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Book Tag – Shelfie By Shelfie #1

Published September 26, 2017 by bibliobeth

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Hi everyone and welcome to a brand new tag – Shelfie by Shelfie that I was inspired to create late one night when I couldn’t sleep. If you want to join in, you share a picture (or “shelfie”) of one of your shelves i.e. favourites, TBR, however you like to organise them, and then answer ten questions that are based around that particular shelf. I have quite a large collection and am going to do every single bookshelf which comprises both my huge TBR and the books I’ve read and kept but please, don’t feel obliged to do every shelf yourself if you fancy doing this tag. I’d love to see anything and just a snapshot of your collection would be terrific and I’m sure, really interesting for other people to see!

Anyway – on with the tag, here is the top shelf of my first bookshelf:

And here are the questions!:

1.) Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?

Okay, so you might find when I eventually show you all of my “shelfies,” that sometimes there is no rhyme or reason to the way I organise books. Sometimes there is method in my madness and I have a few special shelves where things are organised a lot more logically but generally, it’s a bit of a mess that I will sort out one day. I will. I will! On this top shelf, I like to keep a few hardbacks and larger books that take up a lot of room, like the beast that is James Herbert’s Ash up there and a couple of Faery/Fearie Tale short story collections that I’m really looking forward to getting to. The paperbacks up there, including the Liane Moriarty and the Lionel Shriver are up there simply because I ran out of room on my shelves. Eek!

2.) Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/ a memory associated with it etc.

There are a few books I could pick here but I’m going to go with The Puppy by Sevenoaks Press. I’m a bit of a dog nut and my boyfriend bought me this book many years ago to try and curb my cravings for a puppy. We just can’t have one at the moment and that makes me sad! However, when I look at this book, which is filled with close up “strange ratio” photographs of 190 different breeds of dogs, it never fails to cheer me up. For example:


3.) Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

Tough, tough, tough as the majority of these books I still have to read! I’m going to go with the book on the left hand side, second from the top which is Julie Orringer’s short story collection How To Breathe Underwater. The reason I would ditch it? Easy! I’ve already read it and while it’s an absolutely brilliant short story collection, I’m not sure if I would read it again in the near future.

4.) Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?

It would be The Notable Brain Of Maximilian Ponder by John Ironmonger which I read in my pre-blogging days. This is a wonderful novel that I thoroughly enjoyed about a twenty one year old man who decides to shut himself away and catalogues his entire brain with no outside influences at all save from his reluctant friend Adam. Definitely due a re-read of this!

5.) Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?

That would be Ash by James Herbert. I used to be a huge Herbert fan, my favourite reads being The Rats series, Moon and The Shrine but I haven’t read (or re-read) anything by him for ages. It’s always the case of too many other books to read, too little time!

6.) Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?

There are a couple of new additions (paperbacks) but the newest one would be The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver. I saw this in Waterstones recently as part of their 3 for 2 offer and thought I would give it a go after loving We Need To Talk About Kevin and The Post Birthday World by the same author.

7.) Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf?)

The Maker Of Swans by Paraic O’Donnell. I’ve heard so many great things about it, the synopsis sounds amazing and the cover is gorgeous!

8.) If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.

Yes, there is an object and it is my book clock right on the top in the middle there. I got this for Christmas a few years back from my mum and although I often forget to replace the batteries, I just love the way it looks on my shelves. It’s a clock that is also a stack of books – what could be better?!

9.) What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?

I think it says that I read a wide variety of books? We’ve got short stories up there, fantasy, non-fiction, literary fiction, horror….and a random book with weird pictures of dogs! I have quite an eclectic taste in books and I think it shows.

10.) Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.

As this is my first “shelfie,” I’d like to tag some of my favourite bloggers but please don’t feel obliged or under any pressure to do this tag, I rarely participate in tags myself and will not be offended! I’d love it if you link back to my post too so I can check out your “shelfie” in all its glory.

Chrissi Reads, Cleopatra Loves Books, Snazzy Books, Always Trust In Books, Stephanie’s Novel Fiction.

COMING SOON on bibliobeth : Shelfie by Shelfie #2




My Lovely Bookshelves

Published June 6, 2015 by bibliobeth

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Hello everyone, I’m here to introduce my lovely bookshelves. I was inspired to write this post after seeing Cleo’s bookshelves on her blog – please see her post here and she in turn, was inspired by the post on Snazzy Books site. Thanks girls!

How do I organise my books?

I’ve got quite a few places for books to live despite having these two bookshelves which as you can see, are full to the brim. Despite the chaos that you can see, it is organised honest! I have a shelf which is mainly review books by Book Bridgr, lovely authors who send me books etc. I have another shelf for crime/horror/thriller which holds authors such as James Herbert, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen.

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The shelf in the middle of the picture are my little Agatha Christie hardbacks which look beautiful and I absolutely love but somehow need to get round to reading!

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Favourite authors that appear on my shelf?

Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, Victoria Hislop, Irvine Welsh, John Grisham, Haruki Murakami, Ben Elton and Ian McEwan amongst many, many others. I even have an entire shelf devoted to the king that is Stephen King.

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What books do I have that I want to read soon but haven’t yet got around to?

Ah, these cover a range of shelves! The Quick by Lauren Owen, The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman, All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart, Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant and The Ruby Slippers by Keir Alexander…to name a few.

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Which books do I wish that were on my bookshelf but aren’t?

This is a tough one. I already feel that I could give The British Library a run for its money. I would love to have first editions of my all-time favourite books like It by Stephen King, Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami.

Which books on my shelf are borrowed?

I’ve got Chinese Whispers by Ben Chu, Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel and the recent Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction winner 2015 How To Be Both by Ali Smith which I’ve borrowed from the local library.


Is there anything I dislike about my bookshelves?

That there isn’t enough room! Just look at all the books I’ve had to stack up against the bookshelves on the floor. And then there’s under my bed where I’ve managed to squeeze a few (ok… around thirty/forty). I’ve got some amazing books here that I’m a little afraid that I’m going to forget about because I can’t see them properly in all their glory. At the moment I’m on a book banning buy so that I can try and get on top of my TBR and get the books on the floor and under the bed in the shelves where they belong. It’s hard though, when books come a calling, I want to go a buying!

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So there’s a quick gander at my bookish life. Yes, it’s messy and a bit complicated, but I love it and never get bored of rummaging in my shelves. Thanks again to Cleopatra Loves Books and Snazzy Books for the idea for this post and Happy Reading to everyone!