M.K.’s Shelves

Last Updated: 21 March 2017

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The Bricklayer  by Noah Boyd – Book 1 of The Steve Vail Novels, a really good thriller that I’ve read before, but have to reread so I can read the next book:

Agent X by Noah Boyd – Book 2 of the Steve Vail Novels, Given to me a few years ago… I keep getting distracted.

The Twelfth Imam by Joel C. Rosenberg – A book my Grandmother, of all people, recommended to me… we’ll see how it goes.

The Ezekiel Option by Joel C. Rosenberg – Same as the last book.

The Broken Plate 2016 Edition – My friend picked this up for me, it’s Ball State’s Literary Journal that comes out every year… my friend was on the editing staff, she got class credit for it. I applied but was not accepted to this years and I graduate so will not be able to take the course.

Crab Orchard Review – 20 Years: Writing about 1995-2015 – This was given to me by a professor as an apology for taking almost an entire semester to get some comments on work I did for his class back to me. (I’d taken it the spring semester and he offered to give comments on the final portfolio in the Fall Semester to anyone who wanted… and then he had a Baby so it took a long time.)

Being A Dog by Alexandra Horowitz – A Non-Fiction Book my Aunt was given as a gift and is loaning to me.

Walking My Dog, Jane by Ned Rozell – Same as the previous

Island 731 by Jeremy Robinson – I won this for tweet of the week for #bsuenglish.

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Left to Right: Top row to Bottom Row:

1356 by Bernard Cornwell – This is a historical fiction novel. I wanted to try some new genres and I never really got into historical fiction as a kid so I asked my Grandpa, the history buff once a history teacher, to recommend and author he liked. He told me Bernard Cornwell was a good one so… here we are.

Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson – I can’t remember what this was about, but while I was searching Better World Books for my birthday gift books I came across this one and liked the sound of it… so here we are again.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – I had to read Between Shades of Gray for a YA Literature Class in my Spring 2016 Semester and I like the book enough to find something else by Ruta Sepetys to see if she might become an author I’ll watch in the future.

READ: 100% Recommend On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King – I’ve been told a thousand times to take a look at this book. It’s a used copy with highlights and other things in it and it’s a little beat up but I’m excited not just to see what a big shot like Stephen King has to say, but also to see what another writer found so important in this book that he/she felt like marking it.

Spellbound by Blake Charlton – The second book in a series that Barnes and Noble didn’t carry in store and I’ve been trying to find for a while. (What’s the point of a bookstore that doesn’t carry entire series and only does the first book or 2?!)

Wizardborn by David Farland – the third book in the Runelords Series – I love this series, the world, and the characters… I’m really excited to continue the series.

50 Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School by  Charles J. Sykes- a high school graduation gift from one of my favorite math teachers, I used to sit in his classroom for 30 min every day before school for one on one math help because I was having so many problems with math, but because he was willing to help I passed Pre-Calculus class with a hard-earned B.

12 Poets Alternate Edition – A Book of poems given to me by a professor that I haven’t gotten to reading yet.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – This has been recommended to me for years… so guess what I’m doing.. new author, new story… EXCITEMENT!!!

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – I read another book by this author in high school: The Kite Runner it was a beautifully written book and while there were parts that disturbed me, it was a god book. I loved almost every moment of it… so I bought this book by the same author and the next book in this list.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – See previous entry.

READ: 100% Recommend When True Night Falls by C.S. Friedman – book 2 of the Coldfire trilogy. The adventures of Warrior Priest, Reverand Damien Vryce and Gerald Tarrant continue on a new continent of Erna where they are faced with a greater enemy than they thought possible, and this isn’t even their true foe.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – This has been recommended by many people as a must read book. Ms. Angelou passed away a few years ago and I’ve never read any of her work, but I’m excited to start with her memoir.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – I know, how dare I have not read this. I’ve owned it since high school. It was on a summer reading list so I bought it early to read in class the year before… and then they changed the list and I was so frustrated they would do that to me that I never finished it.

In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien – I loved The Things They Carried, it was one of the best books I’ve ever read and I’m excited to try something else from Tim O’Brien!

Secrets of the Fire Sea by Stephen Hunt – Something new in my favorite Genre of Fantasy.

The Light of Burning Shadows by Chris Evans – The second book in a series that I’ve been looking for for a long time. Once again… Barnes and Noble did not carry it.

READ: 100% Recommend The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – recommended to me by several writing sites as a must read for all fantasy authors. Sounded interesting… so why not try…

READ: 100% Recommend A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin – Also recommended as something all fantasy authors should read.

Cross Roads by Wm. Paul Young – I wanted something new. This seems to be a loosely Christian Based novel with some post-apocalyptic themes… that or I read the summary way wrong… but new to me author… excited to read it.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell – Yeah, I know it’s a kids’ book, but I figured everything else I grabbed was pretty heavy stuff… why not pick up some light reading. Just because it has an age designation that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the story.

Added on: 21 March 2017 – Books From Ball State’s 2017 In Print Festival of First Books

READ I recommend, but be warned there is strong language. Karankawa by Iliana Rocha – a collection of poems about growing up a Hispanic woman, being a Hispanic woman in the world we live in, a family with many stories, and generally celebrating womanhood. This was required reading for my advanced poetry class this semester, it really is a good book.

The Broken Plate 2017 Edition – I’m still working on last year’s edition, haven’t actually started it. This year I submitted to this magazine and out of the 200 prose submissions mine was one of the top 10 they were considering according to a friend on the staff, unfortunately they did not choose to publish mine, but that’s still really encouraging to hear.

Small Enterprises by Mary Biddinger – Mary was our visiting editor this year and this is more like her 5th or 6th book, but it was for sale at In Print so I bought it. It’s a book of poetry, which isn’t typically my thing but I got to meet Mary in my poetry class and she was such an awesome person with an amazing personality I decided I had to check it out.

Where We Go When All We Were is Gone by Sequoia Nagamatsu – This is the first book by this author and I’ve read a few stories out of it. It is a collection of stories, but it is highly recommended. The author focuses on elements of Japanese folklore and pop-culture for his stories to create some really amazing alternate universes.

Vessels: A Love Story by Daniel Raeburn – Another first book from In Print. This is Dan’s memoir that he wrote after losing a child to stillbirth. It’s been recommended to me as an amazing read and I’m really excited to read it. I can’t wait.

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the magic strings of frankie presto by Mitch Albom – so in… February 2017?… I gave in to my urges in the bookstore and I bought a book I didn’t need. I really like Mitch Albom, he’s a great writer. This is the story of the life of a musician told from the perspective of music itself. I’m really excited to read this when I finally get the chance, but it’s at the bottom of my pile right now so we’ll see where that goes.


I’m sitting on my floor reorganizing my books and I realize I didn’t add this one. It’s an anthology I won in a raffle last semester. It has a lot of stories, including one by a professor I know, Cathy Day. It looks like it’s going to be a fun read!

For more information on M.K.’s reading habits and to see what she’s currently reading visit her Goodreads page.

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