Bookshelf Tour Tag

So! I have been tagged for the Bookshelf Tour Tag by Anna at Light From the Shadows. Thank you ever so much, Anna! This tag was splendiferously fun. Speaking of splendiferous things, you should go check out her blog; it's quite splendiferous. (And isn't splendiferous a splendiferous word? Spell check says it's not a word, but google has it in its dictionary, so I shall use it to my heart's content. Splendiferous! Splendiferous! Splendiferous!)

Now! On to the tag! Oh, and a quick note: I don't really have my own personal bookshelf. (Gasps all round, right?) My books mingle with the rest of the family's in the shelves all round the house. So...when I say a book is "on my shelf," what I mean is that it's "in the house."

Now on to the tag.

A short but powerful book

Hmm. The Screwtape Letters is under 200 pages, and it's pretty powerful. 

“Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,...Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape.” - C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters:

Also 198-page Blessed Jose: Boy Cristero Martyr (which really needs returned to its permanent owners...oops). It's a really obscure book, but it about moved me to tears. 

Aaaand I'm currently reading Fingal's Quest, by Madeleine A. Polland. I'll list it again under "an obscure book," but it's around the 200 page mark and so far it's - challenging. Not just powerful, but challenging. 

A good long book

The Lord of the Rings! It's one of those you can bury yourself in for weeks. And it's sooo good....

Top 100 Science fiction and fantasy books - meaning to read this series:

Favorite classic (on your shelf)

Okay, so choosing a favorite classic is like asking me to choose a favorite book. It's impossible. So I'll give you a list of three:

A Tale of Two Cities
The Song of Roland
The Scarlet Letter

A Tale of Two Cities– Charles Dickens (through Craftlit) « Stewartry:

A relatively obscure book

Relatively obscure, or super obscure? Because I've got quite a few...

Arms of Love, by Carmen Marcaux. 
Fabiola, by Cardinal Wiseman
Fingal's Quest, by Madeleine A. Polland

An underrated book

Til We Have Faces, by C. S. Lewis. I don't know that it's underrated so much, but nobody knows about it, and honestly it's one of my favorite C. S. Lewis books...

Oh, this book, this book, this book! I'm writhing and reveling in the beauty of it right now! It's enough to rip me to pieces, it's so lovely...oh, Orual, oh, Psyche, oh, Fox, oh, Bardia! Oh, the wonderful beautiful philosophy of it all!:

An overrated book

Stuart Little, by E.B. White. Don't get me wrong, I love E.B. White! But I hated Stuart Little. The ending left me totally flat. I remember flipping frantically through the book after I was done for any clue that there might be a sequel, or that there had been pages ripped out, or that I had gotten an edition that was only half the real thing.... 

With an ending like that, I just can't see how Stuart Little is such a beloved children's book.

Stuart Little Comprehension Questions ( free download):

Most reread book

Probably Anne of Green Gables. I read that the first time when I was about eight, and I've probably read it three or four times since. Maybe five. (Isn't that a sad, pathetic little number?)

It was October again when Anne was ready to go back to school—a glorious October, all red and gold, with mellow mornings when the valleys were filled with delicate mists as if the spirit of autumn had poured them in for the sun to drain—amethyst, pearl, silver, rose, and smoke-blue. The dews were so heavy that the fields glistened like cloth of silver and there were such heaps of rustling leaves in the hollows of many-stemmed woods to run crisply through.  -Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables:

A book you haven't read

Ugh, so many. My TBR is largely composed of books I bought/was given but haven't gotten around to reading. Ivanhoe is the most recent - one of the few non-school ones that doesn't stare at me with an expression of reproach yet, because I've only had it for under a month.

"Dark sits the evening upon the thanes' castle,      The black clouds gather round;      Soon shall they be red as the blood of the valiant!      The destroyer of forests shall shake his red crest against          them.      He, the bright consumer of palaces,      Broad waves he his blazing banner,      Red, wide and dusky,      Over the strife of the valiant.":

A short story collection

My collection of  Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales. Does that count?

Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales -- so full of wonder, tragedy, unhappiness, and devotion.  They captivated me as a child and they captivate me as an adult.:

A non-fiction book

Battle Cry of Freedom, by James McPherson. Which, coincidentally, would also fit under "a good long book" and "a book I haven't read"...

