Bookshelf Tour!

Right, this is really kind of sad, but I’m hoping the fact that I recognise it’s sad will somehow help to counteract in a way, like some sort of double bluff or something. Anyway, it turns out ‘bookshelf tours’ are a thing! There’s hundreds of the things on Youtube, and I’ve watched most of them because I’m really nosy (and also because I want to get some new bookcases, so I’m regarding snooping at other people’s as a form of online window shopping). A lot of the Youtube bookshelf tours are heavily based around the Young Adult genre, which isn’t really my sort of thing, so I’m doing my own photo-based bookshelf tour for my own gratification (because I need a life), because I’ve finally rearranged everything so that every book I own is now on a shelf and not stacked on the floor (apart from the nine that arrived in an exciting parcel the other day), and also in case anyone wants to have a peek to see the kind of things I read and what’s likely to come up for review in the future. I do not have the capabilities to do this as a video, but even if I did I’d probably spare you from hearing my childlike recorded voice (and also seeing how dusty my shelves really are!). This is also going to be super useful for me to keep track of what I have and haven’t read, and where the damn things are (especially when there’s double stacking going on).

Grab a cup of tea and make yourself comfy, because I’ve got around 600 books and this is going to be a biggie. I have four bookcases for want of a better word, but none of them were really designed to hold books and so they’re not very space-efficient. As you’ll see, I’ve got stacks piled up higgledy piggledy all over the place, so to try to protect the shelves in terms of weight I’ve had to separate a few series to keep all the hardbacks together and such. I’ve got quite a lot of non-fiction history books (I studied History and Ancient History at uni) which used to have their own non-fiction bookcase, but now everything’s a bit all over the place to make maximum use of space. Anyway, you’ll see as we go. It’s probably not necessary for me to list them all as well as post pictures, but I’m going to anyway because I don’t know how clear they’ll be and some of the books are a bit out of shot. On with the tour!

Bookcase One

Shelf One


Piled up on top are mainly cookery books, possibly a colouring book, and a notebook made out of an old KISS Destroyer record which holds all of my gig tickets. There’s also a Bon Jovi Lost Highway tour programme from back in the day, I think I picked it up at a gig in Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol. As you can see I have my Oxford World’s Classics (all of which were for my degree), and my Penguin Classics (which are a mix of books I got for my degree and literature).

  • Confessions – Saint Augustine
  • The Ecclesiastical History of the English People – Bede
  • Lives of the Caesars – Suetonius
  • Idylls – Theocritus
  • The Peloponnesian War – Thucydides
  • Ammianus Marcellinus – The Later Roman Empire (AD 354-378)
  • Appian – The Civil Wars
  • Arrian – The Campaigns of Alexander
  • Curtius Rufus – The History of Alexander
  • Herodotus – The Histories
  • Livy – The Early History of Rome
  • Livy – The War with Hannibal
  • Plutarch – Makers of Rome
  • Polybius – The Rise of the Roman Empire
  • Procopius – The Secret History
  • Sallust – Catiline’s War, Jugurthine war, Histories
  • The Greek Alexander Romance
  • Lewis Carroll – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
  • Alexandre Dumas – The Three Musketeers
  • Gustave Flaubert – Madame Bovary
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Scarlet Letter
  • Bram Stoker – Dracula
  • James Fenimore Cooper – The Last of the Mohicans
  • Lawrence Sterne – The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
  • William Makepeace Thackeray – Vanity Fair
  • Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Oscar Wilde – Complete Short Stories
  • Virgil – The Aeneid
  • Richmond Lattimore – The Iliad of Homer
  • Richmond Lattimore – The Odyssey of Homer
  • Simon Armitage – The Last Days of Troy
  • Simon Armitage – Homer’s Odyssey

Shelf Two


Piled up on top, top to bottom and left to right, we have:

  • Joseph O’Connor – Star of the Sea
  • Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars
  • Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games Trilogy
  • John Grisham – The Chamber
  • Stephen King – From a Buick 8
  • Stephen King – The Green Mile
  • Stephen King – Cujo
  • Stephen King – On Writing
  • David Anthony Durham – Hannibal: Pride of Carthage
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Robert Muchamore – Cherub: The Recruit
  • C.J. Sansom – Winter in Madrid
  • Lionel Shriver – We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Crime and Punishment
  • Eric Lomax – The Railway Man
  • Michael Morpurgo – The Butterfly Lion
  • Margaret Bechard – Hanging on to Max
  • The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
  • The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Then left to right on the actual shelf, my lovely matching Vintage collection!

