My Home Library Tour

Hey everyone! If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you’ll know that this past December my husband and I bought my parents’ house that I grew up in from 7th grade onwards. In addition to moving up from a townhouse with shared walls to a single family home, we were going to have enough room in the house for us each to have our own office space. For me, that meant LIBRARY! Over the past few months we’ve been working on a lot of projects around the house to make it ours. My favorite project has obviously been putting my home library together and getting it exactly how I want it to be. I chose the room that used to be my bedroom when I lived here growing up. I started off by painting it a darker, slightly purplish gray which really makes the white trim pop. I got all new bookshelves from IKEA and a new reading chair and ottoman, also from IKEA. I got a nice hand-me-down desk from my dad that is the perfect size for my needs. And plenty of room to just relax and have this be my happy place. I put up some photos awhile ago on Instastories but I figured that it would be fun to do a little tour and show you my setup.  First off, a general tour of the room.

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This is the view as you walk in the door to the room. I get so excited walking into this room every time I see this!

 

In the opposite corner I have my desk with my computer where I am currently typing this post 😉  I have the walls filled with various things that make me happy. Closer look at my desk shortly.

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Inside of the closet I have different things stored like my children’s books, board games, candle collection, etc.  My reading chair is SUPER comfy! The first day I had it all set up I ended up falling asleep in it.

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Here’s that closeup of my desk area. Have two IKEA Raskog carts in use alongside my desk that house various office supplies, all of my book sleeves (bottom right), and all of my Chic Sparrow traveler’s notebooks (top two). I spend a lot of time in this corner of the room whether I’m writing blog posts, surfing the internet or watching a show while I journal.

Okay… I know what you’re thinking… This is supposed to be a LIBRARY tour right?! So where are the books?!

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VOILA! My dream of having a wall of bookshelves has finally become a reality. I believe I’ve shared a similar photo on here before but I just can’t stop staring at these. The best part about the location of my reading chair is that this is my view while I’m reading!  I ended up boxing up about half of my Funko collection because the shelves were looking a little bit cluttered so that’s the main difference between the old photo and this one. I also ended up purging a lot of books that I just got rid of this past week. They still don’t all fit on these five shelves but I’ve definitely made progress. My goal moving forward is to only buy books from certain authors I know I love and to utilize my library more for other books I want to read. If I end up loving a book I borrow from the library and know I’ll want to re-read it at some point in the future I will buy it then.

So let’s break it down, shelf by shelf… I sort my books by authors and series. I don’t alphabetize, just have kind a random system that works for me.

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  • Morgan Rhodes, Susan Dennard, Sabaa Tahir, Evelyn Skye, Renee Ahdieh, Marie Lu
  • Sarah J. Maas, Samantha Shannon, Tomi Adeymi
  • Leigh Bardugo, Mary E. Pearson, Shea Ernshaw, Suzanne Collins
  • V.E./Victoria Schwab, Holly Black
  • Sarah Rees Brennan, Marie Rutkoski, Meagan Spooner, Heidi Heilig, Amie Kaufman, Dawn Kurtagich, Kerri Maniscalco, Kiersten White
  • Indies, Barry Lyga, Stephanie Oakes, Misc. YA fantasy, Mindy McGinnis, Alwyn Hamilton

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  • Marissa Meyer, Stephenie Meyer (and no, I didn’t put them together because they have the same last name lol)
  • Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman – This shelf is already jam packed so not sure what I’m going to do with all of his future releases including Darkdawn and the new series with Amie.
  • Laini Taylor
  • Maggie Stiefvater, Jason Segel, Alexandra Bracken, Rachel Caine, Kristen Simmons
  • Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Kendare Blake, Claudia Gray, Veronica Roth
  • Paullina Simons, Jojo Moyes, Sara Donati, misc. adult & YA fiction

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First four shelves, including top of shelf, are different Outlander series editions.

  • Outlander mass market editions
  • Anniversary editions, Easton Press leather bound, UK editions, Lord John Grey series, short story collections, graphic novel
  • US covers in hardcover and trade paperback
  • Magazines, The Making of Outlander, the Outlandish Companions vol. 1&2, Starz tie-in trade paperbacks, older editions of US hardcovers
  • Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin Hobb, The Princess Bride, The Night Circus
  • Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Becky Albertalli, Jeff Zentner, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ruta Sepetys, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Francesca Zappia, Kara Thomas, Jandy Nelson
  • Deborah Harkness, Stephen King, Justin Cronin, Neal Stephenson, Juliet Marillier, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Elizabeth Kostova, Hannah Kent

