Exploring My Bookshelves: Thinking of the Future

Exploring My Bookshelves is a weekly meme created by Addlepates and Book Nerds.

First, you post a picture of your bookshelf (preferably literal but e-shelves work too):

I’m continuing with the format of my last Exploring My Bookshelves post and will only show the shelf I’ll discuss in this post. I’m currently tidying my bookshelf so stay tuned for an update to the untidiness.

for the kids shelf

Second, you get something about your shelf to write about (favorite cover, favorite author, book you most recently bought, etc.):

For May 22nd: books you want to keep for your kids (or have kept for you kids)

Third, give the blurb and the cover of the book, and what you thought of it if you’ve read it:

Well, I don’t have any kids so the books I show in the picture above and discuss below are those that I’ll most likely to share with my future kids. Not all are kids books. Giving kids kiddie books are a given. These are stories that stood out to me that I’d like my future kids to experience.

The books are:

  1. Grimm’s Fairy Tales and those compiled by Hans Christian Andersen too
    • It’s those Disney books that got me interested in these so I’ll pass it along to the next generation. I’ll probably read them the originals, ha ha!
  2. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
    • I have yet to meet someone who has read this book and not like it. It’s a lovely story and the structure of the book is sure to entice the kids what with the chapters in different colors and illustrations at the beginning of each chapter.
  3. The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner
    • This is a recent one, published back in 2013. I love the story and the illustrations and I think kids will have fun trying to solve the various puzzles the author includes while helping the twins solve their problem.
  4. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
    • I read this at a young age and loved it; reread it a year or so ago and still loved it. I’ll share this one with the future kids because it’s a wonderful, simple story.
  5. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
    • I’m missing book 4 in the picture but it’s on its way from Book Outlet. It’s a lovely, fun story with great lessons within. And it’s not too preachy.
  6. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
    • Awesome story. I’d like to read this to my kids like the narrator does. I would get a kick outta that.
  7. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • As a book lover of fantasy novels, this is a must. I’d get an illustrated copy for the kids though.
  8. The Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
    • Pierce has been a favorite author of mine since my tween years so Yeah! the kiddies will sample this one too. Alanna is such a wonderful character that I’d want my kids to meet her.
  9. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
    • The camera quality isn’t great so the spine doesn’t show well in the picture. Anywho, this also is a must. It’s like an introduction into fantasy and, as a book lover of fantasy, it’s my solemn duty to introduce the kids to the genre, in case they might like it.
  10. The Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage
    • I haven’t completed this series but they are fun stories and I think kids will enjoy the books even more than me.
  11. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
    • This is another must. No explanation needed.

And that’s it. Hopefully the future kids will enjoy these.

Note: All reviewed books can be found on the Quick Find page.

Fourth, link your post.

Please share your thoughts below, as well as what books you’re saving, or have saved, for your kids.

weekend reads

Weekend Reads #4: meh

Weekend Reads is a Goodreads group created by Nici, a booktuber over at LitPixie. Basically book lovers can record a video or write a blog post about what they plan to read on the weekend, and also answer a fun question.

The question for this weekend is:

What book got you into reading?

This is a difficult question to answer since I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. I started reading at a young age and never went anywhere without a book, which I was reminded of by close family friends last year at a wedding. :( That was embarrassing. Of all things to recall, they just had to bring up that I even brought my books to the bathroom with me. TMI? That’s probably TMI. Though it probably explains why I love to read in there. Anyways, I digress.

The books I recall that got me excited to read and thus incited me to read even more were:

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis


When I think back to my childhood, this image pops up. It’s one of the first books I’ve ever loved and I think it was the first book I’ve ever borrowed from a library. I remember that the copy at the Montego Bay library was tattered with dog-eared pages that were dropping out and the cover was peeling; but that didn’t make me love it any less….or made me not want to keep it for myself any less.

The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

The Secret of the Old Clock

A good bit of my childhood was spent reading Nancy Drew novels. A good bit! If it wasn’t The Chronicles of Narnia, then it was Nancy Drew.

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

The Neverending Story

This one is also an early love. I also borrowed this one from the Mobay library and considered never returning it. I loved the story so much and reread it often.

I do not know the title nor the author of the last book I’m listing here. It’s a book I’ve often referred to on this site. I hope that one day I’ll remember the title or more details of the story. All I can recall is that it begins with a young girl running into her garden and their are fairies and goblins in it. I think the cover is pink, and it’s a middle-grade novel. I would very much like to remember the name of this story. It was probably published in the U.K. I think it’s a series of books, and I borrowed them from friends when I was in primary school. They were among my favorites.

