We have been living in our apartment now for more than 2 years. When we first moved in it was completely unfurnished, but we didn’t want to spend lots of money buying furniture when we are only renting and were worried that some of the furniture might not fit when we move into a place of our own. However, the books piles are now getting ridiculous, so I finally gave in (should I say, my boyfriend gave in..) and I ordered 6 bookshelves to be delivered this week.
Two large, classic Billy Bookcases from Ikea, Two half-height ones to fit under eaves and two tiny ones to fit next to the bed and window.
Now I have to decide, how do I organise the books – do I stick with organising by genre? Or do I go for a book rainbow?
Read on for a selection of orange books I gathered together when rearranging the piles in preparation for the arrival of the shelves.
Or check out the Red Book Pile
Here are the four books I am showcasing this time:
Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
A Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Book
An urgent and literary story of a courageous African boy sent to England to escape the violent civil war.
This book has been around for a while and I feel like I must be one of the last people in the world not to have read it. It was republished in 2017 and, sadly, remains really topical and relevant. This has been on my TBR list for a long time so I grabbed this copy from a charity shop when I saw it there recently. I don’t know how well it will stand up to a lot of the excellent YA on this topic which has been published recently but I will definitely give it a go.
The Lives of Christopher Chant by Dianna Wynne Jones
His father and uncles are enchanters, his mother a powerful sorceress, yet nothing seems magical about Christopher Chant except his dreams. Night after night, he climbs through the formless Place Between and visits marvellous lands he calls the Almost Anywheres. Then Christopher discovers that he can bring real, solid things back from his dreams. Others begin to recognize the extent of his powers, and they issue an order that turns Christopher’s life upside down: Go to Chrestomanci Castle to train to be the controller of all the world’s magic.
This is the second book in the Chrestomanci series which was Harry Potter for young children in Britain before Harry Potter came along. I LOVED this series as a child and it is well-overdue a reread since I was lucky enough to find the whole series in a charity shop for £1 a book. Diana Wynne Jones is an institution, probably most well-known internationally for Howl’s Moving Castle (it is, incidentally, fantastic, as is the movie – and the sequels! You can get more of the characters you love!) I worked my way through pretty much every book she ever wrote when I was about 10 – 12. Check out her books if you like a bit of magic and mayhem!
The Oracle by Catherine Fisher
In the distant land of deserts and islands, the servants of the god rule the land, his wishes conveyed through the Oracle and interpreted by the High Priestess. Mirany is the new Bearer, afraid of her perilous duties for the god in the rituals of the Oracle, and fearful of her secret questioning …Does the god truly exist?
I discovered Catherine Fisher’s The Relic Master series in one of my favourite bookshops when I was a teenager and devoured them. I had never come across such a clever melding of fantasy and science-fiction. That series has been recently released worldwide under different names, based on the success of the Incarceron series. Since reading that first series, I have read everything else Catherine Fisher has written. So far, none of them have matched my nostalgic love for The Relic Master series, but I was lucky enough to find the first two books in the Oracle series in a local charity shop and have heard good reviews.
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life…until now.
Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.
Picked this up from my university library and have since bought my own copy. Loved this so much! Willow is such a sympathetic character and I loved all the characters round her who do their best to help her in any way they can, even when they’re dealing with their own problems. A beautiful book which, while heartbreaking, is also ultimately hopeful. This is a book I would recommend to anyone needing a bit of faith in humanity restored!
Have you read any of the books featured this time?
Are there any that you would like to read?
What are your favourite orange books on your shelves?
Let me know in the comments and look out for the before and after pictures of the book piles and the shelves!