Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bookshelf Cleaning and Signed Book Giveaway

On Sunday I innocently mentioned to the husband that I wanted to organize our larger bookshelf and get rid of some books I never read. It's something that had been on my mind for awhile, but actually pulling all of the books off of the shelf and going through them seemed like such a daunting task that I would just look at the shelf, shake my head, and go back to the couch.

Well, I should have never mentioned my thoughts to the husband. He keeps our house amazingly clean because he's insane about clutter, and I suspect the bookshelf had been poking at his sensibilities for awhile now. As soon as I mentioned the possibility of organizing the shelf, he was all over me until I actually did it. (Note to self: Never mention these things to him in the future.)

So, on Sunday afternoon I found myself digging through my shelves and making them look pretty.

Awhile ago we got this small shelf, and I put all of my pretty YA hardcovers on it. It's so organized and clean...see?

The big shelf? It's not so pretty. In fact, it's a bit of a disaster.

I decided I needed to give it some order, so I pulled everything off and put it into piles. Classics, adult hardcover, adult paperback, YA hardcover, YA paperback, travel books, finance books, etc. There was a pretty large pile of books I needed to accept that I would never read, so I put them all in a box to donate to the library. I also realize I had quite a few duplicate books in there...oops. 

Then I put them all back on the shelf in some sort of order. 

The only major problem I came across was that this shelf is DEEP. There's actually room for THREE rows of books on each shelf. I kept each shelf to two, but it was hard deciding which books would be on the outside shelves. I have some books I didn't mind hiding...like the personal finance books and what-not. But a lot of my pretty adult hardcovers ended up getting hidden, and I couldn't really figure out a way around that. For me...my bookshelf is like my trophy case. The books I choose to keep and display are books that I love or books that say something about me. So it was easy to keep some hidden, but hard for me to hide others. I think this just means I need more shelving so I can show off all of my pretty books!

Anyway, here's how it turned out. Does it look better?
What I really need is a bigger place with more shelving, but this will do for now. Of course, I currently have SEVEN books on order from Borders.com and I have no idea where those will go when they arrive. The husband and I are looking into more shelving, but our place is so tiny we are running out of room. I guess some of his stuff will have to go!

Well, as I was going through my shelf I found a stack of signed books that I gathered to give away on my other blog, but I never did. I don't really have room for them, so I guess I will give them away here!

These are the books I have available (all of them are paperbacks signed by the author)
Burned by Ellen Hopkins
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Evermore by Alyson Noel
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Just fill out the form below if you want to win one of these signed books. Sorry, international friends, I can only afford to ship these to US or Canada mailing addresses. I'll pick winners on Tuesday, April 12, so you have a week to enter. 



  1. A neat-freak man? Hang onto him! They look great! I love that you have a system. I like to group mine, too--adult, YA, nonfiction, etc.

    And this is an awesome giveaway! Thanks!

  2. So clean and precise. I think that's the beauty of ebooks...they never collect dust, the cover art always looks pristine, and the pages never yellow with age. I kinda wish my whole house was an ebook...and I could just go two dimensional and live there.

  3. Seriously, I wish I could transform my caveman into a neat freak. Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway--I'm pretty sure I misspelled my name :P

  4. Look at you with your shiny organized bookshelves!

  5. I love bookshelves. I look forward to having them again someday. My books are almost all in boxes... in a closet. Which is sad, ugly and just WRONG.

    Have you seen the bookshelf **** photoblog? Your blog won't let me post the whole name because it contains a naughty word (think film genre).

    I drool.

  6. This is awesome, Jessica. I had a signed copy of Hush, Hush but I loaned it to a student of mine (a trustworthy one), but she stole it and then ripped out the signed page when her mom found out. So, I'd love to win a new one! :-)

    You are so generous to give these away!