On The Bookshelf Tag.

The Bridge to The Stars

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
– Philip Pullman

S’up internet?!
So, it’s been a week since we met.
And what a fun week it’s been thanks, in large part, to you.

Hopefully by now, some of you will have gotten to know a bit about myself. So, I thought for this weeks bookblog entry, I’d introduce you all to my humble, little bookshelf.
Seeing as I live in a teensy, tiny one bedroom flat with my boyfriend, I only really have space for one big bookshelf at the moment, much to my displeasure.
And what better way to introduce my shelfs than with a tag.
Here it is, The bookshelf tag.

  1. Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from.
    For the longest time, my books sat – hidden and unloved – in cupboards and crammed into tiny half shelves. A year ago, I decided enough was enough, my babies deserved a home of their own, so I hopped into the nearest department store and bought this. I now need many, many more. So many books, so little space.
  2. How do you organise your books?
    my books ben
    I like to change things up and re-arrange them every few months. Until a few weeks back I actually had them arranged into a Rainbow and it was flipping beautiful. But with my crazy book buying habit, it was too hard to maintain. I also got a little annoyed that my series weren’t in order any more, so I organised things by series. Other than that there is no real rhyme or reason to it, other than grouping all of one authors works together.
  3. What’s the longest book on your shelves?
    Easily has to be this monstrous illustrated edition of The Lord of The Rings. With roughly one thousand-two hundred pages, this beast is pretty dang hefty; good workout for your forearms if you’re reading it though.
    What? When else am I supposed to fit in a workout between all this reading?
  4. What’s the shortest book on your shelves?
    Kindred spirits

    Another easy one, it definitely has to be Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell. I spotted this itty-bitty little babe on a supermarket shelf on the run up to World Book Day and couldn’t resist.
    It only cost £1, bargain if I ever saw one, I couldn’t not buy it right?! Right?
  5. Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?
    Actually I don’t believe I’ve ever received a book as a birthday gift. I have gotten a few for Christmas and Valentines presents though. Most Recently these included: You’re Never Weird on The Internet (Almost); Winter; War of Ancients Archive: Fairest; Six of Crows; The Final Empire; Shadows of The Horde; and Carry On.
    I was also given not one, but two copies of Harry Potter Illustrated for Christmas, but, in my mad rush to takes photos while I still had natural light, I forgot to add it to the pile.

  6. Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?
    Peter pan
    On a random shopping trip into the city, I dragged my friend into my local Waterstones bookstore to browse…or, you know, spend ninety pounds. Don’t judge me!
    Anyway, as I was perusing the shelves, said friend drifted away for a while. Somewhere between my shedding tears of pure joy from all the beautiful books I had found – and those of sorrow over the loss of my cash – she eventually caught up to me with this beautiful copy of Peter Pan claiming she had bought it for me.
    I chose the right friends!
  7. Most expensive book on your shelf?
    It would have to be this hardback classics edition of Dracula.
    Just look at it!
    I have no regrets.
    This book is stunningly, eye achingly beautiful . If you’ve ever seen any of the Waterstones/Barnes and Nobel classics collection, you’ll know what I mean.
    Definitely worth that cash I forked out.
  8. Last book you read on your shelf?
    queen of shadows
    Seeing as I just finished it earlier today (and finally started A Court of Mist and Fury), it would be this beauty, Queen of Shadows.
    It’s crazy thinking how far this series has come from the first book.
    Aren’t the UK editions just, everything.
    I love the contrast of the colour against the white.
  9. More than one copy of a book?
    Okay, there’s a story for this one
    It all started with my purchasing the green edition of Fangirl a while back.
    I read about two thirds of the way in to this book, and just gave up. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood, but I just couldn’t get into this story. Skip forward a while and Carry On is released. I had no intention of picking this up, let alone reading it thanks to my absolute disinterest in Fangirl.
    After receiving a copy as a christmas gift however, I decided to read the first chapter at least. And I fell utterly in love!
    I then spotted the yellow edition of Fangirl with a sticker reading “Exclusive Carry On fanart inside”, and so I bought another edition of a book I hated, for one piece of fanart.
    Two months pass. The obsession is still strong. I’m at the supermarket, buying food for the week, I end up in the book section (isn’t it funny how that just happens) and a blue paperback copy of Carry On (not pictured) just finds it’s way into my trolly.
    One month later, the obsession hasn’t passed. I’m in Waterstones, sitting at a table drinking coffee with my boyfriend when, lo and behold, on the shelf next to me is a ‘Signed by the author, special colouring edition’ of Carry On. My eyes cloud over with need, a wanton smile tugging at the corners of my mouth.
    You can guess what happened.
  10. Any completed series on your shelf?
    wolves of mercy fallslunar chronicles

