I’m pretty sure by this point I spend 87% of my life staring at my bookshelf.
Is this a good use of my time???? Absolutely yes.
Since I’m a writer, I spend a lot of time staring blankly waiting to be walloped in the face by inspiration. So I look at my bookshelf! Which is part daunting (“HOW DO THESE AUTHORS WRITE SO GOOD I WILL NEVER”) and part inspiring (“oNE DAY I WILL JOIN THE RANKS OF FAMOUS MAGICIANS”).
I absolutely love my shelf and looks like…
☆ I like my shelves as colour-coded as possible.
☆ When I take books out for bookstagram shoots, I always put them back in the exact same order.
☆ I don’t really love ARCs because their spines aren’t pretty looool yes I am shallow.
☆ I feel most comfortable surrounded by my books?!? It’s wonderful.
☆ I decorate my shelf with flowers!
☆ I own mostly paperbacks because…cheaper. But I prefer hardcovers.
So how about a little bookshelf scavenger hunt?!
We can tour my shelf AND I can do this instead of finishing writing an outline like I’m supposed to be. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I’m also adapting this tag from the #BareYourBookshelf on instagram…plus adding some of my own questions because how dare you leave a tag at six questions. You offend reason, sir.
1. BOOK YOU OWN BUT HAVEN’T READ YET
AKA THE MOST ADORABLE QUESTION. Book. Singular? HA. I have so so many…and honestly sometimes I just look at my TBR stack and feel this odd sense of terror that I will be 87 before I get to them all. I want to read everything, but all at once. It’s my bane.
And being a mood reader means: yes that books looks GOOD buuuuut not right now.
SOME PRESSING TITLES
- Empress of All Seasons
- Sometime After Midnight
- In Other Lands
- The Glass Spare
- Save The Date
- City of Brass
- Bridge of Clay
- Little Do We Know
- The Bear And the Nightingale
- Before She Ignites
WE DO NOT EVEN SPEAK ABOUT THE KINDLE TBR. IT IS A BLACK HOLE. ALL WHO VENTURE THERE RETURN WITH 42 MORE BOOKS THAN THEY ANTICIPATED.
2. BOOKS YOUR FRIENDS LOVE
I think this question is the absolute cutest! Also is a 100% totally endorsed moment for me to be creepery and say I can notice some of my friends’ favourites! Or else I think I do and I’m about to get very embarrassed. OK but here we go:
- The Hunger Games (white deluxe editions) = which Shannon @ Starts At Midnight is like THE most amazing THG collector!
- All the Stiefvater books = Finn and I share a total Stiefvater obsession and this is glorious of us we are unstoppable.
- Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda = Maraia!! Although I don’t think this is her ultamite favourite, but I know she loves it and (back when it came out) told me to read it!
- A Thousand Perfect Notes = WELL NO PRESSURE BUT HOPEFULLY ALL MY FRIENDS LOVE IT ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I actually had more but then I wasn’t suuuuure so I’m going to ask you all in the comments to list your favourites so I can take note. Which isn’t, um, creepery of me at all.
3. BOOKS BY AN AUTHOR YOU LOVE
This is ridiculous because I own a lot of books by authors I love. I spent my teen years never buying books (BROKE TEEN) so it actually is the best thing ever to now have a bit of extra resources to buy books. I AM ALL THE HEART EYES. Anyway, you know my usual suspects (aka Stiefvater, Clare, Albertalli, Schwab etc…) so I’m throwing up some photos of lesser-shouted-about-loves
Adam Silvera, Mackenzie Lee, Stephanie Garber, Leigh Bardugo
4. BOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR TBR
Don’t die of shock now, but I just cleaned out a WHOLE lot of books from my shelves…and this actually included a lot of books on the bottom of my TBR. I just looked at them and my mood was pretty much:
SO I LET THEM GO.
Wow. I’m…really proud of me because I have serious attachment issues to inanimate things. People? Eh. Books? Watch me break down.
ANYWAY. Currently a book that is not very high priority but I would still like to read eventually is: Flame In The Mist.
5. BOOK WITH COLOUR IN THE TITLE
Ooh this was actually quite hard and made me use both my eyeballs and brain whilst searching my shelves. Which is not something I signed up for wow talk about rude.
6. BOOK SET SOMEWHERE YOU’D LIKE TO VISIT
I’m actually tragically opposed to the idea of travelling or leaving my room in general. But, if say…Thisby from The Scorpio Races was real? I WOULD LIVE THERE. I would find a nice cottage on a windswept hill while all the wild man-eating horses ate my neighbours and I’d write beautiful and grim stories and eat many pastries and 10/10 this is mY VISION FOR THE FUTURE.
7. MOST COLLECTED AUTHOR
This is absolutely without a doubt Cassandra Clare. I own a ridiculous amount of her books because: DOUBLES.
I don’t even know where they all come from! I swear! Like every time a new edition comes out, I generally get sent one to review and I love this so much and getting rid of some would break up the family. Am I a monster??? DO I LOOK LIKE A FAMILY-BREAKING MONSTER? No.
8. MISMATCHED SERIES
Does this photo make you uncomfortable? It makes me uncomfortable.
By this point I don’t even know what to do ok. I just let the Holly Black books be as wild and unruly as the faeries she writes about and I cry softly to myself at night.
When I am rich and famous I will replace all my mismatched series and have only matching ones.
9. BOOK YOU LOVE BUT DON’T REMEMBER WELL
I’m throwing this question in strictly as a salt, burn, and roast @ myself. Because I swear I am in love with so many books and yet??? Do I actually remember half of what goes in them??
Anyhow! Here are some I (a) own, (b) love, (c) what the heck happens, what the heckkkkk.
- I’ll Give You The Sun = DEFINITE favourite. DEFINITELY forgotten all of it.
- The Perks Of Being a Wallflower = I read this when I was a tiny teenager. All I remember is that Charlie isn’t even his real name. (You lied to me?? Why. I am young and fragile and thought we were friends.)
10. HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU OWN + IS YOUR SHELF EVERYTHING YOU WANT IT TO BE?
FOR YOU…I ACTUALLY COUNTED. I actually get asked this a lot so it seemed high time I practised counting higher than four. I have around 623 books.
And I have 22 copies of A Thousand Perfect Notes. But it is my first horcrux, alright. I’m allowed to be overly sentimental.
As for if my shelf is everything I want? YES IT IS. I have a lot of side shelves, which aren’t as aesthetically pleasing, but my main square-shelf is my pride and joy. However, not gonna lie, I do want and entire WALL of shelves someday and a ladder. I will not rest until I’ve achieved this.
I basically am an author to write books –> so I can afford to buy more books.