Let Me Take a Shelfie

bookshelfThanks to the always lovely and entertaining Cait @ Paper Fury for tagging me. I find this tag enjoyable, and am excited to share. ALSO, it motivated me to clean up my bookshelves so I could take pictures of them. HUGE win!

I actually considered doing a video for this, I feel like it would have been much easier than taking pictures, uploading pictures, resizing pictures… but then? I realized I’d have to do my hair, and that seemed like way too much effort.

Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn’t actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from:

This is where Cait did her “Bookshelf Tour”. I shall do the same, of course! I have four bookshelves, but I am soon going to move my Hunger Games books to their own shelf because obviously. So. Two of them are my unread shelves and two are my read shelves.













Here we have unread shelves one and two. The one on the left is my “Imminent TBR” and it came from Amazon right after BEA. The one on the right is my “Eventual TBR” and it’s HUGE and my dad had some guy from work make it for me when I was like, 7. There’s two more shelves on the bottom, but it’s impossible to fit in one picture, and the bottom two are mostly empty and just have some books for trade/giveaways. **Note- please do not fret, dear book lovers, I never light candles near the books. For display purposes only!

I am also getting a new shelf to add to the Imminent TBR one, because there is too much empty space, it needs another shelf!





The one on the left is books I have read. It’s from Amazon, just a random gift. The one on the right is part of my desk, and it is my favorite books! I have had it since I was about 6, when I first got my childhood furniture!

Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books?

Okay, my TBR shelves are organized almost obsessively, alphabetically by author surname. I tried other ways, really I did! I even unloaded the shelves, and tried to do a color scheme, but it failed, miserably, because I couldn’t get it “just right”. My favorites shelf has no organization YET. But when I finally get my Hunger Games shelf together, I will do the alphabet thing there too.

What is the thickest/biggest book on your shelf?


Monsters by Ilsa J. BickAfterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Monsters comes in at 608 pages for the UK paperback edition. Afterworlds has fewer pages at 599, but is so huge and heavy that it had to be added. I assume Queen of Shadows will blow them both out of the water at 656 pages and the ability to kill large woodland creatures.

(Sidenote: This totally would have gone to City of Heavenly Fire, which is like, 725 pages and weighs more than my 20 month old, but Rachel is now its proud handler.)

And the thinnest?


This is called Skull Kids by S. Quarrels. I won it from Goodreads years ago. It only has 125 pages. And um, it isn’t good either. I basically just have it because I don’t know what on earth to do with it. The concept was really fun though?

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?


Salt & Stone is from the lovely Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure. She knew how badly I was dying to read it and sent it to me!

Unwind is from my favorite centaur ever, Val @ The Innocent Smiley. She met Neal (sobs) and knew that I was full of an intense, raging jealousy, so she was kind of the best ever and not only got me this book, but got it signed and personalized!!

The moral here? My friends are the best.

Most expensive book?


Same as Cait, Heir of Fire was the most I have spent on a single book. But look how pretty!

The last book you read on your shelf?


Good thing I am posting this now, because I am about 20 pages away from finishing a new book, rendering this picture untrue. But for now, it’s More Happy Than Not

Do you have more than one copy of a book?

Really? We’re really asking this? Fine.


Do you have the complete series of any book series?

Um, see above? Plus like, a lot of others. And quite a few unread at that.

What’s the newest addition to your shelf?


The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson. I cannot wait to start this- tonight!

What’s the most recently published book on your shelf?

So this is hard. I guess it would be The Heart of Betrayal, above. But I mean, I am going to take this to mean the book published the latest. Just so I don’t have to use the same picture twice, you know. Since these are BOTH set to publish on January 5, 2016, I shall show you both:


This is Where it Ends by Marieke NijkampPassenger by Alexandra Bracken

The oldest book on your shelf?


The Julius House by Charlaine Harris. This is not only old, but fugly. And it doesn’t match with the rest of the series either, which drives me nuts- some jerk on Amazon lied about the edition! Also, this was pubbed in 1996, but the cover makes it look like 1936. Just saying.

A book you won?

I have won quite a few in the past. I am on a no-win streak lately though. I will find some random book I won…


Thanks to Kelly @ Live, Love, Read for this signed copy of ACOTAR!!

A book you’d hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)?giphy8

ALL of them. You cannot touch them. They’re mine. PAWS OFF.

Most beat up book?

Please note, I am not responsible for this!


An ARC of Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick. Its creases make me the sads.

Most pristine book?

Um, all the other ones? Except for one or two that my recently departed suitcase ran over while I was packing to leave BEA 🙁


A book from your childhood?


