Bare Your Bookshelf

Bare Your Bookshelf


I spotted this over on Kacey’s blog @ Tales of a Bibliophile and thought it looked like fun!

Feel free to have a go if you like!

This tag was originally posted by Cait at PaperFury.


Um, you’re not actually asking for a list, are you? I own A LOT of books and have a massive pile of yet-to-be-read books from the library too!  (Shame)I’ve got loads of series that I need to finish too!

Some books that I’ve recently acquired and have yet to read are: All the Bright Places, Frostblood, An Ember in the Ashes, The Extinction Trials, Cradle of the Worlds, Knights of the Borrowed Dark, Lifelik3 and The Secret of Nightingale Wood, among others…


I have been doing really well with reading recommendations recently – unusually for me!

I recently read and adored the Lockwood and Co. series after being recommended it by Amy @GoldenBooksGirl. She also talked me into reading the Murder Most Unladylike series and I just have the latest one to go now!

Since I first met Lou @BookMurmuration, she has given me a long and reliable list of recommendations…too many to list here, but she is always one of the people whose opinion I trust when choosing a new book to read!



There are too many! I fill my bookshelves and all the nooks and crannies in my hosue with books I love. From childhood favourites, like Susan Cooper and Diana Wynne Jones, to books I have read and will reread over and over again such as Reckless by Cornelia Funke and Harry Potter, to more recent favourites such as Frances Hardinge, Sarah Crossan, Dierdre Sullivan, Catherine Doyle and Michelle Harrison – my bookshelf is full of books I love and being surrounded by them makes me happy!


I borrowed an autobiography from the library because it sounded and looked really interesting – about a fire performer travelling with a circus. However, biographies are usually my least favourite type of book to read and I have rarely finished one (with the exception of Olga Korbut’s which I devoured as a gymnastics-crazy kid!) so this one keeps slipping down the to-be-read pile…



Thought this would be really tough, but immediately spotted Bitter Greens when I glanced at my bookshelf.  Bitter Greens is a re-imagining of the Rapunzel story which I have wanted to read for a long time. Luckily, I recently found a copy in my local book shop but I have yet to read it.

I then spotted Green Rider, which I really enjoyed, Red Queen, which I have yet to read and Anne of Green Gables, which I loved as a child. Funny that green seems to be the most prevalent colour in titles!


The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley is set in lots of different countries around the world, but the one that caught my imagination most was the section set in Brazil in the first book. As a child I read a book about the Nazca Lines and have wanted to visit Peru and South America ever since!

Secret of the Sun King by Emma Carroll is set in Egypt and I would love to go there someday too, because I’m a big history and archaeology buff!

When I was younger, I read tones of books set in Japan because I wanted to go there so badly e.g. Across a Nightingale Floor, The Ink Dark Moon. I am delighted to say that Japan lived up to and even exceeded my expectations in so many ways.



That’s a hard one… I had tonnes of the Saddle Club books as a kid so probably still have those somewhere!

It would probably by Kate Elliot, J.K. Rowling, Marissa Meyer, Roald Dahl, Susan Cooper or Jill Murphy.


Tonnes! As a kid I often bought books secondhand, in library sales or received them as gifts – going into Waterstones to buy a new book at full price was a special event for my birthday! – so most of the series I own are mismatched. Now I have an income I try to buy books new to support authors I love, but it will take me a while to replace/ add to my old books!


Ooh, that’s a tricky one too. Now that I use Goodreads I find it easier to remember what happened in books I have read (although I’m still useless at remembering characters’ names!) Unfortunately, there are lots that I borrowed form the library and loved but, unless I have since bought a copy, I can’t even remember the titles of some of them!


Did you enjoy me baring my bookshelf?

Please link your answers below if you do the tag as I would love to see your answers too!

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Thanks for reading!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. We have the best bookish conversations. 🙂

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    1. You are fully responsible for lots of additions to my shelf! And lots of new favourites!

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  2. I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed some of my recommendations; I definitely consider you one of my main sources of getting them 💜.
    Amy x

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    1. I have read so many books thanks to you! it has been great to find new favourites that I might not otherwise have picked up!

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  3. Kacey Lewis says:

    Yay! I’m so happy you decided to do this tag 🙂 I think a lot of us own books that we have yet to read…that just stare us down, and wonder when we’ll read them, ha!

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    1. I read pretty quickly but I acquire books even faster! 😀 This was such a fun tag to do!

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      1. Kacey Lewis says:

        Same here! I’ve put myself on a book buying ban from now until my birthday in early January (because you always have to buy books on your birthday). I’m hoping I will be able to focus more time reading this way than wasting time scrolling through and buying books. I ALSO put a screen time monitor on my phone to only allow me a certain amount of time on social media a day to see if I can focus more on my very long TBR pile, haha!

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      2. Those both sound like very good ideas! Good luck with tackling your TBR pile! It’s my birthday next week so hoping to get a few books 🙂


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