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Bookshelf #3 and #2 in One

You don’t mess with John Wayne after he had Beef with Potatoes. Ha, ha this meme spawned out of a spontaneous joke I made about the baby’s face last night. I said, “Look at her John Wayne face.” Hilarity ensued.

Ah, the bookshelf . . . what an interesting place these nooks hold in the universe as a reflection of taste, wonder and intrigue. Last week, I started with bookshelf #1 and today we are double dipping with #2 and #3. Bookshelf #2 is . . . no books, but a party amongst toys, only. These toys don’t like books:

If you have any questions about these specifically, please do ask. Otherwise, we will move onto the book-book shelf.
Left of Bookshelf #3
Right side of Bookshelf #3. Below, we are moving from left to right since we are still in the northern hemi-sphere, at least last time I checked.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid explores the works of some individuals and ties them all together in a concept known as the eternal golden braid, a.k.a. Fibonacci sequence and countless other examples that are all around us, but we may not realize. It is quite heavy reading, but I find after soaking a bit up, it registers better after some time and then re-read. I haven’t made it but about a quarter of the way through it. It’s thick.

Circe is one I quite liked, but didn’t finish as having started it at the end of my LJ and Rom mad-rant pre-editing and paperback formatting process. I liked what I read, but I’m not exactly enthused about getting back into it at the moment for a myriad of reasons. This hard back was purchased new.

Darke Awakening is the first self purchased indie paperback I’ve ever had. Being an indie author myself it was an interesting feeling to have this in my hand. You can read my review here on

How LJ and Rom Saved Heavy Metal – this is the very first cover that came out with the book. Having to do every bit of work myself, I threw this cover together in about 10 minutes to slap on the ebook and paperback. I went through a couple of iterations, one being an orange variation for Halloween. Then, finally switching to the Dirk Hays designed cover that sits on it now. The one on the far left, where you see the “NOT FOR RESALE” is a shameful unedited copy that was released, because I didn’t have the money for a pro editor and I was physically and mentally strapped.

Amazon or author . . . WHY do you insist on serving out this horrid cover when I attempt to download the high resolution image here? Oh, the mysteries ensue . . . The Ghosts of Blood and Innocence is a floaty horror-type fantasy, more like an opera-type book. It’s enjoyable reading.

The Anunnaki Chronicles book is a wrap up of the 12 book series, compacted by his daughter in an attempt to make all the info more digestible. It’s Sitchin’s study about how he assumes the Anunnaki influenced modern society. I’m a Christian and Jesus is my personal savior, however I take this as food for thought. I haven’t finished this book.

The Seven Decisions is something I haven’t read much of, regretfully. I do hold a fast passion for self help books as long as they don’t tell me to sit on the couch and act perfect.

Eh, don’t think I would care to be a CEO, but still I’m sure there’s some excellent concepts here. I haven’t read a word of it. How to Become CEO.

Mockingjay was a yard sale pickup. Pretty sure Misty picked it out. I haven’t read any of this one.

Alcoholics Anonymous‘s teachings can be applied for many difficulties in life besides alcoholism. I performed the steps in a bid of soul searching and self correction. If you are having problems in your life of an insurmountable form, check into this one.

Intensity – I put this one down for now. I’ve enjoyed some of Dean Koontz’s writings but this one seemed to have a bunch of static at the beginning. I think I hit the 50 page mark before my attention seemed better served elsewhere. I may pick it back up if I feel cute.

Joyland, a Hard Case deliberation that seemed quite appealing, but just didn’t have that edge for me.

The Haunting of Hill House – in my previous relationship, we picked this up after watching some of the Netflix series when it first came out. It’s good!

The Last Olympian is something I’m not familiar with although last time I watched a Percy Jackson movie, I felt like diving into the TV. 🤣

Pirate Latitudes is something I put down. I’m a huge Michael Crichton fan, but this one didn’t enthuse me. I’m not sure if it’s the pirates or the fact that he was writing something non-SciFi-ish. Or, maybe it turns into SciFi. I’m not sure, it just seemed staticky to me.

American Gods – the edition I have is the 25th anniversary edition, not the 10th. It’s expanded and revised ( I’m skipping the two small children’s books after this one in the picture above ).

