Stories Behind the Shelves | Ruby from Feed Me Books Now

*waves* Hi everyone!
I’m super excited to announce the next blogger in Stories Behind the Shelves. Which you already know from reading the title, but we’ll just ignore that and you my lovely readers are kind enough not to mention it! *Drum Ruffle* Ruby from Feed Me Books Now!
This blog is one of the blogs that I adore and have been following for a long time -as in I followed this blog before I became a book blogger myself.  I love Ruby’s blog, it’s super cute and she has designed it herself! I am so happy that she wanted to participate and as expected her post is totally awesome, its a big Divergent reference (Bonus points Ruby! Big bonus points! haha). So I’ll just stop talking and let you read the awesomeness that is Ruby’s bookshelf.
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My slightly worrying Adventure Time obsession…

Hey there! It’s Ruby from Feed Me Books Now speaking (speaking? I mean typing) and first and foremost, I want to thank Iris for letting me participate in this feature. This gorgeous blog is a new discovery of mine and I love it to pieces…

*Steals blog never to return*

*Returns to finish guest post* So I thought I’d tell you about myself before I begin the actual feature… so, where to begin? If you don’t know me already, naturally, I love reading. I’m a major fangirl when it comes to Benedict Cumberbatch classic literature – I have an addiction to Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters and Orwell! When I’m not reading (really? Is that possible) I’m either sketching, watching YouTube or obsessing over Doctor Who, Sherlock, Adventure Time or Harry Potter… I lead a multi-fandom life. :)

I’m not a fussy reader *coughliescough* but I am fussy when it comes to lending books. You have to prove yourself worthy before I even let you touch one of my favourites – to cut a long story short, nobody is touching my Harry Potter collection again! (Quick side note: I’m a Hufflepuff, deal with it). I’ve been an avid reader for years, but I guess starting the Harry Potter series at the age of 6 is what really dragged me into the reading world (yep, in case you can’t already tell, there will be many HP references in this post). But anyway, enough of my gibberish – ask me to talk about myself and randomness comes pouring out…

SHELF ONE: YOUNG ADULT

So, this is the shelf with the majority of my YA fiction on it – I actually own very few YA novels! That’s mainly because I tend to use my kindle for YA and my local library has an amazing teenage section –seriously, If You Find Me was there the day it came out! Nevertheless, there are still a couple of my favourites here:

Books on this shelf: Clockwork Angel, The Book Thief, The Girl in the Mask, To Kill A Mockingbird, Paper Towns, My Sister Lives on the Mantel Piece, That Burning Summer, Midwinterblood, Mockingjay, I am the Messenger, Out of the Easy, Looking For Alaska, The Pocket Scavenger, Catching Fire, The Fault in Our Stars, The Drowning, Legend, Shadow and Bone, Let It SnowKilling Woods, Seraphina, The Hunger Games, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The 5th Wave, Divergent, Insurgent, Breathe, Friday Brown, The Elites, Throne of Glass, The Moon and MoreAll I Ever Wanted, Between Shades of Grey, The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, Blood Red Road.

Number of books: 38          Dystopia: 12                  Most frequent Author: John Green

Favourites: 10                    Contemporary: 12         Best series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Signed copies: 7                 Fantasy: 8                     Longest book:  The Book Thief

Review copies: 17              Historical: 6                   My overall bookshelf ranking: ½

Fun fact about this shelf? Back when I first moved into this room, my friend was helping me organise my books onto the shelves… and she ended up borrowing about half of my YA books! Disadvantage: my babies were gone. Advantage: Someone to fangirl with.

SHELVES TWO – FOUR: PRIMARY SCHOOL

So, these shelves are stacked with all the books I read in primary school – so that’s from the age of around 6 to 11. I actually have a very weird mix on these shelves, and even though it doesn’t look so in the pictures, the books full three whole shelves! The actual books on them are not overly fascinating, but here goes (I’m not gonna name them – there’s over 100!):

Number of books: 135!        Horror : 11               Most frequent author: Agatha Christie

Childhood favourites: 30     Contemporary: 13    Best series: The Edge Chronicles

Different series: 15               Fantasy: 66              Longest book:  The Fellowship of the Ring

Classics: 16                          Historical: 35           My overall bookshelf ranking: 

Fun fact about this shelf? When I was shifting my books from my old room into my new room, I actually had double the amount of books than those which are on these shelves… I must have read much more in primary school than I remember! The books I didn’t want were given to charity shops so I managed to whittle the number of my childhood reads down to just over a 100.