  • Charles Dickens – Martin Chuzzlewit
  • Charles Dickens – Nicholas Nickleby
  • Charles Dickens – Barnaby Rudge
  • Charles Dickens – Bleak House
  • Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities
  • Charles Dickens – Great Expectations
  • Charles Dickens – The Pickwick Papers
  • Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol
  • Charles Dickens – Hard Times
  • Charles Dickens – The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Charles Dickens – Dombey and Son
  • Charles Dickens – David Copperfield
  • Charles Dickens – Little Dorrit
  • Charles Dickens – Our Mutual Friend
  • Charles Dickens – The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist
  •  Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre
  • Alexandre Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
  • Christopher Isherwood – Mr Norris Changes Trains
  • Christopher Isherwood – Goodbye to Berlin
  • Christopher Isherwood – A Single Man
  • Madeline Miller – A Song of Achilles (not Vintage, but red)
  • Virginia Woolf – To the Lighthouse
  • Virginia Woolf – Mrs Dalloway

Shelf Three


This is mostly non-fiction, apart from the stacks on top which are:

  • Philip Wayre – The River People
  • Jack Ludlow – The Pillars of Rome
  • Margaret Doody – Poison in Athens
  • Frank Thompson – King Arthur
  • Boris Pasternak – Doctor Zhivago
  • A book of pirate doodles (a big girl’s colouring book)
  • Teach Yourself Writing for Children
  • English for Journalists
  • Writing for Journalists
  • Justin Pollard – Seven Ages of Britain
  • Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance
  • Margaret George – Helen of Troy
  • Samuel Norman – The Kings and Queens of England
  • Hot Toddies (recipe book)
  • Speedy logic puzzles
  • G. Lowes Dickinson – The Greek View of Life
  • Hairy Hunks
  • You Know You’re a Child of the ‘80s When…
  • Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness
  • Solomon Northup – Twelve Years a Slave
  • James Bradley – The Resurrectionist
  • Maggie O’Farrell – Instructions for a Heatwave
  • Celia Rees – Pirates!
  • Martin Davies – The Conjuror’s Bird

Left to right:

  • Richard Stoneman – Alexander the Great: A Life in Legend
  • Richard Stoneman – Legends of Alexander the Great
  • Bettany Hughes – The Hemlock Cup
  • Adrian Goldsworthy – Caesar
  • Adrian Goldsworthy – In the Name of Rome
  • Adrian Goldsworthy – The Fall of Carthage
  • Adrian Goldsworthy – The Fall of the West
  • Tom Holland – Persian Fire
  • Tom Holland – Rubicon
  • Tom Holland – Millennium
  • Barry Strauss – The Trojan War
  • Simon Baker – Ancient Rome
  • John Burrow – A History of Histories
  • John Man – Attila the Hun
  • Peter Heather – The Fall of the Roman Empire
  • The Anglo-Saxon Age: A Very Short Introduction
  • Augustine: A Very Short Introduction
  • Classics: A Very Short Introduction
  • History: A Very Short Introduction
  • Roman Britain: A Very Short Introduction
  • Michael Grant – Gladiators
  • Martial Epigrams I
  • Keith Feiling – A History of England
  • Frank Stenton – Anglo-Saxon England
  • Trevor Royle – Civil War
  • Donald Kagan – The Peloponnesian War
  • Katie Hickman – Courtesans

Shelf Four


Again, mostly non-fiction (but with some biographies) apart from the stacks on top:

