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?
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.
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED