Following on from Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm (another great name for a blog btw!) who was tagged by Jillian, the Bookish Butterfly—I’m doing the Bookshelf Tag. So, for those of you interested to know, here are my answers:
HOW MANY BOOKSHELVES DO YOU HAVE?
I have nine, of varying sizes. Some tall, some small.
HOW MANY BOOKS ARE ON YOUR SHELVES?
I think I have just over 500, at the moment.
HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR BOOKS?
This might sound odd, compared to many who go alphabetically, or by genre, or even by colour, I do mine by size. Biggest books go at the bottom of any bookshelf that’s currently in use: i.e. being filled. Because, once you’ve had a large bookcase topple over on you because you had too many big heavy books at the top, you’ll understand why!
WHAT IS THE OLDEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES?
Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein. It’s from 1963! I use to have a ton of older books till I moved continents and had to downsize.
WHAT’S THE NEWEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES?
Force of Nature by Jane Harper, the follow-up to THE DRY, which I absolutely loved!
WHAT IS THE LONGEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES?
That has to be Blood Royal by Vanora Bennett coming in at a whopping 580 pages! And no, I haven’t read it yet, since I bought it in 2012!
WHAT IS THE SHORTEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES?
The Secret Lives of Princesses by Philippe Lechermeier and Rebecca Dautremer, at only 92 pages. And yes, it’s a kids book about princesses you’ve never heard of, and I adore it!
WHAT IS THE PREDOMINANT GENRE?
Hmm… Hard one, without going back to do a recount, I think it’s probably an even mix of crime fiction (murder/mystery/suspense) and SF.
HAVE YOU DONE A BOOKSHELF TOUR?
Eh, the easy answer to that one is, no!
CHOOSE A BOOK AT RANDOM AND TELL US ABOUT IT.
Okay, so the book that I came up with is: Digital Fortress, a thriller by Dan Brown—Yes, *that* Dan Brown of Da Vinci fame. This was his very first publication, long before the hype was to consume us, the reading public. And before his writing became too formulaic. This book is a quick easy read centred, yes, around codes and code breaking, and possibly the blueprint to all that came later. Who knows. All I know is enjoyed the read for what it was.
DO YOU HAVE FAN MERC OR ANY OTHER DECORATION ON YOUR BOOKSHELVES?
NOW, SHOW US YOUR BOOKSHELVES!
[Imaginary photos of bookshelves]