Due to now having a lot of extra time on my hands, I decided to finally re-organise and sort out my bookshelf after years and years of my books piling up all over the place and not being in any order. Essentially I forgot that I had certain books because they were right at the bottom of a tower of other books. It kind of felt like I was re-discovering all the books I owned and haven’t read!
Because of my newly sorted out bookshelves, I decided I wanted to do the Bookshelf Tag (even though I haven’t been tagged!) If you would also like to do this tag, please do as I would love to read your answers to these questions.
#1 How many bookshelves do you have?
I’ve got one bookcase and 2 other little shelves that I use. I definitely need more space though!
#2 How many books are on your bookshelves?
I have 270 books on my shelves. Which is a lot more than I thought!
#3 How do you organise your books?
I’ve recently organised my books alphabetically by author’s surname. I could be tempted (if I had the patience for it) to organise my books in genre and then by author’s surname alphabetically. I think organising books by colour also looks really pretty!
#4 What is the oldest book on your shelf?
The oldest book on my shelf is this 1939 edition of Oliver Twist complete with “seven photographs in character”. I haven’t read this edition yet but it’ll definitely be one that I only read at home and not take it with me to read on the train (as I’m a little scared to damage it!)
#5 What is the newest book on your shelf?
As you might know I have put myself on a year long book buying ban. However, I did receive a couple of books of gifts recently so the newest book on my shelf is The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo.
#6 What is the longest book on your shelf?
The longest book on my shelf is Les Misérables by Victor Hugo which I have actually read. It took me a while but I really enjoyed it as I knew that it was a story I really loved (from the musical and film). This book has 1,232 pages so you definitely need to enjoy the storyline to get through a book that long!
#7 What is the shortest book on your shelf?
The shortest book on my shelf is Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen which is part of the Penguin Little Black Classics collection. All of these books have around 50 pages so I could have chosen any of them from this collection! I would definitely recommend these books if you want to be introduced to a new author; they really help to get a feel for their writing style and help you decide if you want to read more of their work.
#8 What is the predominant genre on your shelves?
The predominant genre on my shelves is definitely Classic books. I know that’s quite broad as there are many genres of books within the umbrella term of “Classics” so to be slightly more specific I would say I own the most Victorian literature.
#9 Have you done a bookshelf tour?
Nope, I guess this kind of counts as one!
#10 Go on a random number generator and talk about the book that corresponds with that number
Number 23 turned out to be Frankenstein by Mary Shelley which just happens to be one of my favourite books and a book that I re-read every year (or at least every two years). If you’re just getting started with reading classics, Frankenstein would definitely top my list of books to reach for; it’s easy to read, exciting and pretty revolutionary for its time. I’ve also done a blog post as part of my “Spotlight On:…” series focusing on Mary Shelley so if you want to learn a little bit more about her life and her inspirations for writing then definitely check that out here.
#11 Do you have any fan merch or any other decorations on your shelf?
Nope! I should do though really as I’ve seen some great little bits on Etsy.
#12 Show us your bookshelf!
Here you go…
Thanks for reading!
Love, Zoë xx