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Browsing Bloggers Bookshelves with Lauren @Northern Plunder

One of my favourite bloggers, Lauren from Northern Plunder has started a new feature on her blog recently where she swaps pictures of her bookshelves with others and then we discuss each other’s shelves perhaps mentioning which books we would like to read, would recommend or perhaps would not recommend. I loved the idea and got in touch asap with Lauren to swap pictures and today you can see what we thought of each other’s shelves. You can find Lauren’s post here. I actually met Lauren at YALC last year and I love that she reviews graphic novels as well, not to mention the fact that she’s a fellow gamer and also loves Mass Effect too 😍


First off, I love this style bookshelves, mine are so boring in comparison. Also, I’m living for the Brienne of Tarth pop figure in the bottom left corner! As for books, I’m super pleased to see two of the three Iluminae Files books (my favourite) I cannot recommend them enough!  Below them is Nevernight which I still have to read but am very excited to do so, there are also two of the Sookie Stackhouse books if I’m not mistaken they’re early on in the series and therefore are still actually pretty good, they went downhill a little towards the end. Much like ACOWAR, I can just about see there too. ACOMAF wasn’t too bad though.

The only book in the second cubby I even recognise if Kingdom of Ash which I am yet to read fully, I started it and just haven’t got back to it yet. I do like the sound and look of the spine for Welcome to the Night Vale though. In the third cubby, I see the first four books in the Vampire Diaries series. As much as I still enjoyed the others these four are the best and were still written by the original author whereas the others were ghostwritten, they didn’t age amazingly but I still like to go back and read them every so often. I also spy one of the Night World omnibus books by the same author that I do really want to get around to reading at some point. The last book there I recognise is Allegiant which is the third book in the Divergent series if I’m not mistaken. I enjoyed the first few books quite a bit but I really wish I hadn’t read the third book I’m sorry to say.

In the fourth and final cubby, are some pretty hardbacks. Spellslinger caught my eye as it’s the first book in a series that I would like to try reading, I recognise Eve of Man which I had on my TBR after buying it because the cover was so pretty. I didn’t realise it at first but Truthwitch is also on that shelf which is one of those books I really wanted to like that I just couldn’t get on with. Soulstealer, the cat woman novel by Sarah J Maas is hidden away up the top there as well which is another book on my TBR that I do want to to read but just haven’t felt it’s been the right time for yet.


I’m absolutely drooling at all the Laini Taylor goodness on that top shelf, especially the Illumicrate special edition Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares. I’m also glad to see it wasn’t just me that needed more than one edition of Nights and Puppets as well. Also is that a Six of Crows arc hiding away behind King of Scars? Because OMG.

The second shelf has the almost obligatory Throne of Glass books which I’ve read, Caraval which I really liked and not one, not two but three editions of The Cruel Prince, I’m assuming it wasn’t just me who loved this book? I’m super jealous of her special editions of  Vicious and Vengeful too! I’ve read City of Ghosts but am yet to read the Darker Shade of Magic or Our Dark Duet books yet but I do own them and they’re on my TBR. I’m interested in Grace and Fury as I’ve heard a lot of people liked it and Lauren obviously likes it enough to have three copies of it so consider it added to my list. I@ve read Rebel of the Sands and it was okay but I did carry on with the series and love the rest of it, I’ve also read a few chapters of State of Sorrow but haven’t finished it yet. The only book on that shelf that I’ve read is Everless and sadly it was one that I really didn’t enjoy.


I was intrigued by Spare and Found parts so quickly looked it up and I absolutely need that book in my life. I also really want to read the Vic James books as well, I’m reading Sanctuary by her at the moment and loving it so want to get round to reading her older books too. I’m loving that this shelf has some comics and I checked out the artist Lolsh, again out of curiosity and I’m so glad I did because her art is absolutely STUNNING!

This next shelf looks to be like it’s all books from Fairyloot if I’m not mistaken as I used to have a very similar looking shelf myself. It took me far too long to get around to it but I loved The Last Namsara up in the corner there and although I own a few of the other books I haven’t read any of them such as Legendary, Even the Darkest Stars and enchantment of Ravens. I’m intrigued by Given to the Sea and I think I gave away my copy of Flashfall but will have to check as I’m really interested in reading it right now and it was my first Fairyloot book.


My eyes immediately go to Heartstopper here but that book is an absolute must. SO cute and wholesome, definitely recommend. I like that Lauren’s graphic novels are all such great colours and there are some great choices here, Saga and the Fables books are ones I’ve read before as well as the Rat Queens books which I love. I’m interested in Paper Girls from that shelf mainly for the brightly coloured spines.

This last shelf looks to be mainly arcs and I’ve not read a single one of them. I do own a finished copy of Warcross I’ve been meaning to read through though and the Mortal Coil books have always seemed interesting to me so this has reminded me to put them on my TBR list officially.

Thank you so much to Lauren for letting me take part in this fun new feature, I really enjoyed having the opportunity to browse your bookshelves and hope you enjoyed looking at mine even if they are an absolute state at the moment.

Do you do anything in particular with your bookshelves? Do you order your books in certain ways, perhaps you have shelves filled with books by particular authors? Do you have bookish merch or other things amongst your books as well? Show me your bookshelves or tell me all about them, I love to see them and don’t forget to check out Lauren’s blog where you can see what she thought of my bookshelves!


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TBR Tuesday – Drowning in books


If you follow me on any kind of social media you’ll know that I have more books than sense by a very unfair ratio and recently they had begun to pile up and had spread everywhere in my house. Today however I managed to wrangle them back under control a little, removing some of the books that have gotten dusty while I’ve found myself unmotivated to read them (sorry Steig Larson, they seemed like a good idea at the time). I now have the problem of not knowing what I will be reading after my current read (Ash Princess) because I have so many great books I want to read next, so as I’ve done before I figured I’d lay out a few of my options here and get your opinions!

  • Books I am SUPER excited for
    Before the Storm by Christie Golden (This is a very high contender from one my favourite authors about one of my favourite game worlds).
    Renegades by Marissa Meyer
    Vicious by V.E Schwab
    Lifel1ke by Jay Kristoff
    Legendary by Stephanie Garber
    Circe by Madeline Miller
    Slay by Kim Curran


  • ARCS/Review copies etc
    (I’m excited for these books too but I feel that these books should really take priority over ones that I’ve just brought where possible.)
    Killing it by Asia Mackay
    The Island by M A Benett (Not out until Aug so this one can probably wait a little longer)
    The Beasts Heart by Leife Shallcross
    Season of  Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski
    Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
    Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi
    Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio

There are so many more, these are just my short list choices!! I’m genuinely thinking about putting book names into a hat and going from there to be honest! How is your TBR looking at the moment? Got more books than you know what to do with? Have you read any of the books above? If so what did you think? Help me choose my next book to read! Also let me know how you decide to pick your next book usually? Any tips greatly appreciated! Feel free to link me to any spoiler free reviews you may have written for the above books as well if you’d like me to check them out.