Shelf Envy [25]: Carina of Carina’s Books

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It’s been ages since I’ve done of these, and I couldn’t  be more happy to have this wonderful girl on the blog today. I have to be honest and say that I’ve been after Carina to  show us a picture of her bookshelves! Well, she finally agreed last week and I’ve got to say I was over the moon when she tweeted me to say she was doing it. She sent me a whole slew of pictures of her bookshelves, her reading spot and her collectibles. If you’ve ever visited her blog, you’d know that this girl puts my kids to shame when it comes to toys! And not only that, when she loves a book, or an author, she really dedicates her time and money collecting their work. She is such a sweet person to get to know. I’ve known her for almost as long as I’ve been blogging (close to 4 years). I go to her when I need spoilers on any given book, and most of the time, we share the same views. So today, let’s bask in the beauty of her shelves!

Hi all you lovely readers at Joyous Reads 😀 Joy asked me to take part in her Shelf Envy back in September. I have been meaning to do so ever since, but I’m a bit lazy about taking pictures of my shelves, since I have so many, so I didn’t do it until now. Thankfully, Joy was still willing to have me, all these months after she first emailed me about it 🙂 I just wanted to say thank you to Joy, for always being so kind and awesome. I adore you. And your blog. It’s amazing. Thank you for letting me take part in this 🙂 Sorry if I talk too much in my answers ;p Also describing a bit about my shelves, though not that much. I don’t have the biggest apartment, and it is on the second floor of my mom’s house. But it is still my place, and it is big enough. Well, not really, because I only have room for 8 shelves. And they are all full. Sigh. No room for more. Hmph.

LIVING ROOM. This bookshelf is in my living room, along with four others. But this is the one I look at as I sit in my chair all day 🙂 This also counts as random non-bookish related on my shelves. Because I don’t have anything inside my shelves, since no room, hah. But I do have lots on top of my shelves 😀 And this one is my favorite, I think. Bunch of Frozen items 😀 My Disney Store dolls are gorgeous. And I love the others too. So much love. Also a random Rapunzel in there 🙂

LIVING ROOM. This one is also in my living room. I must say that my favorite is on the top of the shelf; my expensive His Dark Materials boxset. <3 And ohh! My precious Shadow and Bone Alina posters. They are gorgeous.

STAIRCASE. And this final bookshelf is at the bottom of my stairs. Lots of books there, though wishing there were room for even more.

Q & A

What was the last book you purchased?

The last book I bought. Hmm. I haven’t been able to buy much books lately, because of limited space, sigh. But I do pre-order a bunch of books each month. Not going to mention all of those 😀 So I just looked into which book I last bought that were already released. Which made me realize it has been a long time since I purchased a book that wasn’t a pre-order. On June 3rd, I ordered The Art of Big Hero 6. <3 Which probably don’t really count as a book, lol, but it is book enough for me. And it is gorgeous. Though I have yet to read it. But just looking at the cover makes me happy 🙂 But ohh. I did pre-order one book alone last week. The Last Ever After, signed and personalized. Cost me $38. So expensive. But so worth it.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

I have so many favorite authors. I adore them all so much. Sigh. Talk to so many kind ones on twitter 🙂 But there are also a few that are extra special to me. Though I adore so many, and I’m not talking about them all, but yeah. Just saying that there are a lot of amazing authors out there 🙂

1.  Claire Legrand.
Whom I adore to pieces. I have talked a whole lot with her since her first middle grade book was published, and I love her so much. She’s all kinds of amazing and so kind. Plus she writes amazing books. But yeah. I adore her as a person. She’s the sweetest.

2.  Cat Winters.
Cat is so kind. I have talked to her a lot over the years, and she is always so nice and amazing. Her books are huge favorites of mine, and I cannot wait to read more by her. I adore her, because she’s always so kind and sweet.

3.  Marissa Meyer.
I might have loved Marissa the longest. Probably. Feels like so long since I started talking to her, since I first read Cinder. Her books are fantastic. And she is the kindest person. So cute and sweet. And always so kind to me. It means so much.

4.  Emily Murdoch.
I have loved getting to know Emily a bit. Her first book was heartbreaking and amazing. I’m just waiting for her to publish more 🙂 She’s always so sweet and amazing on twitter and I love talking to her. I have three personalized editions of her book, and it means the most to me. Emily is the best person.

5.  Elizabeth Fama.
Beth is such a kind and sweet person. Have talked a lot with her, and she’s always so supporting and helpful. It means so much to me. She also writes amazing books. And she is just so amazing to talk to. So glad I have gotten to know her over these years.

What are your ultimate top 5 favourite books?

I have a lot of favorite books. But I think these might be my top five. Probably. I love all of these books so much. Though I also have a few more favorites. But yeah. These ones are special to me 🙂

1. Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

I will never not love this book. It’s special to me. I cannot begin to tell you how much I adore Po and Katsa 🙂 And the writing. And the world. And the story. Ugh. It’s perfection.

2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.

This is a book that I must re-read at least once a year. Though I want to re-read it all the time. The writing is beautiful. The story is perfection. I adore Sean and Puck and Corr so so much. I’ll never get tired of this book.

3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.

This might be cheating, as it is three books and not one, hih. But I love all three. Though maybe the third is the one I love the most. Either way, though, this trilogy is one of my favorites. So much fun. So much heartbreak. I will never forget Will and Lyra. The most tragic love story, and they are just kids. Sobs.

4. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

I can’t not include this book as one of my favorites. I adore it. I love the characters so much. And the writing is beautiful. And the story is so mean and heartbreaking. I think I will love book three even more. I can’t wait.

5. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman.

This book isn’t even out yet. But I have read it already. And everyone needs this book. Because it is the best. So different. So amazing. There is space. There is love. There is death all over. This book is amazing. Huge favorite of mine.

What is the most random thing on your bookshelves?

The most random book I have on my shelves.. Hmm. I’m unsure about this. So I had to look around a bit. Think it might be Where the Moon Isn’t. I accepted it for review for Tor, yet I haven’t read it yet 🙁 It is random, because I don’t think it is a book I would usually look for at all, hah. But I’m going to read it sometime. Hopefully this year. Just so many books to read 🙂

Do you have a shelving method?

I have seen so many people shelving books in awesome ways. By author, by color, etc. But my method is not that awesome, lol. I’m not even putting all my favorite books in the same shelf. I just put my books randomly. Right now I have so little room left, ack. But planning on rearranging my books sometime. Though just the same way, with more of my favorites put together. Anyway. Point is, I put books by the same author together. Well, for the most part. Don’t have a special method, I’m afraid 🙂 But I love my shelves. Also because of my limited space, I have to have to rows on my shelves. Sigh. Which makes me so sad. So putting those books that I didn’t like all that much in the back of the shelf. Wishing I could see all of them, though 🙂

Thank you so much, Carina! I love seeing your shelves. I can’t say I’m pretty surprised with your choices of favourites, because you’ve been vocal about these books and authors. You continue to amaze me with your dedication and loyalty. You are one of the sweetest blogger I know. <3



If you’re interested in doing a Shelf Envy post on my blog, feel free to send me an email, a tweet or a wall message on my Facebook page. I’d love to have you!


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