NaNo Day 11: Bookshelf Tour

Sooo… after an overall slow writing day yesterday, I finally hit the first big turning point in The End Where I Begin around 9:30 PM, took off running, and FINISHED PART ONE!

I normally don’t write novels in parts, but this one naturally lends itself to it, so I’m just sort of going along with it. And I’m SO EXCITED to be done with the first part, because while stuff obviously happens during it, it is primarily focused on setting up the universe and establishing characters. So now that that’s done, I get to move into the fun part of messing with everything I’ve established, which is, you know, fun.

Plus, although I didn’t reach my weekend goal of 23,000 words last night (only about 22.3k), I do have today set up as a break day in order to do homework, and I ended up with less homework than I was expecting, so: Look who’s finally going to be all caught up by the end of the day! Hopefully I can even get a little ahead and stay that way throughout this week (but that might just be a pipe dream).

As you’ve probably figured out by now if you’re a regular reader of this blog, my novels pretty much always lean towards the action-y side of YA. Nobody’s really sure how it happened, because I’m kind of high-maintenance and almost literally could not hurt a fly if I tried (I passive-aggressively killed some fruit flies this semester by setting up a trap atop my microwave when they invaded my room, and I have felt guilty for it ever since). But I live for car chases and epic-final-battle climaxes, and the books I chose to bring to college reflect that.

Because I’m in a dorm room, I have very limited space for books, and I can only have a small percentage of my actual personal library with me. So: A tour of the books that made the cut for bringing to college.


My Bookcase

bookshelf 1This is the primary place I store my books at school. It’s divided into semi-themed sections. Which are:


Top Left: Ally Carter & Co.

bookshelf 2The top left cubby has my Ally Carter collection (all signed but United We Spy), plus a few random YAs I haven’t had a chance to read yet, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, just because it fit the slot I had left. The random YAs are Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, and The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (also signed).


Top Right: Lauren Oliver and Friends

bookshelf 3The top right cubby contains my Lauren Oliver collection (including my signed ARC of Requiem), three of the four books from the Young Authors Give Back Tour (What’s Left Of Me by Kat zhang, Taken by Erin Bowman, and Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard–you’ll see where the fourth tour book is later), and some of the thinner contemporary books I have with me (again, because of fitting-into-the-space reasons): The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, my signed copy of Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and The School Story by Andrew Clements. (Not pictured: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Because I think the gremlins stole my copy.) (And by that, I mean that I’m pretty sure I loaned it to my mom and she hasn’t had a chance to finish reading it yet.)


Center: Rick Freakin’ Riordan

bookshelf 4The center section of my bookcase is dedicated to Rick Riordan. Here we have all five books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, plus two of the books from Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune and The Mark of Athena. I unfortunately only have The Lost Hero as an e-book, and the big hole to the right, there, is waiting for House of Hades, whenever I can afford to purchase it (or someone makes me really, super happy by buying it for me, instead).


Bottom Left: The Boy Who Lived

bookshelf 5Bottom left is Harry Potter by JK Rowling. We’ve got all seven books, plus the British edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.


Bottom Right: Dystopia and More

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bookshelf 7Bottom right is The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth (two copies of each book–the two in the bottom picture are my unsigned copies; the stack in the top picture are signed), the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

All together, that makes up my bookcase, but it’s not the only place I store books in my room. Half the shelf above my dresser is also dedicated to them.


My Bookshelf: Everything that Didn’t Fit Anywhere Else

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Here I have all the books that didn’t fit into either any of the categories or available spots on my bookcase. Some of these are classics and books from when I was little that I love, some are more how-to/guide book oriented, and a lot of them are books that I’ve been meaning to read/finish reading but just haven’t gotten around to yet.

The furthest left are a few of the literary magazines and collections I’ve been published in, followed by Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter: The Official Guide, James Harriet’s Animal Stories by James Harriet, The Little Book of London by David Long, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and David King, The Action Hero’s Handbook by David and Joe Borgenicht, The Handbook of Practical Spying from the International Spy Museum, and Marley y yo por John Grogan (Spanish edition of Marley and Me, obviously).

After this is 1984 by George Orwell, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Inheritance and Brisingr by Christopher Paolini, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, the Holy Bible, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (I know, I’m terrible), Wool by Hugh Howey, and Yonder by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Lloyd Bloom.

Down in front is The Bard’s Guide to Abuses and Affronts by Mr. William Shakespeare, and Merriam-Webster’s Pocket Dictionary and Spanish-English Dictionary.

And then finally, the one other place I store books in my room (outside of my desk, obviously, which only has school-related books):


The Shelf Beside My Pillow: What I’m Currently Reading

bookshelf 10Usually I have several books plus my Nook stacked here, but since it’s NaNoWriMo, I’ve been trying to limit the temptation. Right now I have the fourth book from the Young Authors Give Back tour here (I told you it would show up eventually), Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.


There you have it: the books I brought to college! (That just took so long to put together.)

What books do you like to keep around?

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5 thoughts on “NaNo Day 11: Bookshelf Tour

  1. Pingback: NaNo Day 24: Room Tour | Julia the Writer Girl

  2. This is quite impressive, Julia! I have seen very few collections of this quality and diversity, especially in a dorm room! In fact, all of your books are fascinating and well worth reading. One of the reasons why Facebook is so intriguing and compelling, is that a reasonably large number of the most active and successful authors have either an author page and/or a friends page. However, your collection brings high quality literature to life in a different and fascinating way! And, yes, all of the reading does lead to remarkable success in college.


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