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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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!