Hey readers! I saw this post initially on Always Trust in Books and wanted to try it out myself! Shelfie by Shelfie is a book tag created by Beth @ Bibliobeth. You take a picture of one of your many bookshelves and answer 10 questions about the books that reside there. This was fun to see what I could discern from what my shelf looks like haha. I might do this again if I move or as I complete more of my TBR Pile! Take a peak into the life of one of my bookshelves, see what you can find 🙂
1.) Is there any reason for this shelf being organized the way it is or is it purely random?
The top part of the shelf have books I’ve read that I want to keep! They aren’t necessarily my favorites but they are ones I’d feel comfortable recommending and also displaying in my personal library for others to see. The lower shelf has hardback books. I like to keep those together because I think it looks nicer – otherwise they aren’t in any order haha. Some of it is by size from tallest to shortest, but I’m not too strict on that. The paperbacks in front of those are because I couldn’t fit them on the paperback middle shelf!
2.) Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/ a memory associated with it etc.
Mosquitoland was gifted to me by one of my best friends, Michael. I was visiting him in Denver and he passed it along to me as a pseudo book exchange since obviously I brought books with me 🙂 This novel launched me back into the YA world as I had forgotten how symbolic and beautifully written they can be regardless of the geared audience. The book takes place on a road trip across the U.S. but I associate it with Colorado since that is where I received it.
3.) Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?
Probably The Prestige haha. I remember watching the movie after I had seen Edward Norton’s The Illusionist and I was not impressed. However, I had already bought the book since I was apparently in a magic phase. I know don’t judge a book by it’s movie!
4.) Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?
Eat Pray Love. It was one of the first books that got me into memoirs, and I keep coming back to when I need empowerment with whatever it is I’m dealing with. Plus, I love to travel and I appreciate how raw Elizabeth Gilbert is with her storytelling.
5.) Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?
Most likely The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. This came into my life as I started seeing comics come to life in Marvel and DC films as well as cartoons like X-Men. I’ve attempted it several times but haven’t been able to push through.
6.) Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?
7.) Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favorites shelf?)
I have been trying to read The Fountainhead for yeeaarrssss!!! If you look at my Goodreads profile, you can see the progress and how I started it back in 2017 and have barely advanced! It’s a classic and I’ve heard so many great things about it – Rory Gilmore of course has had some influence 🙂
8.) If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.
My mom gifted me a personalized embosser that says “Library of Courtney”. When I let others borrow my books (that obviously I want back), I press this onto the cover page haha.
9.) What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?
I have eclectic taste! There are YA, classics, nonfiction, sci-fi, historical fiction, women’s lit, etc. I feel that this makes me more well-rounded as a reader as well as open-minded to other genres. I also had phases haha like King Henry VIII, Jodi Picoult, and Pride and Prejudice spin-offs.
10.) If you could go back and re-read one book from the shelf for the first time, which would you choose?
There are two copies of Pride and Prejudice on this shelf. haha overkill perhaps, but clearly one I hold dear. It’s one of the books (cliche af, I know) that made me fall in love with reading – along with England and tea haha. If that is too obvious or a cop-out of an answer, I will go with P.S. I Love You. I remember how emotional I was with this book but how much I appreciated having those emotions – a sign of great writing.
That wraps it up for me this time haha. I can’t wait to do another dive into my bookshelves and see what stories I can share and reflect on. Happy reading!
What’s the story behind your shelf? Let’s see your shelfie!