This was the only one I could find in my room, but I do recommend it! It smells like Christmas, people!!

A book that’s not actually your book?

I do not have any of these! And after hours of Gifficulties™ I gave up. But now you know about my awesome word.

GIFFICULTIES: The problem one has trying to find the perfect GIF. 

A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)?


I don’t know what the correct term for it is, but it doesn’t have a dust jacket but does have pink pages.

A book that is your favorite color?


Book that’s been on your shelf the longest that you STILL haven’t read?


I have had Every Day by David Levithan since I started blogging. Maybe before. It’s sad, really. I want to read it.

Any signed books?

Yep, tons! But my favorite?


Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin. Reasons? One, he has told me it was the first book he ever signed (!!!), two, I really loved the book, and three, there’s a cool doodle in it. It’s just full of win!

That’s it for this trip to Shelf Town. I want to see your shelves though! So I will tag some people:

Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway

Val @ The Innocent Smiley

Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure

Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

Amber @ Ya Indulgences

Brittany @ Please Feed the Bookworm

… And YOU! (Truly I’d have tagged more people but I got lazy about linking. Sorry(ish).)

So answer one of these questions for me: How do you organize your books? And how many shelves do you have?

Posted July 9, 2015 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Funsies / 35 Comments

35 responses to “Let Me Take a Shelfie

  1. BASICALLY SARAH J MAAS IS GONNA GET ALL OUR MONEY BUT WE’RE NOT EVEN GOING TO BE SAD. She’ll rob us blind with her freakishly wonderful talent. *happy sigh*

    AHHH BUT YOUR THE HUNGER GAMES SET WILL NEVER BE COMPLETE WITHOUT THE WHITE EDITIONS. *Cackles evilly* Seriously, though, that is a gorgeous collection. *strokes laptop screen*

    And I love all your shelves and that signed version of Denton’s is SO COOL and Afterworld is like monstrously thick. I want to read that book except IT’S SO THICK. I just finished a 600-page book this week and gee, I am exhausted and need to nap. I thought YA books were supposed to be small?!


    • Exactly! I hope she knows that we spend ALL of someone else’s hard earned money on her books! 😉

      NO they won’t be complete. Which is why when you wake up in the middle of the night and they are gone… I told you so. 😀

      I don’t know if I will ever actually read Afterworlds. Because of things: It is huge, it got mixed reviews, and I hated the end of the Uglies series.

  2. So jealous with your shelves! I only had one shelf since I just started collecting books. Usually I borrowed them from my friend xD Also, just curious, what edition is those THG trilogy that has the color pink, orange, and green? Because it’s SO pretty! I really want to buy it too 😀

  3. OOh, I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND YOUR GIFICATION. I swear, writing the actual post doesn’t take as long as finding hte actual gifs. >.< #sedlyf

    I LOVE YOUR SHELVES <3 Sadly, I've never won any giveaway. Not living in the USA/AUSTRALIA/UK is hard. 🙁 Someday, though!

    • It is SO TRUE! Why is it so hard to find a stupid gif!? It’s like, I can almost picture what I want in my head, but it does not exist! The struggle is real.

      AW, I am sorry you haven’t won any! I do have a few international ones going on right now, maybe your luck will change! I will keep my fingers crossed 😀

  4. Ooh, that is a LOT of books. My physical TBR is really only half a shelf, so kudos to you for having such a huge TBR and still managing! And wow, that is a lot of sets of Hunger Games. *whispers* I don’t have a single set. I borrowed form friends. Also, gifficulties. I still maintain that’s a way better pun that it first feels like.

    • Managing?! BWHAHAHAH. There is no managing! I am a mess! My TBR is out of hand, clearly. And yes, The Hunger Games obsession is a wee bit out of hand, but… well, hell, it is an obsession, of course it is out of hand 😉

      And YES. Gifficulties is glorious. ANyone who disagrees… well, we just will ignore their opinion, obviously 😀

  5. I love your shelves. You have so much hardcover, I need more of them. I just got Every Day from the library, so I will be reading/reviewing it soon.

  6. Well this was loads of fun! I’ve considered different ways of organizing – other people’s rainbow shelves looks so pretty – but I can’t do it. The OCD tendencies would revolt at not having author’s books not all together. The horror. And what good book friends you have. 🙂 Gold star for Gifficulties… think Webster’s will pick it up? 😉 I haven’t read Every Day, either, and my BookTube friend Hope was just raving about it so I put a hold to download it from the library. Buddy read, anyone? 🙂

    • Bwhaha exactly! Plus the OCD makes it hard to match the COLORS perfectly too. It is too hard!

