Bookshelf Tour

I think that looking at someone’s bookshelves can tell you a lot about their personality so I hope you enjoy this small insight into mine!

Second hand crime

I have a bit of a weakness for both crime and second hand books, so this is where my guilty pleasures usually end up.

Highlights: PD James is one of my favourite authors and I strongly recommend her if you’re looking for either crime or literary fiction. ‘Good Girls Don’t Die’ is one of the best crime novels I’ve read this year – read my review to find out more.

Agatha Christie

I went through a phase a few years ago where I was slightly obsessed with Agatha Christie. I really like these editions of the books as they are very compact and look lovely on the shelf together, but sadly as my collection has grown they remain hidden behind the books pictured above.

Highlights: ‘Death on the Nile’ is a deserved classic and ‘The ABC Murders’ is very compelling too, with an intriguing concept. I was a little bit disappointed by ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ because the author uses the same trick as she did in ‘Endless Night’, which I read first.

Random

This shelf is a bit random – I don’t really know how to describe it! There is a mixture of YA and adult books and it has a few more non-fiction books than the other shelves.

Highlights: ‘Clara’s War’ is the fascinating memoir of a Holocaust survivor. It is comprised of entries from Clara’s diary and details she has written in retrospect, which make an interesting combination. ‘Quiet’ is a must-read for any introverts.

YA

This shelf is mainly YA with a few adult books. A lot of these novels are set in foreign countries and different time periods.

Highlights: Obviously I love the works of Helen Grant (see interview). ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ is a very intelligent and gripping mystery from the perspective of a woman with dementia.

Classics

Originally this was the place where I put all my classic books but I appear to be running out of space so I might have to relocate some of them. There’s a nice progression from right to left as I got more confident and ambitious in my reading material.

Highlights: There are quite a few books to choose from here but if I had to a pick a top three, it would be ‘The God of Small Things’, ‘The Woodlanders’ and ‘Cider With Rosie.’ I also enjoy anything by Jane Austen or John Steinbeck.

Fantasy

This shelf contains mostly children’s books, several of which are fantasies. Although this is no longer one of my favourite genres, I really enjoyed it as a child. The shelf also contains my aborted attempt at collecting all the books in the ‘Roman Mysteries’ series.

Highlights: When I was younger I loved the ‘Molly Moon’ series and ‘Eragon’ – the latter particularly should be worth a re-visit. ‘The 10pm Question’ is also a very underrated book about a boy who is a bit of a worrier.

Poetry

This is a very small shelf near my desk, consisting of books which I only dip into now and again and don’t need to read in chronological order: poetry, humour and German books when I feel like being intellectual!

Highlights ‘How Not to Write a Novel’ has some great examples of bad writing which made me laugh out loud. Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘The World’s Wife’ is an excellent collection of poems and very readable.

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