  • 101 Things to do Before You Die
  • Kings, Queens, Chiefs and Rulers fact book
  • Scarlett Thomas – The End of Mr Y
  • Flora Thompson – Lark Rise to Candleford
  • E.E. Rice – Alexander the Great
  • Paul Cartledge – Alexander the Great (I already had this in hardback, but the paperback was too pretty to resist!)
  • Simon Armitage – All Points North
  • One Hundred Favourite Poems (Classic FM)
  • Christopher Marlowe – Doctor Faustus
  • Christopher Marlowe – Doctor Faustus (York Notes)
  • William Shakespeare – Measure for Measure
  • Carol Ann Duffy – Selected Poems (Two copies, one clean and one annotated for exams)
  • Christina Rossetti – Selected Poems
  • Arthur Miller – Death of a Salesman
  • Aimee Bender – The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
  • Ned Beauman – Boxer Beetle
  • Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina
  • Ken Follett – The Pillars of the Earth

Left to right:

  • Edward Gibbon – The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • H.H. Scullard – From the Gracchi to Nero
  • Greek for Beginners
  • A Primer of Greek Grammar
  • Get Started in Latin
  • Latin Dictionary
  • A notebook with my Latin notes
  • Michael Wood – In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great
  • Michael Wood – In Search of the Dark Ages
  • Paul Cartledge – The Spartans
  • Robin Lane Fox – The Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome
  • Robin Lane Fox – Alexander the Great
  • Greek Legends
  • Collected Ancient Greek Novels
  • Jordanes – The Origin and Deeds of the Goths
  • Peter Howell – Martial
  • Neville Morley – Trade in Classical Antiquity
  • Kraus and Woodman – Latin Historians
  • John Prevas – Hannibal Crosses the Alps
  • Peter Brown – The World of Late Antiquity
  • Tacitus – The Annals
  • Peter Heather – Empires and Barbarians
  • Thomas Wright – Oscar’s Books
  • Mötley Crüe – The Dirt
  • Nikki Sixx – The Heroin Diaries
  • Tommy Lee – Tommyland
  • A-Z of ‘80s Rock
  • Stephen Fry – Moab is my Washpot
  • Nigel Goodall – What’s Eating Johnny Depp?
  • Dennis Meikle – Johnny Depp: A Kind of Illusion
  • Sean Astin – There and Back Again: An Actor’s Tale
  • Franny Moyle – Desperate Romantics

Shelf Five


The hardback shelf, and the last shelf in bookcase one! Jeez, this is taking longer than I thought…

On top (there’s a real mix of stuff on this shelf):

  • David Gemmell – Fall of Kings
  • David Gemmell – Shield of Thunder
  • David Gemmell – Lord of the Silver Bow
  • R.M. Ballantyne – Martin Rattler
  • The QI Book of General Ignorance
  • Toynbee – A Study of History
  • Kenyon – Beginning in Archaeology
  • A whole jumble of stuff, including an Italian phrase book and a load of little books that came free with Classic Rock magazine and have snippets of rockstar autobiographies, tales from the road, interviews, that kind of thing.

Left to right:

  • Arthur Conan Doyle – The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection
  • Harry Sidebottom – Warrior of Rome Part 1
  • Nikki Sixx – This is Gonna Hurt
  • Sue Crawford – Ozzy Unauthorised
  • Stephen Davis – Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns ‘N’ Roses
  • Slash with Anthony Bozza – Slash
  • Richard Hammond – On the Edge
  • Fern Britton – My Story
  • Russell Brand – My Booky Wook
  • Stephen Fry – The Fry Chronicles
  • Robert Lacey – Great Tales from English History
  • The Collected Works of Oscar Wilde
  • Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett – Havemercy
  • Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett – Shadow Magic
  • Allan Massie – Arthur the King
  • Kate Mosse – The Winter Ghosts
  • Allan Massie – Antony
  • Allan Massie – Tiberius
  • Neil Oliver – A History of Ancient Britain
  • Greg Sestero – The Disaster Artist (minus its bright red dust jacket because I’m currently reading it, and I always remove the covers to prevent damage while reading)
  • Samantha Ellis – How to be a Heroine
  • The Fiction Writer’s Handbook

Phew! And now we have TWO WHOLE BOOKCASES of fiction, and nothing but fiction. HOORAY!

