Disclosure: The gorgeous Harrow table lamp was a housewarming gift from the lovely folks at Lighting Majestic. In April they also featured me in their Easter issue of Mega Majestic Monday.I read a lot. I always have. I try to use the library and second-hand bookshops as much as possible but if I’m looking for an obscure book, I often end up resorting to eBay. Because I read so much and so quickly I would end up with books everywhere in no time if I didn’t give them away when I’ve finished them. I donate books to charity shops, give them to friends or leave them in public spaces for anyone to pick them up. I also recently started bookcrossing. I really do judge people by their books so I thought it’d be fun for you to judge me by my book collection. The books on my shelves are of the following three categories.
Books that I haven’t read yet:
Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension by Michio Kaku – Michio is my favourite theoretical physicist.
The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking by Simon Singh – I have a slight obsession with codes.
Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life by Paul Ekman – I also have a slight obsession with reading people and understanding how people work.
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood – I adore Isherwood and I want to re-read this heartbreaking novel.
The Ipcress File by Len Deighton – I love the film from 1965 starring Michael Caine but I only recently found out that it was originally a book.Books that I keep referring to:
Tea and Cake London by Zena Alkayat - This is a brilliant guide to tea and cake places in London.
Colloquial Japanese H. D. B. Clarke and Motoko Hamamura – For learning Japanese.
Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community by Joy Deangdeelert Cho – All bloggers should have a copy of this book.
Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business by Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho – Because I freelance.
Craft, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Creative Hobby into a Successful Business by Mateo Ilasco – Because I sell my handmade things.
Fun with Fabric by Jane Foster – Who doesn’t love Jane Foster?
The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People by Carol Eikleberry – This is a fantastic book which helped me figure out exactly what I want to do for a living.
Custom Lettering of the 60s and 70s by Rian Hughes - It would be odd if I didn’t own this.
The Encyclopaedia of Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand – I’ve always been very fascinated with urban legends.
The Art of French Baking by Ginette Mathiot – I’m working on mastering the art of French baking.
The Cinema Book: 2nd Edition edited by Pam Cook and Micke Bernick – My film encyclopaedia of choice.
Joy Division by Kevin Cummins – One of the best purchases I’ve ever made.
Molecules of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic Cases by John Emsley – You probably know by now that I have a morbid streak.
Books that have sentimental value:
Roald Dahl: Collected Stories – I grew up reading his short stories for adults but I didn’t read his children’s books until I was a teenager.
Now You’re One of Us by Asa Nonami – This book will haunt me forever. It’s fantastic.
The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde - I grew up reading his works.
Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edogawa Rampo – Japan’s Edgar Allan Poe, hence the name. I wish I had discovered him earlier.
I Am a Cat by Sōseki Natsume – Essential classic Japanese literature which I’m currently re-reading.
Strangers by Taichi Yamada – This is simply too good to let go of.
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis – My favourite contemporary novel. You can read more about my thoughts on it here.
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto – When I read this novel it mirrored my own life in a bizarre way so I can’t bear parting with it.
Touching From a Distance by Deborah Curtis – I adore Joy Division and Ian Curtis.
Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division by Peter Hook – I really do.
Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara – One of my favourite authors.
Autofiction by Hitomi Kanehara – She is brutal and full-on and absolutely amazing.
Psycho by Robert Bloch – One of the best novels ever written.
Apart from the three books that I’m currently reading, those are all of my books. Not bad for someone who used to have book shelves, cupboards and storage space full of books.
How about you? Do you judge people by their books?