Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Booking by Numbers Q & A

I always love having a peek into other peoples bookshelves and I think this great post that Jess from Jess Hearts Books gives us a great chance just to do that. This is a photo of just one of my bookcases, I had to recently buy a new bookshelf as all my books just wouldn't fit on my old one. And on this one I can finally alphabetisize my books just how I like them.

sorry about the wonky image!

Just so you know I had to cheat a bit on this post, as a lot of my books on my shelf I haven't read yet (I checked this the other day, and I've only read 32 out of 86 books!).

Book Number: 48 Book: Diary of a Crush. Sealed with a Kiss by Sarra Manning.  
Q1.) Have you read this book? If so what did you think of it? I haven’t read this book yet, its part of a series which I know Donna from Book Passion for Life loved, so I can’t wait to get to it soon.

Book Number: 3 Book: Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson.  
Q2.) Why did you buy this book? Were you recommended it? Was it a random purchase? I’d read some great initial reviews which perked my interest, also when I read the back of the cover and saw the gorgeous cover in the bookstore, I just couldn’t resist. 

The front and back to Ultraviolet

Book number 23: My Life in Black and White.

Book Number: 23 Book: My Life in Black and White by Natasha Friend.  
Q3.) Based on what you know about this book which other book blogger would you recommend it to? I haven’t read this book yet either, but this book has a 3.5 average from my friends on Goodreads.


Book Number: 55 Book: Defiance by CJ Redwine.  
Q4.)  Who’s this books bookshelf neighbour? Its 
neighbour on its left side is Deception by CJ Redwine, I remember loving the first book last year, and I can’t wait to see which direction Redwine will take its characters in this latest instalment. And Defiance’s neighbour on the right is The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg; I was of course totally enticed into buying a copy thanks to the lovely Maja’s review over at The Nocturnal Library.

Book Number: 34 Book: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally.  
Q5.) How many books have you read by this book’s author? I’ve read all of Miranda’s books, even her latest book which is set to release in December called Racing Savannah. I can’t recommend picking up Miranda’s books enough; she’s one of the best authors I’ve discovered in the last two years.

Book Number: 16 Book: Cruel Summer by James Dawson. She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot.  
Q6.) Do you have any special memories attached to this book? I’ve not read this book yet, so I’ve gone with book number 13 on my bookshelf which is Where She Went by Meg Cabot. This book wasn’t actually available in the UK through a UK publisher. At the time this is when I used to read Meg’s blog like every single day, one day she had a giveaway up, all you had to do was send her an email saying why you wanted to read her books. I remember writing a fangirly email, not expecting much. But was overjoyed to find a copy of this book which I was dying to read on my doorstep one day. So thank you Meg!

Book Number: 12 Book: Queen of Babble in the Big City.  
Q7.) Is this book part of a series? If it is are you up to date with the series? Yes! This is one of my all time favourite series, I actually read this series from time to time whenever I need a good comfort read, it provides such great characters and many laugh out loud moments.

Book Number: 1 Book: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson.  
Q8.) Is this book something you’d typically read or is it out of your comfort zone? At the time I wasn’t going through the best paranormal phase, but I read this book with Rachel and Sam and we ended up devouring it in two days. It definitely took me by surprise and I have been a fan of Sarah's books ever since.

Book Number: 26 Book: The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines. Just One Year by Gayle Forman.
Q9.) Have you reviewed this book? If yes then share a link to it. Maybe by now you can guess what I’m going to say. I haven’t read this yet, so I've gone with book number 25 which is Just One Year by Gayle Forman and you can read my review here.

Book Number: 63 Book: Queen of Babble gets Hitched by Meg Cabot.  
Q10.) Where did you buy this book from? I remember book two Queen of Babble in the Big City ended on a major cliffhanger, I was depressed, as I had a year long wait. So when my friend told me he was going to New York and did I want anything? I totally told him to get me a copy of this book (seriously I need to move to the US for all these early releases). And he was super sweet, with the girly cover and I’m sure he was out of his comfort zone buying me a copy with all his guy mates. But I was able to read this book a whole year early thanks to him.

My US copy of Queen of Babble Gets Hitched

Book Number: 76 Book: The Host by Stephanie Meyer.  
Q11.) Roughly how long have you owned this book for? January 2009. I remember purchasing the Twilight series around this time and of course I had to get anything else that Stephanie Meyer had written too. This book definitely exceeded my expectations.

Book Number: 40 Book: Hold Still by Nina Lacour.  
Q12.) Share the first sentence of this book. “I watch drops of water fall from the ends of my hair” This is another book which I haven’t read yet, but I was totally tempted to keep reading on from this quote.

Book 40: Hold Still by Nina Lacour

Book Number: 60 Book: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd.  
Q13.) What’s your opinion on this book’s cover? I do love this UK cover, I love the deep red/maroons that have been used, and it’s done well to represent the blood. However I do think that I prefer the US cover slightly more, both have that creepy vibe going on, but the US cover seems to nail the creepiness more.
US cover
UK cover

Book Number: 87 Book: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. 
Q14.) In a few sentences describe this book in your own words. A magical world never seen before. Complex characters which slowly win you over. A story full of violence, mystery and loyalty. There was so much hype surrounding this book before that I was tempted to skip it. But sometimes you need to give these books a go; you never know you could be left surprised and a very happy reader like I was.

