Hello, my loves! Thank you all so much for taking the time out of your day to be here!
Ever since I started this wonderful blogging journey, I’ve been dying to make a bookshelf tour. Somehow or another, every time I tried to write one, it always came out clunky and awkward. I was never satisfied with the pictures, and my words kept failing me.
Alas! The new year has filled me full of confidence and inspiration, and I feel equipped to take on this challenge once again.
Welcome to my 2021 Bookshelf Tour!
I hope you enjoy your stay. x
The Tippity Top
I have an awful love/hate relationship with the top of my bookshelf, so I figured I’d knock it out first.
The top of my bookshelf mainly consists of overflow (I’m in desperate need of another bookshelf). Since it kind of acts as a more decorative shelf (does anyone else think this way, or am I just coming up with things?), I decided to place my fancy/old editions of classics and anthologies in a stack on the left to show them off a bit — they really don’t get enough love — and to save some room. Plus, in my head, at least, I figured that if I placed them upright, they were bound to fall off because I never think to buy book ends. At the end of the day, I’d rather be safe than sorry when to comes to my precious book babies!
Next to my beautiful books, we have my original childhood copy of Roger S. Baum’s The Silly Ozbuls of OZ trilogy. Mainly because they are too tall to fit just about anywhere else. Now that I think about it, I don’t remember one thing from these books, or even remember reading them at all. I believe I smell a future review/reaction coming along …
Last but not least, we have my incredible Harry Potter series fancy castle-spine box set that I bought before realizing the author is an actual disgrace and embarrassment to the book community. Nevertheless, I can’t get rid of them because they’re so nice to look at on my shelves. This set was also just hella expensive, so it feels very special to me — or maybe it’s guilt? Either way, they’re staying on my shelf for now!
Since the special editions do most of the decorating, I decided to keep the fun knick-knacks to a minimum. Next to the Harry Potter series, I have a couple of shot glasses from my friends and when I previously worked in a liquor store — the only positive was getting free glasses — and a fake succulent plant from TJMAXX.
Perhaps the weirdest thing on my bookshelf, I also decided to throw a pig stuffed-animal up there as well. Why? I have no idea. But one day I threw it up there, and it hasn’t moved since. Will it ever move? Stay tuned.
Now, onto the actual shelves, we have my absolute favorite section of my bookshelf — the classics.
If you’ve been following me for a while, or even my last post, you know how much I adore classics. Ever since I began reading classics in undergrad, I’ve always created a special shelf for my favorite literature. As you’ll see later, I’m not one to organize my books by genre, but classics are so sentimental to me that I create almost a shrine for them on each of my bookshelves.
Other than being grouped by genre, the books are placed purely for aesthetics. When organizing my books, I simply move them around until I like the way they look on the shelf. My brain often groups a bunch of books together, then places them in even smaller categories. For example, this shelf contains all of my classics, but I specifically put together all of my B&N Classics editions because they matched, and then I organized them by color. I also stacked all of my Signet Classics together and organized them by size and color. And, typically, I put heavier/taller books on the ends because I like the way it looks. Plus, it helps with weight distribution so the shelves don’t bend or snap (Legally Blonde, anyone?). As they say, there’s always a method to the madness.
Out of all of the books on this shelf, I’ve read:
- Jane Eyre
- Tess of the D’Urbervilles
- Animal Farm
- Never Let Me Go
- A Clockwork Orange
- Brave New World
- The Time Machine
Because my shelves are overflowing, I don’t have much decor at all. But I think my classics shelf has the best decorations out of all of them!
On the left, I set up this cute, cottage-core-esc postcard that I picked up from an annual art sale that my college holds — I always find the coolest pieces for great prices. I’m not sure what this exact style is called (please let me know in the comments if you do!), but it is my absolute favorite. It’s very Renaissance, but with a modern twist. I love it!!!
Next, I have a funky little smoking man made by my boyfriend out of polymer clay. I bought some polymer clay around Halloween with the intention of making some earrings, but we instead made some figures and sculptures like this little dude. I’m now thinking that he might need a friend to chill with …
Lastly, I propped up my Milton Marathon button from when my Milton class organized the event — an all day reading of Paradise Lost. That class was the most stressful, but most rewarding class I’ve probably ever tackled. I like to keep my Milton Marathon button in a place where I can see it to remind me of my journey with the great John Milton.
Unlike the last shelf, the miscellaneous shelf doesn’t really have any organization. At first, it did start out as a TBR/currently reading/recently read shelf. The books lined up on the left consisted of my top TBR books, as well as the books I’m currently in the middle of. The books stacked on the right consisted of my recent reads — particularly the ones I’ve featured/want to feature on this very blog. However, I’m a depression-filled procrastinator, so the organization didn’t last long. At this point, I’m just going to wait until I get another bookshelf to re-organize this chaotic mess.
