Welcome to the post for Bookshelf #1, where I’ll show you the top row of my book shelf just after some tidying up. Then, later I will continue onto the next shelf. There’s several different places to store the books, here, there, everywhere. Things make it onto the bookshelf, of course that aren’t books. 🙂 This is something of a natural order.
Speaking of natural: You ever try to eat a raw potato? It might make sense, right? You can get a whole sack of potatoes for five dollars and then your hunger is raging for nice, nutritious treat to fill your stomach, but then, it doesn’t agree. Something similar to birch bark. It never does settle.
Instead, I’m vouching for some Pepperidge Farm toast with butter and year old Christmas jelly that settles greatly:
Now, lets talk from left to right:
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. I made it partly through this book back when my reading wasn’t as serious. From what I read, not bad. I felt like it was light fantasy with Obelisks floating in the air, previous Earth stuff. What I remember it wasn’t all that cool, like people were making it out to be. Don’t get me wrong as I’m sure it’s worthy to be read, but nothing extra captivating or thought provoking. Gateway to Fantasy book?
Company Town by Madeline Ashby. I really liked this one. People had Snap Chat like filters on their face, from technology devices. It made for some great problems, to say the least.
The Scofield KJV Study Bible. This version of the Bible is what I read, book by book, the whole thing. The notes provide A LOT of insight. Great stuff.
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller is a thrift store score. I don’t think I would much be into it. Hulu? Are you digging through the book piles looking for some inspiration? Have at it. These classics need exposure!! 😀
While The Gunslinger: Dark Tower I isn’t Stephen King’s best work. I value it in the struggle to get the words out fluidly because as they say, it’s not about the destination, but the journey and what a great journey this is. The first copy I got ahold of had the spine broken. It was half a book and now I have the whole book courtesy of the thrift store.
Having watched the Ready Player One by Ernest Cline inspired movie, which I quite enjoyed: I picked this up, but haven’t dug in quite yet.
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher. I read some really good Butcher novels. This isn’t one of them, at least in the 150 pages that I got through. It just didn’t tickle my fancy like some of the others.
Wolves of the Calla: The Dark Tower V by Stephen King. Eh, from what I remember I started on this one, but I got distracted a long time ago. I’m a huge Dark Tower fan, even though I haven’t finished the whole series. The Wastelands is a great book along with Wizard and Glass in this series, but sadly are no longer with me. This is the book the Hunter from Bloodborne is guarding above.
This is Misty’s book titled Inspektor Jury Spielt Domino by Martha Grimes. It’s German, I just hope she finds her spilt dominos. 🤷♂️
The Skorpion Directive by David Stone. I like this psuedo-author. It’s international conspiracy stuff. Micah Dalton is a “cleaner”.
Midnight Club by James Patterson must have snuck in, or maybe it was under the rug the whole time? I give up. I’ve read some James Patterson that’s decent. My favorite work by Patterson is called Private L.A., which is dual authored with someone else. It came out gritty and quirky, possibly unlike this book which I know nothing about.
Road of the Patriarch by R.A. Salvatore. Aside from this book – The first book I ever voluntarily read was Soujorn, by this author. I haven’t read any of this one.
Promise of the Witch King by R.A. Salvatore. An intersting story about these three R.A. Salvatore book is that I used to be friends with a book store owner. If the books didn’t sell they would rip the covers off and give them away. All three of these books have no cover.
Servant of the Shard by R.A. Salvatore. Have you read any R.A. Salvatore? Are you a fanatic?
Man and His Symbols by Carl G. Jung. This author and much more modernized psychology. It probably needs a re-modernization, but he really made some strides in the field during the day and was a dream interpreter at night, traveling the world just because he wanted to. Excellanto! I can’t recommend this enough. As you can see in the picture above, the spine on this one is starting to give, so I treat it nicely.
This cover image came from a blog called Battered, Tattered, Yellowed, & Creased, which does in fact match my physical copy. Be sure to check out that ↑ post for some more information about the author of The Smuggled Atom Bomb by Philip Wylie, a 50¢ book. At one point I almost regretfully flipped when I couldn’t find this particular copy, so I also have a hard cover laying around somewhere, just because I’m not sure really where it came from to begin with.
Make: Electronics: Second Edition by Charles Platt. I had A LOT of fun with this one. Soldering and breadboarding. I made an house alarm system out of capacitors, wires, buttons, etc. If you like reading and are looking for something different to do, get this book and wire / solder some stuff up!! It starts from the very basics, such as how to properly solder, from what I remember. I may have looked it up separately?
Solid State Fundamentals: Third Edition by Gary Rockis. I haven’t read, only skimmed through this one. There are things to learn, even if electronics don’t interest you. I advise learning some of the concepts if you are to survive the battle with your smart phone in the year 2030. 🙂
This Complete Book of Woodworking by Rosario Capotosto non-fiction piece is ooooooooooold but good. It’s hard to find it simply put as it is in this gem! 😎
Yard sale pickup of The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen is based off recommendation of the seller. I have no idea what this is about.
Another Yard sale pickup of Run Away by Harlan Coben is yet based off recommendation of the seller. I have no idea what this is about.
Babies by Gyo Fujikawa is a book about babies, for slightly older kids. It has some damage. One of those that has very thick, laminated pages so it may survive the kids.
I’m not sure where all the 2nd & Charles territory runs, but they have free bins outside ( I love this store. They have guitars, stickers, records, CDs, video games, books, comics, manga, board games, etc. 🤩 ) and Bone: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith was sitting there in near perfect condition, right in the free bin. I flipped through a couple of pages, but not much to keep my attention here. It’s for kids. EDIT: I will be giving this one another run through after some kind recommendations in the comments.
Another one from the free bin at 2nd & Charles titled The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman. The title is not literal. I read 30 pages out of curiosity and it’s a metaphor for the way technology has changed the whole world, thus making it flat. I’m not that enthused. I might change my mind later if I feel cute.
Have you read any of these books and do you have any quick thoughts about them?
I hope you enjoyed Book Shelf #1 post. I hope to continue onto shelf #2, below this one, next weekend. Then, there are some shelf with no books. BUT, what do they hold? . . . maybe time will tell. 😀 Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.