Honorable mentions: fairy tales and Mother Goose rhymes.

What I’m reading this weekend?

Meh, I dunno. I just finished Insurgent and the crappy story (well…not really but — review coming soon) coupled with the weird mood I’ve been in all week seems to have placed me in a little reading slump. I’m really not in the mood to select a new book to read or to continue with A Long Day’s Evening by Bilge Karasu. Actually I might continue. Or I might not. I dunno. I might just reread these comics instead. Who knows?

So what do you plan to read this weekend?

And I know it’s vague but if you have any idea what that mysterious book from my childhood might be, please share.

“In Search of Lost Dragons” by Elian Black’Mor and Carine-M

In Search of Lost Dragons

In Search of Lost Dragons

A beautiful graphic novel filled with glossy pictures of dragons is sure to entice anyone who loves fantasy and art and, of course, dragons!

Quick summary:

A reporter documents his journey through Europe in a travel journal as he searches for evidence of dragons. Blessed with the ability to see the unseen, he draws what he witnesses in his journal and jots down quick notes alongside his illustrations. He is later chosen to discover what has happened to an exploration party, and the assignment takes him through Scandinavia and Asia, where he continues his documentation and happens upon an amazing race that might be connected to dragons.

My thoughts:

My first foray into graphic novels and comics kicks off with In Search of Lost Dragons by Élian Black’Mor and Carine-M. This book was first published in France in November 2005 as Sur La Piste Des Dragons Oublies, and was translated into English and published by Dynamite Entertainment this year in February.

I discovered this book in a Shelf Awareness newsletter (what would I do without that newsletter) that contained a book trailer for it (see below). I usually don’t pay much attention to book trailers because they never get me hyped but this one did. The mention of dragons caught my attention and the shots of pages from the book excited me so much that I bought it soon after it was published.

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Top Ten Tuesday Freebie: Where I Enjoy Reading

It’s a TOP TEN TUESDAY post!! I’ve always wanted to do this but never got around to it so I’ve made the effort to make sure to participate this time. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a freebie so what should I do? Hmm…

I think this one will be my TOP TEN FAVORITE PLACES TO READ. Randomly awesome! :D

So where do I enjoy reading?

On the train

When I read on the train, it’s as if I’m reading as fast as the train goes. Sometimes when the train stops I’ll stop, then start again when the train takes off. I get a lot of reading done on the train to work these days. I love it. It makes my thoughts and mind zoom!

In my dad’s big comfy chair

Ah damn student loans so I’m stuck at home with the parents. In the meantime, I enjoy reading in my dad’s big comfy chair on quiet, lazy Sundays.

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Would You Rather

Would You Rather Book Tag

I’ve seen several booktubers do this book tag (TOTALLY addicted to booktube!!) but I decided to partake after reading Ashley’s post over at Socially Awkward Bookworm …. I like the questions and I enjoyed reading her answers as well as that of others (tagged below) so I thought to myself, “Why not?!”

Well, here I go:

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

Hmm… not an easy question to answer since I like it when a story I love continues in several books. Still, it’s highly satisfying to read a story that’s completed in one book. So… I’ll go with trilogies. That way there’s more to look forward to and explore.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

It doesn’t matter to me since I hardly pay attention to the author’s gender when I read a story.

Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

BARNES & NOBLE!! :D Although they’re more expensive. I just realize that I don’t get much benefits as a B&N member when I shop in the stores. I hardly purchase current bestsellers and I tend to shy away from hardbacks so all I get off my purchases is a measly 10%, which works out to about $1 off. If I shop online at B&N, my purchases would be a bit cheaper AND I’ll get free shipping; but I love visiting the bookstore so much that it’s hard to tell if I’ll ever stop buying in store. As for Amazon, I do like purchasing e-books from them and Instant Movies.

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Exploring My Bookshelves: A tour of the Riordan shelf

Exploring My Bookshelves is a weekly meme created by Addlepates and Book Nerds.

First, you post a picture of your bookshelf (preferably literal but e-shelves work too):

Since I don’t like broadcasting the untidiness of my overall bookcase, I’ll just show the shelf I’ll discuss. Fingers crossed that I get a new bookcase soon to manage the overflow.

Riordan shelf

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weekend reads

Weekend Reads #3: I revisit Divergent with Insurgent

Weekend Reads is a Goodreads group created by Nici, a booktuber over at LitPixie. Basically book lovers can record a video or write a blog post about what they plan to read on the weekend, and also answer a fun question.

The question for this weekend is:

Which summer 2015 book releases are you most looking forward to?

That would be The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, which is expected to be published on August 27.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

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