When I was invited to take part in showing off my bookshelves I jumped at it, I love talking about my bookshelves. I am just going to give you a guided tour ok? It misses out the ebooks (39) and about a dozen scattered around the house, including Wolfsangel which was in my handbag.
First of all the living room. I am only allowed two shelves of books in the living room, this is a major downside of marriage, that and having to double stack my books. *humph*. Anyway, in the living room we have the shelf M and I agree on, our combined collection of Terry Pratchett. I think it was after we got engaged that we pared it down to one copy of each book.
We also have my shelf of extra specially precious books, signed and a handful of ltd copies. Most of these are personalised and collected in the last couple of years, I never went in for buying signed editions. There are one or two that are ltd runs or gifts that are there for that reason alone but most of these books are extremely precious to me for entirely sentimental reasons.
In the dining room I have my desk and on that are the incoming TBR that have not yet been shelved (and therefore probably not listed if they were sent by pubs) and the outgoing books. I get the books for Young & Un:Bound sent to me and then push them out to the groups of kids on the monthly meeting with the relevent parents. I also have my cookbooks. Amongst those are some handwritten recipes from my Nanna. Seriosuly, three shelves of cookbooks and I still eat like a student 98% of the time. I do a mean Christmas dinner though. M also has his Colin Dexter’s in there.
Then upstairs, we finally agreed that he could have the PS3 in the living room and I woul dhave my books upstairs, so we have a room full of books and guitars/bass guitars. I have to double stack and I would love proper built in floor to ceiling shelves but it has not happened yet. Still there are a few authors who merit their own space, Cliver Barker, Neil Gaiman and Jim Butcher (presently shareing with Mike Carey) are not double stacked.
Other than that we have what I consider our A Level English book case, a good mix that you mind find in the home of any reading family. Some poetry, lit, classics, biographies, crime, all sorts of stuff.
The rest is ordered as best as I can reasonably manage, so series are together. Lots or urban fantasy, some horror, loads of thriller and crime which is M’s thing but I occasionally enjoy. Since they are double stacked you will see each shelf twice, the behind and infront shots. A lot of series got shoved to the back on the basis I mostly know which seires I have, individual books are harder. Of course before we moved I gave away a few hundred books to charity, a lot of Terry Brooks, Dean Koontz, stuff I had loved at some point but wasnt likely to re read.
Finally, the rest of the TBR. Ok, if i’m honest there are some biogs and stuff that neither of us has read yet, so this is more like, all the books I actually plan on reading fairly soon, no really, soon, I promise. All the stuff that is set aside for when the mood eventually takes me (or bad impulse purchases, the 3 from all those 3for2′s) are stashed in the regular shelves. I may need a couple of weeks off of course to get through them…
So that’s it, there are a few other random volumes around the house or out on loan, there are always new things arriving by mail or smuggled in my giant handbag and there is a shelf double stacked with pointless gifts and weird but passing interests that I didn’t see the point in pulling the amp out of the way for. There is also about an 18inch stack of comics and graphic novels from years ago stashed in a cupboard. Hope you enjoyed the tour, be aware that anything mockable is going to be blamed firmly on M, even if it’s quite clearly not his.When I have read the next Mike Carey I am going to have a difficult call because I can’t fit that series and Dresden on one shelf without double stacking and that I don’t want to do.