Bookshelf Tour – Part 2

Some of you may remember my first Bookshelf Tour: Part 1 and a lot of my favorite books featured there. Today, I am going to do part 2 of my bookshelf tour, navigating you through a variety of novels: their genres, content, etc.

This tour will be a little different because some of the books featured on here I still have yet to read. They are on my ever-growing “to-read” list which I’m hopeful will never be shortened. ‘Tis the bane of a bibliophile I s’pose.

Anyways, I’m so excited for this second segment! I hope you are too! (It’s a bit long, so bear with me.)

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img_3818img_3817TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Chronicles of Narnia and Boxen by C.S. Lewis

GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure, Classics (all ages)

CONTENT: Narnia has been one of my absolute favorite series for a while now. It’s brilliantly written, the characters are well-developed, and the world Lewis creates makes me feel like it very well could be real. I love everything about it!
Boxen, on the other hand, is a compilation of Lewis’ early works before he even wrote Narnia. In this book, we can glimpse his inspiration and the foreshadowing of his greatness. It’s fascinating work!

img_3816TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Lord of the Rings and Other Works by J.R.R. Tolkien

GENRE: High Fantasy, Adventure, Classics

CONTENT: It’s probably not surprising that I chose LOTR to talk about next. Lewis and Tolkien were buds, so naturally, I feel as though their books are friends. I finished the LOTR trilogy a year ago, and I read The Hobbit long before that my freshman year of college. I’ve dabbled in The Silmarillion a bit, but soon realized with my new job I wouldn’t have enough mental capacity to both read this novel and lesson plan. It’s, again, on my long list of “musts.” The other books are also on my list, and I just safely assume that everything Tolkien touches (wrote) is basically magic. They’ll probably rock my socks right off.

img_3820TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

GENRE: High Fantasy, Fiction

CONTENT: Speaking of Tolkien, here is a man who writes similarly. Now I have yet to read this book, but a friend of mine recommended Rothfuss due to our mutual love of LOTR. So this book must be brilliant. Oh, and its 662 pages, so good luck – I can’t wait to read it!

img_3819TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Book of Dragons by Michael Hague
GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Children’s

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, YA

CONTENT: Now who doesn’t love beasts and dragons? I have only every skimmed the covers and pages of these beautiful, intriguing books, but I’m very excited to finally sit down and read them.

img_3799TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
The Arthur Trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland (I’m missing book 1)
Faeries, Elves & Goblins by Rosalind Kerven
GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, YA,

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Folktales of Ireland by Sean O’Sullivan
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment by David G. Hartwell
Irish Fairy and Folk Tales by various authors
GENRE: Fantasy, Folklore, Short Stories, Cultural

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest by Nancy Springer
Maid Marian by Elsa Watson
GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, YA

CONTENT: Wow, this one is loaded, but I couldn’t separate them. Howard Pyle was ingenious enough to write Arthurian Legends and tales of the great Robin Hood, so they had to stick together. I also had to throw in some books of Irish folklore in there as well. You can’t go wrong with any of these.

img_3821TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Classics, Adventure, Children’s

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry (I’m missing books 2, 4-5)
GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Adventure, YA

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean
GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Adventure, YA

CONTENT: Another classic story with many book adaptations. It’s my goal to get the rest of the Starcatchers series, so I’m on the lookout. Peter Pan is definitely an all time favorite of mine; there’s so much nostalgia. This is a must read!

img_3822TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Moorchild by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, YA

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
GENRE: Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Retelling, Romance, YA

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Classics, YA

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
GENRE: Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Retelling, Romance, YA

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Adventure, YA

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Adventure, YA

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Silver Bowl by Diane Stanley
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure, YA

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley
GENRE: Fantasy, Romance, YA

CONTENT: I pictured all these novels together because they have a common theme. They are adventure novels with twists of fairy tales and fantasy. These are all YA novels that could be read at the middle-grade level as well. They are clean and full of adventure. And of course, I have yet to read these. They are on my list!

img_3812TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson

GENRE: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Adventure, YA

CONTENT: I loved this book so much! It was a super sweet story, and the main character was a peach. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel from start to finish. It was very descriptive and took a little while to develop, but I enjoyed that aspect. If you like Ibbotson, this is an awesome one to add to the list.

