A few weeks ago I arranged my entire bookcase. It was perfect. There was a whole Schwab shelf, a feminist shelf, a gay shelf. I was proud of it.
And then I came home from work the next weekend and my mum had to pull a bunch of books out of one bookcase while she was trying to get her giant treadmill into the room.
This has happened before and after each time I ask my mum to take a photo first so I can put them back exactly how they were and each time she forgets.
So now I know to always take photos of my shelves once I’ve rearranged them in case for some reason mum has to empty them again. Which is a tip I thought I would pass on for those who’ve ever encountered a similar problem—especially if your bookcase is in a shared space.
I wrote this post the same day I fixed them and took photos . . . though I have bought more books since so I should really take photos again.
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│The Bear and the Nightingale│Winternight Trilogy #1│Katherine Arden│Stay│
“All my life,” she said, “I have been told ‘go’ and ‘come.’ I am told how I will live, and I am told how I must die. I must be a man’s servant and a mare for his pleasure, or I must hide myself behind walls and surrender my flesh to a cold, silent god. I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing. I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me.”
Added because of Emily May’s review and I’m still sold.
│Between the World and Me│Ta-Nehisi Coates│Stay│☀️│
I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.
‘For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal.’
This is the first line in the synposis and I knew once I read it that this was a book I needed to read.
│A Little Gay History│R.B. Parkinson│Stay│🌈│
History does not belong only to ‘mainstream’ victors, and ‘minorities’ should not feel that they are marginal. On a long view, no one occupies the centre. It belongs to all of us.
This was a book for the Banging Book Club and I’m still interested!
The fact that my library doesn’t have this is frankly homophobic
│Red Sister│Book to the Ancestor #1│Mark Lawrence│Stay│
I was born for killing—the gods made me to ruin.
I thought I’d added this because of Piera Forde but I can’t find a review video on her channel and she rated this after the date I added it so I have no idea how I found this??
But kickass assassin nuns is a whole-ass mood.
│Bonk│Mary Roach │Go│
This is what primate sex hormones do: “They make individuals perceive other individuals as more attractive than they’d normally perceive them.” Hormones are nature’s three bottles of beer.
This was a book for the Banging Book Club but I’m no longer interested.
│The Vagina Monologues│Eve Ensler, Gloria Steinem│Stay│🔥│
I bet you’re worried. I was worried. I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don’t think about them.
This was a book for the Banging Book Club and I’m still interested!
│Norse Mythology│Neil Gaiman│Stay│
There were things Thor did when something went wrong. The first thing he did was ask himself if what had happened was Loki’s fault. Thor pondered. He did not believe that even Loki would have dared to steal his hammer. So he did the next thing he did when something went wrong, and he went to ask Loki for advice.
I love Mythology and I love Loki.
│Paper Butterflies│Lisa Heathfield│Stay│🌹│
Some things in life can seem really tough…There are things that seem like a mountain and you can’t find a way round it, yet don’t have the energy to go over it, either. You always find a way, though, eventually. Us humans are very strong underneath it all.
Added because of Emily May’s review and I’m still interested.
│The Name of the Wind│The Kingkiller Chronicle #1│Patrick Rothfuss│Go│
You have to be a bit of a liar to tell a story the right way.
Its a popular fantasy but I’m not keen on it anymore.
│Dreadnought│Nemesis #1│April Daniels│Stay│🌈│
“You think it’s a uterus that makes a woman? Bullshit. You feel like you’re a girl, you live it, it’s part of you? Then you’re a girl. That’s the end of it, no quibbling. You’re as real a girl as anyone.”
Added because of Emily May’s review.
I’m here for the gay superheroes.
Also the quote above reminds me of Lizzo’s song Like a Girl.
If you feel like a girl then you real like a girl
Do your thing, run the whole damn world
Down The TBR Hole
│The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall│Katie Alender│
I understood why Aunt Cordelia had dragged herself out to the road before committing suicide. Why she hadn’t let herself die on the property.
