Being book comrades in arms, we all understand the notion that not one of us is ever completely satisfied with the layout of our bookshelves. Sometimes we might reach the point where we are, but then a few more books come along and the layout is thrown into disarray.
Or at least, that’s what happened to me when I initially wrote this post.
I went into town for necessities (jeans, and shower gel from The Body Shop) and whilst I did come back with those, some Disney DVDs, journals, and books also got thrown into the mix. When I say books, I mean this particularly fabulous looking box set that I’ve heard so many great things about:
The Chronicles of Ixia Series by Maria V.Snyder.
Seriously, the great prices at The Works has a lot to answer for.
Relating this back to my initial point, I went to shelve it alphabetically and it ended up evicting quite a few other books in the process, namely Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, and And I Darken. What ought to have been the re-shuffling of one shelf so I could restore it to glory turned into a massive overhaul where nearly all of my books were on the floor and at least 90 percent of the shelves changed. Whilst it was a pain trying to get all the books back onto the shelves and into an order I was fine with, it actually helped me to unhaul quite a few books and place some others into boxes.
So what do my main shelves look like now?
As these photos are from afar, let’s go in for a close up of each shelf. They are primarily in genre and alphabetical order. However, sometimes I do forgo that when I have an irritatingly sized book like A Monster Calls because I like my shelves looking neat and orderly. In terms of alphabetisation, I move left to right across both bookcases.
Classics, poetry and crime fiction:
YA Contemporary and the start of all the fantasy!
If you’re looking for A Monster Calls, it has got slightly cut off on the left hand side. I’d blame the camera on my iPod but it was probably me!
The book on left of ACOTAR is A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke – no matter how I tried to edit the photo, it got cut off.
Also captured – the French editions of TMI, and Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge.
I also might as well include the fact that some books live in the gap between the bottom shelves and the floor – the ones here obviously being Mistborn, my French editions of the Twilight Saga, and The Inheritance Cycle. Hidden behind Twilight is the Divergent Trilogy.
Other books also live in the corner gap between these two bookcases. I’d list them here but if I did that, we’d be here all day!
Moving onto the final bookcase:
More crime fiction, and the beginning of the main fiction shelves
Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Memoir
History Non-Fiction and Language/Reference
Behind the ‘sister’ plaque (which I need to put up at some point), are my French editions of Harry Potter and a few more French fiction books.
And that is it. There are two other shelves that I use for books but I didn’t touch those. They’re mainly Disney/TV/Harry Potter coffee table books, my three Barnes & Noble Leather Bound classics (fairy tales and Aesop’s Fables) and some other general MG/YA fiction that my sister might fancy reading.
I’m actually happy with the way my main shelves look now. Although, in the course of writing up this post, I did add Magnus Bane and Simon Lewis to the main Shadowhunter shelf because I discovered there was space for them!! YAY!
I don’t think I’ll be doing another major re-shuffle for a while, so it’s a good job I’m satisfied with their look for the time being.
Anyway, that’s enough about my bookshelves.
If you can’t see some of the books on the photos and you want to know what they are (because my general lighting, camera and photo-editing skills are not the greatest), just ask in the comments!
Have you had to re-organise your shelves recently?
What’s your organisation system?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!