Before I start this post, I have to say that I’m not a very good photographer and I’ve never done a bookshelf tour before, so it might get a little messy/disorganized. But I love my bookshelves and I hope that by the end of this post, you’ll ‘get’ them as well.
I rearrange my books semi-frequently, but I try to keep them topically grouped. Right now, I’ve got one shelf for fiction and one shelf for non-fiction and it’s worked out quite well so far. I’ve tried arranging my books by color before, but I hate how all the different genres get jumbled up. Basically, I try to keep the same genres, authors, and topics together.
Above, you’ll see all my WWI and WWII books (well, the WWI books are hidden behind that really big book on the far left, but they are there). I usually try to put these books in semi-chronological order (#historygeek). I didn’t do it this time (you’ll notice that all my Cornelius Ryan books are together), but it is a neat way to organize history books.
Up next are the biographies (Unbroken is on the shelf below – that’s because I’m reading it right now). They segue nicely into my movie books (because I’ve got biographies of actors and actresses – two of Audrey Hepburn!). There’s also a few literary-themed books at the very end.
Continuing with the ‘books about books’, there are some good ones about Shakespeare, Harper Lee, and Lucy Maud Montgomery. Then a small section for Random History Books, followed by western nonfiction, and then Christian nonfiction. ❤
The last shelf on Bookshelf #1 (at least the last that I own) is filled with mostly random stuff as well as the tail end of my nonfiction collection. Not much to see, really.
Moving on to Bookshelf #2, we find my Jane Austen collection, along with many, many other classics (including Brick Shakespeare – The Comedies ;)). I finally trashed my copy of Jo’s Boys, even though it broke up my Little Women series. I’m really rather proud of my copy of Little Women. It’s an Easton Press edition that normally costs close to sixty-five dollars…but I bought it at a thrift store for three or four. It’s beautiful.
More classics, and then children’s books and middle-grade books (some of which are classics).
After finishing out the middle-grade section with books 1-4 of the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins, this shelf moves into YA territory. I have quite a few ‘mainstream’ titles, but I also have Violins of Autumn by Amy MacAuley and That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton, neither of which are all that common (I think).
My westerns! And all my Christian fiction! This is one of my favorite shelves. 🙂
And there you have it. I briefly considered including my DVD shelf in this post, but this is about books, so I decided not to. I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my life as an avid bookworm + my way of arranging things.
What do your bookshelves look like?