I forgot to write and schedule a post for today so I’m going to do a tag in the hope it fills the gap! I found the Bookshelf Tag on Kristina’s blog Books and Dachshunds and it looked like fun. Besides it has been a while since I showed off my bookshelves and I’ve accumulated a few more books so things have moved around a little.
Anyway, I don’t want to ramble so let’s just get into the tag!
HOW MANY BOOKSHELVES DO YOU HAVE?
I have three bookcases, and two other shelves on the side of my wardrobe that I use for books. I’ve also taken up one or two shelves on the family bookcase.
HOW MANY BOOKS ARE ON YOUR BOOKSHELVES? OR HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU HAVE?
I have no idea. Probably between 200-300.
HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR BOOKS?
Genre then alphabetisation. However my History Non-Fiction shelf is organised chronologically by time period.
WHAT IS THE OLDEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?
So I can interpret this in two ways – oldest as in publication date, or the first book I received/bought.
In terms of publication date, I think that would be Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. First book received/bought is The Chronicles of Narnia. I got the full box set as a child, and I’m pretty certain a few years before receiving Harry Potter!
WHAT IS THE NEWEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?
Again, a question that could be interpreted two ways.
Newest in terms of publication date is Toil and Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft.
Newest in terms of the book buying/receiving is Mythos by Stephen Fry, and Part of Your World: Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell which I bought earlier this afternoon!
WHAT IS THE LONGEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?
Surprisingly enough it is not a SJM book! The winner of the longest book award goes to The Order of Darkness by Philippa Gregory, but then it is a bind up of three books in a series.
WHAT IS THE SHORTEST BOOK YOU OWN?
I don’t really know if it counts as a book or not but I have this book/booklet thing called Home Guard Humour by Campbell McCutcheon. I discovered it on the hunt for a piece of history coursework at university and it contains a lot of cartoons and information about the Home Guard, which for those of you who don’t know, was the largest civilian army in England during the Second World War. The cartoons are very reminiscent of Dad’s Army, but it gives you an interesting insight into the Home Guard and how it was important to British morale and general protection of the Home Front at the time.
WHAT IS THE PREDOMINANT GENRE ON YOUR SHELF?
I have a mixture of genres but I’d be lying if the predominant genre wasn’t YA Fantasy.
HAVE YOU DONE A BOOKSHELF TOUR?
Yes. It was earlier this year and I’ll leave a link to that here.
GO ON A RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR AND TALK ABOUT THE BOOK THAT CORRESPONDS WITH THAT NUMBER
The number generator gave me #4 and the fourth book on the shelf I can see directly in front of me is Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. I’ve only read this once, around the age of 12 (I think). I hadn’t heard of it at the time but it was on a Summer reading list I’d been given by my English/Form teacher and I remember my mother buying quite a few of the books for me, including this one which I obviously read and I really liked it. I liked it that much I wrote a summary/review, made it artsy and gave it to my Yr 8 English teacher, who then included it in one of the classroom displays. I feel bad that I cannot remember exactly what happens though – just that a group of kids paddle on a boat to a remote island somewhere in the Lake District and have fun adventures. It is currently sat somewhere on the to re-read list and I have no idea when I’ll get around to it.
DO YOU HAVE FAN MERCHANDISE OR ANY OTHER DECORATIONS ON YOUR BOOKSHELF?
I have a few knick knacks scattered across my shelves, some of them Disney-related but most of them are on their own particular shelves.
SHOW US YOUR BOOKSHELF!
Left to right – the Fairytale Retelling/Disney and miscellaneous shelves, YA, General Adult Fiction/reference/French
Apologies for the poor quality in photos. I wasn’t having much luck in battery power and angles were awkward!
I TAG (aka show me your shelves!)
No idea, so I’m going to leave this open for you all!
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!