The Bloggers Bookshelf – Lainy from AlwaysReading @smbslt

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 a blogger who is new to me, but having spent some time browsing her blog I have to highly recommend you head over and check out alwaysreading.net and get to know Lainy.

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
IT by Stephen King.  I was really young and had no place reading such a book but it began a love of reading and much needed escapism.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
Snape: A Definitive Reading by Lorrie Kim.  As a huge Harry Potter fan, I generally snap up anything going.  I have seen this book discussed on many of the Potter forums & with much debate about his character I had to buy it.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
Still Me by Jojo Moyes (an ARC) out later this month.  It is book three in the life of Louisa Clark.  Absolutely brilliant book that I will be buying as soon as it comes out.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

All of my Stephen King are keepers so I will count them as one.
Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (however I have bought this 13 times as I keep giving it out to folk who say they haven’t read it, i also gave it out for World Book Night).
A Time To Kill by John Grisham, I read this book as a pre teen and it had a huge impact on me.  So much horror done because of racism, it really opens your eyes to the evils of in the world.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

Still Me by Jojo Moyes,
Life of Crime by Kimberley Chambers
Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

Which genre is most predominant on your bookshelf?
That is a hard one, I grew up with horror so a lot of it is that but since blogging, I am getting into so many other genres.  I would say Crime and contemporary fiction too.

Which genre do you wish you had more of on your bookshelf?
Probably more horror, that was always my fav genre growing up.  Most of the review books I get are psychological thrillers, crime or contemporary.  So horror and or apocalyptic, I enjoy zombie tales so much I gave them their own tab on my blog.

If your bookshelf could talk what would it say?
Buy another, I am collapsing under triple stacks here 😛

What colour do you see more of when you look at your bookshelf?
It is honestly so cramped full there is no one definitive colour, just a sea of mixed.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

About Lainy

I am a Scottish bookworm who loves nothing more than curling up with the kitty (Princess Trixie), a blankey, scented candles and my book.  I review on my blog for keeping track of what I have read and since then came to the notice of publishers/authors.  I review my own book buys, review copies and just about any book I get my hands on.
You can find me on Twitter @smbslt
My Blog is So Many Books, So Little Time at http://www.alwaysreading.net
Instagram – @Always_reading

The Bookshelf

the-bookshelf-logoThanks so much for being part of The Bookshelf Lainy, it’s been great getting to know you and there are some fab looking books in there!

Right now I’m closed to new applicants for The Bookshelf after I put a shout out on Facebook and got an overwhelming response which will take us into June! Expect to see loads of amazing people taking part over the coming weeks and I’ll let you know when I’m taking new requests right here!

 

The Bloggers Bookshelf – Nia from The Most Sublime @Most_Sublime

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 one of my new blogger friends Nia from over at The Most Sublime. In addition to being a committed book blogger she very recently got married, at Gretna Green no less! Be sure to go say Hi to her!

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
That would be ‘Leo the Lop‘ by Stephen Cosgrove – the lop eared bunny who didn’t like being different when all the bunnies around him had pointy ears.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
Most of my books are on my kindle so I’m going with my virtual bookshelf here – the latest book is Slashvivor! By Stephen Kozeniewski and Stevie Kopas. It’s fantastic!

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
That would be Slashvivor! (there really is an exclamation mark in the title, it’s not just me being hyper-enthusiastic about it). It’s a brilliant mix of The Hunger Games, Mad Max and Suicide Squad… you have to read it to believe it.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
1) Yonder: A Southern Haunting by LeeAnne Hansen
2) The Hematophages by Stephen Kozeniewski
3) The Dark Sins series by Eve Silver (let’s pretend I bought an omnibus)
4) Blackwing by Ed McDonald
5) Watching You by J.A. Schneider

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
The rest of the Southern Haunting series, as soon as they’ve been written! I’m also quietly hoping that The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman will find its way to me for Christmas.

Which genre is most predominant on your bookshelf?
I reckon horror and fantasy dominate my bookshelves and kindle

Which genre do you wish you had more of on your bookshelf?
I wish I had more non-fiction science books, I’m finally starting off a collection but I ever seem to have enough!

If your bookshelf could talk what would it say?
Save me. She doesn’t know when to stop.

What colour do you see more of when you look at your bookshelf?
That’s a good question…. there’s a lot of black spines there!

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

About Nia

Twitter: @Most_Sublime
Blog: themostsublime.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMostSublime

I also contribute to http://whisperingstories.com/ and https://audiobookreviewer.com/ because I positively shun any time spent not reading or reviewing!

The Bookshelf

the-bookshelf-logoThanks so much for being part of The Bookshelf Nia, it’s been great getting to know you and there are some fab looking books in there!

