What’s on My Bookshelf Tag

A couple weeks ago, Zezee with Books did this tag on her blog and it looked like so much fun I knew I had to try it myself. Plus, it’s easy because I just have to go to my bookshelf and pick some books. Again, I was not tagged and I’m not tagging anyone, but if you’d like to do this, I’d love to know your answers!

A library book


Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King

This is the latest book in the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series and I just got in from the library. I’m in the process of reading it, so I may write a review for it later (if not, it’ll be in my July Wrap-up post).

A book I got as a gift


The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

I got this book as a present for Christmas last year. I’ve really wanted to get into Russian literature more, but I have yet to read this book, maybe because its length is so intimidating.

A childhood book


Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

This is the first book in the Magic Tree House series, and this is the series that truly gave me a love of reading. This is the first book, and I will say my copy is looking a bit old compared to most of my well-preserved books (I take very good care of all my books).

A magical book


Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle

I really enjoyed this book as a teen. It’s a Victorian, fantasy book about two twin sisters who have magic and must save the young Queen Victoria from a plot against her life. In this one Persy is the main character, but there’s also a sequel—Betraying Season—in which her sister Penelope is the main character. It’s not the best series, but it’s a lot of fun.

A romantic book


Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I don’t read (or own) many romance, and this one is much more of a historical novel than a typical romance, but I love the romance in it, so here it is.

A steamy book

I don’t read steamy books and I certainly don’t own any, so…

An old book


The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

I loved this book in high school, but I haven’t read it since. I should really give it a second read.

A book that makes me happy/laugh


Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language by Richard Lederer

I discovered this book a year or so ago at the Goodwill—imagine that—and since then I have gone to this book for a few laughs or just to get me in a better mood.

A book that made me emotional


The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

Growing up, I liked this book so much better than Levine’s most famous book, Ella Enchanted. This one follows two sisters—one brave and one shy. When the brave one becomes sick, the shy one must become brave to find a cure for her sister. It’s certainly not a bad ending, but it’s bittersweet throughout with an almost somber tone.

A book with an ending that I dislike


And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Spoiler alert! Everyone dies. Yep, while I love this book, I could not help but wish the ending had been a little happier. There is a miniseries made a couple years ago where one of the girls survives, but in the book everyone dies. While the ending definitely fits the book, I still don’t like it.

A book I wish had illustrations


Abarat by Clive Barker

Now, technically there are a couple illustrations in the hardback book and on the front there are drawings of the characters, but I remember reading this book (I own the soft copy) and wishing that there were lots of illustrations throughout so I could see this amazing world. For a more detailed view of this book, I just did review on it last week.

A book or genre I love to read when it’s raining


Anything by Shakespeare

There is something about reading Shakespeare while it rains that I love. Mind you, I don’t always read Shakespeare when it rains, but something about rain puts me in a mood to read complex books (like philosophy or history), and Shakespeare is really calming to me to read. I know, I’m weird.


What are your answers to these questions? If you do this tag, make sure to let me know so I can read your answers. Leave any thoughts you have in the comments, follow my blog for more madness and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

10 thoughts on “What’s on My Bookshelf Tag

  1. Hello from an old friend on fictionpress!

    I can’t say I disagree with your choice of books here. And it’s nice to see you pick up Brothers Karamazov. Dostoevsky has been a long-time favorite of mine (it helps that I’ve visited some of the places that inspired his books, especially Crime and Punishment). Russian books can be a little intimidating not just due to length, but also because you have to be a little acquainted with the socio-political climate in which they were written, but that added bit of knowledge makes you appreciate them all the more.

    The Three Musketeers is a classic, though I personally prefer The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s such an elaborate, well-thought out tale compared to the simple adventure story of the Three Musketeers. Plus, given how it was adapted into not just two films, but also a surprisingly well-done and accurate anime adaptation, I can’t help but love that one. Still a good choice though!

    P.S. I wrote a little message to you on fictionpress asking how you’ve been along with some news from myself. But I see that with this blog, you’ve done well for yourself since we last spoke. I pray that you will continue to have success in that regard.

    Be safe and well,
    Jordan aka historyman101

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    1. It’s be so long! I agree entirely about Russian novels. They are a challenge to read and fully understand, but well worth it! I prefer The Count of Monte Cristo as well, though I find The Three Musketeers to be a lighter, easier read. I’ll respond to your message on fictionpress as soon as I can.

      It’s good to hear from you again!


    1. Shakespeare is very stylized so I know he’s not for everyone. I’m the opposite; every time I try to read a book inspired by Shakespeare, I don’t like it. Thank you!


  2. Enjoyable post. The Three Musketeers is what started my crazy love for reading and I hope to reread it soon to see if I still feel the same way about the book.

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