My current read: Didn't think 900 pages was too long until I saw that the book is 3 times the size of a normal book!  Very well written so far.:

A book (physical copy, not the story itself) that has an interesting story behind it

My Shakespeare collection! About ten years ago (probably when I turned 8), my grandma gave me $10 with the very specific instructions to spend it at Half Price Books. But we never got around to spending it. (In my family, we never spend birthday money like that. It's just how we operate.) Every time we passed a Half Price Books, for nine years, I would say, "Mom, I've got ten dollars to spend in there!" And Mom would say, "Not today, sweetie, we've got the kids with us/we're too busy/etc." It got to be a running joke.

Finally, last summer, we went to Half Price Books. We were planning on seeing a production of Romeo and Juliet that evening, so I knew exactly what I wanted. I went straight to the drama section, and there was a beautiful copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. The price tag? $9.95. I didn't have to think twice, and I finally spent my ten dollars.

The best part of the story? Had I spent that ten dollars at the age of nine, I probably would have bought a collection of American Girl books. I grew out of those a long time ago. But now that I waited until I was 16, I've got a keepsake that I'll probably enjoy for the rest of my life. Good things come to those who wait!

Hamlet. Romeo and Juliet. Henry V. Macbeth. A Midsummer Night's Dream. King Lear. Lovers of literature will immediately recognize these as signature works of...:

That concludes the splendiferous Book Tour Tag! I tag the following splendiferous bloggers:

And anyone else who wants to participate! If you are not a blogger, then feel free to share your answers in the comments below. :)


  1. Wow! That was quick. :) I love your answers!!! And I must say I'm not surprised that you brought up the Scarlet Letter or the Song of Roland. ;) Our answers are so different for this... :D

    1. Haha! I couldn't wait; I had to do it right away. :) Oh, of course I had to bring up The Scarlet Letter and The Song of Roland! I'm rather surprised Tom Playfair didn't sneak in here... And, darn, the picture book "Love You Forever" would've been perfect for a short and powerful book. Oh well. Maybe I shouldn't have rushed into it? :)

      Our answers are different, aren't they? Our friendship is the embodiment of the maxim, "Opposites attract!" ;)

      Thanks again for the tag!!

  2. Oh my goodness! I was just on Anna Deubell's blog. I saw her post and was just thinking of how fun it would be to do a post like that! Haha! Thank you very so much for tagging me! I shall get to work straight away! :)
    I haven't read most of the books on your post, but I am extremely intrigued and inspired to go read several of them right now (especially Till We have Faces by C.S.Lewis)! :)

    1. Well, that worked out perfectly, then! I can't wait to read your post!

      Til We Have Faces is really good! You shan't regret reading it, if read it you do. :)

  3. Hahaha! You wanna know something? I am rather ashamed of it, but I have two formidable Shakespeares on my shelf and the whole collection on my dad's, and all I've ever read of Shakespeare even close to the whole way through is Romeo And Juliet... :P

    1. Hey, there's no shame in that! I didn't read any Shakespeare until I was in high school. ...Actually, okay, I read The Merchant of Venice some time before that. But I did not understand it and as a result did not appreciate it until I read it last summer. At which time I decided it's one of my favorite Shakespeares.

      (Speaking of favorite Shakespeare books! I just read Much Ado About Nothing for school! Oh, it was so awesome! I just might have to do some kind of Shakespeare-related post one of these days...)

    2. Yes, you really should! With Timandra as guest poster! ;D

    3. Thanks! Occasionally I have one or two. ;)

  4. That's a lovely list of books! Some I have on my own bookshelves ( and some I wish were on my bookshelves).
    Thank you for tagging me, I look forward to doing this one!

    1. Aren't books just the loveliest things? When I grow up I want to have a house so filled with bookshelves you can't see the walls... ;)

      You're welcome! I can't wait to see your post!

  5. I always hated Stuart Little, just saying ...

    Hey Lucy, I have a question - would you be interested in doing an interview with me (through email)? I've started college and in my English class we're discussing discourse communities, which are basically groups like sororities or clubs or sports teams or writing groups. I want to write my paper on Go Teen Writers, and I have to interview a member. I think I remember you saying that you were a member?

    Anyhow, if you're interested, here's my email:

    If you want to do it please email me within a week, but no big deal if you don't :)

    P.S. Your name doesn't have to appear in the paper either.

    P.P.S. I won't be upset if you publish this comment even though it includes my email. It's really up to you!

    1. Glad I'm not alone on the Stuart Little opinion. :)

      Oh, that sounds great, Rosie! I guess I could be called a member of Go Teen Writers...I read the blog regularly and have subscribed to it, although I don't really comment very often. I'll be happy to email you.

      (Oh, do you want me to delete this comment? It gets put up automatically with my current blog settings, but I could hide it if you want me to.)


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