Book Shelf Tour Part One

I haven’t finished unpacking yet, but the books I have found and scanned in to Goodreads so far total 865 unread books on my physical TBR. I have two tall book shelves, two smaller bookshelves, and a few floating shelves on the other side of the room that also have books. My shelves are still totally disorganized, they are double stacked, overflowing, and there are even some still in piles on the floor in front of the shelves.This is part of my two big bookshelves. 

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I don’t know where anything is and I likely won’t get these organized for a while longer because I’m still working on unpacking other rooms that are technically more important. 

Today I have taken a stack of 10 books from one of the piles on the floor. I’ll show the cover and description from Goodreads. I haven’t read any of these books yet, so I can’t really offer an opinion on them. But I guess we’ll see an example of how eclectic my physical book shelves are. 

Kate’s Story by Christopher Leach

Life for Katie, has become a growing heartache. Experiencing the loneliness and depression of her mother’s unhappy remarriage…learning she’s an adopted child…searching desperately for her real parents. All these things have hardened Katie’s feelings toward people. Why can’t everyone just leave her alone?

Planet of the Dragons by Richard Brightfield

When your spaceship accidentally lands on Tambor, you discover that the inhabitants of this distant planet are being terrorized by fire-breathing dragons. In order to restore peace, you must vanquish the dragons once and for all–if you choose your actions correctly!

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner

Once upon a time, in the olden days, heavy-set middle-aged men would congregate in their elitist clubs, sit in over-stuffed leather chairs, smoke air-choking cigars, and pitch story ideas and plots to each other. Problem was, these stories, many of which found their way into the general social consciousness, reflected the way in which these men lived and saw their world: that is, the stories were sexist, discriminatory, unfair, culturally biased, and in general, demeaning to witches, animals, goblins, and fairies everywhere.

Finally, after centuries of these abusive tales, which have been handed down–unknowingly–from one male-biased generation to the next, James Finn Garner has taken it upon himself (that’s right, yet another man) to enlighten and liberate these classic bedtime stories and retell them in a way that is much more in keeping with the society in which we live today.

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, then is the fruit of Garner’s labors. We’d like to think that future generations of fairy-tale fans will see this as a worthy attempt to develop meaningful literature that is totally free from bias and purged from the influences of a flawed cultural past.

Once Upon a More Enlightened Time by James Finn Garner

Following the international best-seller Politically Correct Bedtime Stories comes Once Upon a More Enlightened Time, a new collection of nurturing and correct stories for pre-adults. These tales by James Finn Garner attempt to purge the cultural biases, sexism, lookism, speciesism, and other insidious -isms from the “classic” bedtime stories that have been handed down from one social power structure to another. A better world starts with better bedtime stories – and these stories made the New York Times best-seller list.

From the Little Mer-Persun protecting her unique evolutionary niche, to Hansel and Gretel becoming eco-terrorists to defend their forest home, these recast tales should inspire a new generation of right-thinking people to make the world a better place for persuns, non-persuns, animals, pixies, and talking mirrors of all backgrounds.

Politically Correct Holiday Stories by James Finn Garner

Whether your favorite holiday story is A Christmas CarolThe Story of Hanukkah, or ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, you’ll find it transformed to reflect current sensibilities in Politically Correct Holiday Stories. Injecting our popular holiday fables with a modern perspective is no easy task, but someone had to do it — and who better than the proven master of cultural sensitivity? James Finn Garner joyfully frees these holiday tales from sexism, ageism, religious imperialism, and every other sorry vestige of our flawed, low-consciousness past. So gather the family (whether traditional, dysfunctional, co-dependent, or otherwise) around the hearth, and read aloud these tales as they should have been told the first time.

Undressed by Jason Illian

In a world where Christians don’t know whether they’re dating, courting, hanging out, living together, or just having sex, Jason Illian exposes the naked truth about relationships.

No Longer a Slumdog by KP Yohannan

“He would lock me in a small room with the animals. Days turned into weeks, and my stomach would growl. He never gave me enough to eat,” said Nadish. “Weeks turned into months, and my body would ache. The work was hard, and there was never enough time to rest. Months turned into years, and I began to think that this would never end.”

But through a miraculous event, Nadish found his way back into the loving embrace of his mother. Dr. K.P. Yohannan’s book, No Longer a Slumdog, unveils the true-life accounts of many of South Asia’s children, like Nadish. The message hits hard. He speaks of “winds of change” and a powerful move of God.

The children’s stories tell of going from a life of heartache and poverty to finding joy, laughter and a bright future. Despite the affliction these children face, Yohannan shows us there’s opportunity for change as many find new life in God’s redeeming love.

No Longer a Slumdog inspires faith that a better tomorrow is truly possible.

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

When James stumbles and drops the bag containing “tiny magical green things”, he watches helplessly as all his lovely magic wriggles away into the earth underneath an old peach tree. Sadly he resigns himself to continued misery with his two wicked aunts . . . but then amazing things begin to happen.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre

The Barnes Noble Review: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which first appeared in 1974, is arguably Le Carré’s masterpiece and is surely one of the great spy novels of the 20th century. Loosely inspired by the career of Kim Philby, a Russian double agent who worked his way into the upper reaches of the British Secret Service, Tinker, Tailor tells the story of donnish, unprepossessing master spy George Smiley and his quest to identify the “mole” — the deep-penetration agent — who has turned Britain’s Intelligence Service (commonly known as the Circus) inside out.

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot

T. S. Eliot’s playful cat poems have delighted readers and cat lovers around the world ever since they were first published in 1939. They were originally composed for his godchildren, with Eliot posing as Old Possum himself, and later inspired the legendary musical Cats.

I certainly have eclectic shelves. Most of these books I have owned for longer than I can remember. At least eight years I would guess. I’m not sure how all three from one series happen to still be together after the move and all the craziness of the last eight years, but these are some of the books that happen to have not made it on to the shelves so far. Have you read any of these? Any you think I should read soon? 

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