I recently re-organised my main bookshelf after falling in love with other blogger’s pictures, so I decided to show them off by stealing this bookshelf tag from Evi and Nirvana!

Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from.
My bookshelves have steadily been increasing in number. Only one contains books I actually read. The other two are for old books and/or books that are too old to belong to me. As for my bookshelf? Oh, go away, you. It was from Ikea.

How do you organise my books?
One bookshelf is for picture books and the discarded books of my childhood. Mwahahaha. Another is for all those Beatrix Potters, various other hand-me-downs, books left behind and general odds and ends. The one that I actually re-organised is mainly YA with some picture books on the bottom because I’m lazy!

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The top shelf is longer series and collections. Then I just sort of did it by colour, attempting to keep authors together (thank goodness my Rainbow Rowell books are cohesive). A couple of the shelves are too short, so taller books and leftovers are on the bottom shelf in alphabetical order. I debated doing alphabet for the whole thing, but eventually visuals won out over practicality. I think that demonstrates what sort of person I am. XD Now, ladies and gentlemen, for the books themselves!

What’s the longest book on your shelf?

the rebellion
That’d be The Rebellion, an omnibus of Isobelle Carmody’s Ashling and The Keeping Place. It’s just over 1000 pages long. (Phew, can you believe 10 year old me read this?)

What’s the shortest book on your shelf?
the magic finger
Okay, I’m not going to count picture books here because I don’t have nearly enough patience to go through them all. But the shortest actual book is The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl, at 56 pages.

Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?
i'll give you the sun
HELL YES THERE IS. I was given I’ll Give You the Sun by my friend for my last birthday, and WILL YOU LOOK AT THE COVER MY GOSH.

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?
looking for alaska
My friend went to New York and I was super super jealous because have you seen the bookshops there. As such, I made him buy me this 10th anniversary woefully-not-available-in-the-UK-edition (bleurgh, the UK one is NOT nice) and lug it back for me. I mean, I had to pay, but still. Any opportunity to take photos of it, 😉

The most expensive book on your shelf?
once and future king
A Folio Society edition of The Once and Future King by T.H. White that I believe I stole from my grandparents. The internet tells me it sells for £40. *wipes sweat from brow*

The last book you read on your shelf?
aristotle and dante
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I liked it a lot. ^.^

Do you have a complete series?
warrior cats
I suck at completing series. I’m such a scrimp that I couldn’t be bothered to buy Harry Potter because, well…it’s in every library. It just seemed a waste. I only recently added (a lovely new copy of) The Prisoner of Azkaban to my Philospher’s Stone and Deathly Hallows.
For so far completed series, I’ve got all the Eragon books (Inheritance is on Kindle). Wow, it’s been a super long time since I’ve read these, but I do like their covers. I’m also rather proud of my Warrior Cats collection. They get churned out so fast that was a pretty big effort.

What’s the newest addition to your shelf?
I saw Laura Dockrill talk at YALC so when I popped up to Waterstones with a voucher, I headed straight for this one. (I haven’t read it yet, but hopefully it will be good!)

The oldest book on your shelf?
tenant of wildfell hall
This copy was my mum’s, dated 1979. She was a massive classics fiend in her teenage years! She had a habit of laminating her favourite books so this one been kept in pretty good condition.

What’s a book you’d hate to let out of your sight? (A.K.A. No one is touching it. Ever.)
fangirl inside cover
My special (US, not UK *flourishes dramatically) edition of Fangirl. This is the one in special colours, with a BOOKMARK and FANAAART and a CARRY ON EXCERPT.
Yeah, no one is getting hold of Simon and Baz. EVER.

Most beat up book?
across the nightingale floor
Probably Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn. I’m never taking another book to the beach again.
Most pristine book?
Probably Lorali again, but My True Love Gave to Me is a close contester. I bought this after I read it on Kindle so it’s in pretty damn good condition, if I do say so myself. 😉

A book that doesn’t belong to you?
man in the picture
I stole The Man in the Picture from my school book club. [hashtag]sorrynotsorry (I’ve actually got quite a few stolen books on my bookshelf, it seems. Oops. I mean, most of them were unintentional…?)

A book that is your favourite colour?
Will you murder me if I say I don’t have a favourite colour? I do love both The Illusionists and The Mourning Emporium, though. (The Undrowned Child is also lovely, but my copy seems to have gone walkabout so The Mourning Emporium it is.)

A book that’s been on your shelf the longest and you still haven’t read it?
People still look shocked when I say that I haven’t read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. I deeply apologise. Younger me had a thing against popular books. The thing is, I don’t really want to read it now… *shakes head* SUCH DILEMMAS WE FACE.

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read?
This is a difficult one since – though I hate to say it – I wasn’t actually born with my nose in a book, but according to my parents it was I Love You, Blue Kangaroo. God, this book is the cutest thing ever. I LOVE IT.

How do you organise your bookshelves? What books have you bought recently? Read any of the ones I’ve mentioned?


12 thoughts on “Bookshelving

  1. okay I’m sorry but that shelf is just GORGEOUS. High five for doing them by colour! XD I used to sort mine the EXACT same way – with all the middle grade and childhood ones stashes away on another shelf while I proudly showcased all the YA ones. I had to change that sorting by colour though eek.

    WELL DON’T THE INHERITANCE BOOKS LOOK LOVELY. The feeling where you have an entire series and OWN them and they’re all the same edition and spine size and for a moment all is right with the world. Just perfection XD And ooh, what did you think of Lorali?

    1. Thank you so much! *high fives* COLOUR AND RAINBOW GRADIENTS ALWAYS. Leaving all my MG books on the other shelves is probably just prolonging the pain. I was thinking of boxing them all up, though? THIS IS THE NEXT THING THAT HAS TO BE SOLVED.
      Oh gosh yes, the world aligns when you have all the right editions and books. I feel so mixed about Lorali – the style took a while to get used to, and it just all felt a bit detached but yeah, I enjoyed it! I mean, more mermaid-ing would have been nice but there you go. 😛

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