Tour Bekka’s Shelves!

Posted February 11, 2015 by Kara in Imaginative Discussions / 5 Comments


I love bookshelf tours. They sort of feed both of my addictions: books, and organization. I’m the kind of person who is always rearranging my shelves, and I love to get a glimpse at other readers’ spaces. How they arrange them, how they style them, what sort of systems they use to organize and locate their books. For a long time, my shelves were a mess – I just had separate shelves that didn’t match in any way and all I did in the way of organizing was shelving by author’s last name. But then I moved into the house I’m in now and found myself with an entire wall of my living room covered in shelves. They’re not the most attractive things in the world – they’re an ugly grey color except in the places where I’ve had to replace them, and they’re not aligned with one another. But I love them, they hold a TON of books, and I thought I’d share them with you today.

Below, I will give you an overview and then close up shots of each shelf. There are about 475 books here, and I’ll have added a handful more by the time this posts. About half are read, and half are unread. I don’t separate by TBR and read – instead I separate by category and then by genre (except in the case of mass market paperbacks.) Not shown in this tour is my second shelf in my office that holds all my adult books and duplicates of the YA books in this post.  Under each spoiler cut will be a list of the books with links to all of them. You can also open the pictures in a new tab to get a closer look.



PicMonkey Collage(that gap you see is the door to my kitchen)
(and yes, that is a box of books in the corner of the picture)


topSo this is my YA contemporary area, with a little bit of magical realism mixed in because I wasn’t sure where to put those. Things of note: my sad attempt at rainbows, my Georgia Nicolson collection in assorted editions, and the weird box in the corner that covers a bunch of wiring.

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middleSo here is the middle section of my shelves, which houses a couple more contemporary titles, fantasy, and sci-fi. It’s also home to the hair ties I confiscate from Gummy, my TBR jar, and a bag of catnip, among other things.

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bottomThe bottom third. This covers the horror, historical, dystopia/post-apocalyptic, and paranormal books. There is also a cat bed full of toys and a Grumpy Cat book – a gift from my OTSP Secret Sister! Also, the ugly boards there were ones we put in ourselves because that area was completely empty for some reason.

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sideSo this is the side shelf, on the other side of the kitchen door. It’s right inside the front door as well, so sometimes random crap gets piled onto it – like phone chargers right now. It’s also the home of my two little egg candles, and an empty bottom shelf where the cats like to hide from one another and hop out to scare each other (and me, when I’m leaving the kitchen with a full mug of scalding hot coffee.) On this shelf are my middle grade books, nonfiction, anthologies, my JK Rowling books, and a random manga series. Also a middle school yearbook??

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Whew! Finally done! This post took TIME, but it was a lot of fun to put together. More than that, I’ll now have a record of what my shelves looked like early 2015 and I’ll be able to go back and compare later on.

Now, I have some questions for you: I’m dying to know how you arrange the books on your shelves. What do you do when you run out of room? How do you feel about bookshelf tours in general? Let me know in the comments!


5 responses to “Tour Bekka’s Shelves!

  1. Jenny

    I love your shelves! I wish my house had built ins. I used to organize my shelves by genre and then author but right now it’s just seperated from read to not read.

  2. That’s a nice little collection you have. I’ve just finished listing each of my 1845 books onto a library program called Book Collector. I’d show you the finished photo but you don’t have any way for me to upload a photo. I’ll have to borrow my younger son’s camera with a wide angle lens and take new pics of them to post on FB.

    Like you they are categorized by genre, although my collectible paperbacks from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s are kept separately.

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