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  • Harry Potter UK boxed set, Harry Potter Library boxed set, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Harry Potter illustrated editions, Harry Potter original US hardcovers, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone house editions in hardcover and paperback, various books on the films
  • George R.R. Martin, The Wheel of Time graphic novels and companion, various graphic novels including Saga.
  • The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (last three books completed by Brandon Sanderson)
  • True Blood graphic novels, Charlaine Harris, Supernatural (TV show) books
  • E.L. James, Nicholas Sparks, three other adult contemporaries

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  • Very top: Shakespeare, Postsecret book, Jane Austen boxed set
  • Various adult fiction and non including Margaret Atwood, Jon Krakauer, Stieg Larsson, Naomi Novik, Katherine Arden.
  • Jane Austen, Jane Austen retellings, various other adult fiction
  • Gone With the Wind, Scarlett, Rhett Butler’s People
  • Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher, Susanna Kearsley
  • Philippa Gregory
  • Various Tudor fiction and non-fiction including texts by Alison Weir

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  • Mostly all Book of the Month club picks on this shelf. On the bottom there is also a Hemingway collection of four novels, a memoir by Atz Kilcher (Alaska the Last Frontier), and another memoir by Lauren Graham.

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  • Childrens/Middle Grade series including The Face on the Milk Carton, Little House on the Prairie, Chronicles of Narnia
  • Dear America series, Royal Diaries series
  • Princess Diaries series, all books of the original 5 American Girls (Felicity, Kirsten, Addy, Molly, Samantha)
  • Childrens classics including Heidi and Black Beauty.
  • Childrens picture books including Dr. Seuss

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  • Anne of Green Gables series, the Bronte sisters
  • Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Little Women, Huckleberry Finn, Sherlock Holmes, Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol, Christy, Great Expectations
  • The Original Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Robert Frost poetry collection, The Old Man & the Sea, Vanity Fair, Doctor Zhivago, Anna Karenina, War and Peace
  • Daphne du Maurier, Fahrenheit 451, To Kill A Mockingbird, Slaughterhouse-Five, 1984, In Cold Blood

And there you have it! The grand tour of my library is complete. It was really fun putting this post together so I hope you all have enjoyed reading it and looking at the photos. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below! 🙂

Happy reading, everyone!

Tour My Bookshelves – Part 4

Tour My Bookshelves

Welcome to the final post in my series: Tour My Bookshelves!  If you missed the first three posts, you can check them out here – Part 1Part 2Part 3

This week I will be showing you some of my smaller shelves that are located in various places in my house.  To start off, we’ll take a look at the shelf I have on the landing between my main floor and 2nd level.

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It’s a fairly small shelf so I keep mostly mass market paperbacks on it.  I have 4 of my photo albums on the top as well.  I’m not really going to go in much detail on this one because it is a random assortment of books, basically just chosen because they fit on the small shelves.

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Next we will move back down to the living room.  I have another smaller bookshelf full of books and then a few rows of books on my TV season shelf and Blu-ray shelf.

This shelf I split 50/50 with Ethan.  The bottom two shelves hold some of his books.

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On the top shelf I have my Game of Thrones books as well as my boxed set of the Mistborn trilogy.

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On the next shelf I have my Gone With the Wind collection (which as you saw in one of the above pictures I can’t fit all of them).  The black spined book is a movie tie in edition that came out in 1939.  It has the cast list in front and includes color photos from the movies.  I got it used on eBay so it’s not in the greatest condition but it is awesome none the less.  The book on the end is a biography of Clark Gable.

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The next two shelves are Ethan’s.  He is a big fan of sci-fi, especially Isaac Asimov.  He had me read the first three Foundation books and I actually really liked them!

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The next photo is of the bottom shelf of my TV season shelves.  I had one full shelf free so I was able to have more books out.  I keep all of my Anne Rice, Bill Bryson and Jon Krakauer books on this shelf.

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The next shelf is just an entire photo of my Bluray TV season shelf.  It’s a really little shelf so I only have room for mass market size books in the leftover square (bottom right square).

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The last shelf is one that is actually tucked behind our couch.  We have to have it there to hold one of the speakers for our surround sound system.  We’re going to be selling our house in the next year or two so we don’t want to make too many holes in the walls that we’ll have to repair.  On this shelf I keep some of my Twilight extras, including the three available graphic novels.  I also have some of my favorite childhood books.

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So that’s it for my bookshelves!  I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look at my collection. I’ve had fun sharing these photos with you.  Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Tour My Bookshelves – Part 2

Tour My BookshelvesToday is week 2 of the Tour My Bookshelves series.  If you missed my first post, check it out here.  Basically each week I am going to take you on a tour of my bookshelves, room by room all throughout the month of August.

This week I will be showing you the bookshelves in my bedroom  I have a tall 5 shelf bookshelf, a short 2 shelf and my blog cart holds some of my ARCs.  I actually turned my 5 shelf into a 6 shelf.  I went to Menards and the finished shelves they have don’t fit any of the shelves in my house so I had to make do with something else.  Luckily there was the perfect board in the bargain wood section.  It was a little too long but the depth was perfect.  I got it for less than $2.  My dad has a table saw so I just brought it over to his house to shorten the length.    For now it will not match the rest of the shelf because it is just plain wood.  It’s been too humid here to for paint to dry properly.