Right now I’m closed to new applicants for the The Bookshelf after I put a shout out on Facebook and got an overwhelming response! Expect to see loads of amazing people taking part over the coming weeks and I’ll let you know when I’m taking new requests right here!

 

The Bloggers Bookshelf – Danielle from Books, Vertigo & Tea @BooksVertigoTea

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 very wonderful Danielle from Books, Vertigo & Tea. Her reviews are always so thought out. And she writes some wonderful opinion pieces. She loves to receive tea themed care packages and is a fantastic person to have as a friend. I really hope you enjoy reading about her Bookshelf as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together.

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
This is a difficult one, but I believe it was an illustrated edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales. It was a lovely hardcover collection that with gold edged pages. I would give anything to still own the collection. I spent many nights flipping through those stories.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
Well I am admitting that I am way behind by sharing this piece of information, but it is the original screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and where to find them by the one and only JK Rowling.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
Gwenhwyfar: The White Enchantress by Mercedes Lackey. I actually had to finish this one in audio due to my eye sight refusing to cooperate. I am embarrassed to say that it was my first title by Lackey, but will not be my last 😉

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
Oof! You like to ask the hard questions. My choices are based on titles read in 2016 but not necessarily published then: The Black Company by Glen Cook, Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis, and The Monster in the Road is Me by JP Romney.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence or The Girl in the Tower(The Bear and the Nightingale #2) by Katherine Arden.

Which genre is most predominant on your bookshelf?
Fantasy hands down! Be it YA or Adult, my shelves are lined with fantasy titles for all ages. I cannot get enough of the rich world building, dragons and magic systems.

Which genre do you wish you had more of on your bookshelf?
Again, fantasy 😉 You can never have enough of a good thing, right?

If your bookshelf could talk what would it say?
Haha, that I need to go out more! Seriously between the mix of fantasy and horror titles it is apparent that I live in my head and between the pages. And the unrelenting weight that my shelves must feel at this point just goes to prove that I live in fictional words.

What colour do you see more of when you look at your bookshelf?
This varies a bit now as I try to make a concerted effort to branch out. But my shelves are darker. A lot of blacks and greys. None of the pretty rainbow colors you see on instagram. Fantasy titles tend to favor darker shades.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

About Danielle

I am a nonadulting mother of 2 who has spent many years working in the healthcare field. I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember and have enjoyed sharing reviews and thoughts on retail sites and Goodreads over the last few years. After this ridiculous brain lesion developed a few years ago,I found myself spending evem more time in books and less time outside, so my minion, I mean nonhubs pushed me to start a blog, claiming it would be a great outlet and help me connect more with others (I was beginning to feel isolated). And this is one of the very rares times I will publicly admit he was right. Now I spend the time I am able to online raving about all things book related, tea and occasionally my relentless vertigo and lousy symptoms. I relish in the opportunity to meet others who share similar interest and often fangirl over multiple things with a somewhat childish enthusiasm because the last two years has taught me that life is too short to spend it growing up.

    

The Bookshelf

the-bookshelf-logoWhat a fab mix of books! Thank you so much for taking part Danielle I’ve loved having you!

Want to take part?
I am now booking for 2018, January is already almost full! If you are a blogger or author and would like to take part in The Bookshelf in the New Year then click here! You will be taken to a really short contact form so that you can let me know your details and I will send you a simple Q&A and get you booked in!

I can’t wait to hear from you!

The Bloggers Bookshelf – Mischenko from Read Rant Rock & Roll @J_Mischenko

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 another of my favourite bloggers stopping by, Mischenko from Read Rant Rock & Roll. Mischenko runs a lovely blog with some regular posts such as her Wednesday Breakfast and a Book and Shabby Sunday, both of which are favourites of mine.  She’s sent some fab photo’s for inclusion with this post so I hope you all enjoy (and that I’ve put them in the right places!)

Here is her bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
I had this record player that would play small records and someone in my family purchased a Hansel & Gretel book and record for me. It was always my favorite and I listened to it over and over again. I ended up losing the original as I got older, but I recently purchased all of my old childhood books that contained records so I could share them with my kids. Here’s a picture of the Hansel & Gretel book with record.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
I purchased 3 books recently for my personal bookshelf. The Talon of God by Wesley Snipes, Bowie by Wendy Leigh and Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream by Neil Young, but the most recent book that I purchased was one I read for Edelweiss and instantly fell in love with. I had to purchase it for my kids but would like to keep it for myself. 😊 It’s titled The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
I just finished Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O’Connor, but haven’t reviewed it yet. It’s a story about a kitten that’s rescued from the winter cold and raised by a man who has limited resources or experience. I enjoyed it.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge by Mark Yarm, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
I’m looking forward to adding Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones, The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks, and I’d really like to add all the new Harry Potter Illustrated editions to our collection.