Bookcase Two

Shelf One


This is one of my favourite shelves, because Sebastian Faulks, Ian McEwan, and probably Iain Banks actually, are some of my favourite authors, so I like to keep them all together. Also on the top there you can see my personalised signed photo of Richie Sambora that says “Sara, keep the faith love Richie Sambora.” That’s my ultimate prized possession, which means it’s the one thing (after my cats) that I’ll grab if the house was on fire.

  • Conn Iggulden – Emperor: The Gates of Rome
  • Conn Iggulden – Emperor: The Death of Kings
  • Conn Iggulden – Emperor: The Gods of War
  • Conn Iggulden – Emperor: The Field of Swords
  • Conn Iggulden – Lords of the Bow
  • Hilary Mantel – Bring up the Bodies
  • Hilary Mantel – Wolf Hall
  • Ian McEwan – First Love, Last Rites
  • Ian McEwan – The Comfort of Strangers
  • Ian McEwan – The Cement Garden
  • Ian McEwan – On Chesil Beach
  • Ian McEwan – Atonement
  • Ian McEwan – Solar
  • Ian McEwan – Enduring Love
  • Ian McEwan – Sweet Tooth
  • Sebastian Faulks – A Possible Life
  • Sebastian Faulks – A Week in December
  • Sebastian Faulks – Birdsong
  • Sebastian Faulks – The Girl at the Lion d’Or
  • Sebastian Faulks – Charlotte Gray
  • Sebastian Faulks – Engleby
  • Sebastian Faulks – A Fool’s Alphabet
  • Sebastian Faulks – On Green Dolphin Street
  • Sebastian Faulks – Human Traces
  • Iain Banks – The Bridge
  • Iain Banks – The Crow Road
  • Iain Banks – Espedair Street
  • Iain Banks – The Wasp Factory
  • Iain Banks – Whit

Shelf Two


Piled up on the left are collections of children’s stories and some of my favourite books when I was super small – The New Walker Bear collections, James Herriott, Beatrix Potter, Enid Blyton’s Animal storybook, Moses the Kitten, The Owl and the Pussycat, Spider the Horrible Cat, that kind of thing. The other piles are:

  • Gavin Maxwell – Ring of Bright Water
  • Alison Prince – Anne Boleyn and Me
  • Colleen McCullough – The Thorn Birds
  • Kazuo Ishiguro – The Remains of the Day
  • Kazuo Ishiguro – Never Let Me Go
  • Muriel Spark – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
  • Paolo Coelho – By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
  • Paolo Coelho – Veronika Decides to Die
  • Paolo Coelho – The Devil and Miss Prym
  • Paolo Coelho – The Alchemist
  • David Mitchell – Black Swan Green
  • David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas
  • David Mitchell – The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Left to right:

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett – Dragon Soul
  • Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett – Steelhands
  • John Irving – Setting free the Bears
  • John Irving – The World According to Garp
  • John Irving – Until I Find You
  • John Irving – Last Night in Twisted River
  • John Irving – A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • John Irving – Son of the Circus
  • John Irving – A Widow for One Year
  • Julia Gregson – East of the Sun
  • Julia Gregson – The Water Horse
  • Margaret Atwood – Alias Grace
  • Magaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake
  • Margaret Atwood – The Blind Assassin
  • Elizabeth Kostova – The Historian
  • Elizabeth Kostova – The Swan Thieves
  • Mary Renault – Fire From Heaven
  • Mary Renault – The Persian Boy
  • Mary Renault – Funeral Games
  • Ross Leckie – Hannibal
  • Ross Leckie – Scipio
  • Ross Leckie – Carthage

Shelf Three

We’re getting there guys, power through! Why did I ever think this would be a good idea…


On top:

  • Noel Streatfield – Ballet Shoes
  • Yann Martel – Self
  • Yann Martel – Life of Pi
  • Robert Harris – Pompeii
  • Robert Harris – Lustrum
  • Robert Harris – Imperium
  • Martin Sixsmith – Philomena
  • Kate Morton – The House at Riverton
  • Kate Morton – The Distant Hours
  • J.D. Salinger – The Catcher in the Rye
  • J.D. Salinger – Franny and Zooey
  • Joanne Harris – Chocolat
  • Joanne Harris – The Lollipop Shoes
  • Joanne Harris – Peaches for Monsieur le Curé
  • Simon Scarrow – Centurion
  • Simon Scarrow – The Eagle’s Prophecy
  • Simon Scarrow – When the Eagle Hunts
  • Andrew Davidson – The Gargoyle
  • Hunter S. Thompson – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Hunter S. Thompson – The Rum Diary

And left to right:

  • Valerio Massimo Manfredi – Tyrant
  • Valerio Massimo Manfredi – Pharaoh
  • Valerio Massimo Manfredi – Empire of Dragons
  • Valerio Massimo Manfredi – Talisman of Troy
  • Valerio Massimo Manfredi – Alexander: Child of a Dream
  • Valerio Massimo Manfredi – Alexander: The Sands of Ammon
  • Valerio Massimo Manfredi – Alexander: The Ends of the Earth
  • J.R.R. Tolkien – Roverandom
  • J.R.R. Tolkien – The Children of Húrin
  • J.R.R. Tolkien – The Silmarillion
  • J.R.R. Tolkien – The Hobbit
  • J.R.R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings
  • Robin Jarvis – The Dark Portal
  • Robin Jarvis – The Alchemist’s Cat
  • L.M. Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables
  • L.M. Montgomery – Anne’s House of Dreams
  • Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner
  • Emily Brontë – Wuthering Heights
  • Anne Brontë – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • Anne Brontë – Agnes Grey
  • Charlotte Brontë – The Professor
  • Roald Dahl –My Uncle Oswald
  • Roald Dahl – Someone Like You
  • Henry Fielding – Tom Jones
  • The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories
  • Three Gothic Novels (The Castle of Otranto, Vathek, Frankenstein)
  • Helen Fielding – Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination
  • Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones’s Diary
  • Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones’s Diary: The Edge of Reason

Shelf Four


Just keep swimming. On top:

  • John Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath
  • Paul Torday – Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Mark Haddon – A Spot of Bother
  • Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
  • Mark Mills – The Savage Garden
  • Mark Mills – The Information Officer
  • Will Self – The Book of Dave
  • Stieg Larsson – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • Stieg Larsson – The Girl Who Played With Fire
  • Stieg Larsson – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest
  • Michelle Magorian – Goodnight Mister Tom
  • Henry James – Daisy Miller
  • Robert Graves – I, Claudius and Claudius the God
  • Peter Lerangis – Sleepy Hollow
  • Anna Sewell – Black Beauty
  • Colin Dann – The Animals of Farthing Wood
  • Henry Williamson – Tarka the Otter
  • Kathryn Stockett – The Help
  • Umberto Eco – Baudolino
  • Umberto Eco – The Name of the Rose
  • Alan Hollinghurst – The Stranger’s Child
  • Alan Hollinghurst – The Swimming-Pool Library
  • Alan Hollinghurst – The Line of Beauty

Left to right, beginning with a set of classics for children (whose authors I can’t be bothered to list).

  • Classics for children – Little Women, Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, The Thirty Nine Steps, Sherlock Holmes Investigates, What Katy Did, What Katy Did At School, A Christmas Carol, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Just So Stories, The Call of the Wild, White Fang, The Children of the New Forest, The Railway Children, The Treasure Seekers, Kidnapped, Treasure Island, Gulliver’s Travels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
  • R.M. Ballantyne – The Coral Island
  • Rudyard Kipling – Stalky and Co.
  • Rudyard Kipling – The Jungle Book
  • Edith Nesbit – The Railway Children
  • E. Annie Proulx – Accordion Crimes
  • E. Annie Proulx – The Shipping News
  • E. Annie Proulx – Postcards
  • Annie Proulx – Bad Dirt
  • Annie Proulx – Close Range
  • Annie Proulx – Fine Just the Way It Is
  • Kate Mosse – Labyrinth
  • Kate Mosse – Sepulchre
  • Kate Mosse – Citadel
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafron – The Prisoner of Heaven
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafron – The Angel’s Game
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafron – Shadow of the Wind
  • Allan Massie – Augustus
  • Allan Massie – Caligula
  • Marina Lewycka – We Are All Made of Glue
  • Marina Lewycka – A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

Shelf Five (and the end of bookcase two!)


