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Bookshelf Tag

So I was tagged A. LONG. LONG. TIME. AGO. to do this tag by the wonderful Cait @PaperFury. I was intending to wait until my bookshelves were tidy and in less of a state than they are now, but I don’t think that’s going to be happening anytime soon… So let’s just get on with it, shall we?

Describe your bookshelf

It’s a mess. I don’t have anywhere near enough shelf space. I have between 10 and 15 metres of shelf space now, but it’s nowhere near enough. We will be expanding the wall by about a metre and then putting in floor to ceiling bookshelves (and my ceiling is 4.4 metres high!) to make a proper library. We will also be painting that awful mustard yellow/brown wall. It was that colour when we got the house and we will paint it after we extend the wall. I don’t have any photos of my bookshelf in it’s current state, but here is its evolution from when I first started bookblogging to it’s most recent presentable state:

From this:

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to this:

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To this:

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So there you go.

How do you organise your books?

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Part by book Tetris, part by height.

What is the thickest/biggest book on your shelf?


Magician by Ramond E. Feist. Although A Game of Thrones and The Once and Future King, are pretty close behind. These is the Harper Voyager sci-fi/fantasy clothbound editions. You can get them here: Magician  . Assassin’s Apprentice . A Game of Thrones  . The Once and Future King . I, Robot . Fahrenheit 451 . Neuromancer . The Lord of the Rings Boxset . The Hobbit The Fellowship of the Ring . The Two Towers . The Return of the King . I get asked so often where to get these so here you go.

what is the thinnest book on your shelf?


This teeny weenie edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?


My husband got me these beauties for my birthday last year. I loved The Magicians, and even though it’s almost my next birthday, I still haven’t read The Magician King. I don’t know why.

Is there a book from a friend on your bookshelf?


I got the Daughter of Smoke and Bone boxset as a Christmas gift from a friend.

Most expensive book?

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This is one of the books in the Pookie series by Ivy L. Wallace. This is a first edition of this now out of print book. My dad often buys me a new one on birthdays and Christmases.

The last book you read on your shelf?


This is the last book I read. AND IT IS AMAZING!!!!!

Do you have more than one copy of a book on your shelf?

Yes. Yes I do.

Do you have a complete series?

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I actually own all the Penguin Drop Caps series, and I got most of them as gifts. And once again you can get these here: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z. You’re Welcome.

What is the newest addition to your shelf?

What is the most recently published book on your shelf?

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Well I’ve already included Queen of Shadows in this post, so I decided to use my second most recently published book.

What is the oldest book on your shelf?


This is my edition of A Tale of Two Cities from 1907. That’s pretty old.

A book you won

I actually haven’t won a book I don’t think. PASS.

A book you would hate to let out of your sight. A.K.A. No one is ever borrowing. Ever.


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Any of my Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Classics, but especially Narnia. Getting a copy of that book was not easy. Or any of my Folio Society books.

Your most beat-up book?

IMG_7550 (2)IMG_7551 (2)This edition of childrens’ stories, including Alice in Wonderland has seen better days…

 Your most pristine book

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I don’t know if it’s actually my most pristine book (I don’t think I have a most pristine book) but The Other Side of Eve always looks pristine due to the stark black and white.

A book from your childhood


I absolutely LOVED Heidi when I was little.

A book that doesn’t belong to you


When I was in high school I borrowed this off my at-the-time-boyfriend’s dad. I recently ran into my old high school boyfriend at a wedding and mentioned it, and apparently his dad has been looking for it ever since… whoops.

A book that’s been on your shelf for ages that you still haven’t read. 

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Many, but not all, of the classics pictured here. , The Virgin of the Seven Daggers by Vernon Lee, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, The Secret History by Donna Tart, to name a few. I’ve read some of these though.

Any signed books?

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Okay, so it’s actually signed to someone named Elena (I got it secondhand, from Elena apparently)… but it’s still signed and it still counts!

I also have a signed copy of The Fault in our Stars by John Green, but I don’t have a photo of the signature, and taking one would violate my rule about being lazy for this post.

So that’s it for the tag. Now to name my own victims…

I Tag:

Sarah @ Commas and Ampersands, Kelsey @ Darcy’s Book Blog,  Aentee @ Read at Midnight


  1. Cait @ Paper Fury says

    OMGGGG THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL I LITERALLY CANNOT CONTAIN MYSELF. *flails for 9 million years* And those colourful ones tho. ❤ I am in love with your shelves. I'm trying to convince my folks I need more shelves but they keep saying "get rid of books" and I have to block my ears against the trauma. Srsly. Pfft. I adore your Barnes and Nobel Leatherbound Classics. If owned books of such supreme beauty like that I WOULD NEVER LEND THEM EITHER OMG.

    So glad you did the tag!! 😀


    • It took me long enough! I kept saying to myself ‘when the shelves are tidier’ but then it became apparent that there’s zero chance of fitting my books on my shelves, so I just did it.

      I’m lucky that although the husband doesn’t read (I know, weird) he considers the shelves to be ‘the art’ in our house, so he likes pretty shelves. Luckily he’s letting me turn one of the main living areas of the house into a library. It has a fireplace and soon it will have more shelves, and wont have a gross mustard coloured wall and it will have a slidey ladder!


  2. graceliftblog says

    Ooh I really like that B&N edition of The Chronicles of Narnia. I already added it to my Amazon cart. 😉


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  4. So many lovely editions. Am sitting here pea green with envy at some of them – especially the complete LOTR box set! ;-D


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