And there you have it a little sneak peak at my bookshelf, I know a lot of other bloggers have done this post too, you can see their bookshelves in the comments section of Jess's post here. Like me do you have a lot of books on your shelf that you still need to read? Which


  1. So much awesomeness in one place! I'm reading Deception now and loving it. Perhaps not as much as the first book, but it's still pretty great. And I love that you have The Chatastrophic History, I enjoyed that book so much!
    On my shelf... well, The Dream Thieves and Where the Stars Still Shine are my most recent aquisitions that just sit there gathering dust. Shame on me. :)

  2. I have to agree that I absolutely LOVE bookshelf pictures! ;) I haven't read Ultraviolet yet, though I need to, and I love how nice and large your shelf is, Jasprit! Great post, dear!

  3. This such a great feature. I was totally set on doing it as well, but then I remembered that all my books are back home. :(
    Anyways, I love how Queen of Babble features twice on your list! :) That was super sweet of your guy friend to get you a copy.
    I love the cover for Ultraviolet. It's so pretty. I need to get myself a copy as well.
    Thanks for sharing, Jasprit! :)

  4. I do love library pictures. No matter if it's just a stack by the bed or one of those gloriously majestic libraries we only dream about, they just make me happy. Loved this By the Numbers post! So many fabulous books on your shelf.

  5. I definitely LOVE 'seeing' into other bookbloggers' or readers' bookshelves! This is such a fun post, Jasprit, thank you for sharing <3

  6. This is such a fun feature! By the way, I really, really enjoyed Ultraviolet. If you haven't read it yet, I hope you do soon! :)

  7. Ahhhhh how cool is this feature?! I wish I could think of amazingly awesome features like this, but alas, I just go with reviews and interviews. Creativity fail. I love the US cover for the Madman's Daughter, but that UK cover is really gorgeous as well! Love that maroon color:)

    AND THE BONE SEASON JASPRIT! I just finished that one not too long ago and fell madly in love with it. So. Good:)

    1. Aww Jenny I love all your posts! And I totally agree with you The Bone Season was an amazing debut this year, I can't wait to see what Shannon has up her sleeve for us next!

  8. I totally fell for Ultraviolet's shininess in the bookstore too and I wholeheartedly agree that I can't recommend Kenneally enough either. I have loved all of her books! Neat feature!

  9. WOW! The UK cover for The Madman's Daughter is freaking gorgeous O.o I have the first book in the Diary of a Crush series and I can't wait to read it:) I also own Adorkable--they both came in a last week--and I so so so so want to read them. I love how you're not a HC person. Most of the book fanatics I know prefer hardcovers and lately I've been purchasing more harscovers since you know I love my US paperback versions more than the smaller UK ones, however, I don't really want to wait for 9-12 months before I get a chance to get myself a copy of a book that almost everyone has already read :( Anyhow, this post is full of all sorts of awesome! And congrats on the new bookshelf:)

    1. I hate having to wait nearly a year for a paperback too, normally when it's for a book I'm dying to get my hands on I splurge on a hardback, or I buy the Kindle version. And thanks Siiri! :)

  10. I LOVE this feature, it's so fun! And oh my goodness, I'm so jealous of all your books! I SO want to read Racing Savannah. The Madman's Daughter has such pretty covers. There definitely is more creepy to the US version although the UK is very pretty. Great post, Jasprit!

  11. What a fun post! I haven't seen this one around the blog world yet. I'd have to cheat if I did this too, because like you, there are a lot of books on my shelves that I haven't read yet!

  12. Great post, what a unique idea!

  13. Interesting I have only read a couple of books off your list mostly the Kenneally books, but there are lots up there that are in my TBR. Another reminder that I need to get after it!

  14. Ohh, I love this post :D Thank you so much for sharing! Your shelf looks awesome, btw :)

  15. What a great post Jasprit. I love your shelf and I volunteer as its keeper :) I promise to keep it safe. The HC for I'll Be There looks so pretty. I must have it. Great post Jasprit :)

    1. Ha Tanja, everytime I go on holiday, I'll be sure to leave you in charge! It's gorgeous isn't it? I really must get to that soon.

  16. Thanks for sharing your bookshelf with us - I like the UK cover of The Madman's Daughter and like you, if I haven't read Sam's review on Hunting Lila, I wouldn't pick up the series. Loved your post, Jas!

  17. This post was so fun and so interesting. Thank you for sharing, Jasprit!

  18. As I've mentioned on FB earlier, Jas. I really loved this post. So much insights on your reading behaviours and habits. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  19. Thanks so much for taking part, Jas! I loved getting a peak at your shelves and getting to know the stories behind the books. I particularly loved your answers for questions 6,10 and 14! So many lovely books on your shelf!

  20. Your bookshelf is so tidy! It puts mine to shame. ;) I've had to resort to double stacking because of the lack of space and it looks AWFUL. I really just want a mini library room where I can just sort all of my books neatly.... I'll keep dreaming about it in the meantime!

    I love seeing people's bookshelves and spying out my favourite titles. Thanks so much for sharing yours!

  21. Ooh, awesome to have a peep at your bookshelf. Happy reading!

  22. This made me realize I have so many unread book on my shelf and I kind of want to read some of them now! And I also just realize that I haven't read any of the books you mentioned! #fail Though I've been hearing AhMazing things about The Bone Season, so I'll definitely give that one a try. Thanks for sharing your bookshelf with us, I could never share mine, it's so messy! :D


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