There have been some comments and posts this week that’ve inspired me to think more about my shelves, and where I keep my books. For the most part I’ve got them all squirreled away either in my cases or, er, in my closets (and my brother’s old room). Some of them, though, have been stacked up on the floor, and while normally it’s not a big deal lately I find myself constantly tripping over my library book stack. Whoops!
So, where do you keep your books? Are they all neatly tucked away on your shelves? Are you like me, with piles and stacks hidden away in closets and under bathroom sinks? Or do you keep your books somewhere else entirely? What do your shelves look like? Mine have got a bunch of stuff displayed in front of my books, but I know some people like to keep that space clear.
Here’s what my book storage situation looks like (for the most part):
This is the stack next to my bed. Instead of books I plan to read or am reading before bedtime, it’s books that I’ve read maybe half of and then abandoned. I keep thinking I’ll get back to them, but it’s been several months now and no progress has been made on any of them. Whoops. (They are: Lonely Werewolf Girl, the His Dark materials trilogy omnibus, and Septimus Heap #3. Oh, and my netbook on top!)
This pile is somewhere to the left of my bed. It’s mostly books I’ve borrowed either from the library or from friends, and generally it disappears ever month or so after I make my return-books-run. The books composing the biggest stack at the back there are actually new books I have to enter into my LibraryThing account; I got them from book trading websites.
This is actually probably the most embarrassing of my book photos– see that case on the left? It tilts. It tilts rather badly, and I’m not sure how to fix it without having to screw it into the wall. I just tend to treat it as if it was a fragile egg, and am very careful where I put my new books.
These two cases are my TBR pile, mostly. There’s a lot more in one of my closets, but the ones on these shelves are priority. It’s also where I keep some Pokemon toys (obviously), my journals, some computer stuff, magazines, and some video games.
This case is entirely of books I’ve actually read, plus my small collection of Egyptian-themes books. Also my sock monkey collection, my collection of cute toys and small dolls, some other knick-knacks, and yet more Pokemon toys. It used to be full of my Favorite Books Ever, but I had to make room for others (FBE got moved to a closet).
And finally, this is a stack that’s in my brother’s old room. It’s my review books, plus a whole bunch of books I got from one of the library book sales that I tend to forget I have until the next time I walk in there.
Obviously I left out my closets and some other places. This post was getting long enough without adding them in there!
What do your shelves look like? Take a picture and show off your collection (and appease my rampant curiosity)!