On top (there’s quite a lot cut out of this photo):

  • Robert Tressell – the Ragged Trousered Philanthropist
  • Patrick O’Brian – Master and Commander
  • Jack Kerouac – The Subterraneans and Pic
  • Antony Burgess – A Clockwork Orange
  • John le Carré – The Constant Gardener
  • William Golding – Lord of the Flies
  • Hannah Tinti – The Good Thief
  • N.M. Browne – Basilisk
  • Charles Frazier – Cold Mountain
  • Joseph Heller – Catch-22
  • Marian Keyes – This Charming Man
  • Jed Rubenfeld – The Interpretation of Murder
  • Brad Meltzer – The Book of Lies
  • Michael Ondaatje – The English Patient
  • Christine Aziz – The Olive Readers
  • Aravind Adiga – The White Tiger
  • Sarah Winman – When God Was a Rabbit
  • Michael Faber – The Crimson Petal and the White
  • Dewey Gram – Gladiator Screenplay
  • Sara Gruen – Water for Elephants
  • Paul Golding – The Abomination
  • Arundhati Roy – The God of Small Things
  • Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
  • Patrick Süskind – Perfume
  • Stephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Left to right:

  • Jules Verne Collection – Around the World in Eighty Days, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Jane Austen – The Complete Novels
  • Mark Twain – Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
  • Zadie Smith – White Teeth
  • James Joyce – Ulysses
  • Philippa Gregory – The Wise Woman
  • Philippa Gregory – The Other Boleyn Girl
  • Philippa Gregory – The Queen’s Fool
  • Philippa Gregory – The Virgin’s Lover
  • Philippa Gregory – Earthly Joys
  • Tracy Chevalier – The Virgin Blue
  • Tracy Chevalier – The Lady and the Unicorn
  • Elizabeth Gaskell – Cranford
  • Elizabeth Gaskell – North and South
  • Sarah Waters – Affinity
  • Sarah Waters – Fingersmith
  • Sarah Waters – The Night Watch
  • Sarah Waters – Tipping the Velvet
  • George MacDonald Fraser – Flashman
  • George MacDonald Fraser – Royal Flash
  • George MacDonald Fraser – Black Ajax
  • Daphne Du Maurier – The House on the Strand
  • Daphne Du Maurier – The King’s General
  • Daphne Du Maurier – Rebecca

And now on to Bookcase Three, which should be a super speedy run through of all my lovely children’s books.


This entire top shelf is filled with very old and disintegrating copies of Enid Blyton, which I absolutely adored as a child. There are 12 books for younger children featuring Naughty Amelia Jane and Mr Twiddle etc., followed by 21 Famous Five books (my all time favourite of Enid’s), 6 Malory Towers books, and 2 Secret Seven.


This continues on to the next shelf, with another 10 Secret Seven books, 7 mystery books, 4 more which I think are standalones, a collection of The Magical Adventures of the Wishing-Chair and another collection called The Bold, Bad Boys! Then I have 6 Alan Gibbons books (Warriors of the Raven, Vampyr Legion, Shadow of the Minotaur, The Dark Beneath, Playing With Fire, and The Defender) ; 8 books in the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder; two books that link into The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, The Immortals and The Lost Barkscrolls; a compendium of short stories for children called Centuries of Stories; then tucked away at the back is Rhyme Stew and Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl.


The third shelf has all my Harry Potter/J.K. Rowling books including We Love Harry Potter, So You Think You Know Harry Potter, Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Tales of Beadle the Bard, The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo’s Calling (which doesn’t really fit here, but doesn’t have anywhere else to go). I have two copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone because I had the series in hardback from Prisoner of Azkaban onwards, and I wanted to try and get the first two in hardback as well (although the illustration of Dumbledore is much nicer on the paperback cover). This shelf also has the Chrestomanci series, The Ogre Downstairs and A Sudden Wild Magic, all by Diana Wynne Jones, and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.


