can’t fit anywhere else and stacked them horizontally. So you’ll mostly see here picture books and hardcover graphic novels. I also have some art prints I got at conventions but have yet to put up and an Assassin’s Creed calendar that I like too much to get rid of although it’s several years old.

Anyway, here’s the bookcase we’re almost done touring:

And here’s the self we’re on. (Can you believe it?? We’re almost at the end of this bookcase!… And then we have a whole other bookcase to tour. I hope y’all are enjoying this because the touring series will be going on for a while.)

Continue reading “Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 13 | Picture Books & Graphic Novels… Maybe Some Comics Too?”

Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 12 | Totally Fantasy (continues)

Do you write in your books?

I don’t write in mine and I hate it when I see writing in the margins, which is why I sometimes avoid used books. The writing in the margins interferes with my thoughts about the book. If it’s on the page, I’ll read it, so I’ll read whatever’s written in the margin and it will affect what I think of what I’m reading.

I don’t write in the margins mainly because it takes away reading time to do so. I like to read uninterrupted. I don’t even like to stop to look things up, which is why I typically dislike reading fantasy novels where I have to look up words or names of people in the glossary. It disrupts the reading process. What I do instead is highlight. I highlight every damn thing. If I read a book that has beautiful writing I admire, the pages will be bleeding yellow. I’ll highlight all the passages and don’t realize until I’m done. Then I’ll feel bad for defacing my book.

I think it was only one time I ever wrote in the margins and that’s when I read Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James, a history book about the Haitian Revolution. I was so angry reading about how slaves were treated that my thoughts bled out. I had to write them down, so I wrote in the margins. When I loaned the book to a friend (back when I wasn’t so hung up about loaning books), he found my thoughts interesting to read along with the book’s passages. But I kind of felt bad because my jots in the margins most likely affected how he read. I still have the book, but it’s on the other bookshelf, not this 3-books-deep one we’re still touring.

We’re on the last row of the fantasy shelf, which is the fourth shelf from the bottom or the second shelf from the top. It has a whole lotta books:

Continue reading “Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 12 | Totally Fantasy (continues)”

How I Read Books Tag

It’s FRIDAY!!! So I’m doing a book tag. 😀

I was tagged by the wonderful Alex at Whimsy Pages to do this tag. (Thanks Alex!!) Unfortunately, I do not know who created it, but if you do, please let me know.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Nope, I do not. I read every and anywhere, but I mostly read in bed during the day. I tried reading in bed at night, but I always fall asleep. I do love reading in the living room on the sofa because that area gets A LOT of natural light, but my family is noisy sometimes and my dad hogs the TV and loves to play it LOUD, so in my room on my bed is where I read.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

I can stop anywhere and pick up at whatever point I stopped. If it’s a story that I’m REALLY hooked on, then it’s harder to stop because I want to know what happens next immediately. In that case, I don’t stop and end up doing everything one-handed with half my attention on it.

Continue reading “How I Read Books Tag”

Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 11 | Totally Fantasy (continues)

Come, let me tell you about the sun. It likes to play with me.

I prefer to use natural light when taking photos of my bookshelves, not that I have a choice. I don’t have studio lights to use when it’s dark, and the light in my room is horrible for taking photos. So I wait for the sun and when it rises and is bright in the sky, I praise it and then snap a photo of the row of books I plan to feature. But it seems that the sun cottoned on to my plan because it was messing with me the other day.

It had rained heavily the night before, so I was surprised when the sun winked between my blinds to wake me up the following morning. I assumed that it would be a bright, sunny day, so I didn’t immediately jump out my bed, praise the sun, and snap a photo of a row of books. But I guess my delay insulted the sun because when I did get out of bed some minutes later to snap the photo, it decided to sulk behind a bulk of clouds. I decided to set up for the photo anyway by removing a row of books and wait for the sun to get over itself. But an hour passed and still it sulked.

The sky got cloudier and my room darker, so I thought the sun had left me hanging to go brighten somewhere else. Discouraged, I replaced the books on the shelf and decided to read in bed instead. As soon as I settled into a comfortable spot, guess who decided to come back out to play? Yes, the sun. It was messing with me. I jumped out of bed heading for my bookshelves, but the sun quickly ducked behind a cloud again. I thought it was false brightness and decided to give up. But as soon as I picked up my book again to read, the sun glided out from behind the clouds and shined its brightest, beckoning me to come praise it and get on with snapping pictures of my bookshelves.

Still on this 3-books-deep bookshelf:

Continue reading “Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 11 | Totally Fantasy (continues)”

Summer Vibes Book Tag

It’s hot. It’s humid. I’m sweating profusely and dying of thirst, but boy do love the constant sunshine and warmth. 😀

That’s why I’ve decided to do the Summer Vibes Book Tag, which I found over on Kristin Kraves Books. The tag was created by Deanna, the Comfy Reader.

Island Songs by Alex Wheatle

Continue reading “Summer Vibes Book Tag”

Half-Year Book Tag: 2020

I love doing book tags and also reflecting on my reading progress, so I’ve decided to also do the Half Year Book Tag, which was created by BexnBookx.

Favorite standalone book hauled and read so far in 2020

These weren’t purchased this year — I don’t think I’ve yet read a book I bought this year — but they were hauled at some point.

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (illus.)

Continue reading “Half-Year Book Tag: 2020”