Books and publishing

Jess’s Bookshelf Tour!

Bloggers’ / vloggers’ bookshelf tours are fascinating. The collection of books you keep is a personal, important thing, and it reveals a lot about the books’ owner — especially if, like me, restricted space means that you give books away if they’re not good enough to get a permanent place on the shelf. (I think I’ve read about five books this year and immediately given them away — I get a lot of free ones!).

I recently reorganised my books to make better use of my limited space, and I found organising my books one of the most satisfying things I have ever done: I’m keen to show off all my hard work! Click any of the pics to enlarge them.

If you would like me to lend you any of these books, just shout and I will send them to you! (UK only)

Work Books

As part of my job I can take a copy of any of the books that we publish, and buy others at a discount. It is a complete and utter delight. I try not to take too many for sake of space: I’ll often take one, read it, and bring it back. These are all the great ones. Many of them are signed.


Kids’ Books and Non-Fiction

I don’t have too many of either of these genres. Many of my non-fiction books are from my degree course (the contents of which I hardly ever think about these days), or books I’ve been given and not read. I loved many of the kids’ books when I was younger and now can’t bear to throw them away — especially Marigold in Godmother’s House: the book smells like my granny. In comparison with kids’ lit, I’ve put my YA novels with others of their genre aimed at adults.


Historical Fiction

I used to divide my historical fiction into ‘written in the modern day about the past‘ and ‘written a long time ago about the same time‘, but I recently put them together and just arranged the whole bunch by author.

The horizontal pile of bigger books, including To the Lighthouse, are books I studied in sixth form. The smaller horizontal books include my collection of Penguin Little Black Classics — I wrote about how awesome that series is here.

I’m going to read a chapter or two of The Girls and see what I think. The guidebook to Rome is way out of date; I need to give it away.

The blue box on the left is a Folio Society edition of Lorna Doone by R D Blackmore. The Essex Serpent is a unique book that has graduated from my work bookshelf to my real bookshelf. It’s also a signed first pressing first edition.


Science Fiction / Fantasy

My local Tube station has a take-one-leave-one bookshelf. So far I have acquired three Terry Pratchetts from it — it is my dream that eventually I’ll have a complete collection. (I have a lot more of this genre in particular on my eReader).

Also my VSIs because they fit there. (If you look carefully you’ll see something very indie).

Everything after Zusak is there for lack of space elsewhere.


Whatever the hell Literature means. My best definition is that these are books written about the present day (loosely) and don’t have any magic. If you have a better space, within my current structure, for Naked Lunch to go, I’d like to hear it.

The horizontal stack are books I’ve borrowed.

Why yes, that is a Dragonair.


My Best

I have one shelf that is reserved especially for my very favourite books, regardless of genre. They are arranged randomly, mostly to conserve space. These are my precious books, and they have made me who I am.

Favourites: all.