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Book Tag: What’s On My Bookshelf?

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Hello, fellow book worms. Today, I’m doing the fun Book Tag: What’s On My Bookshelf? I’ve found some amazing reads on my Goodreads shelves and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you.

This tag was originally created by Sajiid from Books are my Social Life but as I don’t watch much YouTube, it was on Bec’s blog bec&books that I first saw it. Make sure you check her post out too!

Although I don’t have much of a physical bookshelf, Bec persuaded me that using my virtual one on Goodreads would do just as well.

💚 Thank you Bec. 💚

How many bookshelves do you have?

I have 67 shelves. This includes the default “Read“, “Currently Reading” and “Want To Read” shelves that Goodreads set up for each member. I would just like to say that all the books on my GR “Want To Read” shelf are actually on my Kindle waiting to be read. Books that I want to read but haven’t bought yet are added to my Amazon Wish lists.

I have Annual GR Reading Challenge shelves from 2014 to the current 2020 challenge as well as other “challenge” shelves. A shelf for my 5-star reviews. Shelves for the various categories for the protagonist, for example, vampires, humans with special gifts, witches, plus sub-shelves for different shapeshifters animals. I have shelves for the genres like cosy paranormal mystery, urban fantasy, paranormal fiction and lots of shelves for the sub-genres within paranormal romance.

Screenshot of Goodreads Shelves on 14.9.20

How many books are on your bookshelves?

Here are my shelves as they stand today. The number in (brackets) is how many books are on that shelf. As you can guess by the numbers, some books appear in multiple shelves.

  • All (923)
  • Read ‎(624)
  • Currently Reading ‎(3)
  • Want to Read ‎(205)
  • bbnya-2020 ‎(84)
  • dnf-did-not-finish ‎(4)
  • *2020-audiobook-challenge ‎(22)
  • *2020-reading-challenge ‎(50)
  • *my-5-star-review ‎(230)
  • 2014-reading-challenge ‎(89)
  • 2015-reading-challenge ‎(122)
  • 2016-reading-challenge ‎(57)
  • 2017-reading-challenge ‎(99)
  • 2018-reading-challenge ‎(104)
  • 2019-reading-challenge ‎(121)
  • arc-netgalley ‎(121)
  • british-authors ‎(160)
  • contemporary-paranormal ‎(59)
  • cozy-paranormal-mysteries ‎(31)
  • debut-novel ‎(11)
  • epic-fantasy-high-fantasy ‎(11)
  • ghosts-the-dead-zombies ‎(53)
  • h-p-mallory ‎(13)
  • kindle-unlimited-or-free ‎(29)
  • mc-alien ‎(1)
  • mc-angels ‎(29)
  • mc-deities-gods-goddesses ‎(24)
  • mc-demons ‎(54)
  • mc-fae ‎(43)
  • mc-human ‎(72)
  • mc-human-paranormal-abilities ‎(54)
  • mc-immortal-warriors ‎(18)
  • mc-merfolk ‎(4)
  • mc-reaper-soul-collectors ‎(9)
  • mc-robot-enhanced-mechanical ‎(1)
  • mc-shapeshifters ‎(51)
  • mc-shapeshifters-dragon ‎(23)
  • mc-shapeshifters-wolf ‎(61)
  • mc-vampires ‎(167)
  • mc-witches-warlocks-magic-users ‎(114)
  • mc-zombie ‎(2)
  • mystery-thriller ‎(1)
  • non-fiction ‎(20)
  • paranormal-women-fiction-pwf ‎(13)
  • pnr-adult-smexy ‎(89)
  • pnr-dark-paranormal ‎(5)
  • pnr-fantasy ‎(17)
  • pnr-historical ‎(10)
  • pnr-light-paranormal ‎(12)
  • pnr-new-adult-1824 ‎(15)
  • pnr-sci-fi-futuristic ‎(9)
  • pnr-steampunk ‎(2)
  • pnr-time-travel ‎(3)
  • pnr-urban-fantasy ‎(78)
  • pnr-young-adult-1418 ‎(10)
  • r-a-r-e-london2019 ‎(45)
  • romance-not-paranormal ‎(7)
  • urban-fantasy ‎(73)
  • wya-group-a-z-author-2015-challenge ‎(26)
  • wya-group-a-z-character-challenge20 ‎(26)
  • x-all-groups-bookofmonth ‎(1)
  • x-pnr-uf-aug-2015-challenge ‎(10)
  • x-pnr-uf-july-2015-challenge ‎(10)
  • x-pnr-uf-nov-2015-challenge ‎(9)
  • x-potions-class-2018-mvbochallenge ‎(72)
  • x-uf-reading-rainbow-challenge2015 ‎(38)
  • x-wya-2017-a-z-villains-challenge ‎(19)

How do you organise your books?

As you can see from above, I use shelves to organise my books. All my Goodreads shelves are sortable, which means that I can then organise each one easily and quickly by any category. For example, Title, Author, Date Read, Number of Pages, My Rating, etc. I find this system makes it easier to find a particular book.

What is the oldest book on your shelf?

This question can be taken a couple of ways. Is it the book I’ve own for the longest time? Or are we looking at the release date of the editions I own?

Flower of Scotland by William Meikle was added to Goodreads after I’d read it on 10th April 2014. I downloaded it from Amazon UK as it was free at the time and I hadn’t long had my Kindle.

But based on the publication date of the edition I own, the oldest would be my paperback copy of Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I bought it from eBay in the hopes of getting Sherrilyn Kenyon to sign it at RARE19. (Unfortunately she had to cancel and it’s still sat by by bed.) It was published in 2005.

