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A Tour Of My Bookshelves: Summer 2017 (Part 1)

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. This post follows on from the “tour of my bookshelves” I did list Autumn, which you can find here. I’m going to be showing you around my bookshelves and talking you through some of the most significant titles on each shelf, with special mentions to my signed books, ARCs and sentimental/personally valuable books. Since the last post, my bookshelves have expanded dramatically – so much that I’ve decided to split this post into two parts. In Part 1, I’ll be showing you my “favourites” bookshelf and also the shelves which hold the books from letters A-H alphabetically. In Part 2, I’ll be showing you around my large bookcase which holds the books from letters H-Z, my university books and my Classics. So, let’s get on to Part 1…



My “Favourites” Bookshelf.

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My “favourites” bookshelves are located above my dressing table, to the left of my large bookcase. I used to keep all of my favourite books on one shelf in that bookcase, but then decided I wanted to showcase these books and have them stand out a bit more. These shelves are organised according to colour rather than alphabetically. I also keep a couple of framed personal photographs here – as well as my adorable Dachshund bookends!


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This is the left shelf in my “favourites” bookshelves, containing 13 books. These are all special to me in their own way, and I’m not going to go into detail about any of these books individually as I’m currently planning a brand new series on my blog which will showcase all of my favourite books!

But I will mention my copy of ‘All The Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven, which was gifted to me by Penguin and signed when I attended a book event hosted by Jennifer Niven and Lauren James, which you can read about here if you’re interested. My copy of ‘Her Every Fear’ by Peter Swanson is an ARC, which I ended up loving much more than I anticipated!


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This is the right shelf in my “favourites” bookshelves, containing 8 books. My only special mention on this shelf goes to my copy of ‘The Girl In The Red Coat’ by Kate Hamer, which I was lucky enough to get signed by the author when I attended the book launch for her latest novel. You can read about that event here.




Bookshelves: Authors A-H.

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My other separate bookshelves are located on the wall above my bed, and were custom-built using just two planks of wood. These house the books from authors’ surnames A-H, and are arranged alphabetically. I also keep some ornaments on display here – on the top shelf I have a statue from my favourite Disney film, a paperweight and a statue of a dog, and on the bottom shelf I keep my perfumes. I also have two bookends of teddy bears which have been passed down the family.


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This is the top shelf from the above picture, containing books from authors’ surnames A-D. This shelf currently holds 42 books, most of which were purchased myself, but I do have a few special mentions.

The ARCs on this shelf are: A very early proof of ‘The Restless Dead’ by Simon Beckett, ‘The Owl Always Hunts At Night’ by Samuel Bjork, ‘White Lies And Wishes’ by Cathy Bramley, ‘Last Stop Tokyo’ by James Buckley, ‘The Good Daughter’ by Alexandra Burt, ‘The Book Of Mirrors’ by E.O. Chirovici and ‘What Alice Knew’ by T.A. Cotterell.

I also won a few books through competitions: ‘What Light’ by Jay Asher, a signed copy of ‘Second Time Around’ by Colette Caddle and ‘Watch Me’ by Angela Clarke. One of my quotes was also featured in the front page of ‘What Alice Knew’ by T.A. Cotterell, so that’s why I have two copies of the book.


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This is the bottom shelf , containing books from authors’ surnames D-H. This shelf currently holds 41 books, and again I have a few special mentions.

The ARCs on this shelf are: ‘Black Water’ by Louise Doughty, ‘Last Seen Alive’ by Claire Douglas, ‘My Sweet Revenge’ by Jane Fallon, ‘Perfect Prey’ by Helen Fields, ‘I Know A Secret’ by Tess Gerritsen and ‘The Doll Funeral’ by Kate Hamer.

My competition wins include: ‘The Shogun’s Queen’ series by Lesley Downer and ‘What Remains Of Me’ by A.L. Gaylin. I also had my copy of ‘The Doll Funeral’ by Kate Hamer signed at the author event that I mentioned previously in this post.








Happy reading 🙂


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