Which genre is most predominant on your bookshelf?
Honestly, I can only say fiction. I read so many different genres and there isn’t one that I like more than the other.

Which genre do you wish you had more of on your bookshelf?
I wish I had more music books and even more memoirs. I love reading true stories.

If your bookshelf could talk what would it say?
Well, it depends on which one. I have a few that are screaming to be rearranged. The bookshelf you see pictured that’s color coordinated is really the only one I have that’s organized to an extent. I think if it could talk, it would say, “Please remove some books because I’m sort of crammed.” 😊

What colour do you see more of when you look at your bookshelf?
There’s a pretty good mix of colors, but my personal collection is more dark I suppose..

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
I attached a few of my personal shelves and also thought I would include some of our children’s book collections as well. I love having a variety of reading material for my kids.

About Mischenko

Readrantrockandroll is a blog that I created to talk about the books that I read, music that I listen to, health matters, movies, and other things that interest me. I love doing Q&A’s, learning about others, and interacting with authors and readers! I’ve loved reading as far back as I can remember and always enjoyed attending book sales in grade school. I would get so excited when it was time for book fairs! I still have an addiction to book sales and can’t pass one up.

Reading and listening to music are my two most favorite activities next to spending time with my family of course. I also enjoy playing guitar and piano, writing poetry and songs, and I love watching movies and TV shows on Netflix and Amazon. I have an appreciation for nature, gardening, homesteading, learning, educating, and animals. I enjoy reading and reviewing on Goodreads, Edelweiss, and Netgalley as well.

  

The Bookshelf

the-bookshelf-logoCan I just say Wow! I love all the children’s books! Even though I don’t have children I have a huge weakness for their books, I buy so many of them and thank goodness I have a Niece to offload them onto is all I can say, and Mischenko’s recommendations often make it into my purchases!

Thanks so much for taking part I’ve loved having you and enjoying all your photo’s especially. I may have to move into your house with all those lovely bookshelves!

Want to take part?
I am now booking for 2018, January is already almost full! If you are a blogger or author and would like to take part in The Bookshelf in the New Year then click here! You will be taken to a really short contact form so that you can let me know your details and I will send you a simple Q&A and get you booked in!

I can’t wait to hear from you!

The Bloggers Bookshelf – Jo from My Chestnut Reading Tree @jocatrobertson

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 one of my favourite bloggers stopping by; Jo from My Chestnut Reading Tree. Although Jo and I read quite different books, Jo is very much into her mysteries and thrillers. We do very occasionally overlap on the chick-lit front. That being said I love reading her reviews and I’ve found some gems for Hubs bookshelf in her reviews and I highly recommend her blog.

Here is her bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
My copy of Riders by Jilly Cooper is the longest serving book on my shelf so probably that one!

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
Snow Sisters by Carol Lovekin

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
The Summer Of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
The Dry by Jane Harper. Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb. The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech. Valentina by S E Lynes

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
The books Samantha Hayes is going to write for Bookouture!

Which genre is most predominant on your bookshelf?
Psychological thrillers

Which genre do you wish you had more of on your bookshelf?
I am happy with what I have!

If your bookshelf could talk what would it say?
I really enjoyed the recent clearout but now I’m looking a bit bare so BUY MORE BOOKS!!!

What colour do you see more of when you look at your bookshelf?
Black!

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
I’ve attached a pic of my favourite bookshelf which is my signed bookshelf and books I have been quoted in or am in the acknowledgements.

About Jo

Hi my name is Jo and I love reading which is why I set up My Chestnut Reading Tree in February 2016 so I could share my thoughts about the books I read with the world! I read mainly crime and psychological thrillers but I also love women’s fiction..basically I just love a good story and will review most books apart from sci-fi or horror. I am a working mum and nana and I spend the little free time I have curled up with copious amounts of tea, chocolate and a (hopefully!) good book. I always leave reviews on Amazon (where I am now a Top 500 reviewer) and on Goodreads. I am happy to review both ebooks and real books in my preferred genres.

  

The Bookshelf

the-bookshelf-logoThank you so much for stopping by Jo, it’s been such a pleasure to have one of my favourite bloggers taking part and I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the books you’ve included!

Want to take part?
I am now booking for 2018! If you are a blogger or author and would like to take part in The Bookshelf in the New Year then click here! You will be taken to a really short contact form so that you can let me know your details and I will send you a simple Q&A and get you booked in!

I can’t wait to hear from you!

The Bloggers Bookshelf – Lynne from Fictionophile @fictionophile

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 Lynne from Fictionophile. I really love her blog it has a warm feel and her reviews are really heartfelt so do check it out if you don’t already visit.

