Look at me trying to do a bookshelf tour when I don’t even have a bookshelf 😅🤦♀️.
Kay at Hammock of Books recently made a post revealing her minimal collection of YA books. I loved how conscious she was about the amount of books she was keeping, especially since consumerism in the bookish community is more prevalent with the popularity of book hauls and bookstagram. The neat thing about having such few books is that Kay was able to remember exactly where and when she got them—and how much she spent!
I was inspired to show my own book collection and even more curious to see how much I remembered the history of the books on my *“shelf”.
*It’s truly just a drawer I shove miscellaneous items in, including my books lol.
That being said, I thought I only had six or seven books, but was surprised to find that I actually own eleven! It’s a little alarming considering I’m not actively buying books anymore. However after a little investigation, I deemed that all the books have a place on my “bookshelf” for one reason or another.
Enough meandering, here are the eleven books I own:
➥ Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I bought this book in Asia after moving abroad for college. I saw it at a popular bookstore and remembered my eccentric high school chemistry teacher who claimed it was his favorite book. It always reminds me of that teacher and his uproarious stories, so it stays on my shelf (plus, it’s a classic).
➥ The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
I adopted this book after my brother abandoned it at home to be donated. He told me once that he would read it in college whenever he felt uncertain about the direction of his life. As many younger siblings do, I copied him and his practice of reading The Alchemist whenever I needed some assurance. It’s one of the few books I have ever reread.
➥ The Martian by Andy Weir
This book. I bought it before a beach vacation thinking I would lounge by the ocean and read. It didn’t quite play out that way though. Turns out, when you’re in a burning, tropical country, you’d much rather be in the water than next to it. I got a few chapters in before I realized I’ll never be the type of tourist to lay out on the sand.
I’ve technically been reading this book for two years?
➥ Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Illuminae has an extremely compelling format that can’t be appreciated fully digitally. Usually I opt for ebooks, but I bought this book two years ago with the intention of gaining the most out of its unique presentation. Now, it’s one of my favorite and most lent books.
➥ The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick
Surprise! This book is actually a collection of short, science fiction stories. If you’re surprised, I was too.
I bought this book at a huge (but shady) book sale last year. There was no indication that it contained any other stories asides from the one it was advertising on the cover, but I’m not complaining. Each story carried an unsettling twist alike or superior to any episode of Black Mirror.
➥ Station Eleven By Emily St. Mandel
Station Eleven is my favorite book of 2019 (you can read all about it in my review!). It was the only familiar title I bought at the aforementioned shady book sale.
➥ Channel Blue by Jay Martel
Channel Blue was equally hilarious as it was disconcerting. I picked it up at The Shady Book Sale™ because of its startling concept that Earth is a planet aliens watch on their TVs for entertainment. It made me laugh, and it made me paranoid—now I love sharing it with unsuspecting friends.
➥ Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
This is 1/3 books I received from brother this past Christmas, and get this: it’s the first time I’ve ever been gifted books! Even though I may be loud about it online, I’m more subtle about my love for books in real life. Most of my friends would never consider buying me a book as a present 😂
—which is fine! We’re trying to downsize here, people. But, if there’s any clutter I like, it’s the book kind 🌝.
➥ Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
2/3 books my brother gifted me this past Christmas! He admitted to me that he searched online for the best science fiction book to give as presents 😂. Bless.
➥ Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
3/3 books my brother gifted me this past Christmas! He was a bit embarrassed when I told him I read it already. He insisted on returning it, but I explained to him that it was my favorite book in middle school (not a lie!) and wanted to keep it for the memz (it’s a genuinely nice copy!).
➥ Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
If you look closely, you can see that this book is still in its plastic. My cousin gave it to me several months ago as a graduation present. He handed it to me with a straight face and added,
“You like books,”
to which I replied,
“Yes, I do—thank you.”
And that was that.
Thanks for reading! Check out Kay’s post if you want to see a tour of her bookshelf!
How many books do you own? Do you own any of the ones I do? Have you ever been gifted a book by a thoughtful, statue-like cousin? Let me know 🙂.
Sappy Side Note
(skip if you’re allergic to feelings!!)
This is my 100th post! It took close to three years of some blogging and many more hiatuses to get to this point, but I finally did it!
I’m quite proud of myself to be honest because I always felt like I struggled with verbally communicating my thoughts to people (and writing didn’t come easy to me either hahaha). I think a major part of it is that I’m such a shy and awkward human IRL, so I just end up fumbling over my words 😅. However, drafting different posts and interacting with everyone in the bookish community has helped me feel more comfortable and, I guess, confident in what I have to say. It’s something I’ve been able to carry over to real life conversations this past three years and is part of what motivates me to keep sorting out my jumbled brain so I can better express myself (my other motivation being book talk. love all the book talk). Recently, I’ve been able to think of and write almost enough posts to schedule for the whole month of September, which is something I couldn’t conceive of when I first started blogging.
So, thank you all for reading, liking, and commenting! Even if we’ve never interacted, its enough that you spent your time to read what I have to say. Please know that I really appreciate you.