Bookshelf Tour 2021!

It’s second-to-last-day-of-Blogmas! Today’s post is my updated book collection!

Overview of book room:

I’m pretty happy with how it is. The nonfiction has been moved to the hallway, and honestly most of it is my husband’s, so I’m not gonna bother going over it. For the two piles shown in the last picture, the left two are books that have been purged. I’ll be dropping them off at my sister in law’s free little library. The two piles on the right are books I’ve borrowed from friends and family.

Manga and graphic novels

You can see my 10 in 2021 books on top in that last pic there. In addition to the manga shown, I have quite a few lent out. Not shown are: Ten Count 6, Rave Master 1-10, Demon Diary 1-7, Delicious in Dungeon 1-4, Inuyasha 1-5, The Way of the House Husband 1-2, Pandora Hearts 1, Trigun 1-2, Trigun Maximum 1-4, and Tokyo Ghoul 1-4 (though Tokyo Ghoul isn’t mine – it’s my husband’s).

Fiction:

Right now, my shelves are ordered by read and unread, followed by author (more or less). The last pic is what I’m currently reading and a couple books on the back-burner. Like the manga, I also have a lot of fiction lent out. Not shown: Uprooted, The Bear and the Nightingale, House of Leaves, Assassin’s Apprentice, Assassin’s Quest, Senlin Ascends, The Traitor Baru Cormorant, The Poppy War, Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, King of Scars, Throne of Glass, and Isle of Blood.

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And that’s it! Those are my books as of today. Tomorrow is Blogmas day Last!

 

I separated and reorganized my books by read and unread

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Hi! I went a bit stir crazy a couple weeks ago and re-arranged my fiction books. I decided to split them up by read and unread which is something I’ve never done before. I further subdivided them by author, but otherwise that’s it. Here was the process and end result!

This is the beginnings of the piles – left is read, right is unread, middle is cat.

This happened one evening when I had gone to unload the two book cases behind the chair. Needless to say I waited.

These are my unread. The stack over to the left are all books that are sequels where I’ve read the first or more and just haven’t caught up yet. The right are all standalones/new series to start.

These are all my read books, back on the shelves. I decided to put them in the cases behind the chair because I won’t need to access them as often as the unread books. Robin Hobb almost has an entire shelf to herself and it cracks me up.

These are the unread books. You’ll notice these shelves are a bit fuller than my read shelves. That surprised me too, as I own almost 1000 books and only have 230 or so unread ones. It took me a second to realize, but that’s because of manga. About 90% of the manga I own is read, and only about 10% is unread. Meaning most of my unread books are fiction, but also my unread fiction makes up about 25% of my collection, the rest being read fiction and manga.

I also got some tree spirits and now they live on my shelves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And that’s it! During this process I also purged about ten or so books from my collection, a mix of read and unread. I didn’t bother taking pictures of them because well, I didn’t bother. I also didn’t touch the manga cases or the nonfiction case – all this was done to fiction only.

Lemme know what you think – happy reading!

The books, they are spreeeaaading

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Back in 2017, my husband and I moved into our current place. It’s a three-bedroom thing and we have no children currently. The idea was that we would have a bedroom and then each get a room to basically make our own.

My husband chose to make his an office. He’s a computer guy by profession, a tinkerer by heart, and a gamer when he’s not being either of those. So our office has his gaming rig, and like, a million spare computer parts all over the place. I do have a PC in there too for when we game together, but I’m in there maybe 5% of the time that he is, so it’s his space, I just visit.

My space however is my book room. If you’ve followed me for any length of time you’ve probably seen pictures or heard me yabber about it. My book room has six full size and one half size book cases in it, along with a big pleather recliner, a side table and a lamp. I have the shelves and walls decorated with various whats-its, so I’m pretty happy with how it is. There’s also a second chair in there, an antique rocking chair, and my husband will come in with me occasionally to read. My space, he just visits.

So about the books spreading. Recently – the last probably three or four months – you may have noticed I’ve purchased nothing but manga. And by nothing but I mean a lot of manga. I’ve increased my collection quite a bit as a result.

So, you know, get bored, buy manga. Eventually the manga overflows on my shelves. For a while I was triple stacked and very recently I decided to get another book case. Problem is, it won’t fit in the book room. Literally all the wall space is taken now.

So it has gone into the hallway outside the book room. I’m taking more space, it’s mine. I moved all the nonfiction out there and now all my manga are together and actually single-stacked.

The books are spreading, and soon they will be all over the house!

See look, isn’t it beautiful?!?!? :’D

That’s all, I just wanted to pretend I’m some monster from the black lagoon slowly taking over the world house.

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Genre Freebie! Out of print manga I’m still collecting

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Happy Tuesday, the world is falling into chaos. 😀 At least we still have our books. Today’s topic is a genre freebie, so I’m going with manga that are out of print that I haven’t finished collecting yet. And for clarity’s sake, my definition of ‘out of print’ will be ‘the original run of it is out of print’. Meaning there might be bind-up editions still being produced but the single volume manga is no longer being published.

