Hey readers, I’ve got something a little different for you today – a few people have asked to see my bookshelves and as I live to please you all, I’ve created a whole post about my shelves.
Be careful what you wish for. Like a lot of bookworms, I’m still dreaming of having a library, while having to make do with 2 bookcases. They are mostly always organised but the issue is, they are full and so I have those annoying book stacks that are slowly claiming my front room floor. I have books in boxes, books in cupboards, books in non-visible places in my house, but for the purpose of this post, we’ll focus on those on display. The majority of the books on my shelves are unread for the simple fact that if I cannot see them, I’m likely to forget I own them and thus, never read them.
Now, that’s enough rambling, this was the state of affairs before I worked my magic.
I told you, they weren’t that bad – admit it, you were expecting pure carnage!? But everything has a place, and the place for books is not the floor! Before I began Operation Bookshelf, there were two goals I had in mind – firstly, to tag all my review copies so they stand out, and secondly, to group all my nonfiction books together.
I tried to be practical and not take all the books off the shelf before starting, in case I decided to abort mission. So far, so good…
And then chaos descended….
Slowly but surely, order is being restored…
And the operation is complete!
No book was left behind, and my objectives were achieved! I went with wrapping post-it notes around the spines of review copies. You can see these post-it notes modelled here on my shelf dedicated to Orenda Books (and we’ll pretend Wolves in the Dark has a post-it on it too, to err is human). Side note: I love Orenda Books so it gets its own shelf.
Objective #2 was to group all my nonfiction books together. This is not as impressive as I thought, they couldn’t even make it across the whole shelf. I’ll console myself with the fact that I have more nonfiction books on my Kindle, and most importantly, a very valid reason to buy more nonfiction books!
A close up of some of my favourite bookish merch!
With the reorganisation of my shelves came the reorganisation of my book cart (found in the kitchen storage section of IKEA). It was orginally used to hold all the books I hoped to read in 2018 but it wasn’t effective, so now it holds the books that, sadly, didn’t make it onto the shelf, for no reason other than lack of room.
Ladies and gentlemen, behold….
The Reorganised Shelves
If you look closely, you’ll notice a gap on the second from bottom shelf, that’s me being smart and saving space for next month’s Goldsboro book of the month book because that shelf will eventually become dedicated to my limited editions and signed copies, but that’s a reorganisation and tour for the future.
I hope you’ve enjoyed touring my shelves!