Saturday, August 24, 2013

Book Shelf Tour: how do YOU organize your shelf?

So it's been a number of months since I did a bookshelf tour. Since my last tour, I've moved back to my old bedroom with the second bookshelf, and I've also acquired a ton of new books. The books I show are not all my books, but they are the majority of my YA books that I like to display. Maybe next time I'll do an extensive tour with my christian fiction, my adult books, and my other YA books that I couldn't put on these two shelves.

Here are my two main bookshelves:

As you can tell, both shelves are pretty full. I organize my books by "size"/"categories", and within those groups, by author last name. Sort of. You'll see some exceptions. 

The left shelf has all my non-signed books, and the right has all my signed books. Crazy, right? I can't believe I've already filled up a whole shelf of signed books, but I have to say that not all those books are technically signed. I'll be more specific in the pictures below. Also, some of the books on that signed shelf aren't signed "yet", but I plan on attending a book signing later

Chronicles of Narnia: I adored this series. It's the first series I ever finished, and the books are well worn and loved. My favorite is The Silver Chair.

Harry Potter: I received a gorgeous box set for Christmas. Now, confession--I haven't read the entire series. I got up to book 5 and was traumatized by Sirius' death (hey, I was a young reader!). Other things ended up getting in the way, and I left book six and seven unread. I plan on fixing this error by the end of 2013. I'm rereading all the books, and am currently on book 5. On top of the box set are my original HP copies of year 2, 3, and 4.

You'll also note I have J.K. Rowling's two adult books, both of which I have yet to read.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: I read the first two books, and loved them! I plan on reading the last three this year.

This is my classics shelf. I have all my Jane Austen books here (my favorite being Pride and Prejudice). I also have a copy of Gone With the Wind that is terribly beat up. I read it only once, in it's entirely, during the 7th grade. I loved it, and I should probably reread it soon. 

At the end of this shelf, I have Grimm's complete fairytales and the complete works of William Shakespeare. I adore the cover and leather binding. 

I dub this shelf my "non signed, regular sized hardbacks shelf". It has the Seven Kingdoms Trilogy (Fire is actually signed, but I put it on this shelf). It also has my Hunger Games Trilogy, with the movie companion resting on top.

I am also a huge Lauren Oliver fan, and the copy of Before I Fall is first printing, first edition (before she was ever a NYT bestseller!) I found it had a used bookstore, and had to snag it, even if I already had a paperback copy of the book.

This is my "non-signed paperback series/tall hardback series shelf". I have the Vampire Academy series, which I need to complete. I've only read the first book, which was good but not amazing. I've heard the series gets even better, though! I also have book 1 and book 2 of the Mortal Instruments series. My cousin currently has book 2. I've only read City of Bones, but I plan on reading the rest soon. 

You'll also see I have Clare's other series, The Infernal Devices. I got it as a box set. Soooo many people have raved about this trilogy, and have said it's better than The Mortal Instruments!  

And lastly, you'll see I have Melina Marchetta's fantasy series, The Lutamere Chronicles. I read Finnikin, which was amazing! Now I need to read Froi and Quintanna! 

This is the top of my second shelf, which has old classic books: two copies of Jane eyre, one of Pride and Prejudice, and one of Wuthering Heights. Below that, there's an annotated copy of the Grim's Fairytales, with historical notes an context.

I also have a tin can full of cards, ticket stubs, play bills, etc.

To the left is my "swag box".

This shelf is incomplete, because I plan for this to be my "favorite signed, completed trilogy shelf". By November, this shelf will be filled with six different trilogies, almost all of them my favorites (with the exception of Hourglass, because I haven't read it yet). 

Note: Divergent and Insurgent ARE signed, purchased and shipped from an event in Chicago. I thought about sending back the signed books, because they weren't personalized (like I had specified), but I'm glad I kept them! And a relative in Chicago is going to get me a signed copy of Allegiant. 

The same family friend in Chicago got Delirium and Requiem signed. Delirium is a first printing, first edition. Pandemonium isn't signed. One day I WILL meet Lauren Oliver and have the entire trilogy signed.

To the far right is my TBR jar (inspired by youtube book vlogers), followed by my three Neil Gaiman books. All signed.

This shelf is my "signed regular sized hardbacks" shelf. Some books (like my signed copy of Shadow and Bone and Cinder) are missing, because my friend borrowed them.

The Fault in Our Stars is a presigned copy (first printing, first edition). No, I have not had the pleasure of meeting John Green. I wish.

Wings and Spells by Aprilynne Pike are not signed, yet. She will be attending Southern Festival of Books in October.

I have, though, had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie Perkins. My copies of Anna and Lola are signed--both books are fantastic!

I call this shelf my "signed paperback series/signed tall hardback shelf". 

The Maze Runner Trilogy is not signed, YET, but James Dashner is coming to Nashville in October. 

Shades of Earth isn't signed, either. When I met Beth, the book hadn't come out yet.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is not signed, but Days of Blood and Starlight is. I found a signed copy at my local Barnes and Noble one day, and squealed. See, I didn't like Daughter of Smoke and Bone,  but  I gave Days of Blood and Starlight a chance. I'm glad I did, because it's now one of my favorite books! It's gorgeous and brutal. 

Throne of Glass! My favorite book of 2012!  I got to meet the author at the Southern Festival of Books last year, which was amazing! I gave Sarah Maas a huge hug before her panel, and Sarah wrote the most amazing inscription in my book! Most authors just say "happy reading", or "to Cassie", but Sarah went above and beyond. She's an amazing author and person.

This is my "mismatched" shelf. 

I had the pleasure of meeting Brodi Ashton and Tahereh Mafi at the Pitch Dark Days tour in ATL. It was awesome! I also met Cynthia Hand and Veronica Rossi at the tour stop, which was super cool! Books by both those authors are in above pictures. 

Hex Hall and Demon Glass aren't signed, because when Rachel made a tour stop in Nashville, I didn't know about her or her books. I went to the signing on a whim (my first EVER book signing) and decided to just get her newest book. I regret it to this day, because the trilogy is fantastic.

And yes, that copy of The Host is SIGNED. I won it from Jenna @ Jenna Does Books. 

Those Sarah Dessen books aren't signed...yet. But Sarah is going to be at the Southern Festival of books, so they will be signed. 

These three books are books I couldn't fit on my shelf. I'm going to have to rearrange my shelf, eventually. In case you can't see, I have:

1. Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
2. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Sibohan Vivian
3. 52 Reasons to Hate my Father by Jessica Brody


And that concludes my bookshelf tour! *wipes brow* Sorry for the length of this post! Hopefully you enjoyed it, and hopefully you spot some books on my shelf to add to your TBR pile.

And yes, I have a weird organization system, so I'm wondering: how do YOU organize your books? Do you have signed books? Do you separate them?


  1. I don't separate my signed books. I organize by genre!

  2. So organized and beautiful! You've got a lot of hardcovers there, girly! And I will say that the Infernal Devices series is a whole lot better than The Mortal Instruments, even though TMI is an awesome series, too. Love your shelves <3

  3. That is such a unique way to organized books. I used to separate my signed and non signed books, but I didn't want to separate series. Eventually I just organized by author's last name. I do have my anthologies and nonfiction books seperated. I also have my review books in their own section so I don't get them mixed up.

    I really like the idea of a book tour. I asked for some more bookshelves for my bday, so maybe I'll do it afterwards.