Bedroom Tall Shelf FullThere is the bookshelf in all it’s glory.  I keep my TBR jars on this bookshelf.  And even though I made them months ago, I have yet to use them.    The top three shelves and the bottom shelf are organized specifically and the middle three aren’t organized any special way.

Bedroom Tall Shelf 1Shelf 1 holds my Nicholas Sparks collection and part of my Tudors collection.

Bedroom Tall Shelf 2Shelf 2 holds my Philippa Gregory collection and other Tudor novels.

Bedroom Tall Shelf 3Shelf 3 holds my Tudor non-fictions and my Ireland collection, both fiction and non.

Bedroom Tall Shelf 4Shelf 4 has a random selection of books.  In the middle I do have all of my Tracy Chevalier books together.

Bedroom Tall Shelf 5Shelf 5 starts off with The Chronicles of Narnia and Anne of Green Gables and then moves into a random assortment of books.

Bedroom Tall Shelf 6Shelf 6 holds all of my Dear America and Royal Diaries books.  I had a little bit of extra space so for now I have A Lifetime of Secrets there until I can collect more Dear Americas and/or Royal Diaries.

I have a smaller bookshelf that also holds our TV.  Now that I have added a shelf plus the bookshelf from last week’s tour, I was able to clear out space for other items I needed to store.

Bedroom Small Shelf FullOn the top shelf I have my Wii and Wii Fit Balance Board along with my 70th anniversary GWTW dvd set.

Bedroom Small Shelf 2Shelf 2 holds my photo boxes and some of my husband’s books.

Bedroom Small Shelf 3Shelf 3 holds more of my books.  No real order to this shelf.

And the final book spot in my bedroom is the ARC shelf on my blog cart.

Bedroom ARC ShelfIt is full now, with my more recent ARCs on the new shelf in our office.  My blogiversary is coming up next month so I plan on doing a giveaway to pass some of these on.

Stay tuned next Monday to see more of my bookshelves!

The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt

I came across a fun post on Blu Chicken Ninja today and decided I wanted to do this tag.  The Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt!  Took me awhile to do because my books are scattered between our first floor and second floor.  But it was good exercise 🙂

Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it:

01The Z in Elizabeth is the closest I could get.

Find a classic:

02Love this book so much!

Find a book with a key on it:

This one is the only one I could not find.  I scoured all of my books but no such luck!

Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book:

03Find the oldest book on your shelf:

04.1A copy of Much Ado About Nothing from 1898.  The cover is no longer attached but it’s still pretty.

Find a book with a girl on the cover:

05A girl AND the word girl, double score!  I love this book!

Find a book with a boy on the cover:

06So it’s only a partial boy but it’s the best I could do.

Find a book that has an animal in it:

07A woman and a stolen horse on the run from the law.  Good book.

Find a book with a male protagonist:

08Read this book in a college English class and loved it.

Find a book with only words on it:

09I got this one for Christmas from my husband’s aunt.  I haven’t read it yet but am looking forward to it once I’m caught up on the series.

Find a book with illustrations in it:

10A companion book to The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan complete with illustrations of characters, maps and creatures.

Find a book with gold lettering:

11It’s hard to tell in this photo but I swear, the lettering is gold!

Find a diary (true or fictional).

12Read this a few months ago, couldn’t stand it.

Find a book written by someone with a common name (like Smith):

13I would say Anderson is a pretty common name.

Find a book that has a close-up of something on it:

14A close-up of Anne Boleyn’s head.

Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period:

15Biography of Cleopatra.

Find a hardcover book without a jacket:

16This book is technically my husband’s but I bought it for him and read them and actually enjoyed them.

Find a teal/turquoise coloured book:

17Not exactly teal or turquoise but it’s close enough to count.

Find a book with stars on it:

18You can just barely see them but they are there in the background.  Book two of the Sookie Stackhouse series.

Find a non-YA book:

19Another excellent read.

Find the longest book you own:

20At 1,037 pages this is the longest book that I own.

Find the shortest book you own:

IMG_20150122_192831Anyone of these crappy board books I had purchased for my goddaughter when she would come over.  Each book literally has 5 total sentences.

Find a book with multiple PoVs:

21Each chapter is from a different POV of one several main characters.

Find a shiny book:

22It’s so shiny it’s like a mirror!  Loved this book and wish there was more of Lisbeth Salander and Mikhail Blomkvist for me to read!

Find a book with flowers on it:

23Flowers… check.  Haven’t read this one.

And I hate tagging people in these things so if you want to join in, feel free!