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Library Tour: Part Two

Hello lovelies!

Welcome to Part Two of my Library Tour! The first post highlighted all my favorite Orbit books and shared an embarrassing amount of books unread. Today’s bookshelf is going to show you how even my own organizational style (by publisher and author) gets thrown to the wind within the library, as this one is my Mass Market Paperback bookshelf, which is only organized by size and author’s last name (er, mostly), not by publisher in any way.

Again, as a reminder: I recognize that the ability to buy myself books, receive books as gifts and receive ARCs is a privilege I’m very lucky to have and not everyone does. I also believe you don’t need to own books or have a huge collection to be considered a “real” book blogger, as book bloggers take many shapes and forms! This is just something that I enjoy personally, so please, let’s keep the comments positive and supportive!

Let’s get to it!

Bookshelf No 2: Mass Market

20200209_162644I don’t talk about it much, but it is definitely a true fact that I definitely am kinda a snob when it comes to bookish sizes? Or, maybe snob isn’t the right word…but I definitely have a preference of size of books I like to read and it is almost ALWAYS mass market paperbacks.

To me, they are the perfect size (even when you’re reading gigantic masterpieces like Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive). I can easily throw them in my bag and take them on the go, I don’t feel like I’m going to get crushed and die when I drop them on my face while reading laying down like I do with hardbacks, they are usually the most affordable out of all the book sizes there are…

I mean, they are just my favorite, so whenever I’m reading books, I definitely try to buy that size. And, since getting a full-time job and being able to buy books every once in a while, when trying to add books to my collection, I definitely try and look for this size first–unless I already have a book in the series in a different size, then I always try and match it. It doesn’t always work out that way, but hey, a girl can dream, right?

Shelf One

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This is a pretty good shelf. It has some of my Jim Butcher collection (though I am woefully lacking many of his precious books, thanks to getting them all from the library when I was reading them growing up), plus my growing Tessa Dare section. I am so glad I got over my “ashamed-for-reading-romance-novels-and-loving-them” phase, because I just love being able to collect these books!

Read: 5
Unread: 8

Shelf Two

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I took these pictures right after I culled some books and sent them to their new home at Half Price Books, so my dragons got a little more space to roam (I got all of these cuties from a bouquet of dragons my boyfriend got me for valentine’s last year) and this shelf has some more books I really need to read (though I did finally read my first Hobb book and I am ITCHING for more).

Read: 2
Unread: 11

Shelf Three

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BRANDON SANDERSON. Goodness me, do I just absolutely adore that writer. I haven’t read Oathbringer yet, but I am so excited to. Plus, Sharon Shinn’s Twelve Houses series is one of my top series I want to reread, because I just loved it SO much when I was in high school.

Read: 11
Unread: 6

Shelf Four

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I got my girl Erin Lindsey’s Bloodbound trilogy, one so grossly underrated, I cringe when I realize not everyone has read it and fallen completely head over feet in love with it. Plus, you got Megan O’Keefe, Scott Lynch AND Bec BecMaster here? Talk about an A+ shelf.

Read:13
Unread: 4

Shelf Five

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Some of my Rob Thurman collection! I own all of them, but my friend is currently borrowing them. I also have my Jack Whyte collection that I really need to finish reading. Plus, my very well-worn and well-loved Night Angel series, which first got me into Brent Weeks–which I will be grateful for for the rest of my life. Plus, some “new” steampunk romances I found and can’t wait to read (seriously, if you have steampunk romance recs, I need them).

Read: 11
Unread: 6

And that’s my Mass Market (that also happens to be a lot of backlist) bookshelf! It’s kinda interesting how I’ve barely read anything from my top two shelves, but have practically devoured the last three shelves. Is it possible for me to read every book on this bookshelf before the year is over? Wouldn’t that be amazing! *fingers crossed*

What about you? Do you like to collect books physically? Own any of these or want to read them? Let me know in the comments!

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Let Them Read

This might be a tad bit of an awkward post, considering I’m definitely going to make a confession during the middle of it, but it’s something that’s been on my brain for a while now, after randomly reading a tweet about it (and I can’t remember where the tweet came from or what it said, unfortunately). But basically, the underlying message is this:
Let them read.
Them is anybody and everybody. Read what, you might ask? The simple answer is: whatever they damn while like and perhaps without the judgment, to boot, yeah? Let’s stop shaming people for wanting to read YA because they aren’t “real books”. Or fantasy because it’s not “real literature”. Whatever the genre, age range or type of book, there is probably someone out there bashing those who love to read it. Hell, it can come down even to a specific book.
Now, full disclosure, this is something I need to work on, too. I definitely used to make fun of people who read Twilight and enjoyed it. When reading regency romances, I called them my “guilty pleasures” and used to actually be ashamed that I read them and loved them as much as I did (and still absolutely do), refusing to purchase any, only checking them out from the library and even not writing reviews over them, because I didn’t want others to think of me as “less of a reader/writer” because I’m addicted to sitting down on a Friday night and devouring a good, smutty regency romance in one sitting (the steamier it gets, the more likely I won’t put it down until I reach the end). Even when I did start writing reviews, I used to clarify and make very clear that these were my guilty pleasures and not the only thing I read.
I know, right?
Bullshit.
I’m quite ashamed by that, to be completely honest. It took me a couple years to grow up, honestly, and realize how ignorant and incorrect that opinion is; how you should never judge someone on their choice of book or genre or even if they read or not. Instead, you should be championing the books you both love or celebrating the differences in opinion, capitalizing on the chance to learn about a new genre, series or author that differs from your usual wheelhouse through someone who that is their jam.
I am actively reminding myself of this and working on not being judgmental of others’ book choices and I wish more people would try to do the same. Granted, I’m not saying you need to bury your own opinions about the books you’re reading. You don’t have to love every genre. Though I’ll adore a historical or regency romance, I have almost zero interest in contemporary romances. But that shouldn’t mean I judge those who love them. Likewise when I read a book, I shouldn’t be afraid to voice my real opinion about it, why I truly loved or hated it, backed up with the rationale behind those emotions/opinions. But, if someone else loves a book I hate, I shouldn’t automatically think of them as less or their opinion invalid or wrong.
I’m not sure why this is has been sitting with me so much lately, but it really has. No one should ever feel ashamed to like what they like, especially in the book community. It’s one of the most welcoming communities I know/am a part of and I hate that we are creating disconnect within ourselves in this regard, by shunning people for liking something that has brought us all together: books.
Anyway, that’s where I’m at: a bookworm who loves fantasy of all kinds (but especially epic and urban), slowly getting into sci-fi (usually the lighter, the better), but also enjoys the occasional thriller, mystery or historical fiction, while devouring regency, fantasy and steampunk romances in one sitting (the steamier, the better). I’m not ashamed at all of my passion for these genres, because they help me escape the world and bring me joy in a way nothing else can. I’m also a bookworm who used to be a little too judgmental of others choices, but I’m working to change that, too.
Cheers.
PS: Shameless plug moment, but over at Erlebnisse, by book review blog, I recently participated in a weekly meme, Top Ten Tuesday, where the theme was highlighting ten bookish bloggers people should know. Full transparency, the post didn’t reach as many people as I hoped (and I was hoping it’d reach a lot, because I highlighted some really fantastic bloggers who I’m hoping can be a little more well known), so I’m linking it here, in case anyone wants to take a look! Please read it here.