To get started on how I like to keep my books, I first want to note that when reading and storing them I try to keep them in as pristine a condition as possible. I’m sure you all appreciate the importance of not creasing the spine or bending the pages, and quite often I will refuse to buy a book in a shop unless the condition is perfect (or maybe I just have book OCD..?). I like to think most of my bookshelves look like they’ve come straight out of a shop, with the books looking perfect enough to buy!
So, to begin the tour! All of my books are kept in my bedroom, as despite wanting to fill the house with books, my family don’t seem to appreciate it! As a result, I am beginning to run out of space, so the majority of the time I will only keep a book if I intend to read it more than once. If it doesn’t impress me then I’ll place it on Read it Swap it, give it to a friend, or donate it to charity.
This is bookshelf number one, a fairly small shelving space that is attached to one half of my desk. This is where I tend to keep my favourite books, or the ones that I’ve read most recently. The only shelf that tends not to undergo many changes is the top shelf, where I keep my beloved copies of Harry Potter. These are the few books present on my shelf that do have creased spines, as I read them when I was really young and didn’t understand the proper way to treat books! Also present here are my copies of Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series, which I absolutely love, and Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy (which I love, but the books take up so much room!).
Next up we have the shelf space above my desk, which once housed cuddly toys and is now home to my growing book collection! This space is where I keep my collection of Vintage Classics, some of which were bought for my school days, others for university and some out of personal interest. I keep my collection of Lisa Gardner books on this shelf too, and I think she’s a great crime writer whose books deserve a wider readership. My collection of John Green novels also live on this shelf, and his books are all amazing, definitely worth the praise he’s started to receive.
Now for the continuation of this tour we must delve inside one of my wardrobes! This wardrobe isn’t used for clothes, but as more of a storage space which I have since claimed for my books. We’ll start off at the bottom of the wardrobe and work our way up, as this space houses a whole host of different genres.
This is my newest bookcase, bought a few months ago when I realised that the number of books I owned were growing at an exceptional rate! I had a massive clear out of this wardrobe to make space for it, and I’m glad I did. This bookcase begins to deviate from the genres we review on BCC, as it houses the majority of my manga collection by artist collective CLAMP. I love their artwork, so I’ve been trying to read all of their series (which has taken me some time!).
I keep some old magazines on the bottom shelf, along with my collection of Anthony Hororwitz’ Alex Rider series, whilst the middle shelf is home to Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series. I own the American editions of these novels, as I picked up the first book in Borders and then wanted the next books to match on my bookshelf! The top shelf houses The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine, with some of the books I’ve reviewed for BCC also being present here.
This next picture is still inside my wardrobe, and is above the previous bookcase. Starting at the bottom again, we have yet more manga, and those really thick books at the end of the shelf are the anthologies I used for my first year of university. More manga dominates the space above, which is now double piled due to lack of space! Next to it are more classics that have been used in school and university, and you can’t fail to notice the massive Shakespeare anthology placed on top of those! (And if you were wondering about the box in front of the books, this is a copy of Sirius Black’s wand from Harry Potter! He was my favourite character and I’m slightly obsessed with him…)
And now to wrap up the tour! That’s about all there is to see, as the only space I have left is another manga shelf, and the space under my desk where I keep my to-read pile! This to-read pile mainly comprises of books waiting to be reviewed for BCC, which then need to be moved onto a bookshelf (if I can actually find any more space…).
I hope you enjoyed this tour of my bookshelves, I’ve loved sharing them with you all!