    I’m awful for starting series and not finishing them.
    I did have the entirety of The Lunar Chronicles until Star’s Above came out, but seeing as that’s a novella bind-up I’m going to count this as a whole series.
    I also have all three books in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, but I’m sure there’s also a spin off novel? Or a bind-up. Fudge it, I count this too.
  11. Newest (most recently published) edition to your shelf?
    Lady Midnight
    Lady Midnight.
    Cover goals!
    ‘Nuf said.
  12. Oldest book on your shelf?
    the wishing chair again
    Seeing as this was my Mum’s childhood copy, this has to be the oldest on there. I couldn’t fully verify the date, but from what I can make out, this edition was printed in 1972.
  13. Most beat up book?
    old hobbit
    My beloved old copy of The Hobbit. As you can see in the previous photo, the spine is pretty cracked up, and a large amount of the pages are falling away from the glue. But this was the one that started it all for me. It’s been well read and well loved these past 20 odd years.
  14. Most pristine?
    a thousand nights
    Since this was the most recent book I bought – not going to lie, it was mostly for the cover, just, wow! – I’d say this is the most pristine since it hasn’t been touched since I got it home.
    Although, I’m sort of a crazy person about keeping my books in perfect condition, so most are pretty pristine.
  15. A book from childhood?
    the wishing chair againold hobbit
    Again it would be The Wishing Chair and The Hobbit.
  16. A book that doesn’t belong to you?
    The massive, illustrated editions of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit actually belong to my boyfriend.
  17. A book with a unique cover?
    little women
    I found this adorable little red, leather bound edition of Little Women in a charity shop. It really is like a treasure trove in those places.

  18. A book thats your favourite colour?
    green fangirl
    Though I’m not much of a fan (I will give this another try), the colour of this book is just gorgeous.
    The illustrations are really cute too.
  19. A book thats been on your shelf forever that you haven’t read?
    northen lights
    Although I read most of this way back when, I didn’t then, and haven’t since, finished this book, let alone this series. I remember it being so cool too.
    Maybe I’ll make a point of reading these before the years up.
  20. First book on your shelf you read?
    hobbit wishing chair
    As I’ve mentioned before in another post, the earliest book I remember being read is The Wishing Chair. And the earliest I read alone that’s on my shelf is, what a shock, The Hobbit again!
  21. Any signed books?
    colour in simonsigned rainbow
    My aforementioned Limited colouring edition, signed by the Author Carry On.
    I’ve never actually been fortunate enough to attend an author signing or event. Sad Lisa is sad.



And we’re done here.
I love seeing photos of other bookshelves.
If you’ve a super pretty set up, send me a shelfie 🙂

Peace out

29 thoughts on “On The Bookshelf Tag.

  1. mrenee says:

    Awesome tag 🙂 I have that same monster edition of The Lord of the Rings and it smells like a musty book shop. My brain hurts at the thought of reading it whenever I see t it on my shelf.

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  2. QuirkyVictorian says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post! I love reading about/seeing pictures of people’s bookshelves. I know the pain of only one book shelf. Hopefully soon I’ll have room for more of them! I have three copies of Les Miserables because of how utterly obsessed I am with it, and I was kind of ashamed of that, but after reading your story on number 9, I do not feel bad anymore! 😀

    I rearranged my shelf in a recent post of mine. https://overanalysingliterature.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/didnt-she-just-do-this-yes-yes-she-did/

    Anyway, once again, I really enjoyed reading this! I’m new to your blog but really loving it already. 🙂

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    • The Not So Secret Life Of A Fan Girl says:

      I love seeing others bookshelves too, it’s so strange when you think about it, but they look so nice.
      I’m trying to move into a bigger flat at the moment so hopefully when I do, I’ll get a few more bookshelves.
      If I love a story, I become utterly obsessed with it! I need everything it has to offer, and if that happens to be an alternate cover, I’ll buy it. I may actually have a problem with spending : /
      Thank you 🙂
      I’ve only been posting for just over a week so I’m technically new here too 😛

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  3. Liam @ Hey Ashers! says:

    I love your shelf, and the way you’ve organized it! Must be awful with only the one shelf, though; I hope you guys can move into a bigger place soon, where you can expand easily. My husband and I will soon be moving into an apartment with a more open (read: enormous-bookshelf-friendly) floor plan, and I’m stoked to finally expand my shelves some more.