SHELF FIVE: ADULT BOOKS + SOME CLASSICS

So this is the shelf that is dedicated towards classics and adult books… a lot of the classics I read are actually from my parent’s bookcases, but I have a selection of my favourites *coughWutheringHeightscough* on this shelf too. You ready for the tour? Here goes:

Books on this shelf: Atonement, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, Animal Farm, Great Expectations, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harrold Fry, Life of Pi, Moonwalking With Einstein, The Odyssey, On the Road, On Chesil Beach, The Odd Women, When Will There Be Good News?, One Good Turn, Started Early Took My Dog, Before I Go to Sleep, A Short History of Nearly Everything, A Little History of the World, One Good Turn, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Emotionally Weird, The Colour Purple, Wise Children, Treasure Island, David Copperfield, The Old Curiosity Shop, Rebecca, The Kite Runner, The Diary of a Young Girl, 1984, Ideas That Matter, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Autobiography.

Number of books: 40    Dystopia: 2                  Most frequent author: Kate Atkinson

Favourites: 12               Crime: 6                       Shortest: The Great Gatsby

Classics: 13                   Non-fiction: 8            Longest:  Wuthering Heights

Literary fiction: 12        Autobiography: 2         My overall bookshelf ranking: ★½

Fun fact about this shelf? My shelves lead all the way up to the ceiling of my room, and this shelf is at the very top… meaning that when I want a book from here, I have to stand on a stack of books on top of a stool! Sorry for standing on books but I’m relatively small for my age – okay!

SHELF/STACK SIX: THE FACTIONLESS

I believe the only way to explain this stack of books is through a Divergent reference: they are the factionless. But in all seriousness, the shelves in my room were built to fit all my books from before blogging… and so a lot of my books now exist in stacks next to my desk. (Sidenote: Isn’t it a coinkydink that I have five shelves, like the five factions?!)

The stack lies on the right of my desk. :)

Books listed on this shelf: The Snow Child, A Tale For the Time Being, The Secret History, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Blake’s Poems, The Virgin Suicides, Lyra’s Oxford, Never Let Me Go, The Testament of Mary, A Haunted House, A Room of One’s Own, Vey Good Jeeves, The Hound of the Baskervilles, George Orwell Essays, The Bell Jar, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Magus, Gothic Tales, The Virago Book of Fairytales, Angela Carter, The Subtle Knife, Anna Karenina, Harvest, The Night Circus, More Than This, We Need New Names, The Lowland, The Luminaries, Grimms’ Fairytales, Hans Christian Anderson, A Spot of Bother, From the Beast, The Book of Lost Things, Ulysses, She is Not Invisible.

Number of books: 36         Favourites: 8

Young Adult: 5                  Classics: 9

Literary fiction: 14              Fairytales: 5

Other: 3                             Ranking: 

Fun fact about this stack? It’s my favourite out of all of my shelves because, unlike the others, it can only grow… well, until I get a new bookcase. It also has a lot of my favourites on it – The Snow Child, The Night Circus and A Tale For the Time Being to name a few!

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3 Comments

  1. 20/12/2013 / 15:15

    Yay a fellow Hufflepuff! Why does no one want to be Hufflepuff? We are by far the best, lol.

    Ha I’m the same with lending my books! I’m SO careful with my books that I don’t want to lend them out xd Let alone my favorites! I don’t want them to come back with cracked spines and all. There are very few people who proved they are worthy of lending my books haha.

    I really like how you organized your YA shelf, like the same colors next to each other! And I’m jealous of your library.

    • Iris
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      20/12/2013 / 18:23

      Ugh… I don’t lend my books out either. There aren’t many people that know how to properly take care of books and if they give them back to me with food on it and creaked pages I don’t appreciate it AT ALL! *frustrations* haha

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