Hello and welcome to my first ever bookshelf tour! I’ve wanted to do this post for a while now but I never actually had time to put it all together – up until now. So here we are My bookcase is quite small – well, in the sense that I don’t have a separate library or even several other bookcases- so I’m not going to do a video, BUT: I tried to take HQ photos so that if anyone’s looking for a new read, you can just click on the photos and zoom in.
◄ As you can see, my bookshelves are…. crazy. The whole thing is a mess but I’m running out of space so believe me, it’s only going to get worse from now on! The top of the bookcase is full of perfumes/ perfume bottles, gifts and that sort of thing – sorry for the mess!
As for the books: I organise them (apart from ARCs and dictionaries) in alphabetical order of the authors’ surnames. I kept thinking about it a lot before I decided to re-organise my books: I know there are lots of people who organise their books by colour, by genre or in any other way but for me, this one seemed the easiest.
Let’s take a closer look, starting with the very top:
◄ This is my Agatha Christie collection. There are – as of June 2012 – 26 books in there, I think, and the 27th book is on its way. They’re mostly from the signature collection by Harper Collins but some of them are from various second-hand shops in London. I do prefer the signature edition (with a slightly larger font size they’re easier to read than the older copies and the covers look much better) but I’m not fussed even if my books don’t match.
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► Moving down, we arrive at the middle shelf: The left hand side of this shelf functions as a middleman because this is where review copies go as soon as I get them. Then, when I finish them, I put them in their proper place, according to the alphabetical order. The idea is that this is the only way I won’t forget about them. I think Hannah from Once Upon a Time was the one who said I need to get a separate box for my review copies but I keep forgetting it! It would be really nice to have a separate place for my ARCs so this box idea is definitely something to consider!
◄ Still on the middle shelf, there’s my women’s fiction collection. Actually, with the exception of a random Stephen King book and Charles MacLean’s The Watcher, most of my women’s lit books are here. Odd! The humble ‘collection’ consist of 9 Marian Keyes, 8 Sophie Kinsella and about 4 Rosamunde Pilcher books. (plus a few others that I still need to pick up) Apart from the Agatha Christie collection, these are definitely the books I adore the most.
► The bottom shelf is where I currently keep the new arrivals. Since I ran out of space about a month ago, I’ve no choice but to double stack my shelves. I don’t like the idea at all because I can’t see which books are hiding in the background but what can I do? So anyway, the new arrivals have landed here on the bottom shelf and will remain here until I figure out how to solve the “no room left” issue.
◄ And last but not least, the bottom right corner: some of my Hungarian books. Even though I stopped reading in Hungarian about 6-7 years ago, I didn’t have the heart to take these books to the basement or even worse, to give them away. They were all part of my teens and I know how much I loved them at the time so they’re not going anywhere – not now, anyway. On top of the Harry Potter series, there are some books I need for uni and two of the Agatha Christie books I have two copies of.
And this is it! Most of it looks really messy so I’ll have to figure out where to put the new arrivals or how to stack my shelves so that everything fits as soon as possible. I stumbled upon Trish’s post about double stacked shelves the other day and I absolutely LOVE this idea: click here to see her post. My problem with double stacked shelves is that as soon as I put something in the back row, I totally forget about it. So if I decide to re-organise the whole bookcase, this will probably be the way forward.
Do you guys have any shelf-organising tips?
I hope you enjoyed the bookshelf tour – thanks for stopping by!