    Now excuse me while I go hunt down that edition of Dracula, because I need it. 😀

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    • The Not So Secret Life Of A Fan Girl says:

      Thank you, I’m rather proud of him myself!
      It’s actually changed slightly since this photo a few days ago. More new books. I have a problem.
      We’re hoping to be moving within the next few months so, fingers crossed, I’ll have some new bookshelves soon ❤
      Ugh, your so lucky. Be sure to post some book shelf pics when you do.
      It's actually pretty easy to find online; it's either the 'Barnes and Nobel leather-bound classics edition' or the 'Waterstones leather-bound classics edition'
      Every book in the classics collection is gorgeous! Seriously gorgeous!

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      • Liam @ Hey Ashers! says:

        You should be proud! 🙂

        Ahaha, I feel your problem in my soul. I just got rid of about thirty books in preparation for the move (in a pathetic attempt to reduce the number of boxes we have to haul across the state), but I already have a list of books I’m about to go out and purchase. Maaaybe I can hold off a few weeks, until after we’re settled into the new place, but it’s not looking good.

        And yep, a few of the classics collection books are on that list. *Needs.* 😀


      • The Not So Secret Life Of A Fan Girl says:

        I can’t ever get rid of books, I just box some up and store them places. They’re like my children, I just can’t let go.
        They’re too beautiful, am I right?!
        I purchased the pink Alice in Wonderland one as a secret santa gift for a girl at my work, and it was so difficult giving it away, it was beautiful!
        There are quite a few from the collection that are totally unobtainable now and it makes me so sad. I really wanted Jurassic Park and Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy.
        So sad 😦

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      • Liam @ Hey Ashers! says:

        Letting go is awful, for sure. How did you manage to let go of the Alice in Wonderland? I probably would’ve just substituted a different gift and kept it for myself. (I have no self-restraint.)

        Aw, that’s awful. Maybe a well-kept copy of either will turn up in a used book shop or online somewhere. 🙂


      • The Not So Secret Life Of A Fan Girl says:

        It was so hard to do! But as much as I love books, I love giving gifts more, and I knew she would really appreciate it. It was her last holiday season with us, she was leaving to study publishing, creative writing and english lit, so it was too good a gift under the circumstances to keep.
        I will buy myself a copy soon though 😛
        I actually just looked and almost threw up. There’s an etsy store that has ‘copies’ of both, that they’ve HOLLOWED OUT!
        They ripped out it’s innards to make a ‘neat’ ornament!
        Excuse me, I need… I need a moment.

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  4. Hannah @ Book Freak-Out says:

    War of Ancients, rock on! That’s a great read, and I don’t even play Warcraft. I thought we were going to have to have a throw down because I saw the multiple copies of Fangirl, and my old roommate hates that book with a fiery burning passion, so I (of course) am obligated to also hate it out of solidarity. But then I read your text, and we’re all good here! Funny how actually reading articles fixes things.

    I have four copies of Ender’s Game (my favorite book of all time) because one is signed and no one gets to touch it, one has an unbroken spine so I don’t lend it, and two garage sale copies for freely lending.

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    • The Not So Secret Life Of A Fan Girl says:

      I think it may be favourite of the Warcraft series of novels, but there are a lot I’ve still to read. They seemed to just batter them out over a few years when I wasn’t looking. Probably playing WoW.
      I wanted to like Fangirl so much, it should be relatable, but her character just bugged the hell out of me.
      I’m an introvert, I’m socially awkward, I threw up from nerves all day, everyday for a week when I first attended college, but that MC was just another level!
      I couldn’t relate to her at all, her problems were so minor and she just blew them into these huge, devastating moments that had me ripping the hair from my head.
      No one is this uncomfortable, I refuse to believe it, and I’ve had friends who suffer with anxiety and depression and the likes.
      Carry on is just amazing though!
      I’ve actually never read it, Enders game that is.
      It’s something I’ve always meant to get to, but other books just keep getting in the way.
      I actually have 3 copies of The Hobbit and 3 of Lord of The Rings, but I’ve packed the other away to make more room on my shelves.
      Also I’ve decided I want to start collecting different covers of the Hobbit. I just though it would be kind of cool to have a huge collection of them.
      Then display them in one big bookcase like a crazy person!


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