Hi Guys, welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.
This week I have the absolutely lovely Anna from The Bibliotaph. Anna’s blog is an all round site with discussion posts and reviews. I particularly like her recent post on Mistborn fan art!
Without further ado here is her bookshelf…
What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
It’s Great to Be Eight! -which I bought at a school book fair when I was eight. I didn’t realize that it was a collection of first chapters from books about eight year olds to convince you to buy the actual books, so I was kind of disappointed that I wasted my money on it, but I proudly displayed it on my bookshelf as the first book I had purchased for myself. The second addition was my mom’s copy of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, which stayed on my shelf almost as long as It’s Great to Be Eight!
What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
I just ordered a ton of interesting books that won’t be here for a while (sigh), but the most recent book that’s actually made it to the bookshelf is The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron, which is an absolutely ridiculous children’s book from the 1950’s about a couple boys who build a spaceship. The husband and I swiped it from a Little Free Library and we’re reading it out loud to each other- it’s a lot of fun.
Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
I most recently finished The Third Squad by V. Sanjay Kumar, which I won in a Goodreads Giveaway. It’s all about a group of autistic police officers in Mumbai and was extremely dark and ended up being pretty gripping.
Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
I feel a little guilty answering this since I just cleaned out my bookshelves (oops), so I only have three books from last year – and all are Brandon Sanderson books. The Dark Talent, The Bands of Mourning, and Arcanum Unbounded (I still can’t get over how quickly he writes). He’s one of the only authors who gets bought automatically in our house – I’m usually much more picky about which books I buy, but Sanderson is a family favorite.
Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
As I mentioned a moment ago, I just bought a bunch of books for some classes – The Second Shift by Arlie Hochschild, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher. I’m really excited to get my hands on those. In the fiction world, I’m really excited about Magic for Unlucky Girls by A.A. Balaskovits, a collection of fairy tale retellings that I’ve heard amazing things about.
Which genre is most predominant on your bookshelf?
Probably fantasy. I’ve also taken a recent interest in various non-fiction genres (mostly music histories and feminism), so those are starting to find more of a place on my shelves.
Which genre do you wish you had more of on your bookshelf?
Science fiction. I’ve started getting into sci-fi recently, but I’m so picky when it comes to buying books that I don’t know that I’ll ever have enough to really outdo the fantasy books I own.
If your bookshelf could talk what would it say?
“More books!” especially after this most recent purge. It’s looking a little empty and I’m dying to restock it with books, but that’ll take lots of time and even more money, so I think it’ll be a slow process.
What colour do you see more of when you look at your bookshelf?
Lots of blacks and dark blues – my bookshelves are all kind of dark with splashes of color.
Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
Anna writes for The Bibliotaph (http://bibliotaphbooks.blogspot.com), knits misshapen sweaters, and dreams of someday adopting a goat. When she isn’t reading a David Bowie biography, she’s probably drinking far too much Mt. Dew or catching up on Doctor Who. She is no longer allowed to purchase herbal tea since her collection has overtaken the kitchen.
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