Hello everyone, and happy Friday!
I wanted to do a fun little book tag (well, it’s kind of long, but little enough… I guess 🤷♂️)
Anyways, I originally found this book tag on A Suitcase Full of Book’s blog, but I did take out some of the questions I didn’t have any good answers to, since the tag itself is already pretty long 👌
On that note, let’s get into it!
Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn’t actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from:
I have a few shelves where I keep my books; one is a wide bookshelf which also holds my TV (on the far left), the second is a taller bookshelf with these cool X designs on the side (top middle), and then my bed has multiple shelves on it (bottom middle, and on the far right). I have another shelf on my bed, but it’s on the backside of the headboard and hard to take a decent picture of, so it’s not included below.
The first two shelves I got at Target when they were doing a Buy-One-Get-One 50% off sale (quick tip, there are a lot of furniture deals towards the start of the year, so if you need some new furniture, that is a great time to shop!) and my bed I got from JCPenney the previous year, during another beginning of the year furniture sale.
Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books?
I try to organize each shelf/cubicle by genre or age range. Some of them, though, are organized by what looks the best on that particular shelf. Nothing specific, more of just whatever pleases my eye!
I also have a couple shelves specifically for books I haven’t read yet, which is on the bookshelf on my bed. The two shelves on the left-most side (With the cat on the bottom shelf) are my TBR specific shelves, although not all of the books I haven’t read yet are on those shelves.
What’s the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf?
Probably The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, which has just over 1,000 pages. My manager gave me this book as a birthday present last year, because it’s one of his favorite series. I started reading it earlier this year, but only got about 60 pages in before getting distracted 😅 However, I want to pick it up and try reading it again, hopefully before the end of this year, if not, sometime next year.
What’s the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf?
No surprise here, but it’s the poetry collection Helium by Rudy Francisco (typically poetry collections are pretty short, hence the lack of surprise). This is a really good poetry collection I recommend reading, as I love his prose, and it’s a quick read, which sometimes we all need.
Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?
I’ve received quite a few books as birthday gifts actually 😂 From my birthday this past June, a good friend of mine gave me the following books (Which is very much appreciated! 😊):
I’ve read both Felix Ever After and The Black Flamingo (which I sped through this super quickly because I loved the stories! 10/10 would recommend!) and I’m currently reading an Unkindness of Ghosts. I’ve noticed when I read sci-fi books, I tend to read them at a slower pace than usual, but I’m really close to finishing An Unkindness of Ghosts, and can’t wait to see how it ends!
What’s the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?
This copy of The Three Little Pigs that I received as a party favor from a birthday party I went to in elementary school.
What’s the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?
Since these books are from the same series, it would be my Pirateology and Dragonology books. I remember being obsessed with these books as a kid, and wanted to get all the books in this series, which I didn’t do (although, now as an adult, maybe I should complete my collection… maybe). As a kid, I remember having a lot of fun sharing them with my friends and using them in the make-believe games we would play.
Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?
I have a few books I’ve received from my friends, so I’ll use the book first book I can see from where I’m sitting.
I read Fairest a couple years ago, so I don’t remember my specific thoughts on it, but I at least know I enjoyed reading it. Usually if I don’t like a book, the specific reasons why stand out in my mind, even years later, so I must have enjoyed reading it 😂
Most expensive book?
I still have some of my old college textbooks, so most likely my intro to accounting book, as I could only get it through my university, and it may have been a new copy… but I don’t remember really 🤷♂️
The last book you read on your shelf?
Blackballed: Black American Voting Rights an U.S. Electoral Politics by Darryl Pinckney, as the other two books I read after this (and have finished) are both Kindle books. I’ve mentioned this book a lot on here, so if you want my more in-depth thoughts on it, you can check out my post, Reading Update: 7/17/2020.
Do you have more than one copy of a book?
No, I don’t see the point to be honest 😂 I know people love collecting multiple editions of a book/series they love, but I don’t have the space, nor am I willing to spend that kind of money.
Do you have the complete series of any book series?
I do, mostly because I hate having incomplete series on my shelves, although a lot of them I read when I was younger, as I’ve recently been wanting to read more standalone novels.
I definitely want to write more posts discussing series I enjoyed when I was younger, and maybe even revisit them (?) but we’ll see when I end up getting to it! Who knows, maybe I’ll talk about some of the spooky series I enjoyed during my Blog Everyday in October challenge 😉
What’s the newest addition to your shelf?
Inclusify by Stefanie K. Johnson, PHD. I talked about this in my previous WWW Wednesday post, but this is for a book club I recently joined for alumni of my university’s business school.
What book has been on your shelf FOREVER?
Ms. Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten written by Joseph Slate, and illustrated by Ashley Wolff 😂 I knew it would be one of the books I’ve had since I was a kid, but even now, I’m thinking I might have a book that’s been on my shelf even longer.
What’s the most recently published book on your shelf?
Once again… Inclusify by Stefanie K. Johnson, PHD… I know I already used this for another answer, but it really is the most recently published book I currently have 😅 I tried finding other books that were published this year, but I already used them for other answers as well, so I’ll just have to repeat an answer.
The oldest book on your shelf (as in, the actual copy is old)?
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann or Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. The particular editions I have were published somewhere between the late sixties and early seventies. Although, they were both books of my mom’s, so I don’t know which one she bought first.
A book you won?
I have a travel book I won in a raffle hosted by my study abroad department when I was in college! I’m pretty sure that’s the only book I’ve ever won! I can’t remember the title, and even though this tag is about books on my shelves, this particular book is packed away somewhere in the attic. Oops 🤷♂️ So I don’t know the title, and I don’t want to dig around my attic to find the box this book is hiding in… so here we are!
A book you’d hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)?
I don’t have anything in particular that comes to mind… I will just trust whoever is borrowing my books to be respectful and not mess them up! Books are meant to be read, and there’s no point in having a book just sit on my shelf if I know someone who wants to read it and doesn’t have a copy.
Most beat up book?
I have a copy of the Godfather that is literally split in half 😱 This is a book I found in my garage that is either my mom or dad’s (although, I think this one might be from my mom), but it has definitely seen better days!
Most pristine book?
A lot of my hardbacks are in really good condition, but I’ll go with On the Come Up by Angie Thomas for this answer. Although I liked The Hate U Give more, I loved Bri as a character (even though sometimes I wanted to talk some sense into her, but those are some of the best characters!), and it was a really good book overall! With how popular The Hate U Give is, it was always going to be hard to follow up with another book, but Angie Thomas did it amazingly with this story.
A book from your childhood?
Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant. I remember reading this book in elementary school and loving it, so my parents got me a copy!
A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)?
I wouldn’t say this is necessarily a “different” cover, but I love how this collection of Edgar Allen Poe’s work is designed and illustrated! I found it in one of the Little Free Libraries in my neighborhood, and had to pick it up when I saw it, because how could I pass up such an amazingly designed collection?
A book that is your favorite color?
This specific cover of Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo has a nice green (maybe a little blueishness) on the cover, which are two of my favorite colors 👌
Thank you for reading through this tag, I hope you had some fun and found some new books to read!
On that note, have a good weekend, and I will see you next week with a new post!
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