The books I’ve read on this shelf include:
- The Secret Life of Bees
- The Rum Diary
And the books that I’m currently in the middle of are:
- Catcher in the Rye
- The Picture of Dorian Gray
- His Hideous Heart
These books have officially become my pile of shame, and I need to get them finished ASAP!
I also don’t know why I have a random copy of Catching Fire, but it’s there!
The only thing I have for decoration on this shelf is my cute cactus mug filled with my bookmarks. Cactuses/succulents are my absolute favorite, so I had to grab this mug when I saw it at TJMAXX. It even has a cute little flower!! My heart!!
Sadly, the rim of the mug is awkward as hell, so I can’t drink out of it without making a proper mess. Instead of getting rid of it, I decided it was the perfect holder for my bookmarks! It’s perfect because I lose more bookmarks than I do hair ties — which is a fuck ton.
The Black and Red Books
Once again, my aesthetics have taken over this shelf. I really don’t know what to call this shelf other than the black and red bookshelf, since that’s all they seem to have in common. You win this round, aesthetics.
From this cohesive shelf, I’ve read:
- all of the Fifty Shades of Grey series
- The Twilight Series
- A Stranger in the House
- Flowers on the Moon
- V for Vendetta
(Almost the entire shelf!)
Not much decoration on this one, but I do have another cool postcard with an add for “Reefer Madness.” I truly couldn’t pass it up when I saw it at the art sale, and the bright red fits perfectly with the red on some of the books!
The Miscellaneous II
And just like that, we’ve stumbled upon yet another miscellaneous shelf full of miscellaneous books! However, unlike the first miscellaneous shelf, I haven’t read any of these books. I guess you could call this more of a TBR shelf, but I’m really not in any hurry to get to them. Some of these books are my required reading for school — The Children of Men, The Power — and others are gifts from my parents.
Living in Tennessee, Jefferson Bass and his research on the body farm is a local commodity. So, naturally, my dad kindly passed on some of his copies to me. I’m not usually into crime/forensic books, but I might give them a go one day. If anything, they’re always there to remind me of my dad whenever I start feeling home sick.
Who could’ve guessed? Another postcard! This postcard reminds me a lot of the first one, but with a more 40’s – 50’s twist to it. The bright yellow grabs your attention immediately, and the dress she’s wearing is stunning.
Along with the postcard, we also have another succulent! My college roommate gifted me this during undergrad, and I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it. Like the postcard, I love the yellow pot that the succulent sits in, and the cute flower on top matches the cactus cup! Everything comes full circle.
The bottom and final shelf of this tour contains all of my heavy academic editions and anthologies that I’ve read for school. Even though I love all of my shelves, this one makes me the most proud and happy. These books have been thoroughly studied, analyzed, annotated, and, most importantly, loved. I constantly find myself reaching for books on this shelf because I just adore them so much, and they make me feel so wholesome and complete.
I also think all of the books fit nicely on this shelf: the stacked anthologies, the matching Norton editions, the chunky Divine Comedy books. They just look spectacular to me.
The only book on this shelf that wasn’t for school is The Holy Bible: KJV. Growing up in the Bible Belt is such a surreal fever dream, but my mom gifted this Bible to me a few years ago. I’m not a very religious person — spiritual, yes, but not religious, so I don’t think I’ve cracked it open once.
I have had this idea to start a Sunday Bible scripture/book review from an English majors point of view, but I never get around to doing it. What do you all think? (It’d also have to have a punny name because that’s just me.)
Sadly, because this is the bottom shelf where my dogs often wreck havoc, I’ve refrained from garnishing my lovely academics with decorations. Maybe one day I’ll find something that would fit perfectly, but, alas, that day has yet to come.
The Storage Cubes
Even though I’ve shown my entire bookshelf, I figured I would also include where my books overflow. Once I get a new bookshelf, hopefully this won’t be a problem any longer!
Let’s all agree to ignore the never-ending dog hair covering the bottom of these boxes, pls and thx. 🙂
I currently have two storage cubes filled to the brim with more of my childhood books, as well as a small section in my TV stand. I can’t wait to free these little guys from these boxes and let them breathe. It would also make it a lot easier to show you all the rest of the books I own.
Because they’re cramped up in these containers, I truly don’t remember what’s even in here, other than my House of Night series. I wonder what I might find when cleaning them out — it could be a treasure chest, for all we know!
It is finally complete!
I hope you all enjoyed seeing the chaotic and strange organization skills that I seem to possess!
My bookshelf, much like other readers, holds a special piece of my heart, and I love sharing it with all of you. Once I finally get another bookshelf put up and organized, I’ll be sure to make a part 2 of my 2021 Bookshelf Tour.
Let me know if you saw any of your favorite books, books you’re curious about, or, really, just any opinion on any book!
Stay happy and kind, my sweet peas! I’ll see you in the next one. x