A Peek at My Mystery Shelf
Remember when I shared a photo of my newly svelte bookshelves a few months ago and then never followed up? So do I! Frankly, it was almost impossible to get a good photo, and the attempt was driving me nuts, so I just gave up. But now I have a more powerful camera and a handy new reading floor lamp with rotating shade; between the two, I can just about manage a decent shot. So I thought going shelf by shelf as a kind of mini-feature would be a nice option for days when I can’t type much!
I separate out my to-be-read books, so unless I’m describing a TBR shelf, I’ve already read all of the books pictured. My bookshelves are also an excellent ‘if p, then q’ example: with the two TBR exceptions, all of the books they contain I’ve read and loved. However, not all of the books I’ve read and loved are on my shelves; for the past few years, I’ve barely acquired any books and primarily relied upon the library. So essentially you’re seeing a random sampling of my favourites, with a stronger emphasis on my past interests, since that was when I got my hands on most of these titles. Thus it’s a bit of a random collection, but it still makes me happy! Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to: my mysteries.
Books, left to right:
- most of Laurie King’s Mary Russell series (my mom owns the entire set and we live together, so it’s not urgent for me to fill in the gaps);
- most of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marples (note the mainly matched editions; I want all of the Miss Marples since they’re my ultimate comfort read) plus a stray Ariadne Oliver/Hercule Poirot title;
- three of the four of Kate Ross’ Julian Kestrel series (the green spines, sadly out of print and thus I’m keeping my bookmooched copies);
- and a handful of Dorothy Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey books (with a strong focus on the Harriet Vane ones, because they’re the ones I reread the most).
Decorations, left to right:
- a photograph I took when I was studying abroad in St. Petersburg with three art magnets I bought at the Hermitage stuck to the frame (isn’t it a gorgeous city? I fell in love);
- thrifted glass bottle (I sometimes steal it for use as a vase);
- Little Death (by artist Lisa Snelling-Clark of poppet fame; I have three poppets, but they live elsewhere);
- and a giant Starbucks mug my dad brought back from Qatar (I use it to store little odds and ends).
If you’d like to see all of the shelves together, here’s my annotated photo.