Bookshelf Tour, pt. 7: Science Fiction and Fantasy: The Fellowship of the Books

Now we come to it. My favorite genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy.

There are four shelves of SFF books, with the bottom one being double-shelved thanks to the size and quantity of the mass-market paperbacks. The graphic novels are together, and everything is (mostly) arranged alphabetically by author. I’ll go through just the top shelf in this installment, the next two shelves in the second post, and the bottom (double-shelved) shelf in the third. Because SFF is known for its abundance of trilogies.

So it’s off to faerieland!



The articulated hand model was a gift I received in college when I was drawing all the time and having difficulty drawing hands (because hands are super difficult to draw). It now holds the rings I wear on most days.

On the thumb, the top ring is a Nordic beast I bought at a Society for Creative Anachronism event years ago. I wear it daily. The bottom ring is another one I bought at an SCA event. I used to wear it every day, but the band is getting thin so I only wear it for special occasions now.

The green ring is one I commissioned from a friend, who is a jeweler. She and I went to the annual gem show, where I bought two green stones. The design was based on Art Nouveau jewelry.

During my junior year of college, my painting instructor took us to a nearby gallery where a group of Buddhist monks had been invited to make a sand painting across a week, after which they destroyed it. The mandala they created was beautiful, but their incredible focus was even more impressive, as they bent over it for hours on end to spread colorful grains of sand to create a complex design they fully intended to dismantle. There was a slightly commercial element to it, as one of the monks manned a sale table to raise money for their monastery in India. I bought a little garnet ring, which I’ve worn nearly every day since then.

The last ring is another one I commissioned from my jeweler friend. It’s a psilomelane, which I chose because I wanted something with space in mind, and that stone appealed to me more than the sparkly ones she showed me. It, too, has Art Nouveau elements.


So that’s the top shelf of my SFF collection. Aside from the Tolkien books, these are my favorites. Unless there’s a cat in my face, these are the first things I see when I wake up in the morning. It’s a great way to wake up.

5 thoughts on “Bookshelf Tour, pt. 7: Science Fiction and Fantasy: The Fellowship of the Books

  1. The fantasy shelf 😀 So happy to see it! It reminds me to continue with the World of Five Gods series. The Curse of Chalion is one of my favorite fantasy novels.
    Not that I’m any good at drawing people or even animals, but I always struggle with feet. I never get they right; the proportion to the rest of the body is always off.

  2. I love The Curse of Chalion! I wish more people would read it!

    Feet are super difficult, too. They seem to have such a basic shape, but they’re actually really weird– all curves and weird flexing where you imagine they’d be a couple of odd trapezoids.

  3. You have 3 books here that keep moving their way up my list of books to read: The Bear and the Nightingale, The Curse of Chalion, and perhaps the oldest, Something Wicked This Way Comes. I just recently finished reading The Illustrated Man. I absolutely love Bradbury’s writing, and I haven’t read nearly enough of it. Great collection!

  4. Ahh, I feel so much better knowing I’ve read most of the books on your favorite shelf. 🙂 I haven’t read Bujold yet, but she’s on my TBR. I will probably be reading a lot more fantasy this summer than usual, so I am hopeful I’ll get to her works sooner rather than later.

    I wish I could expand the photo some! I’d love to see the rings in more detail. How neat!

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