Because then she would have been stuck forever.
Added because of Khanh’s review.
So I actually was going to get rid of this but after reading the reviews and quotes again I’m gonna keep it.
│Strange the Dreamer│Strange the Dreamer #1│Laini Taylor│Stay│
“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.”
“Beautiful and full of monsters?”
“All the best stories are.”
Everybody talks about how beautiful the writing is and I need to read it for myself.
│Sweetpea│Sweetpea #1│C.J. Skuse│Stay│
Finally I’ve accomplished something. Finally I have a reason to go to school reunions.
‘Me?’ Pause for hair flick. ‘I’m a serial killer. Yah, I take human heads to work in my lunchbox. I keep my mother’s skull as a bedpost and use my father’s nipples as light pulls, you’re so sweet to notice!’
Hello yes, I want to read a book from the perspective of a sociopathic woman, thanks.
Don’t read too much into it.
│Being Emily│Rachel Gold│Go│🌈│
Claire says she used to think ordinary life was boring before I came out to her, but now she realizes that every ordinary moment has extraordinary worlds contained within it.
I wanted to read more books with Trans rep.
But I’m wary of Trans rep that isn’t ownvoices and I can’t seem to find any confirmation that this is trans ownvoices.
│Exit, Pursued by a Bear│E.K. Johnston│Stay│🌈🌹🔥│
Of course, if I were dead, they could just bury me, and move on. Broken is harder to deal with.
Added because of Emily May’s review and I’m still super interested.
But also: ‘Veronica Mars meets William Shakespeare in E.K. Johnston’s latest brave and unforgettable heroine.’
But also, also: the review Elise @ The Bookish Actress posted.
│Our Chemical Hearts│Krystal Sutherland│Go│🌈☀️💐│
Grace had torn me apart and put me back together so many times that I’d started to believe that was what I wanted. A kintsukuroi relationship, more beautiful for having been broken. But something can only be shattered so many times before it becomes irreparable…
Everyone loves this but I’ve lost interest.
│The Upside of Unrequited│Becky Albertalli│Go│🌈☀️🌹🌑✨│
I want to know what it feels like to have crushes that could conceivably maybe one day turn into boyfriends.
Added for the fat rep.
But apparently it’s not . . . good.
Which makes me sad.
│Torn│Cat Clarke │Go│
Maybe this is how madness works. At first you’re worried you’re going crazy, but in the end you don’t even care. You embrace it; it’s the only thing you’ve got left. The only thing you can trust when the rest of the world has gone to shit.
Cat Clarkes books always intrigued me when I first started on Goodreads.
But now I’ve read them I’m a bit more wary. I mean they’re fine but they’re not great. And this one doesn’t really interest me too much
│He Said/She Said│Erin Kelly│Stay│🔥│
I know from my own counselling that anger always has hurt at its core.
The summary grabbed me.
But Elise’s review has made me keep it.
│A Tyranny of Petticoats│A Tyranny of Petticoats #1│Jessica Spotswood│Stay│
I never knew how easy it is to escape if you don’t mind leaving nearly everything behind.
I’m always here for historical anthologies.
I read the second anthology in this series so I should probably read the first, right?
│Noteworthy│Riley Redgate │Go│🌈│
It was a weird day if figuring out you were bisexual made up the least of your mental turmoil.
Added because of Emily May’s review but I’m no longer interested.
│The Radium Girls│Kate Moore│Stay│💐│
Sarah wasn’t even in her grave before her former company was denying it was to blame.
Historyyyyyyyyy doing women dirty since fucking forever.
Well, that didn’t go great.
I kept something I had planned to get rid of and my numbers aren’t 50/50 but there were a lot of good books in this post so it was a hard one!
My total was;
Go – 7
Stay – 15
Are any of these books on your TBR?
How do you organise your shelves?