Here is her bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
Tom’s Midnight Garden” by Philippa Pearce.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
Seas of snow” by Kerensa Jennings

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
Seas of snow” by Kerensa Jennings (physical bookshelf) and “A place called winter” by Patrick Gale (digital bookshelf)

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
Gosh… only five?  1. “I let you go” by Clare Mackintosh 2. “Daisy in chains” by Sharon Bolton 3. “Of sea and seed” by Annie Daylon 4. “Britt-Marie was here” by Fredrik Backman 5. “Miller’s valley” by Anna Quindlen

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman, and, “The music shop” by Rachel Joyce

Which genre is most predominant on your bookshelf?
mysteries and thrillers

Which genre do you wish you had more of on your bookshelf?
literary fiction

If your bookshelf could talk what would it say?
You need to build us another shelf

What colour do you see more of when you look at your bookshelf?
black

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

My house has many, many bookshelves.  Here are two:

About Lynne

My blog, Fictionophile, is a labor of love.  By blogging I have been in contact with some amazing people and it has kept me from missing my work too much. Before retirement I was the fiction cataloguer for Halifax Public Libraries in Nova Scotia, Canada.

I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, enjoying a glass of wine with my friends, gardening, watching British television drama, word games, crocheting, and jigsaw puzzles.  I am the proud mother of two adult children.  I love to read, and my favorite genre is mystery fiction. I also have a deep appreciation for classic literature and historical fiction.

I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I also review titles from Edelweiss and I am the moderator of the Edelweiss Reviewers Group on Goodreads.  I and a Goodreads librarian. I occasionally take part in TLC Book Tours.

  

The Bookshelf

the-bookshelf-logoIt has been such a pleasure to have you on The Bookshelf Lynne, and so interesting to see your picks. There are loads in here I was completely unaware of so I definitely need to look into them more!

Want to take part?
If you are a blogger or author and would like to take part in The Bookshelf click here, and fill in the really short contact form to let me know! I don’t currently have anybody booked in next week so first person to fill in the Q&A and return it to me gets that spot!

I can’t wait to hear from you!

The Bloggers Bookshelf – Jackie from Never Imitate Blog @followthehens

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 Jackie from Never Imitate Blog. Her blog has some fantastic book reviews on and I’m sure you will all really enjoy adding it to your circulation.

Here is her bookshelf…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
I was fortunate to grow up in a house of many books but, as the youngest child of three, few were specifically for me. The first I remember being given was from my father when I was ill in bed. It was a Ladybird book – Come to Denmark. I still haven’t been.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
Karate Chop by Dorthe Nors (translated by Martin Aitken) – short stories by an award winning Dutch writer. This sounds right up my street so is unlikely to linger on my TBR pile for long.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
I’ve just finished How to Be a Kosovan Bride by Naomi Hamill. This proved better than I expected – although as it is from Salt Publishing I don’t know why my expectations were not higher.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
I have every book published by Galley Beggar Press, most in their limited edition black covers , and I’m guarding those well. Their latest, We That Are Young by Preti Taneja, is just fabulous. I recently purchased a 20th anniversary hardback Ravenclaw edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Nobody is borrowing that. On my coffee table I keep Spoon’s Carpets by Kit Caless – a great conversation starter because the concept is so bonkers yet somehow works.  I have read many excellent books in the past year but most would be replaceable so I lend them out to share the love. I do feel very sad if they are not returned.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
I have asked for His Bloody Project by Graeme McRae Burnet, Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill, The Glass Shore edited by Sinead Gleeson, and The Power by Naomi Alderman for my birthday.

Which genre is most predominant on your bookshelf?
Probably crime and thrillers, perhaps historical fiction.

Which genre do you wish you had more of on your bookshelf?
I can’t get enough of literary fiction, and I would like to read more horror. I also enjoy non-fiction nature or science books, particularly those with a medical, psychological or philosophical bent.

If your bookshelf could talk what would it say?
Tidy me.

What colour do you see more of when you look at your bookshelf?
My shelves are a wondrous rainbow mess.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

About Jackie

I am a wife, mother, henkeeper and writer living in rural Wiltshire, England. I started my blog in January 2013 although it was about eighteen months before I focused on books. When not reading I can be found wandering the fields near my home. Who am I kidding, you’ll find me in my library reading.

    

The Bookshelf

the-bookshelf-logoIt has been such a pleasure to have you on The Bookshelf Jackie, and so interesting to see your picks. There are definitely some in here I need to take a better look at!

Want to take part?
If you are a blogger or author and would like to take part in The Bookshelf click here, and fill in the really short contact form to let me know! I don’t currently have anybody booked in next week so first person to fill in the Q&A and return it to me gets that spot!

I can’t wait to hear from you!