What is the newest book on your shelf?

Again this could either refer to us owning it or the publication date. Also, do we include ARCs? I’ve got a few ARCs on my shelf at the moment. I’ve decided to only choose from the books that I’ve bought myself, as including ARCs doesn’t seem fair.

book cover for The Beginners Guide To Necromancy 8 - How To Survive An Undead Honeymoon by Hailey Edwards

So, the last book I bought was on 30th August. I bought the Kindle with Narration of How to Survive an Undead Honeymoon (Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy: The Epilogues #2) by Hailey Edwards. It was published on 11th August 2020 which is actually the newest publication date too!

What is the longest book on your bookshelf?

This is referring to the number of pages, right? I like to buy anthologies and box sets. They’re a great way to find new-to-me authors and are usually really cheap. I’ve also got a lot of series box sets on my Kindle waiting to be read. Lol!

However, the longest is the Bad Magic: 10 Novels of Demons, Djinn, Witches, Warlocks, Vampires, and Gods Gone Rogue box set that I read in 2017. It has 2,512 pages.

But if we’re looking at a single book, Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness was a whopping 592 pages. I read it back in 2015 and I still haven’t read the final book in the series! Lol! 😂

What is the shortest book on your shelf?

I’ve read lots of short stories and novellas and still have many waiting to be read on my Kindle. Some were freebies from authors for signing up to their newsletters, others I downloaded as freebies through Amazon.

I haven’t read The Devil’s Work (Mel Goes to Hell, #1) by Demelza Carlton but as it’s only 11 pages, I doubt it’ll take me long! 😉 I love watching Lucifer with Tom Ellis and I thought this would be like that.

Tired of torturing damned souls, Lucifer decides it’s time for a career change. As the new CEO of the HELL Corporation, Luce Iblis is ready to take over the world, starting with a city he’s sure even angels haven’t heard about: Perth, Western Australia.
Until an angel appears in his office, vowing that the Lord of Hell will never win.
Hell hath no fury like a devil scorned.
And Lucifer’s about to raise Hell.

I read Of Swine and Roses by Ilona Andrews back in 2015. It’s only 21 pages and LOVED it.

What is the most predominant genre on your bookshelves?

I haven’t changed my reading habits much over the decades years so this is an easy one! Lol! Um. 🧛 🖤 Paranormal Romance! 🖤 🧛

However, 🥷 urban fantasy 🥷 would be a close second and quite frequently the two genres blend together. I’d like to read more cosy paranormal mysteries next year.

Have you done a bookshelf tour?

No, I haven’t. It’s not quite the same when you’re talking about virtual shelves and ebooks. Lol! 😉

Use a random number generator and talk about the book that corresponds with that number.

I’m going to split this one up.

Books Read: Book 266 is Magically Bound (Hunted Witch Agency #1) by Rachel Medhurst. “An Engaging Book To Kick Off The Series!” ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Rachel Medhurst is a fellow Brit who self-publishes her books. I found this book very easy to read. I liked our heroine, Devon Jinx, enjoyed her wit and how she dealt with the situations that were thrown in her path. This book had me hooked throughout, the only reason I didn’t rate higher than 3-stars was the cliffhanger ending. The crime aspect was left unresolved and the book stopped in mid-breathtaking scene! Shame. 🙁

Want To Read: Book 30 is The Wrong Girl (The 1st Freak House Trilogy) by C. J. Archer.

It’s customary for Gothic romance novels to include a mysterious girl locked in the attic. Hannah Smith just wishes she wasn’t that girl. As a narcoleptic and the companion to an earl’s daughter with a strange affliction of her own, Hannah knows she’s lucky to have a roof over her head and food in her belly when so many orphans starve on the streets. Yet freedom is something Hannah longs for. She did not, however, want her freedom to arrive in the form of kidnapping.

Taken by handsome Jack Langley to a place known as Freak House, she finds herself under the same roof as a mad scientist, his niece, a mute servant and Jack, a fire starter with a mysterious past. They assure Hannah she is not a prisoner and that they want to help her. The problem is, they think she’s the earl’s daughter. What will they do when they discover they took the wrong girl?

I added this because it was free on Amazon UK and I really enjoyed the first book in her Ministry of Curiosities.

Do you have fan merch or decorations on your bookshelves?

Well, obviously not on my virtual shelves. 😂 However, I do own some books. I’m growing my collection of signed paperbacks and yes, I’ve got a few bits that I picked up from RARE19. You can see some of it in the photo below.

Show us your bookshelves!

I think it’ll be a bit boring to just show you a screenshot of my Goodreads shelves, so here are my real bookshelves. Most of my real books are reference ones. The fiction is piled up on my bedside chest of drawers below my bookshelf. Lol!

My Real Life Bookshelf of paperbacks and hardbacks

Well, that’s the end of my Book Tag: What’s On Your Bookshelf? post. Thanks for reading until the end. You deserve a cookie. And milk.

Have you done this book tag before? Drop your links in the comments and I’ll pay yours a visit. If you’re reading this and fancy doing it just do it and comment a link!

signature graphic. Happy reading from flora image sitting on books

Bye for now,

Flora x

About Author

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(3) Comments

  1. I only use the three default, I really should organise it! You are certainly super organised!

  2. Ellie Rayner says:

    Great tag, I loved your answers!

  3. My shelves are organized something like that too! Except for some reason, I mostly use them when I finish reading the book. So like, books I haven’t read are just hanging out in my “want to read”, but ones I’ve read will mostly be in theme based shelves. Then there are a few that have strayed in there without being read… In short, my virtual shelves are kind of a mess xD xD

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