the bookshelf tag

Kristin over at Wool and Wheel had a great post the other day showing off her bookshelves and talking about the contents. I have not posted in a good long while and her post was a good boost to get back up there. I will be taking a pretty long break after this post, however, just so y’all are aware. So, without further ado, I give you the bookshelf tag!

Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from.

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I have one main bookshelf plus a few other shelves scattered here and there, all covered in books. My main one is my gloriously ugly shelf I got at the thrift store for two dollars. I wrote about it here. These are not all of my books pictured, I have more all over the place. And third picture from the top is a picture of my Star Wars collection, a picture I said I would never post. Haha, I broke that promise. I’ll talk more about that later.

Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books?

Yes and no. I group my books by nonfiction and fiction, then in smaller subcategories. Fiction books, I normally have books that go together, like series or authors, sometimes the same genre, like with my Christian fiction section. My Star Wars books are in a section by themselves, simply because there are so many of them.

With my nonfiction books, I have them split by subject; religion and theology, craft books, literature studies, and all my doula books. I like things to be organized and tidy, but I don’t get super obsessive about them. Not anymore at least.

What’s the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf?

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My two thickest books are my copy of the Narnia books (all in one volume) and The Book of Virtues.

What’s the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf?

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I Ask St. Philomena is the thinnest book I own at 115 pages or so.

Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?

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I’ve received several books as gifts. Redwall, Runny Babbit, Oliver Twist, and Eight Cousins are a few of them. Eight Cousins is probably one of my favorite books ever. It’s just so classic!

What’s the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

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The smallest book I own is Emma by Jane Austen. I’ve had it for four or so years now, and I still haven’t gotten around reading it yet, something I hope to remedy shortly.

What’s the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

I love this book, 100 Cities of the World. It’s a coffee table book with gorgeous pictures. 🙂

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?

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My copies of The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian were gifts from my sister’s godmother. I Ask Saint Philomena was a Confirmation gift from a good friend.

Most expensive book?

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Most expensive would be a toss up between Tiger’s Dream, The House of Hades and The Lost Hero. I bought all three the day or days after they came out, so yeah, expensive.

The last book you read on your shelf?

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Cress was the last one I read.

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read?

I really have no idea.

Do you have more than one copy of a book?

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Yes, I have doubles of On the Banks of Plum Creek, Love Comes Softly, and Love’s Enduring Promise. Old and new copies! I’m not sure which I like better…

Do you have the complete series of any book series?

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Yes! The Mitchells, the Swallows and Amazons, the Narnia books, the Martha books, and a few others.

What’s the newest addition to your shelf?

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Again, Cress is the newest of my books.

What book has been on your shelf forever?

Honestly, I couldn’t tell you.

What’s the most recently published book on your shelf?

Either Cress or House of Hades.

What’s the oldest book on your shelf (as in the actual copy is old)?

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I have a love of old books and I’ve managed to pick up four or five. I have two old etiquette books from the 1920s, a dictionary from 1867, a book of Tennyson’s poems from 1907, a copy of When Knighthood Was In Flower, and a French history book from the early 1930s.

A book you won?

I don’t think I’ve ever won a book. 😦

A book you’d hate to let out of your sight (as in, a book you’d never let someone borrow)?

I will loan out my books, but I’m not overly fond of letting new books out of my sight. I just feel more protective of them, you know? New books as in fresh from the printer, just came off the shelf. I’d rather them get some mileage before I let someone else borrow them.

Most beat up book?

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The two etiquette books from the 1920s have completely lost their spines and are falling apart!

Most pristine book?

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I have quite a few pristine books. Most of my doula books are newish. Most of my new books are very nice still.

A book from your childhood?

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The Martha series I’ve had for years and read them in when I was much younger.

A book that’s not actually your book?

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For some reason, I have one of my brother’s books on my shelf. Why, I couldn’t tell you.

A book with a special or different cover?

I don’t know what special covers my books might have. *shrugs*

A book that is your favorite color?

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Sphinx’s Queen and Now We are Six are two of my favorite colors, purple and yellow respectively. Isn’t the girl’s dress on Sphinx’s Queen gorgeous?

Book that’s been on your shelf the longest that you still haven’t read?

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I have had these two books for years. Probably going on ten or eleven years and I still have not read them. They are nice books and I have no idea why I have never read them…

Any signed books?

No, I personally do not own any signed books, but my family owns signed copies of all but one of Regina Doman’s books. 🙂

So there you go! Check out Kristin’s post, and if you do a post like this, link it in the comments and maybe link it in Kristin’s post as well!