img_3832TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

GENRE: Historical Fiction, Romance, Classics, YA

CONTENT: This was such a great book! I had no idea what to expect going in, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it to my taste. It was filled with adventure, heartache and longing, and a beautiful coming of age story. I enjoyed every aspect of this novel.

img_3831TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Princess Bride by William Goldman

GENRE: Fantasy, Humor, Adventure, Romance, Classics, YA

CONTENT: I’ll admit that I’ve only seen the movie, but I’ve heard the book is better. I look forward to reading this classic novel and confronting the ROUS’s face to face.

img_3811TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Waterfire Saga by Jennifer Donnelly

GENRE: Fantasy, Mermaids, Romance, YA

CONTENT: This saga was awesome. I’m not usually one for mermaid stories, but I couldn’t put these down. I just thought they were super creative and provided a unique perspective of a world below the water. Intriguing, suspenseful, and captivating, these are great books!

img_3823TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Rose Legacy by Jessica Day George
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure, Animals, Middle-grade

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure, Middle-grade

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
GENRE: Historical Fiction, European History, Cultural, Middle-grade, YA

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Middle-grade

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Briar and Rose and Jack by Katherine Coville
GENRE: Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Retelling, Adventure, Middle-grade

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Hatching Magic by Ann Downer
GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Animals, Middle-grade

CONTENT: The only one I’ve read on this list is Briar and Rose and Jack, but I am eager to read the rest. Coville’s book was fun and lighthearted, and it was a cute twist on the stories of “Sleeping Beauty” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.” These books are all geared towards a Middle-grade audience, though I’m sure plenty of teens may find them interesting.

img_3801img_3802img_3803TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: East of the Sun, West of the Moon by Jackie Morris
The Wild Swans by Jackie Morris

GENRE: Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Adventure, Animals, Middle-grade, YA

CONTENT: These are some of my favorite books ever. Not only is the writing fantastic, but the illustrations are beautiful. I tried to take decent pictures of some of the full-paged prints, but honestly it doesn’t do it justice. These are so so good. Please read them.

img_3804TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
GENRE: High Fantasy, Romance, Retelling, YA

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
GENRE: High Fantasy, Romance, YA

CONTENT: Both exquisite books, Marillier and Shinn do some of the best fantasy. The word building, plots, characterization, and vocabulary is so great. It’s been a while since I’ve read these books, but I’d gladly read them again. If you like high fantasy, like LOTR, then these would be good for you: Just think less war and more faeries.

img_3810TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Wilde Island Chronicles by Janet Lee Carey

GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, YA

CONTENT: These were recommended to me by a very dear friend, and I’m loving them! I’m on the last book, so hopefully I’ll finish up soon. My friend suggested for me to read Dragonswood first, then Dragon’s Keep, and then In the Time of Dragon Moon. Even though that’s not the order they were written, it actually makes more sense that way. If you like dragons, faeries, and magic, then you’ll most likely enjoy these 🙂

img_3806TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

GENRE: Fantasy, Romance, Faeries, YA

CONTENT: I’ve been wanting this book for a while now and just bought it today. This has faeries and magic and all things fantasy, so I’m hopeful it will be a good read.

img_3807TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: East by Edith Pattou

GENRE: Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Romance, Retelling, YA

CONTENT: I love the classic fairy tale of the polar bear and the hidden kingdom – one of my favorites! I have yet to read this, but I heard it was really good.

img_3808TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Chains of Gwyndorr by Joan Campbell

GENRE: Fantasy, Christian Fiction

CONTENT: I’m so excited to read this novel. My husband bought this for me for Christmas a few years ago, so I’m eager to start it. The content is clean and the plot seems very interesting.

img_3824TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Wildwood by Colin Meloy

GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, YA

CONTENT: This just looked good. I bought it today on my therapeutic book run, so we’ll see if all 560 pages are as good as they look. Also, there are cute illustrations strewn throughout this book, which I greatly enjoy. Looking forward to reading this one too.

