I’ve been thinking about doing a bookshelf tour for a while now, so I thought why not combine it with a bit of a clean-up and book un-haul. Hope you enjoy!
After reading this great post by Lauren @ Gossamer Pages where she weighs the pros and cons of physical books and e-books, I realised I’m not your average bookworm in terms of my bookshelf-keeping habits.
I know, I know, that’s what all the girls say.
But seriously, I keep some strange habits, the main one being that my physical book collection is relatively small. Yep, you heard me right. You were expecting me to be a hoarder, weren’t you?
Actually, I’m quite the opposite. If you saw my Bookish Confessions post, you’ll know that I actually donate a lot of my physical books. If I didn’t love them or they don’t hold some sort of meaning for me, off they go! My philosophy here is generally that there’s someone out there who will enjoy these books just as much as I did, if not more – someone who should have the opportunity to enjoy these books too, especially if they can’t ordinarily afford them. I also think I’ll thank myself for this when I’m older and I have a beautiful collection of books, each and every single one being loved dearly by me.
I’m due a physical book purge, and when I saw my shelf, I figured why not reorganise my books, too?
I say *reorganise* as if there was any sign of organisation before…
Thus, here we are. And here is my book shelf!
So, here is my little bookish corner. Quite modest, right?
As you can see, it’s much more practical for me to stack my books rather than shelve them normally due to the limited space. As you can also see, said stacking is a little, let’s say…higgledy-piggledy. I’m not the most organised stacker of shelves, I must admit. I mean, I don’t even know why The White Book is there and not in a pile. Not good.
First, then, we have an array of bookmarks. Not all of these are intended to be bookmarks, but alas.
The first stack consists of a mixture of ‘complete illustrated works’ editions topped by poetry books. I’d like to call this my very own Poet’s Corner. At the top, we have a recent local poetry anthology I was published in, obviously in pride of place! Behind that are two more books:
From left to right:
– Halfway Smile, the most recent anthology I have been published in.
– Wild Poetry, the first anthology I was published in.
– An anthology other writers and I created together after a residential trip to Lumb Bank in West Yorkshire. Oh, the memories!
The second stack is a bit disorderly, I must admit. There’s a mixture of authors, series, YA, adult, classics, etc. This was certainly in dire need of a sort out!
This stack is another disorderly mess, and it seems my phone hated it so much, it refused to take a clear photo! By the time I noticed, I’d already rearranged them all. Ah, that’s life, I guess. But you get the gist: mixture of series, authors, classics, even plays – it’s a mess. Trust me, you didn’t want to see it anyway.
The final corner is ‘the books that don’t fit anywhere’ corner. Isn’t it lovely? And aren’t those Cassandra Clare books huge?
And finally, this is the TBR pile I just keep shoved off to the side – supposedly to remind me to actually, you know, read these books, but I swear it’s just getting bigger…
Again, higgledy-piggledy. Bigger books on top of smaller books, looks like it’s going to fall over – you know, the usual. What was I thinking?
Here are the books I’m deciding to purge and donate to charity:
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- The Trees by Ali Shaw
- The Grassmere and Alfoxden Journals by Dorothy Wordsworth
- The Host by Stephenie Meyer
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt
- The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
- Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
That’s 11 books! I’m quite proud of myself. Most of these I’m purging because they just weren’t anything special or they’re taking up too much space – I’m looking at you, Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows, you are huge. I’m sure there are people out there who will enjoy these books far more! See you at the local charity shop, books. It’s been real.
Et voila! My new and rejuvenated bookshelf. Don’t those stacks look so much nicer and tidier? (The answer is yes.)
The first ‘stack’ is all of my series. The rest of The Illuminae Files books should be here when I’ve actually read them. On top of this is my autobiography/memoir collection, and to the right is my collection of stand-alones, with a lowly edition of The Book Thief without a proper home on top. I’m hoping this will look more put-together when I find more books to keep.
Next up is my poetry section, looking much neater than before. I definitely want to expand this section.
This is what I’m now referring to as ‘classics corner,’ with the hefty completed works at the bottom, followed by my Wordsworth Edition classics, my Penguin English Library classics, and finally some more modern classics. Nice.
And finally, here’s my TBR pile. I’ve decided to keep this pushed to the side and will incorporate the books into the rest of the stacks when I’ve read them – but only if they’re worthy…
Wow. It’s so beautiful the change you can achieve with just hard work, persistence and patience. So proud of my babies.