Hey, guys! Hope you’re all enjoying your short work week due to the bank holiday on Monday. I know I am! I haven’t posted anything other than a review in a while, so I thought I’d share a #shelfie! I know that’s for Instagram more than a blog, but I figured I could go a little more in-depth about my bookshelves and the books on them. So, if you’ve ever wondered about my shelves, today’s your lucky day.
To give you a little background: I live in a very small one-bedroom apartment. It’s about 600sqft and has very tall ceilings to make up for the absolute limited amount of space we have. My dream bookshelves look something like this:
Ahh. Just looking at those shelves makes me feel dreamy…
In contrast, here is my main bookshelf:
My girlfriend and I got this from IKEA. It’s the only piece of furniture we got from IKEA that hasn’t fallen apart. Probably because it was pretty expensive. And don’t get me wrong, I like it a lot. But not as a dream library—more as like shelving/storage in the living room with cute photos and plants and knick-knacks. But anyway, for now, this is what I’ve got. So, let’s take a closer look.
As you can see, I’ve recently organized my shelf by color. As someone who is ridiculously anal and organized, it took a lot of convincing myself to try this. It was fun, it took up some quarantine time, and it looks cute. So, rainbow shelves! This shelf is like a mish mosh of books. Mostly, it holds books I’ve read and enjoyed enough to keep. But it also has a few series and stray books that are on my TBR, as well as a handful of my girlfriend’s books. She doesn’t read a lot, but she does keep the books she really likes. And we don’t exactly have the same taste in literature, so I definitely don’t plan on reading most of them 🙂
It probably would have been easier to discuss the books on my shelves if all my books were still organized by author…but alas, I’ll do my best.
The top half of my shelf displays some of my favorite classics of all time: A Clockwork Orange, The Bell Jar, Alice in Wonderland, A Farewell to Arms, Mrs. Dalloway, Hamlet… And of course some notable contemporary titles, too: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Trigger Warning, Aurora Rising, and We Are Okay. Also, take notice of a Freud cutout figure (my girlfriend’s contribution to the shelf). Also some fake flowers and my “Bookmarks are for quitters” block that my parents gifted me a few months back. (So true.)
Then there’s the lower half of my shelf.
Favorite classics: The Little Prince, To Kill a Mockingbird, Much Ado About Nothing, The Picture of Dorian Gray, A Streetcar Named Desire, We, Pride and Prejudice. Notable contemporaries: Aurora Burning, All the Light We Cannot See, Illuminae. You’ll also see another Freud—this one a figurine, also my girlfriend’s. And though the Whitman cutout is severely over-exposed, he’s still there, I promise.
So that’s my shelf! Like I said, most of these I have read, excluding some series and my girlfriend’s books. So, where is my TBR you ask?
On a different shelf entirely, like most book lovers have.
Of course, I want to switch from an actual TBR shelf to a TBR cart, but currently that’s not an option for me. In the next house, though…
This smaller shelf is in my bedroom and holds only books I haven’t yet read but plan on reading. Lots of them are classics, others just contemporaries I haven’t got around to. Moby Dick has been in progress for YEARS. Same with Hemingway’s short story collection. Once I’m done re-reading The Hunger Games and any new releases that come out this summer, I’m hoping to jump back into my growing TBR. Books I want to read ASAP: Good Omens, The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Radio Silence, The Handmaid’s Tale.
So that’s it! Those are my shelves. Once I move into a bigger place, Operation Library begins, and hopefully I’ll have a nice little reading nook with my pretty white shelves. Stay tuned.