img_3825TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Chronicles of Prydain – Book 1 by Lloyd Alexander

GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Adventure, YA

CONTENT: Okay, so it is both a risk and a commitment to buy the first book of a five book series. What if I don’t like it? Well great, I don’t need to buy the others. But, what if I really like it? Well, I’ll of course have to buy the others, and then I won’t be able to read other books until the whole series is finished. Anyone else feel this same struggle? Anyways, I’ve heard these were great, and so in order to test the waters here, I bought the first of this series for less than $3.00 today.

img_3834TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Deltora Quest and Deltora Shadowlands by Emily Rodda

GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Adventure, Middle-grade, YA

CONTENT: I read these SO long ago, but I remember them being really good! They were truly my first experience reading fantasy, and I ended up falling in love with the genre. Not only are these books awesome, they also smell amazing. I’ll admit that that’s 70% of the reason why I still hold onto them.

img_3826TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers

GENRE: Fantasy, Picture Book, Children’s

CONTENT: The best picture book ever. The pictures are unreal. The story is so cute. These guys stand right next to Jan Brett in my opinion. I’m a sucker for good illustrations and heartfelt story lines. Grab yourself a copy of this book and be prepared to get blown away.

img_3828TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede

GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Fairy Tale, Dragons, Middle-grade, YA

CONTENT: I haven’t read these yet, but they look really cute and interesting. I love Middle-grade fairy tales with dragons and funny characters. There are four books in the series, and the Book of Enchantments just serves as a companion to the others.

img_3830TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Redwall Series by Brian Jacques

GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Adventure, Animals, Classics, Children’s, Middle-grade, YA

CONTENT: Redwall is an ageless classic. There is nothing quite like talking, heroic woodland creatures. I have only read the first two books, and I feel embarrassed saying that considering how great these are. I’m often made fun of for my penchant for animal literature, but I honestly don’t care. These are so good.

img_3829TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Wonderling by Mira Bartok

GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure, Animals, Middle-grade

CONTENT: I love animal books. So here I am again. I want to read this. The content is clean and cute, and the plot seems intriguing. This would be an ideal story for 1st-4th graders, though I would argue that any age can enjoy a good animal story.

img_3827TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain

GENRE: Fantasy, Fiction, Picture Book, Humor, Children’s

CONTENT: Known for his Prince and the PauperThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, it’s not a surprise that Mark Twain also wrote a book for young children. What started out as a tale told to his small daughters, has now been put into a full story filled with wonder and imagination. I have yet to read this story, which is sad really, because picture books are usually quick to read. I’ll make sure to move this to the top of my list.

img_3836TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Mistmantle Chronicles by M.I. McAllister

GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure, Animals, Middle-grade

CONTENT: I loved these! I only read the first two, surprise surprise, but I want to re-read them from start to finish. There is a 5th book out there, but for some reason, it is nearly impossible to get a hold of unless you don’t mind dropping $200 on Amazon. I mean, really, these books are great, but that’s an insane price. I don’t get it. Regardless, this is an awesome series that is super clean, has a good vs. evil message, and has awesome characters. This series is very nostalgic for me since I did a book report on Urchin of the Riding Stars in middle school.

img_3833TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories by Hans Christian Anderson
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales by The Grimm Brothers

GENRE: Fantasy, Fairy Tale, Adventure, Folklore, Classics, Literature, Short Stories

CONTENT: I figured I’d end with these beautiful books. Some classic fairy tales. I’ve read a few stories from each of these books, the most remembered being “Cinderella” because my friends and I acted it out. One person was the narrator, someone else Cinderella, and I, for some reason, was all the other characters. It was a confusing and hilarious time. I’ll never forget that. These stories have the power of bringing people together, and acting them out definitely brings them to life.

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Well, that took me approximately 4 hours. If you made it this far, congratulations! I hope you enjoyed this bookshelf tour. If you have any specific questions about the books, please feel free to reach out and ask. I was a librarian once, so doing book research is my superbowl. I love it.

I hope you grab a nice book and find a quiet space to buckle down during the week. There’s nothing quite like visiting other places while retaining the comforts of home.

XO – Lizard



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