I haven’t done a bookshelf tour since 2017, so it’s time to show you my latest library set up!
I am especially overdue for a bookshelf tour since I’ve moved through two different houses since my last one…lol. (Why are you tired, Cait? Why are you aLWAYS TIRED.) If you aren’t
stalking following me on instagram, you may not know but: I moved house again. I used to live in Far North QLD and now I’ve tumbled 1,300kms down to mid-QLD coast. I’m on the beach, ok. I love the beach.
I have very complicated feelings about how often we move. I have very difficult feelings about our last house, which was in a tiny town with no library and more dairy cows than people. But we won’t go into all that 🙌🏻 You are here for BOOKS. I am here for CHOCOLATE. One of us, at least, should be satisfied. (I guess it won’t be me unless someone brings me chocolate??? w o w the sacrifices I make.)
I’ve been in this new house for a total of 6 days, so things are still super shiny and full of odd corners I’m learning to fit into. This is why I haven’t been blogging. But I’m BACK.
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So the first thing to know is that my last room was TINY. It was a shoebox and when you have as many books as I do, you do not cope in a shoebox. I had my shelves nearly blocking the door, something my parents complained about but tbh it meant no one could get in my room easily. Who’s the REAL winner here. (Me.)
The new house…has an excellent sized room! I can even have a desk! I can WORK at a desk! Will I?! Probably not. I am in bed currently, cosy and listening to a storm roll in. But I could work at a desk….
Also if you want a video tour, just look at my instagram Stories! Tbh just look at my instagram all the time. It’s pretty. And I spend so much time over there (Reason #3898 I have not been blogging oops.)
It’s kind of like a LIBRARY NOOK now and I appreciate this so much.
As always, I have my main rainbow shelf. Plus my two tall smol brown bookshelves are basically hardcovers. Then to the left, I now have some white shelves for the oddballs. I’ve actually got these shelves on their sides so they don’t block the window. SELF FIVE for making it all fit.
Now this rental house gifted us with some odd pieces of furniture the last tenants left behind. Incluuuuuding!!! This white set of IKEA bookshelf cubes! It fits perfectly on my IKEA shelf! Like GO IKEA for everything fitting like a prepackaged cake mix! I mean, it would be nice if it was brown. Not pleased with the last tenants of this house not considering my colour scheme. But whatever.
I’ve put my Owlcrate books up here. And my shrine to the author of A Thousand Perfect Notes, because I am a HUGE fan. Love them so much. Kinda suspicious about their love for depressing content, but ya know ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
My The Boy Who Steals Houses author copies are not here. 😒 They are, in fact, missing. I am storming over to England directly, and perhaps throwing a stale scone at their postal office.
I also have my mug collection on top. These are mugs I LOVE and therefore will never use. #smart
Hardcovers! MY TOL SMOL SHELF.
“Cait do you have a favourite author where you’ll actually ignore your favoured rainbow shelf in order to keep their books together???” you say.
I MEAN. MAYBE I DO.
I also want to shout out with sad love to my Stiefvater shrine, because these books are SO worn and battered. Literally from just all the photos I take. 😂 I usually reread them via audio so the books are worn out and barely read. #bookstagrammerlife
And below my window I just have, what I affectionally call: THE UGLY MISFIT SHELF.
These rogues are either (1) the rejects, (2) grey spines which do nOT fit with my life plans, (3) or series that I wanted to stay together. I wish my Schwab collection was more cohesive, but here I am.
- I have not left room for Darkdawn.
- Cassandra Clare is coming out with like three books this year AND WHERE IS THE SPACE FOR THEM, CAIT.
- Also Aurora Rising will need to fit in next to Illuminae. Current chances of that? no lol.
So the moral is: yes all my books fit perfectly…If I do not get any more. Will I get more?
My feelings towards the people who made The Dark Artifices exactly 1cm taller than The Mortal Instruments? 😡
My feelings towards beautiful spine art and even better typography? 😍
New life goal: write a book with every colour spine and have a RAINBOW OF ME.
➸ That…doesn’t…include the dark depths of my kindle (and my overdue eARCs, erm we don’t…talk about those)
➸ I have about 140 unread physical books.
➸ who is that screaming? oh. oh it me.
➸ I get asked “how do you know where to find books if they’re in rainbow-order?” But well see I just KNOW. Some people remember their siblings’ names and birthdays. I delete those from my brain files. I remember that The Boneless Mercies goes next to my paperback of Blue Lily Lily Blue.
➸ Another thing people say to me is “Oh you’re SO RICH to have all these books.” Lol no. To be honest? I’m lucky. I have been blessed with amazing publishers gifting me books in exchange for promotion, not to mention library sales where a hardcover will be 50cents. And book boxes I’ve repped for! I lost a freelance job so my book-buying budget is SO tight now and it’s making me sad. There are so many books I want to read??? Authors I want to support?? GAH. So yeah, #lolno to being rich. But I wish.
➸ So so many of my books have brown speckled pages now from living in the tropics.😫I’m so SAD. They’ve deteriorated so much.
➸ I’m keeping my immediate TBR over on my desk! So I can lie in bed, stare at it, and feel ashamed, woo!
➸ When I get stuck writing a scene, I stare at my shelf. It is equal parts motivating (“look! you too could have another book on a shelf!”) and makes you grumpy (“wHY DIDN’T I THINK OF that brilliant idea jafkdsrsrffsss”). I definitely recommend it.
➸ When we moved in, I unstacked all my books first…my 16 boxes of books. THEN I did my clothes. My…one…small suitcase…of clothes. Peak bookworm behaviour. I’m not even sorry.
I’m quite excited to be living by the beach! I promise I’ll also get my life together
hahaha what a JOKE it’s never been together and get back to blogging regularly. I do admit I’ve thoroughly dropped the ball on reading too. I’m 4 books behind my Goodreads goal?! This is the first time since 2013 that I’ve …just STOPPED reading for nearly a month!? But I’m writing! Writing has been so hard for me lately so I’m focusing on a Secret Project™ that’s making me happy. And maybe I can’t write 30K a day anymore. But I am writing something.
I am still freaking out about not reading as much as I used to. But maybe I can play catch up and still make 200 by the end of the year??? Send help, extra eyeballs, and chocolate. thx.
how do you organise your books? by genre or author or rainbow? and which author have you collected the most books from? (mine is Cassandra Clare! I have doubles of hers…oops. but not sorry)