Know Thy Shelf | 01

Hi, folks!

This is the first of a series of posts documenting my bookshelves. I thought it would be interesting to create a meme/tag for it, so I am calling this series/meme/tag #knowthyshelf:

1) Book from this shelf I would save in an emergency:
  • Obra Poética, by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (2010) – She is one of my favourite Portuguese poets, and these are her collected works. You can read some of her poems in translation here.
2) Book that has been in this shelf for the longest time:
  • Eliza Eliza: Erzählungen, by Ilse Aichinger (2004) – I think I bought this book in 2007…
3) Newest addition to this shelf
  • Ara, by Ana Luísa Amaral (2013) – I bought this in Lisbon in the summer of 2017
4) Book from this shelf I am most excited to read or reread
  • Bricks and Mortar, by Helen Ashton (1932)
  • Briefwechsel, the correspondence between Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salomé (1985)
5) Any poetry books?
  • Gedichte, by Rose Ausländer (2015);
  • Obra Poética, by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (2010);
  • Calling a Wolf a Wolf, by Kaveh Akbar (2017);
  • Anna Akhmatova: Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets (2006);
  • Pequenos Afazeres Domésticos, by Lilian Aquino (2011)
6) Any nonfiction books?
  • Es ist ein Aschensommer in der Welt: Rose Ausländer – Biographie, by Cilly Helfrich (1995)
7) Most read author in this shelf:
And now a question for you:
8) What does this shelf tell YOU about ME as a reader?

Last but not least: feel free to do this tag! I’d love to peruse your bookshelves 🙂

Yours truly,


‘The Violet’s Message’ (1854), by John Everett Millais

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