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Bookshelf #1 and Beef with Potatoes

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.

The potato shall be cooked. It is written.

Instead, I’m vouching for some Pepperidge Farm toast with butter and year old Christmas jelly that settles greatly:

It’s a little shaky standing up in the chair, where the tripod won’t reach, something of wariness.
Left Side, continuing to the right . . .
And, the right side.

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.

The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King. One of my most favored books. You can find my review of The Drawing of the Three, here on

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”.

1984 by George Orwell. Bleh. I’m categorizing this next to William Gibson’s Neuromancer. It’s just not enjoyable and chore to read.

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.

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

18 replies on “Bookshelf #1 and Beef with Potatoes”

Loving the Bloodborne statue you got there! 😉 Also the deck box, which only reminds me of my Yu-Gi-Oh days. 😛 Glad to see Gunslinger and Bone here. I enjoyed both and definitely need to continue on with the series! Time… time… time… Just give me more!

No doubt about the time! Yeah the deck boxes have a couple of custom built Magic decks inside. 😁

It really picks up after Gunslinger. I remember reading I think in the forward that Stephen King looks back at the problems with the book . . . Which means he really evolved with whatever he worked on in between the books in the series and probably did a lot of dreaming about how to tie everything in together nicely, huh?

If you find more time, throw some over here. Will ya? 🌞

Not all of the pictures loaded for me. That might very well be on my end, but it is something to keep in mind. Mainly, you reference the books without stating the titles but without a pix, it’s impossible to know what you are talking about. Second, the pix that do load are wicked big and many look pixelated. When I click on “open in a new tab” it correctly opens them in their proper size. That makes me wonder if the pix that aren’t appearing is because they’re being squeezed out?

I’d recommend giving Bone and the entire series another chance.

And Pepperidge Farms remembers!

I’ll be sure to update the titles as soon as I can and keep that format for the next one. I can definitely see where that would be a problem!

I’m going to blame the service where I ripped the pictures from for the pixelation. What they are doing is kinda funny, because half of them, if you right click and save as picture, the server insists on spitting out a .webp file, which isn’t quite compatible with everything. I really need to read up on the webp files to understand what in hades is going on. 😁

In regards to the wiked big pictures – does that present a viewing issue for you, aside from the pixelation? It’s an alignment setting on this block editor for picture with text. Go block editor! 🥳

Whenever I save a pix from online and it saves as a webp or whatever, I always have to open it in paint and then save it as a jpg. It tells me I’m going to lose “transparency” but it doesn’t seem to affect the images any.

The big pix do no present an issue, as far as I can tell. Also, everything is there this time. I have a slower internet connection, so usually whenever there are pictures I assume it is based on that.

Yeah, I actually changed a JetPack setting for CDN, which apparently was causing the issue. I hear you about the webp files, then it becomes more like slave labor union based off of pixelated images in the first place. 😂

I’m going to try to work out a way to snatch the high-resolution picture from ‘zon, because I know it is in fact there hidden somewhere. If you see that Servant of the Shard cover, which is super clear. 😎

And, for the comments problem:

I believe I am making some headway regarding the comments issue. This is what I learned:

  • Google Captcha plugin causes problems with comments
  • You can view the JetPack sync status and / or initiate a re-sync here:
  • That if you are patient, someone will reply at the forums about your problem.
  • I am still not sure if it’s fixed quite yet.
  • And regarding a little 50 cent book that was being evasive:

    Alright guys and gals. Evidently The Smuggled Atom Bomb was trying to go un-noticed being so skinny in between Man and his Symbals and Make: Electronics, so I added that in there, naturally.

    Dear S.D. McKinley and Bookstooge,

    All of the book cover images loaded fine for me but they appear to be very grainy due to low resolution. Mr McKinley, I can see that you have been diligent with your reading both fictions and non-fictions. Good on you!

    I have devised a comprehensive resource for writers, editors, publishers and reviewers to systematically evaluate and determine the quality of a book or manuscript. It is available at

    Wow. This is decent resource! Thank you for sharing that and stopping by with us, SoundEagle. 😃 I’m going to have to take some more time to look over everything you have there . . .

    The Fifth Season is the first part of The Broken Earth trilogy and I read them all. It isn’t the easiest of reads, very different from your usual fantasy stuff, it made me think, lots! Catch 22 is a classic anti war novel and really funny, I loved it.

    Hrm, that is interesting Fraggle. Yeah, when I was reading it who knows what was going on. 🧐 Hopefully at some point I’ll get back into it!

    As for Catch 22, anti-war is good, so I can relate to that! Have you heard anything about the Hulu show?

    I watched it an it was really well done, they did pretty well sticking to th e book. Again, funny but also poignant and just brilliant at showing the futility of war and the stupidity, excellent satire both the book and the series, really give wither a go, you will thank me for the push. 🙂

    VintageToy, thank you for sticking around to see this. I hope to have the next shelf up for viewing this weekend, which I think you will appreciate. 😉

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