Gem's Shelfie So today is my first ‘Shelfie’ and I thought I’d do something a little different! I like to pretend I’m the most technologically advanced of the BookEaters but BookEater Siam proves me wrong regularly! I do love real books and have them all over my house, (I’ll show you them later!) but I also read a lot on my kindle app on my iPad.

I’ve got something like a hundred books on there, all divided into different categories. I have books for research, books I’ve already read, books on how to write well, books I’ll read at some point and then there’s this category, my favourite category – books I want to read soon!

As you’ll see if you look closely two of them have been started, Bright Young Things by Scarlett Thomas and The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth. I’ll share reviews of those soon, in all honesty I’m struggling with ‘The Wake’ but I’m determined to give it one more go soon.

I’ve also got a book there by an author I’ve already reviewed. I enjoyed Pedro Barrento’s The Prince and the Singularity so much that I downloaded his other book, Marlene and Sofia – A Double Love Story, straight away!

Other than that there is quite a collection. From historical murder mysteries (A Swarming of Bees) to steampunk adventures (The Mad-Tinkers Daughter) taking in a little time travelling romance (Out of Time) some dark dystopian dreams (The Tube Riders) and some philosophical science fiction (The Transhumanist Wager) on the way too.

Yeah, a bit mixed up I know! I like a bit of variety, I find if I read too much of the same genre at a time I tend to get bored by it. On the whole I love books that are brave, that push the barriers and make me dream wild dreams. Although not always, sometimes I like books that wrap you in a warm comforting fog – we all need a bit of escapism every now and again.

So come on … I’ve shown you mine! Let’s see your ‘Shelfie’!


I was reading before I started school and I have no plans to stop now! I usually have at least two books on the go at once, one non-fiction and one fiction. I like reading books based in reality that flick open the doors to the mysteries of the heart or of the spirit.

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