What Books Made It Onto My Apartment Shelf?

Hey, hi, hello! It’s been a while (again). Who would’ve thought law school would be such a time suck? (*insert eye roll here*)

As I mentioned way back in July, I moved to a new city to start law school (which ended up being entirely online, but I’m glad I’m here anyways.) A necessary consequence of this is that I have limited shelf space (read: one small shelf that needs to hold other things, like law books), and I left a great many books at my parents’ house. While said house isn’t too far away, I wanted to be sure I was maximizing space and acknowledging that I probably wouldn’t have too much spare time to read (I was right.) So the tough question became: what to bring?

My initial move-in involved only about 5. I was then home the next week and decided I could fit quite a few more, so I brought some more with me which put me at just 12 (although I have since added a couple). Now that it’s been a couple months, I thought I would share what I have with me and why!

The Qualifications

  • For the most part, I stuck with books I haven’t read yet. If I was gonna take up space in my small apartment/room, it was gonna be with things I haven’t gotten to yet, perhaps as incentive to actually read them (no dice on that).
  • For similar reasons, I tried to pick longer books, so that the books I had would last me longer (and last they have, since I haven’t picked up a single one.)
  • I also tried to mix up my genres to give me more options when I was ready to read them, although this wasn’t a really prevalent factor when it came down to my final decisions.
  • Instead, I tried to emphasize books I felt genuinely excited about. There are a few that don’t quite meet that mark and ones that didn’t make the cut that I am definitely excited about, but this was a time to be picky.

So what made it? Let’s find out.

The Books

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

I have been meaning to read this book since it came out, and I impulsively bought it during a polar vortex that cancelled classes, thinking that would give me time to at least start it (nope.) It fit the big book, excitement, and unread qualifications, so it’s here!

Dark Age by Pierce Brown

The real draw on this one is the size. This is not a small book, and that is what I wanted. I also love the Red Rising series and am kind of appalled that I haven’t picked this one up yet, hence it’s presence.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I remember that this one almost didn’t make it. I think this was part of the second round of books that I brought, and I’m still a little unsure if it belongs. It’s not terribly long and, while I’m not necessarily excited by it the way I am the first two, I am intrigued.

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

Long? Check. Unread? Check. Excited? Definitely check. I feel like it’s kinda criminal that I haven’t read this yet, but alas.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

This was a gift from a friend who read it and recommended it to everyone who asked (and those who didn’t). I am definitely very interested, although apprehensive, because said friend told me she sobbed (and she’s not really one for crying at books). Still, I trust her judgment, it’s long and I haven’t read it. It’ll definitely be what I pick up when I want something realistic.

The Buffalo Creek Disaster by Gerald M. Stern

This one does not fit ANY of the qualifications: I’ve read it, it’s short, and I am not likely to read it again. However, it was recommended reading for law school, so while I don’t anticipate needing it for anything/any classes, I thought it would nonetheless be good to have.

The Secret Life of the American Musical by Jack Viertel

This was a gift from my best friend a couple of years ago, and I picked it up shortly after she gave it to me. I read a few chapters and have not touched it since. I was hoping that since I’ve started it already and it’s been such a long time since I started it that I would be inclined to finally finish it. It’s also non-fiction, which switches up the genres available to me at any given moment.

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

I truly find it hard to believe that I haven’t read this yet, since we all (hopefully) know how much I love V.E. Schwab (if you didn’t, I’m gonna say it again: I LOVE V.E. SCHWAB). I really want to, and it may end up being the next thing I pick up. It’s not very long, but I will admit that I was thinking ahead and thought this would be a good book to both read and use for photos for autumn, so here we are.

Personal History by Katharine Graham

This one is a little bit of an odd one out. I picked it up a couple of years ago at a used bookstore shortly after the movie The Post came out (which I have in fact not seen) and decided I was really interested in Katharine Graham and her life, so I picked up her memoir. It meets three of my four requirements: I haven’t read it, it’s long, and it varies my genres. I think I really picked it for length, though.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This is one of the three books I have with me that I have read. I really just cannot imagine being somewhere without access to this book. I was hoping to have a chance to reread it during autumn, but it doesn’t seem likely. Still, like I said, I just have to have access to this book at any given time.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

See above. Again, I just never want to be anywhere without this book nearby.

The Additions

Like I said before, there were a couple of books that I got later on, so they’re technically on my shelf, although they weren’t really decisions of what to bring, just ones I bought here in the city.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

There’s a bit of a story with this one: I was in the middle of reading this (quite literally, actually: I was on page 241 out of 492) via e-book from my library when my loan expired. Rather than wait for it to become available (which would’ve been months), I made a note of what chapter I was on and went out of my way to pick up my own copy. I haven’t picked it up since (although I think I’m going to after I’m done writing this!), but I’m still happy I got it. I love it so far, and Erin Morgenstern is such an amazing writer that I really didn’t expect anything less.

Beethoven: The Universal Composer by Edmund Morris

So, this one was a little bit of a joke. I picked it up at a used bookstore at the same time I got The Starless Sea. I always look at the music books, especially the composer biographies, when I go to a used bookstore to see if there’s an especially fun one or one for a favorite of mine. Usually I’m not that lucky or the ones they do have seen too boring, but this one is short and seems like fun, so I went for it. I’m actually really eager to take a look at it.

So that’s it! Those are all of the physical books I have with me at the moment! I have access to plenty more via Kindle, but it turns out that that hasn’t really mattered since I’m so busy all the time with my brain fried from law school. Still, I’m really happy I have them, because sometimes just seeing them makes me happy. I figure once the semester is over and I have a month or so with no work I can really dive into these, since I’ll have nothing else to do.

When you’re moving or leaving for school, how do/did you decide what books you should bring? How do you make the most of limited space?

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