The Glass Bead Game is something that has left and made it’s way back, in it’s same old edition format. Means I should probably read it, right?

I covered a bit on the Skorpion Directive by this pen-name author. I first read the Orpheus Deception by David Stone, and that lead me into his other books. It’s similar to Robert Ludlum, but I felt like Stone had more umph and style in these Micah Dalton books, this one being titled The Echelon Vendetta.

Bonsai (101 Essential Tips) brought me into a place where I could care for a Bonsai tree I once cared for. It came pre-grown and probably clipped from a bigger tree. It went through a hell of a time, with aphids infection and inadequate lighting, at first. It was thriving after I corrected these things. I ended up getting rid of it because of it’s sentimental ties to things I didn’t want to be a part of anymore. I want to have another one, but in order to grow them indoors you have to have the right breed, obnoxious lighting and wind – all the things that these tiny trees love, same as outdoors.

This one isn’t quite visible in the picture – The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children, my Mother got this one for me. Thank you, Mom! Let’s go ahead and pick a prayer out of it:

Page 27: “LORD, You have said to “seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Luke 12:31). Help my adult children to surrender to You in body, mind, soul and spirit so they can move into the abundance and prosperity You have for them. Help them learn from the correction and instruction of wise teachers and people of maturity, wisdom and experience so that they will avoid proverty You have for them (Proverbs 13:18). I pray that the beauty of the Lord will be upon them and establish the work of their hands (Psalms 90:17). May they “long enjoy the work of their hands” and “not labor in vain” (Isaiah 65:22-23). In Jesus’ name I pray.” Amen.

Another wrangled cover in what I assume is a collaboration of destruction by the author and Amazon. Who knows? Anyways I haven’t read any of this but have viewed the movie. Yard sale pickup for A Wrinkle in Time.

The Hunger Games is not one I have read.

Harry, Harry Potter. You must be living under a rock if you haven’t heard of this. I have not read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. And, for some reason we have two copies of this with different covers.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – same story with this one, a yard sale pickup. The area I live in is great in the suburbs for yard sales. When we moved here we had a lovely couple shower us with yard sale stuff for our house. You know who you are, and we are forever grateful.

J.K. Rowling got down with the thickness on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Collectors items, indeed.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – this is a big ‘ol hard cover book, hefty in size and weight.

Astounding Science Fiction Magazine from April 1959 – there’s a really cool oddities store across the way and I scored this gem for a couple of bucks. I have intentions on saying something about it sometime.

Astounding Science Fiction December 1956. If you look ontop of the books in the picture above, you will see these in plastic bags. I’m guessing they aren’t very rare since the price is so low, but that rarity should increase with time.

100 Crooked Little Crime Stories was a swap out with my book at a Little Free Library up in Columbia, SC, USA.

Books of Blood Vol. 1 by Clive Barker. I scored this one as an impulse buy at 2nd & Charles for some Halloween reviews here on It’s some really deranged stuff.

The I-5 Killer. Misty loves her murder stories.

I hope enjoyed this bookshelf post. Some of my books aren’t on the bookshelf at all, of course. These bookshelf posts prove to be quite the chore, however I enjoyed it. 🧐 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.

5 replies on “Bookshelf #3 and #2 in One”

Interesting collection you got there! I got Circe waiting for me but I’m not in a rush to dive into it either after a couple of trusted reviews. Nice to see American Gods there. Have you ever tried Anansi Boys? Still need to read that one.

I haven’t read a bit of Anansi boys, but I think this part of the blurb stole me:

“West African trickster god Anansi” 😁

I’ve done some studying about the joker spirit, which is probably right up the same aisle. I’m going to check into it. Thank you, Lashaan. Have you read it?

Glad to see the covers look proper this time 😀 Matt Ries, one of the people I follow, did (or is currently doing. I think he’s done though) a big Sitchin read. It was interesting to read his reviews but a bit far out for me to ever try on my own. Real history is tough enough for me without entering into places where Sitchin goes. Best of luck on it.

Thanks, it is far out there! I can say some slightly weird things happened when I muttered a certain word out loud while reading it . . . spooky stuff. Enjoy and I’m not sure if I’ll finish it or not. I was cool in the beginning, but kinda faded after a while into a blah blah blah type of thing, void of style or interest. 😊

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