Ever Changing Bookshelves: Part One

As I have been working on my decluttering project, which is way more than a project if I’m being honest, I’ve been making room on my bookshelves and gradually working towards my goal of having all of my books in one room.  I’m very happy with what my shelves are like right now and the only thing that would make me happier was if I had all matching shelves 🙂

So it’s been awhile since I’ve done a full fledged bookshelf tour on the blog so that’s what I’m going to do.  I even went a step further than just a bookshelf tour.  I also edited the photos of each shelf to blur out the books that I have not read yet.  I thought it was a fun experiment to show myself just how many books I have that are unread without having them strictly on TBR shelves.  I like keeping my series and authors together so I just can’t see myself ever having just a TBR shelf.   Because I have 8 bookcases total this will be a series of posts.

Today is a general overview of my shelves and over the next few weeks I will post more in depth looks at each shelf.

20170315_143312This wall of shelves is in our office on the top floor of our house.  99.9% of these books are mine.  I do have 1 book on this shelf that is technically my husband’s but I keep it on my shelves because it’s a Star Wars book and goes with two of the Star Wars books that I have in my collection.  The hats in the upper right corner are also my husbands.  He collects different military memorabilia and at the moment we don’t have a better way of displaying them.


On this shelf, only about 45% of the books are mine.  The bottom shelf is mine with the exception of the 6 books on the right end.  The Star Wars Funko pops are mine but the rest of the Stormtroopers are my husbands.

20170315_143911This shelf holds all of my classics.  It used to be overflowing until I really thought about which classics I would actually be reading in the near future and which ones I would be just fine borrowing from the library instead.


My final shelf is the only one left on the main floor of our house.  This shelf (and a bit extended onto the shelf next to it) are my prized Outlander collection and part of my Wheel of Time collection.  I also have all of the WoT books in mass market but I have those in storage because there is no shelf space for them at this time.  The only book currently missing from my Outlander shelf is the trade paperback of An Echo in the Bone (book 7) because I am currently reading it.

That’s it for today! Stay tuned for part two next week!

October Book Haul

It’s been another full month of book buying even though I told myself I wouldn’t. Zero self control over here, folks!  I’m not even going to attempt to say that I’m going to do better in November because we all know that doesn’t work for me!  I did receive two books for review.  Both of them are for the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

I also decided to subscribe to Uppercase for the month to try it out.  I put my OwlCrate on hold for October because I was pretty sure I knew what the book was going to be and wasn’t all that interested in it. But knowing my luck, the OwlCrate and the Uppercase were the same again so I ended up with the book anyways.


I had two preorders this month – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition and Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.  One of my friends ended up finding a signed copy of Gemina at her Target so I knew I had to check mine for one because I adore this author duo.  So now I have two copies of Gemina and I’ve been thinking about doing a special giveaway on my Instagram when I hit 500 followers so be sure to check out my bookstagram – The Worn Bookmark.



I also had a preorder for The Making of Outlander: The Official Guide To Season 1&2!  I was so excited to get this and I’m really looking forward to reading this in November while I rewatch the show!


I also managed to score 5 other signed books this month in addition to the copy of Gemina I found at Target.  I got Replica by Lauren Oliver and Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs from Target.  And I found The Midnight Sun by Marie Lu and What Light by Jay Asher at Half Price Books. And I also just received an order from Thriftbooks that included a hardcover copy of The Twelve by Justin Cronin that happened to be a signed copy so that was a very pleasant surprise!




My Thriftbooks order also included Blood and Gold by Anne Rice, Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice, Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice, Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, and Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier.  At Half Price Books I happened to find a copy of the third book in the Sevenwaters series on clearance but I forgot to take a photo of it.

I also had a couple of Book Outlet orders.  The first one has a couple of the Supernatural books.  I also got another Robin McKinley book to add to my collection and The Shadow Queen which is a book I’ve been really wanting to read since before it was released.  I also got Assassin’s Heart because it sounds so good.


The second one has a bunch of The Vampire Diaries books.  I’ve read the entire first series plus The Return series and they are SO different from the show but I still really love them.  So I’m working to complete my Vampire Diaries book collection.  I also got a couple of Jojo Moyes books and another Robin McKinley.


So those are all of the books that I got this month!  I will have plenty of reading to keep me busy for the foreseeable future!

What books did you get in October?



