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I find it interesting how there are so many different way to rearrnage your shelves. Some shelf their books on alphabetical order, others by authors, other by colours or book size or any combination of methods. Today I want to show you my bookshelves and tell you a bit about how I shelf my books.
How I shelf my books
So we have 4 bookshelves. The smaller one is for our manga’s/ graphic novels, which hasn’t had any recent additions after the japanese Yotsuba manga’s my boyfriend bought to practice his japanese. Next to that is mostly my boyfriend his bookshelf. My bookmark photoalbum is actually on there and some of my high fantasy books, like the Shanara series and the Wheel of time series in dutch. Then the two large ones on the right side are both for my books. As you can see I like to put a lot of other small things in front of my bookcases as we don’t have that much shelf space in our house. It might looks a bit messy, but I like it.
So how do shelf my books and arrange my books on my shelves? Well I basically have two rules, each book must be on the shortest shelf possible if there is still space on that shelf and series must stay together (I have one series that breaks this rule). I have Billy IKEA bookshelves with two extra shelves each for maximum capacity, the downside of this is that each bookshelf has two very short shelves, where only those short mass market paperbacks fit on. So when I have those they go on the shortest shelves. There are also slightly higher and even higher shelves, with thise I mean the height of the shelf itself not how heigh on the bookshelf they are. I try to fit each book on the shelf that is just high enough for that book. So there is more room on the higher shelves for the books that only fit there. For some reason I always end up with more higher books than mass market paperbacks. The larger books need their place on the higher shelves. Then my second rule is to not break up any series. So if a series has different formats it can get an upgrade to a higher shelf as I don’t want to break it up. Which is very unfortunately in the case on my Kelley Armstrong collection which can’t fit ont he shortes shelf as the last few books in the series are higher, so I had to move them to another shelf.
I don’t mind breaking up authors, so if I own multiple series by the same author, they can be on different shelves. I feel a bit sorry for Rachel Vincent though, all of her series are on a different shelf and I even split up her Unbound series. The Soul screamers are large, the shifter series on a short shelf. The Stars Never Rise stays next to the hardcopies. And the Unbound series is on a totally different shelf, Blood Bound on one shelf and Shadow and Oath bound on another. And then I own Lion’s Share and Hunt in e-copy. Kelley Armstrong and Richelle Mead are both fortunate enough to have mostly their own shelf. I have so many Kelley Armstrong books, they don’t even fit on one shelf anymore, so some are with the hardcopies now and others on the shelf below it. Jennifer Estep her books are on two different shelves, but those shelves are on top of each other, so at least they are close. Even though I have a weird system, I usually know quickly were to find each book.
Pictures of my bookshelves
This is our manga bookshelf. I am very porud of my complete series Hikaro No Go. Beside that I mostly own a few books of a manga. Manga’s are pretty pricey and I haven’t bought any new ones in a long time. There are some Lucky Stars figures and a Sora No Otoshimono figure in front of it. The penguin was a present from my boyfriend, he made it himself. Then there is a figure of a beagle, they are one of my favouriote dog species, I like their colourings. And a few more penguin figures as I collect penguins, they are one of my favourite animals.
This is the top shelf of the right bookcase. The top shelf is a high shelf and the whole Sookie Stackhouse series is there, because of the thick three books in one book. Then we have a trilogy by Michelle Zink, ugh can I say how much I dislike the fact that Prophecy of the Sister is shorter than the other two. then Fire and Graceling, I still haven’t bought Bitterblue. Followed by the Mythos Academy and Cold Burn of Magic. Then the two big Deborah Harkness books. The shelf below is a short shelf, it also has Jennifer Estep books, namely her Elemental Assassin series. Then Diana Rowland her Kara Gillian series and a few other Urban Fantasy mass market paperbacks. Also looking at my shelves I realize how weird it is that some series like the Sookie Stackhouse one go from right to left, while then on the next shelf we have the elemental Assassin series which I ordered from left to right. And I don’t mind at all.
One shelf down we have two slightly higher shelves again, which features the Fever series and the Hunger Games. A few first books in a series or multiple books and a few unfinished series as well. On the shelf below we have a few David estes books and Twillight and a few puzzles in front of it. Did I mention I love puzzles? Oh and the Camp Boyfriend series is on this shelf as well.
This is my Richelle Mead shelf, it has Bloodlines, Vampire Academy, Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan. It also has the first book in the Age of X series. All on the same shelf. One Soulless arrives, it won’t be able to fit on this shelf I am afraid and then Richelle Mead will be on two shelves as well. The only four books that aren’t from Richelle Mead are the two SJ Pajonas and two Rachel Harris books on the left. There is a lego Treehouse in front of it and some random lego figures I acquired. Below that we Charlaine Harris her Harper Connely series and Rachel Vincent her Shifter series. And my doggy bookrest.
And the last shelves of this bookshelf.
Next bookshelf! This one starts with two shelves with lots of different series. It’s quite a mishmash of books and genres on these shelves. And there is a picture of my grandma and grandpa and a Maru calendar from 2013 that i decided to keep as it was too cute. There is also a stack of bookmarks.
One of my favourite shelves, my Kelley Armstrong shelf. This shelf exclusively holds books by Kelley Armstrong and I own almost all of them in paperback. The few hardcopies are on the shelf above it. And I recently has to branch out to the shelf below as they don’t fit on one shelf anymore. I am still cringing when I look at all the different shapes of my Otherworld series. I actually have the last book in hardcopy as I didn’t want to wait till the paperback release. The Blackwell Pages and Darkness Rising are the only two series that match. So sad.
Here is Rachel Vincent her Soul Screamers series and my Dutch harry Potter book collection. My Harry Potter books are in pretty bad shape as I wans’t as carefull with my books then and I read them multiple times and my mom read them as well. I hope to once buy the whole series in english as well. This shelf also has my Fate Core roleplaying books and a Star Wars book.