Bookshelf Tour – 2012 Edition

Bookshelf tourHello 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:

Agatha Christie collectionThis 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.

(click on the photo to enlarge)


Review copies 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!

Women's Lit collectionStill 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.

New Arrivals

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.

Hungarian collectionAnd 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! :)


  1. says

    Oooh. Good bookshelf and good books! Hehe. I was being so nosy! So sue me! :p

    Also, I love the idea of a second higher shelf but am sad because it wouldn’t work on my small bookshelf! I think, really, I need a new one but there’s no space so for now, all the extra books I get are going on my bedside table, eeeek!!

    Organising wise though, by height is what I do. Otherwise I get irritated because it looks haphazard and out of place. And, as I can’t raise the books at the back, I put the ones I’ve read recently back there as it’s okay to forget about them for a while :-)

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  2. says

    I don’t believe that was me! My review copies are on their own little shelf… and double stacked now. >.> I caved this week and started double stacking again. If I put them in a box I’d forget about them! I do use boxes, though, but only for overflow, not books I want to get to soon.

    Also, you need more chick lit, girly!
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  3. says

    Ahh I’m jealous that you have a proper bookcase at all! ;) All I have right now is two little shelves in my bedroom… many of my books have ended up in boxes in the garage, it’s rather sad! Otherwise they’re just littered around the house wherever I have space :P Also love the covers for Harry Potter that you have!
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  4. says

    Wow, I would go crazy if I had that bookshelf lol. I am really OCD and very organised so I would not dare double stack my shelves or pile them like that. I was running out of space a few months ago so I got a new bookshelf and a little 3 cube thing for my wall. In the 3 cubes on my wall I have my TBR books. On my new bookshelf (which is HUGE) I keep all my adult books. On my old, average size shelf I keep my HP collection (I have the original editions and adult editions plus a film wizardry book and some other collector things), my Jacqueline Wilson collection (I still collect those books from when I was a child even though I don’t read them anymore) and my YA fiction. My YA fiction and my adult fiction is in alphabetical order and my Jacqueline Wilson books are in order of colour.

    You have a lot of Agatha Christie books… I have only a few but I am starting to collect them. I have many Stephen King books though, I love him!

    I’d recommend keeping your ARC books in a small little shelving unit if you can afford one. They’re really cheap: €10-€20 here. Or just get a box, that would work too.
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  5. says

    Well first off I do my books by size, too ocd to do it otherwise. (And with my bookcase)it has those beautiful round holes along the side so you can move the shelves around. I just put in new shelves as they are needed, especially with the paperback shelves as there is all that extra space of top. Simple trip to the home improvement shop, they carry the extra pegs and shelves. Just something to think about.

  6. says

    I see some great titles there! (The immortal rules <3) I have the same thing now: I have noooo space at all. I'm in love with my book case <3 I have a little stair, so I can reach the top of it and everything is in a special order: every bookcase has his own genre and there I have everything on alphabetical order :p
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  7. says

    My books are organized by genre, thrillers on one side, chick lit on other and so on. Books that I haven’t read yet are on a different shelf. My Kindle saved me a lot of space. But book is a book, made of paper. I noticed that some of the books at your place and mine are same. Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot, Agatha Christie. Great shelves, I mean great choice of books.
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  8. says

    Interesting system! This is such a fun idea for a post, I might have to do one sometime! Maybe after I tidy my room a bit… -_-

    I ran out of room in my bedroom as well, but I am currently living with my parents, so I waited for them to go out one day and took over a couple shelves in my brother’s old room which is now my dad’s office, and also a couple of bookcases in our hallway and foyer. And in a closet in the hallway. lol

    Can you get some cheap shelves at a home improvement shop to put up on your walls? You know, the really simple kind with simple brackets to hold them up. Otherwise, there is always the tacky but effective planks-of-wood-on-cinder-blocks method.

    If you have an old chest-of-drawers or dresser you aren’t using, maybe you could repurpose it as a bookcase. Take the drawers out and put in flat boards instead for shelves. I have never seen this done, but I assume someone handy might be able to make something like that work.
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  9. says

    My bookcase isn’t too much bigger than yours, I had to pack away a bunch of books because I had a row in front of another on my shelves (and because I’m moving at some point). There were a lot of cookbooks and magazines too though lol. I don’t really have any organizing tips,you seem to have yours pretty organized for the space you have :)
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  10. says

    What fun! I enjoyed looking over your shelves. I wish I had some great solution to help you organize your books- but I don’t. Other than putting up one shelf that you mount to the wall with the books you need to review. It might give you a little more space for books.
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  11. says

    I have triple-stacked shelves T^T I always forget what books are at the very back row… It gives me a surprise whenever I dig them out annually…

    Lovely post! Maybe I will try to do that soon, but two-thirds of my books will be hidden :O

  12. says

    I was wondering how other people stack their books. The other day I was moving some books across to a shelf that I freed up (Which is already full of books now…) and I suddenly had no idea how to stack the books! I ended up going by series then by size of the books. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a library room?! :o
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  13. says

    Hi! Thanks for the link love in this post. The thing about the raised double stacked shelves is that you can see the books in the second row!! They’re still a little tough to get to but not as tough as if they weren’t raised at all.

    Fun post–you’ve got some great shelves to work with! ;)
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    • says

      Oh, hi Trish! You’re welcome :) I’m so glad I found your post, it helped me an awful lot. I mentioned this whole raised shelf idea to my dad the other day and we decided to reorganise the whole bookcase :) So now I have a pretty and clean double-stacked shelf as well!

      It’s a bit difficult to get to the back row but at least we can see what’s in there, right? :) It’s such a great idea.

      • says

        Thanks for sharing the picture–it looks GORGEOUS!!! I’m glad that the idea worked for you. Agreed that they’re tough to get to but it helps seeing what you have. So awesome!
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  14. says

    I keep meaning to post pictures of my bookshelves, and I never seem to get around to it! So thanks for the inspiration. :)

    I can’t organise my books by author or anything like that, because it would require too much moving around whenever I add books. Plus, some of my shelves are short so they can only fit small paperbacks. So what I do is this: books are vaguely sorted by genre sometimes, but the only important thing is that all books in a series are together, and all books by an author are together. Also, recently, I’ve started moving books around so that one book case is all books I haven’t read yet. Then I have some shelves of all books that I have read, and some for series that I’ve read part of. I like this because when I go looking for something to read, it makes it more efficient. (Though, I guess I usually do that on Goodreads anyway. I’m just a bit OCD.) :)
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  15. says

    You have quite a bit of wasted space because you have high shelves. You may be able to get more on there is you stacked them on top of each other in several piles along your self (the way you have the Hungarian Meg Cabot and Harry Potter Books). That way you could still see the titles and utilize the height of all your shelves. It’s not as organized, because you have to do it more based on size for it to REALLY maximize the space, but you would get a lot more books in that way!
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    • says

      Yes, I know. The only reason why I didn’t stack my shelves like that is that it looks less organised. BUT I re-organised my entire bookcase a few weeks ago (there’s a raised back row on each shelf) and it looks fantastic. :)

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