Finally in this bookcase I have Muddle Earth and a load of The Edge Chronicles books by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, a collection of The World’s Best Fairy Tales, and a collection of Enid Blyton’s Brer Rabbit stories.

Bookcase Four

This is the last bookcase! And it’s not even a bookcase, it’s just one, very deep shelf that I’ve had to double stack to make optimum use of the space. It’s quite annoying, but at least now I’ve done this I’ll be able to look back at it to see exactly what’s lurking at the back. It’s mainly non-fiction, with quite a few large hardbacks.


So from the front, top down, left to right (and whizzing through super quickly without authors because I’m bored now, if you’re desperate to know just ask me) we have:

  • Helen of Troy
  • The Oxford History of the Classical World
  • A History of the World
  • The secret History
  • The Oxford History of the British Empire Volume 1
  • Legends of King Arthur
  • Brideshead Revisited
  • Credo
  • The World of Downton Abbey
  • The Early Middle Ages 400-1000
  • The Making of Modern Europe
  • Poverty and Deviance in Early Modern Europe
  • Becoming Roman
  • The Barbarians Speak
  • The Hellenistic World from Alexander to the Roman Conquest
  • From the Peloponnesian War to the Battle of Ipsus
  • The Greek World After Alexander 323-30 BC
  • The Greek World 479-323 BC
  • A History of the Later Roman Empire
  • A History of the Hellenistic World
  • A History of the Classical Greek World
  • Artisans in Europe, 1300-1914
  • Ancient Rome the Republic
  • The Nature of Alexander the Great
  • Who’s Who in the Age of Alexander the Great
  • Henry VIII
  • Charles II
  • The Pursuit of History
  • Schliemann of Troy
  • The First Emperor
  • Roman Imperialism
  • Travelling Heroes
  • Alexander the Great

Now finally, finally finally finally, this is a quick peek of the double-stacked books that are lurking behind that layer, and then we are done! That will have been all of the books I own! I didn’t realise this would take so long, I feel I’ve grown significantly older since starting this bookshelf tour. But this is the last hurdle! So, tucked away at the back of this shelf is:


  • Cousin Henry
  • Rome
  • The Arabian Nights
  • Three Men in a Boat
  • Literature in English
  • The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination
  • The Roald Dahl Treasury
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Enid Blyton’s Adventure Treasury
  • New Larousse Encyclopaedia of Mythology
  • Heroes and Villains
  • The Man Who Invented History
  • Jack the Ripper: Letters from Hell
  • Rome Guidebook
  • Pompeii Guidebook
  • Dictionary of Classical Mythology
  • The Anglo-Saxons
  • The Lord of the Rings Complete Visual Companion
  • Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful
  • Mel Gibson (This was a joke charity shop present)
  • Enid Blyton’s Secret Toybox Tales
  • A box set of all of Roald Dahl’s children’s books
  • A box set of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

… I may have lied a little bit. We’re not quite done. That was a comprehensive list/bookshelf tour of all of the books I own and have successfully found a place to store, EXCEPT for these beauties which arrived in the post from The Works earlier this week. I have no idea where to put them!


The three George R.R. Martin books came in a set for £4.99, and the rest were on offer for £1.99 each or 6 for £10. (Naturally I went for 6 for £10). I had a code for free postage as well, which means this whole merry bundle cost me a mere £14.99! What a bargain! Although now I need to find somewhere to put them…

So that was my bookshelf tour, well done if you made it to the end (I very nearly didn’t!) I’ve got a whole bunch of reviews to pop up here soon (I know I keep saying that), but now that you’ve seen my books you’ll have a fair idea of the kind of things that will be appearing on here in the future. I probably won’t be reviewing any history/ancient history books though, but any of the biographies/autobiographies/works of fiction are fair game. Now go and get yourself another cup of tea, you’ve earned it!


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