Bookshelf Tour pt. 9: Science Fiction and Fantasy: The Return of the Mass-Market Paperbacks

This is the final installment of the bookshelf tour! Today, you’ll see the bottom shelf of my big 5-shelf bookcase that holds the classics and most of my SFF collection. The books on this shelf are primarily mass-market paperbacks that are double-shelved so they don’t take up all the space on the rest of the shelves. Because that’s how my aesthetic rolls.

The books are listed left to right, top to bottom.

Fifth b

The wolf toy comes from the Burnside Lodge near Ely, Minnesota. My friend J’s parents invited me to come to stay at the rented cabin with them, J and his wife S (who is also a friend of mine. I introduced the two of them back in college), and J’s brother for a week in 2012. We had gone to see the International Wolf Center, where I spent a couple of happy hours just watching the wolves play. J’s mom bought the little toy wolf for me when we went to breakfast at the Lodge a few days later. I think it’s the softest stuffed animal I’ve ever seen.

Fifth a

  • Cordelia’s Honor (The Vorkosigan Saga, chronological order #1 and 2) by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • The Borders of Infinity (The Vorkosigan Saga, chronological order #5.3) by Lois McMaster Bujold)
  • The Vor Game (The Vorkosigan Saga, chronological order #6) by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Cetaganda (The Vorkosigan Saga, chronological order #9) by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Brothers in Arms (The Vorkosigan Saga, chronological order #5) by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Mirror Dance (The Vorkosigan Saga, chronological order #8) by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Komarr (The Vorkosigan Saga, chronological order #11) by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • A Civil Campaign (The Vorkosigan Saga, chronological order #12) by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Diplomatic Immunity (The Vorkosigan Saga, chronological order #13) by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance (The Vorkosigan Saga, chronological order #14) by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Cryoburn (The Vorkosigan Saga, chronological order #15) by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy #1) by C.S. Friedman (unread)
  • Storm Warning (Mage Storms Trilogy #1) by Mercedes Lackey
  • Storm Rising (Mage Storms Trilogy #2) by Mercedes Lackey
  • Storm Breaking (Mage Storms Trilogy #2) by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Mirror Empire (Worldbreaker Saga #1) by Kameron Hurley (unread)
  • The Queen of Blood (Queens of Renthia #1) by Sarah Beth Durst (unread)
  • The Reluctant Queen (Queens of Renthia #2) by Sarah Beth Durst (unread)



And that’s the end of the bookshelf tour (for now). The shelves have changed a bit since I took the photos, as I’m unhauling a bunch of books, and have bought a bunch more, including several history books and most of The Chronicles of Narnia series (thanks, used bookstore!).

Maybe I’ll do another bookshelf tour in the future, but not anytime soon. These things take a lot of time to put together! I hope you enjoyed these posts, and I really hope they help you find new books to try.

15 thoughts on “Bookshelf Tour pt. 9: Science Fiction and Fantasy: The Return of the Mass-Market Paperbacks

  1. I prefer mass market paperback, so that’s probably 80% of my shelves. At a glance, I see the first Sun Sword books, the first 5 Vorkosigan Saga books, and the 3rd Magister Trilogy book, all unread.

    I loved Hurley’s Worldbreaker Saga (HUGE fan), and I thought the first 2 Queens of Renthia were fantastic but was really disappointed in the 3rd.

  2. More great looking books here, quite a few new to me. I’d love to start The Vorkosigan Saga one day, and I’ve always wanted to try C.S. Friedman. What did you think of books 2 and 3 of the Dune series? I’ve not yet read beyond the first book, though I thoroughly enjoyed it. And I just recently pulled out The Power of Myth, hoping to read it soon. I never did see the tv series.

  3. They to manage to collect! I don’t really like mass-markets just because they’re such bricks, but sometimes– and especially at the used bookstores– that’s all you can find of certain things.

  4. Sounds like time for a bookhaul post next, lol!
    I enjoyed touring your shelves 🙂 Thanks for sharing them with us.
    I love the spines of the Dune books. They’ve been recommended to me several times.

  5. I may have to do a book haul! *lol* Glad you enjoyed the series!

    The new covers for the Dune series are pretty fantastic. The first book is definitely the most popular because of its grandeur. The later books are weird. Good (at least two and three, which are the ones I’ve read), but weird.

  6. Yay! I love seeing the mass-market paperbacks show up. I prefer hardcover books, but there’s something so wonderful about mass-market paperbacks. I have TONS of them.

    Would you consider these authors some of your favorites? You have so many books by some of these authors… but they are also very prolific and have quite long series.

  7. I used to love mass-markets more than I do now. It just seems like they fall apart so easily these days! Like when I bought the Mage Storms trilogy, I opened the third book (brand new!) and the first few pages tried to fall out!

    Lois McMaster Bujold is definitely one of my favorite authors! I love most of what I’ve read of hers. The characters are so engaging! I haven’t read anything by Michelle West. I picked up the entire Sun Sword series at the used bookstore, because why not? If I love it, I have the whole thing ready to go, and if I don’t, I’m not out very much money. And I just realized I didn’t list Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising Sequence. D’oh! I’ll have to add that in. I picked that series up at the used bookstore, too, because I remember liking it so much when I was a kid. I had planned to read the rest of the Dune Chronicles last summer, so I got that whole mass-market set at Barnes and Noble, and then I ended up only getting through the second one, though I’d read up to the third one in high school or college. I want to finish the series one of these days, and the new designs for the mass markets are so well done, I couldn’t resist them!

  8. UGH. It’s the absolute WORST when a brand-new book comes like that. Did you return it, or just huff and keep it? I probably would have done the latter. XD

    When a series is republished in mass-market paperbacks they often have amazing covers. I am a sucker for a matched set, too. I love the 1986 Simon & Schuster The Dark is Rising sequence covers. I’m constantly hunting for them at used book stores.

    I surely own quite a few book series I haven’t read because I had a moment of weakness at a used book store. I’m sure I’ll read them all someday… probably… maybe…

  9. It was the copy I bought after I won your ‘Reading Valdemar’ drawing last year, so I got it through Book Depository (I didn’t realize I was getting the mass market paperbacks. Oops!), and I didn’t want to bother with returning it. If I haven’t already put a bit of glue in to stick the pages back in, I’ll do it the next time I pull the book out.

  10. I was quietly excited to find a complete set of the Scholastic paperback edition at the used bookstore. I think I got them all for $3 each. A steal! Now I need to find the Chronicles of Prydain and His Dark Materials in a complete set, and then reread those…

    I’m pretty good about not picking up the entire series at the used bookstore. It’s standalones that I have a weakness for when I’m there!

  11. Don’t worry about it! I have glue meant for books! One of my librarian friends recommended it when I asked her how to fix book bindings. I wouldn’t have gotten anything BUT Valdemar books with that money! 🙂

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