Hoarders: Book Nerd UPDATE!

Hey everyone!  I have been such a bad blogger lately!  So many things seem to be happening this month that I haven’t had a lot of time to write posts.  My most recent major project was to go through my enormous book collection and do a big purge.  I wrote all about it in this post – Hoarders: Book Nerd Edition.

I spent a couple of days sitting in front of all my bookshelves (and piles of books) to pull out books that I just know I really won’t read.  Some were recently acquired and others were books I have had for years but never read.  I also pulled a few books that I have read but have no interest in reading again.

Here is what I started out with (not including duplicates that I collect):

Total # of Physical Books: 849

Total # Unread Physical Books: 509 (59.95%)

Here is what I ended up with:

Total # of Physical Books: 731

Total # Unread Physical Books: 409 (55.95%)

I was able to get purge 118 books with no trouble at all!  I am sure there are more I can pull but most of what’s left I really want to read first before I decide. I haven’t taken a full set of AFTER photos but here is just an idea of how much space I cleared up.


I was able to free up some space on my shelves so books from piles on the floor and window seats were able to be moved onto the shelves.  There was one spot (see photo below) on my floor that I was able to eliminate completely!  I got rid of most of the books but kept a few of them.  The only book that is left in that spot is a coffee table book that doesn’t fit on the shelves.


Here are most of the books that didn’t make the cut.  Sorry about the picture quality, I didn’t bother to take good photos because these books are all going bye bye.  (Click on the photo to open a slideshow to see the photos bigger)

A lot of these I would still like to read at some point in my life, like the Anne Rice novels, but I just don’t see it happening any time soon so I will rely on the library when the time comes.  Some of these I also own on my Kindle so I would rather save the physical space.

I have not gotten these out of the house as of today.  I am sorting them into books that are sellable and books that will be donated.  Then I will get them all out of the house this weekend.  Once they are all gone and I have my shelves put back in an organized manner I’ll post the final update of this project.  So far I feel pretty great about the progress I made, even though the unread percentage only went down 3%.

What are some of the deciding factors you use when purging books?

Hoarders: Book Nerd Edition

Hi, I’m Maren and I am a book hoarder.  I think there comes a time in every bookworm’s life when their book collection gets a little out of control.  Well, my collection has gotten BEYOND that point and I feel completely overwhelmed by it. I am without a doubt, a book hoarder. I have my TBR books mixed in with books I have read so when I look at my shelves, and the other random places I keep books, I just don’t even know where to begin.  Trying to figure out what to read next is always a lengthy process because there are just too many unread books that I want to read in my collection.  I ran out of space a long time ago so I have books on window seats and stacked in piles next to my bookshelves.  I have decided to make the hard decision of culling my books down to a more manageable collection.  My husband and I have been making plans to sell our house and buy something bigger next year so I want to have less stuff in general to move when we do.  Packing up and moving nearly 900 books (not including duplicates I collect) is not exactly my idea of a fun time.  While I love my messy book collection, I just don’t have the room for it anymore.

The Current Collection (in all it’s glorious mess):

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The Stats (which can also be seen here):

Total # of Physical Books: 849

Total # Unread Physical Books: 509 (59.95%)

The Plan:

  • Go to each shelf and look at every single book and ask myself  if I will actually read this book (or reread if it has already been read).
  • Make a note of which books are leaving the collection permanently to remove from my Home Library spreadsheet.
  • Decide whether these books will be sold or donated.
  • Once I have gone through all the books, fill in empty space on shelves with books from the floor and/or window seats.

My Hopes:

  • Have an easier time deciding what to read instead of wasting my time staring at my shelves.
  • Utilizing my local library more rather than buying a bunch of books I may not end up liking.  Ultimate goal here = saving money.
  • Still have a big, beautiful collection of books but not feel guilty about the number of unread books that make up the majority of said collection.

I don’t know how long this plan will take.  I would say at least a week but probably more.  I don’t want to short circuit my brain so I think I will tackle one normal bookcase at a time.  The smaller ones I will group together to equal a larger bookcase.   So far I already have a bag and a box which I plan to sell and/or donate.


I have not yet taken them out of my Home Library spreadsheet so those will be included in the final tally of the books that I got rid of.

Stay tuned for an update post on the books I chose to remove from my collection.

Are you a book hoarder like me?  Have you read less than 50% of the books you own?