      Webster’s SHOULD pick it up. I am going to file some kind of official request 😉 And yes, my book friends are kind of the best!! Let me know when you’re reading Every Day and I will try to fit it in!

      • I just downloaded Every Day from the library and will be starting it Any Day (hardee har). So, if you’re so inclined to read along, it’d be fun!

  7. There’s literally no place in my apartment so I don’t even have a proper bookshelf. I put my books wherever there’s space. A bit disorganized but whatever. I make do. And wow so many copies of the Hunger Games. What’s the edition on top? I’ve never seen those, they look so cool 😀 Loved this trip to Shelf Town!

    • Aw, thanks! I don’t know what I would do without shelves, I have been lucky enough to have room- though when I was younger, the big shelf had every single Baby-Sitters Club book on it, and then I had no room for anything else 😉 OH and the Hunger Games on top are some kind of fun UK edition- I got them from The Book Depository, they are neon and SO fun, which is ironic since the games are pretty brutal and all!

  8. Queen of Shadows is 656 pages?? OH DEAR LORD SAVE ME NOW. But then again… Winter is rumored to be like 800 pages O_O

    Making grabby hands at Passenger, FYI. I can’t wait till it’s released!

    Thanks for the tag!! I’ll try to actually do this one 😉

    • Yep! It is nice and long, and I have NO time for such things in September because I have like, 800 ARCs. Oops? I should look up Winter too…. 824 pages, apparently. I don’t know how I feel about that. Maybe it should just be two books?

      I NEED to read Passenger. GAH, I need TIME.


    OMG though…your Hunger Games collection is absolutely gorgeous. ? I wish I had all the editions you do – they look absolutely amazing together. (And they totally deserve their own shelf – ha. 😉 )

    And I’m really curious to see what you think of Passenger – it sounds absolutely amazing. I hope you enjoy it Shannon!

    Thanks for sharing and, as always, fantastic post! <3 (#GIFFICULTIES4thewin)

    • Aww thanks! I am going to get those Australian luxury ones come hell or high water- and they’ll need a glass case or something 😉

      I am excited about Passenger too- so far, one BEA roomie LOVED it, and one felt “meh” about it, so I guess I’ll be the deciding vote 😉

  10. I am officially putting your shelves a part of my life goals: that ten years from now, I will have four amazing bookshelves full of books that I can proudly show to the world. Haha! Mine isn’t even shelved by author or by name… my books are shelved by size and I just realize how that doesn’t really help at all xD Then again, if books in a particular shelf are not the same size, I start getting a liiiittle twitchy…

    • Awww!! Well, also make sure your life plan includes being broke because you buy too many books 😉

      Size is a real problem! I don’t like that either, and now I kind of want to do this also. But then… I don’t know if I could handle like, tall to short or short to tall or… WHY are they all different sizes?! Who made that a “thing”?!

  11. This seems like such a fun tag, so I’m going to try to do it! But it’s gonna be really hard taking pictures of my bookshelf/books. It’s a mess and completely unorganized.


    • YAYY DOO IT! I am unorganized too, but this tag forced me to organize! Such a win-win 😉

      Val is THE BEST. As are you, but you didn’t give me any Neal Shusterman books so… 😛 I LOVE THOB. I also HATE THOB for hurting my insides.

  12. You have to read the book Every Day, it’s soo sooo gooodd!! I thought the concept was really original, I still have yet to read the Kiss of Deception though – your bookshelf looks amazing though, I like creeping other fellow bookworms shelfies 😀

  13. Your collection of The Hunger Games is mouth-wateringly (totally a real word) beautiful! I mean just… woah. *slow whistles* You have really pretty shelves though! *swoons* And that signed copy of Denton Little’s Death Date is hilariously gorgeous. So much jealous towards this post! 🙂

  14. Love this! I am not the only one with a whole lot of TBR books. But I really do like your shelves! They look so gorgeous DD: And you with your author surname organising. Mine are by colour – but if it works for you then it really does ^^

  15. First, I’m going to steal your signed copy of Denton’s Little Deathdate. I WANT IT. Second, YAY NAME SHOUTOUT. Yes I know I am the best of the best 🙂 AND WHO WAITED IN THE PASSENGER LINE FOR YOU? Meeeeee. All thanks to meeeeee. And did you ever buy that Hunger Games set that was special or whatever? Did you?

    I WILL DO THIS TAG. SOON. I will! Especially since I just added another shelf 🙂

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