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Sunday Salon: Browse my bookshelves

May 17, 2009

The Sunday Salon.comIn my current read, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (which is quite good so far), there’s a line about graduate students making terrible dinner guests, because they spend all their time staring at the bookshelves. This amused me to no end, since in my case it’s entirely true.

Since I’m totally nosy about this kind of thing, I thought I’d ante up and share a look at my own shelves. These pictures are from a few weeks ago when I did a re-organization. I pulled all of my TBR books to the outside, and everything is double-stacked and packed full. …Which is great for finding my next book to read, but not so good when I finish a book – where do I put it?

Anyways, here are my two way-overstuffed bookshelves. Not pictured are the various stacks of books elsewhere around the house. :)

The “Public” Bookcase

Top two shelves are general and historical fiction, sorted more or less alphabetically by author (unread in front, read in the backstacks).

Third shelf has unread oversized books on the left, the end of the unread alphabetical-fiction in the middle, the read non-fiction behind them, and the read oversized books on the right.

Bottom shelf has poetry, mythology, some reference, and most of the unread general non-fiction.

To the left of the case is a stack of field guides; to the right is a stack of books in my Bookmooch inventory.

On the top are three plants that I haven’t managed to kill yet.

The “Fantasy/YA” Bookcase

Top shelf is mostly YA fantasy favorites that I will read over and over again. (Well, plus Twilight.)

Second shelf has one stack of TBR books in front on the left; the Wheel of Time books are backstacked behind that. The rest of the shelf is mostly Anne Rice and Tolkien.

Third shelf is mass-market fantasy. The giant, sagging fourth shelf has YA of all flavors, plus some adult fantasy that didn’t fit elsewhere. For both, if you can see it, it’s unread.

The bottom shelf is a bunch of biology books that I don’t keep at work, plus some oversized miscellaneous books.

The stack to the left are my Outlander books, plus a mishmash of large and/or hardcover read and unread books.

So, judging my the lovely curves on most of the shelves, obviously I need more cases… or to move some of the books to my “off-site storage facility” (read: my old room at my parents’) until I get a place large enough to hold more cases. :)

What about you, readers? See anything we have in common? Got any of your own bookcases that are cleaner than mine that you feel like showing off?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. May 17, 2009 1:22 am

    I love seeing other bookshelves!!!!! It reminds me that I”m not alone. And they are truly beautiful. :)

  2. May 17, 2009 1:58 am

    I love looking at other peoples bookshelves. I do that when I visit people, too! We have lots of fantasy books in common. I am sure a lot of similarities in the unread department, too!

  3. May 17, 2009 2:09 am

    I love looking at people’s shelves, too. I have 5 bookcases and I run a library. I really thought once I took on a library, I’d be able to be sensible at home. Not really. And the community library is in a constant state of shuffling, purging, re-shelving and putting books in storage. :-)

  4. May 17, 2009 5:16 am

    I like to see the bookshelves of others Fyrefly – it is so comforting.

    My most recent bookshelf photos demonstrating the consolidation of my scattered TBR:

  5. May 17, 2009 8:07 am

    I love seeing over-stuffed bookshelves! It somehow comforts me to know that I am not alone. I’ve just ordered another three cases from Ikea so might do a “show and tell” in two weeks when they’ll have arrived and I should hopefully have all my books down from the attic and actually in the house with me! What an event to look forward to!!

    • May 19, 2009 3:12 pm

      Peta – Oooh, the idea of three new bookcases just made me shiver with glee… even if I don’t know where I’d put them. :)

  6. May 17, 2009 8:27 am

    You know any time I go to someone’s house, I *still* have to browse their bookshelves I stop mid conversation if we go in another room to check it out. And I’m so proud of mine, I get giggly when guests come over to peruse what I have.

    I love your post. It’s inspiring. I’m hoping to go through my shelves after school ends and then post pictures. :)

  7. May 17, 2009 10:57 am

    I need to show your pictures to my husband so he’ll stop making fun of my bookcases.

    • May 18, 2009 12:39 pm

      This made me laugh, Kathy. I totally understand the sentiment, though. My husband doesn’t make fun of my bookshelves, but they’re a total disgrace.

    • May 19, 2009 3:13 pm

      Kathy – Well, happy to help, I guess! :)

  8. May 17, 2009 11:28 am

    This post rocks; I love seeing other peoples’ bookshelves! I’m not a graduate student, but I do tend to gravitate towards books whenever I go over to anyone’s house. Even if I’m visiting family, whose bookshelves I already know really, really well, I can’t keep myself away from the books. There might be something new there, or I might notice some previously unrevealed gem. And even if I don’t, at least I’m in good company. :)

    • May 19, 2009 3:14 pm

      Memory – I think the quote was mostly regarding history grad students (and probably literature, and other fields that would gravitate towards books instead of journal articles as their main sources.) Plus, it probably would have been too clunky to say “grad students, book bloggers, and other raging bibliophiliacs all make bad dinner guests…” :)

  9. edifanob permalink
    May 17, 2009 1:41 pm

    You have more space than we have in our flat. Our shelves just contain all unread books. Fortunately we have a small room in the cellar where we store all books we read.
    But books in cellar change their smell. We solved this problem by using freezer bags.

  10. May 17, 2009 5:03 pm

    Oh! What fun! Our shelves are not presentable I’m afraid. I’m in the process of sorting and reorganizing and need at least 2 more to hand the stacks lying around the house.

  11. May 18, 2009 4:32 pm

    That’s the first thing I do in a house, scope out their bookshelves. It’s completely unconcious too.

    Ah, we’ve got quite a few books in common! From Mary Stewart to Charles de Lint and Stephen Jay Gould. I think I’d feel right at home with your shelves…..

  12. May 19, 2009 12:51 pm

    I do love looking at other people’s bookshelves!

  13. May 19, 2009 3:15 pm

    Thanks for the comments, everyone! I knew I wasn’t the only closet bookshelf-snooper out there. :)

  14. May 21, 2009 3:34 pm

    I’m unpacking only books I haven’t read or I want to re-read (only 20 so far) for now and my book case is already filled up! I sure am looking forward to my library getting done… Great pics!

  15. May 23, 2009 5:35 pm

    Bookcases are the first thing I look at in someone else’s house – it’s a fun way to learn more about people. And the weirdest thing I’ve noticed lately is how many people keep reading material in bathrooms – as though it’s there as decor – artfully arranged in baskets, magazine racks and even on shelves!

    I loved looking at you shelves!! The best thing about your bookcases is that you can see little stacks of books off to the sides that didn’t make it on the shelves – love it :)

    • May 25, 2009 12:25 pm

      Joanne – I didn’t even take pictures of the various book stacks on my nightstand, next to my night stand, on my desk, on the floor by my desk, etc., etc. :)

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