Bookish tag: Take a look at my shelf

Let’s play!

Look at your shelf. Pick 5 books from it. You can do it randomly, or you can spend some time thinking about it. It’s up to you.

  • Tell the story of where the book is from. A gift? A thrift find? A bargain? 
  • Briefly explain what the book is about
  • Tell us if you read it yet, or if you are planning to soon.
  • Tag some people to spread the fun! 

Here are my 5 picks.

  1. Till we have faces by C.S. Lewis


This book stands out on my shelves for many reasons.

I bought it when I was on a date with my husband (boyfriend back then) and I just remember having the best of days – browsing the book store, drinking coffee, holding hands. When I look at it my heart goes all fuzzy and warm. And Till we have faces also happens to be one of my all time favorite books ever. When I read it I was in love with every page, every word – it was just so good. (now I want to re-read it).

“I saw well why the gods do not speak to us openly, nor let us answer . . . Why should they hear the babble that we think we mean? How can they meet us face to face till we have faces?” Haunted by the myth of Cupid and Psyche throughout his life, C.S. Lewis wrote this, his last, extraordinary novel, to retell their story through the gaze of Psyche’s sister, Orual. Disfigured and embittered, Orual loves her younger sister to a fault and suffers deeply when she is sent away to Cupid, the God of the Mountain.

The writing is very different from C.S. Lewis regular works. It’s a well hidden gem, and I wish more people knew about it.

2. What Alice forgot by Liane Moriarty

FullSizeRender-2 I picked up What Alice forgot on a whim. I liked the cover, I liked the name, I was intrigued by the premise.

This was my very first book in contemporary woman fiction genre. And I absolutely loved it. It was fun, suspenseful, it had life in it! However, if you already read more books by this author you might disappointed, as Moriarty has a copy-and-paste sort of approach to her characters. There’s always 3 women with problems in her books. This one is particularly similar to The Husband’s Secret (which I read after this one).

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over–she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old.

I enjoyed this one a lot though. Would definitely recommend for a fun, summer by the pool read.

3. Forest of a thousand lanterns by Julie Dao (pre-order)

IMG_5173 This was my first ever GoodReads giveaway win. I couldn’t believe my eyes – I thought winning a GR giveaway was impossible!

I haven’t read this one yet. But I am excited to. I love the cover, and this comes out in October of 2017, so I have time to read it well before then – hopefully soon.

The Wrath and the Dawn meets Snow White and the Huntsman in this dark and mystical East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress.

4. The wiseman’s fear by Patrick Rothfuss

IMG_5303I threw away the dust jacket, so here is an open book picture. The wise man’s fear came into my possession from a co-worker. A very long time ago. and it stayed in my possession ever since. Somehow I never returned it. I meant to, I promise. But I left that job and somehow I just didn’t. Anyway.

I have never finished reading this book. I am somewhere the page 300+, and the whole thing is over 1000 pages (what?!!). And that was 3 years ago.  So if I ever want to continue I would have to start over. And I just don’t have time for that. Currently. I liked it – I just never got too into it, and my interest drifted somewhere else. The first one I devoured, but not this one. One day. Maybe.

“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.” My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

5. The lost girls by Heather Young

IMG_5297 This was a thrift find. Excellent condition! Super happy. The cover caught my eye and the premise seemed interesting enough. Besides that I don’t know anything about the book or the author.

Hopefully it’s good. One day I will read it (it’s just my tbr is so big).

A stunning debut novel that examines the price of loyalty, the burden of regret, the meaning of salvation, and the sacrifices we make for those we love, told in the voices of two unforgettable women linked by a decades-old family mystery at a picturesque lake house. In 1935, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes from her family’s vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her disappearance destroys the family–her father commits suicide, and her mother and two older sisters spend the rest of their lives at the lake house, keeping a decades-long vigil for the lost child.


Those are my 5 picks from my book shelves. This was very fun. I am super new to WordPress, so don’t have many people to tag yet, but I’d like these awesome book bloggers to play:

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5 thoughts on “Bookish tag: Take a look at my shelf

  1. Aww, your personal connection with the Till we have faces is adorable! What a great little memento to have of that day 🙂 I read What Alice Forget this summer, and enjoyed it as well. Amnesia books are nothing new but I just really loved Alice as a character. The cover of a Forest of a thousand lanterns is gorgeous! You’ll have to let me know if you like it!

    Lauren @ Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf

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