The time has come for me to participate in my own link-up! I'm super excited to write this post and thrilled that people have actually linked up! If you are interested in participating you have until May 19 to add you link. To see all the entries and read the details click here.
Now onto the prompt!
1. If you can, share a picture of your bookshelves (piles of books, boxes of books, anywhere you store your books) or describe the set-up you have.
I keep adding more shelves to the mix! For awhile I had one large one and one small one, then I added two more of the small ones, and earlier this year I added another large one. I think this is about my limit. No more shelf-shopping for me!
2. How do you sort your books? Author, genre, not at all?
Ahem. As my friend Rachel would be happy to tell you, my sorting system sort of fails. I get going on one method then disregard it for something that looks seems to me at the time. In some sections I tried to colour sort, but I don't like how that splits up books in series or genres. Mostly they're sorted by genre, but in some sections of the little shelves I was forced to just put whatever books fit.
These shelves are supposed to be reference/nonfiction, but then I allowed in some short story anthologies and some school novels and now it's just a mixture of all types of books. They really just need to be pulled off and reorganized. I'm hoping that seeing other people's link-ups will inspire me.
|The bottom shelf is more children's books.|
3. Do you have any special trinkets or decorations on your shelves, or are they purely business?
Well considering that I'm the queen of clutter (don't worry, it's happy clutter), that would be a yes. I use my bookshelves to store other things as well as books, and a lot of that is decorations. You'll see fancy salt and pepper shakers through out the pictures, because one of my great-grandmas collected them. I ended up with a bunch, so I just spread them around to keep my books company.
|I just realized I forgot to point out my plants! They're sitting in the white tray, and I work "hard" to keep them alive.|
|This is an old lamp I inherited from my grandparents when they moved. I remember always admiring it as a child. I don't use it as an actual lamp because my Grandpa did a little DIY electrical work on it that I don't quite trust, tehe.|
|Here are a few other finds from yard-sales or thrift stores that I like the looks of. Soon they're going to have to forfeit their shelf space for actual books though!|
4. What genre dominates your bookshelf? Or what genres make up your bookshelf?
The genres that make up my bookshelves are children's/MG, YA, non-fiction/reference, Adult fiction, old/pretty books (that I'll never read) and literature books (i.e. classics). I would say that children's/MG and YA make up about half, and the adult books and nonfiction each make up about 20% each and old books and literature make up about 5% each.
Wow, I spent WAY too much time on this question.
5. Are there any books on your shelf that you're particularly proud of?
I don't know if I'd say proud, but I am particularly impressed with myself for amassing the entire Harry Potter series entirely second-hand (as well as Rowling's two Robert Galbraith books).
I've also been chipping away at finding the Artemis Fowl series second hand, and all I have left is The Last Guardian, which is fittingly, the last book. I accidentally bought a French version of AF at a library booksale and that's the little dinky one on the end. As a side note: do not shun me because the books are not in series order. I decided to go with size/edition order. I know, my OCD goes crazy every time I look at it too.
|Oh look! More trinkets.|
6. What is the ratio between read books and TBR books on your shelf?
Way too many TBR books. I buy books. I work at a library. I borrow books. I read library books, not my bought books. My happiest problem.
But seriously, I counted up the books that I actually intend on reading (not the eye candy books or reference ones) and here was the final total: 38 TBR books out of aprox. 300 books. It's actually not as bad as I thought it would be.
7. What is the most recent addition to your bookshelf?
I just bought these three books from Chapters:
Except for the Rowling book they were all in the discount bin! Yay for cheap books!
8. Describe your dream bookshelf setup.
I would love built in bookshelves and a secret door in my bookshelves. That's all I ask.
Honestly though, I'm pretty happy with the set-up I have now. I'm grateful for the room that I have for the shelves.
There you have it! That's a little tour of my bookshelves! I've definitely been enjoying seeing everyone else's bookshelves, so I hope you enjoyed seeing mine. If you want to be involved in this link-up on your blog, make sure you read all the details and see the linked-up blogs here. Let me know how you think I should organize my books and all your thoughts about bookshelves in the comments!
Reading: The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain
Listening: All Sons and Daughters
Watching: Cutthroat Kitchen