The order for these manga will take into account how long the series is, how many I have, how actively I’m looking for volumes, and how hard to find they are. And because they’re out of print, I tend to buy them when I see them, regardless of what volume they are, so you’ll see rando volumes here and there in my collection.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!


10. Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – This one makes the bottom of the list for two reasons: It’s the one I have the most of already, and it’s the one that’s easiest to find. You can still get new copies of random issues online, and used ones of others fairly easily.

  • Owned: 25/58. Vols 1-24, 26

9. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino – This one is on the list where it is because honestly I started collecting it by accident. It was right next to a Wild Ones issue I bought and I accidentally scooped this one up too and didn’t realize it til later when I was going through my haul. But it’s a series that’s been on my radar for a while so I figure I’ll collect it. Now I just need to get volume 1. :”D

  • Owned: 1/19. Vol 6

8. Priest by Min-Woo Hyung – This one is where it is because while I only have a handful, I tend to see them pop up in clearance sales and whatnot, so getting a hold of them shouldn’t be too hard if I make the effort to hunt them out. This is a gothic vampire western and from what I’ve read so far, pretty damned good.

  • Owned: 6/16. Vols 1-6

7. Rave Master by Hiro Mashima – This one’s by the same author that wrote Fairy Tale. I watched this anime a long time ago when it first aired and collected the first three volumes when it was in print. For some reason I never kept up with it and now that it’s done I kinda want it all, so… I picked them up when I see them.

  • Owned: 10/35. Vols 1-9, 12

6. Wild Adapter by Kazuya Minekura – This one is a recent addition to my collection. This is by the same author that wrote Saiyuki, which is another out of print manga that I love but don’t collect (yet) because my sister owns it and I can just borrow it if I wanna read.

  • Owned: 3/7. Vols 1-3

5. Confidential Confessions by Momochi Reiko – This is another recent addition. I started collecting this within the last couple months, but I originally read it back when I was a teenager. This is a manga that dives into serious topics and isn’t for kiddies.

  • Owned: 3/7. Vols 1-3

4. Absolute Boyfriend by Yuu Watase – While I read this whole series ages ago, it was via borrowing from buddies. But since I’ve fallen into a shojo kick since the beginning of the year I started collecting this myself. I only have the one so far, and I haven’t seen the others around yet, but I also haven’t looked, so who knows, maybe this’ll be a breeze to get, maybe it’ll be a pain.

  • Owned: 1/6. Vol 1

3. Wild Ones by Kiyo Fujiwara – This one I borrowed from the library late last year and adored. It’s a pain in the butt to find though, which is why it’s so high in the list. I’ve only a couple volumes of my own so far. I’ll get there I’ll get there.

  • Owned: 2/10. Vols 1, 6

2. Immortal Rain by Kaori Ozaki – This was one of the first manga series I started collecting back when I was a teen, and I never finished my collection. It went out of print before I did and now I barely see this anywhere. I was lucky enough to come across volume 7 a few months ago and boy did I snatch that up. I don’t have too much more to get, so if you see them online anywhere, do let me know. And honestly…. I don’t even think the whole thing was translated into English. The last few volumes on Goodreads suggest that they weren’t. Boo!

  • Owned: 7/11. Vols 1-7

Bitter Virgin, Volume 1 (Bitter Virgin, #1)

1. Bitter Virgin by Kei Kusunoki – This is the hardest one to find. Honestly, I don’t think it was ever officially translated into English. So obviously I don’t own any of these, but I’d love to. I read it online probably ten years ago and even now the story has stuck with me. It’s only four volumes long, but it packs a wallop. I’d really love to get a hold of these so if you live overseas from the US and you spot English editions of these please, please let me know. Hell I’d even take a bind up. Anything! ANYTHING.

  • Owned: 0/4.

And that’s it! There are other out of printies that I’m collecting too, but these ten are the ones I’m most actively after (and this isn’t including the in-print ones I’m collecting, obviously). If you’ve read any of these, or more importantly, if you’ve seen any of these floating around, lemme know! Happy reading!

Bookshelf Tour – 2019!

10 in 2019

I’m aware it’s 2020. :”D I had meant to post this in December during the main chunk of Blogmas, but I didn’t get the photos together or my bookshelves organized in time, so it’s a bit delayed. But I’ll be posting one next December too and that will be the 2020 one. So bear with me here. If you’re interested, here’s my 2018 and 2017 tours. Any that I list as missing are currently lent out.

Also I have to double-stack now. IT’S TEARING ME APART. D’:


Overview of shelves

Nonfiction and Foreign Language

Missing: The Good Women of China

Manga, graphic novels, and 10 in 2020 books

Fantasy and Science Fiction

Missing: The Traitor Baru Cormorant, The Poppy War, Assassin’s Apprentice, Assassin’s Quest

Missing: Uprooted

Missing: Senline Ascends

Missing: Throne of Glass

Missing: The Bear and the Nightingale, Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, King of Scars

Horror, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Thrillers, Classics, Magical Realism, and Literary Fiction

Missing: Isle of Blood


And thaaaat’s it! Sorry some of the pics are a bit blurry, there’s a bug in the software of my camera on my phone that makes the autofocus go crazy. -_- Hopefully most of them came out ok.

Happy reading!

Bookshelf Tour 2018

10 in 2019

Hello! Today is an updated bookshelf tour! The last time I did one was at the end of 2017. Since then, I’ve added new ones, rearranged a bit, and purged some old ones.

I have quite a few off the shelves right now because they’re either lent out or lying around my place, so any I notice are missing will be noted. None of the books mentioned in the book haul that I posted yesterday are on the shelves yet, so none of them will be shown either. 😛

Also, I almost almost did a video. I shot the footage and everything, and Katy offered to edit it for me. But… I got camera shy at the last minute. I’m not even in it, just my voice. But still. Pictures, haha.


Nonfiction and Foreign Language

Missing: The Good Women of China

Manga and graphic novels

Missing: Mushishi vols 2-4, Fruits Basket vols 1-4, Wotakoi vol 3, Descender vol 2, Monstress vols 1-2, Chew vols 1-2, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

Fantasy and Science Fiction

Missing: His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Glass, Truthwitch, Assassin’s Apprentice, The Name of the Wind, The Knife of Never Letting Go

Horror, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Thrillers, Classics, Magical Realism, and Literary Fiction

Missing: House of Leaves, Water for Elephants, Isle of Blood


And that’s it! I think with the new books going on, I’m going to need another case. I have two small cases right now among the collection – I might see if I can replace one or both of them with a larger case.

According to Goodreads (which… I keep mostly up to date), not including the newest books from the haul because I haven’t added them in yet, I own 707 books, 270 of which are unread. I’ll go into more detail come January, but I hope to reduce that to 250 or so by the end of 2019. Wish me luck. Ideally I’ll have unread books until I die – it’s no fun otherwise.

Happy reading!

 

Bookshelf Tour 2017

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Hello! I’ve decided to do one of those bookshelf tour thingies. As I have a blog and not a youtube, this will be done through photos. 😛 I’m fairly sure that each photo is clear enough that you should be able to see titles if you want. Any photo I place here you should be able to right-click and select ‘view image’ to see the full size if you need a larger view of the thing.

As I’ve mentioned (a billion times now) I moved recently. We moved from a two bedroom apartment into a three bedroom townhouse. And since it’s just my husband and I right now, those two extra bedrooms we’re using as not-bedrooms. One is our office (which is still a bunch of boxes).

The other is my uh… my library. :”D I have my own room dedicated to books! The photos you’ll see are how it looks right now. I want to get a big, comfy arm chair in there though. Right now, there’s an antique rocking chair and while it’s actually comfy to sit in, you can’t really curl up in it. So I’m on the hunt for a recliner.

Anyways, here are my books. I’ve been collecting them for two decades. Anything listed as ‘not shown’ I’m either currently reading, is lent out, or is still in a box somewhere.


Overview of Shelves

Manga and Nonfiction

Fiction, graphic novels


Detail of Shelves

Manga
Not pictured: Attack on Titan vols 1-14

Manga

Nonfiction: Languages, art, biography, history, music, cooking

Nonfiction: Philosophy, psychology, politics, more psychology
Not pictured: The bottom shelf of this bookcase. (Textbooks)

Sci-fi
Not shown: Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Sci-fi, fantasy
Not shown: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

Fantasy

Fantasy
Not shown: Assassin’s Apprentice, Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fantasy
Not shown: HP 3 paperback, HP4 hardback, HP3 illustrated, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Wheel of Time 4 and 5

Fantasy
Not shown: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Fantasy

Fantasy, horror, magical realism, literary
Not shown: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Ilse of Blood by Rick Yancey, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Magical realism, literary, contemporary, historical fiction

Historical fiction, literary, Christmas, classics
Not shown: Easy by Tammara Webber

Thriller, coloring books, dnd, graphic novels
Not shown: 5th ed Monster Manual, 5th ed Players Handbook, 5th ed Dungeon Master’s Guide

Comics


And that’s it! I thought to myself ‘I’ll make a picture post instead of a video, it’ll take no time at all that way!’

…It still took me an hour, hahaha. It was worth it though!

Happy reading! 😀

Coffee Mug Collection – Blogmas 12/11

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Hello! Coffee things today. I really like collecting coffee mugs – I make a point to buy one every time I go on a trip (so guess who’s getting a new one in Malaysia this week). So I thought that showing them would be a neat thing. I try to make each mug I buy unique. There are a couple that you’ll see that are a bit plain – these were ones I inherited as hand-me-downs. Any weirdy ones I bought myself or they were given to me as gifts. 😛

Here they are!


I think I’ve accumulated a decent collection! I think my favorite one is the ‘Crazy Book Lady’ mug. The one on the bottom with the stars forms constellations when it gets hot, too. So you can drink coffee out of the little dipper. :”D

Let me know what you think – what’s the neatest mug you have?

Happy reading!