The Personal Library Book Tag

October 19, 2021 Let's Discuss, Tags 30

I found this fun tag the other day over at a GREAT read and decided to join in. The tag was created by the blogger over at 24hryabookblog and the image above was borrowed from them as well! (If you want to join in on the tag, make sure to link back to that original post.)

 

HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE THE BOOKS ON YOUR SHELVES?

My “system” is somewhat haphazard. I have one YA bookcase in my room that’s organized by color—I love the rainbow effect! The other two bookcases in my room are also mostly YA books, but one shelf has some display books from series I love, and then the rest of the bookcase is random unread books that don’t fit the colors of my rainbow shelves. My final bookcase in my room is also random, mostly YA books with very little organization at all to it. Finally, I have a large bookcase downstairs that holds most of my middle grade books and some other random display books and old middle grade collections. A few of these shelves are color-coded, and then I have a section for verse novels. The rest of that bookshelf is sort of random.

Here’s a not-so-great pic of the mostly-MG bookcase.You can see my classics at the top and some displayed YA at the bottom.
(Yes, there’s also a stack of books next to it. Those are YA books I’ve already read and plan to donate.)

Funny side-story about my bookcase: My daughter Danielle recently had friends over after Homecoming, and apparently they were all in awe of this bookcase setup. (They didn’t see the other bookcases because they’re upstairs in my room—this one’s in the office). Danielle said they went on and on about the colors and my Funko Pops and other decorations, and they were pointing out specific books on the YA shelves all excitedly. I’ll confess I was giddy over the bookcase love.  🙂

 

ANY PARTICULAR AESTHETIC OR NICHE GENRE OF BOOKS YOU’D LIKE TO SEE MORE OF ON YOUR SHELVES?

I always love it when I get books that work well on my rainbow shelves. Give me a bright-colored spine and I’m happy!

The rainbow bookshelves make a great backdrop for book pics!

 

PICK A BOOK ON YOUR SHELF AND SHARE THE PERSONAL STORY BEHIND IT.

I first got a copy of Cinder but then lost it somehow, so I got another copy to replace it. But that copy was just from the used bookstore and it wasn’t all that pretty. When my daughter decided she wanted to read the series too, I gave her that copy and told her she could do whatever with it—and then bought myself a new one. 🙂  (She did read the pretty copies of the rest of the series.) Oh, and then I won a copy of the book with the new cover from a GREAT read (same place I saw this tag!), so I have that copy too.

 

NAME A BOOK (OR BOOKS) IN YOUR PERSONAL COLLECTION PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO SEE YOU OWN.

Hmmmm… maybe my book of all of Shakespeare’s works? I don’t talk about classics much on my blog, but I’ve always loved Shakespeare, and I’ve been in several of his plays.

 

WHAT’S A BOOK THAT YOU OWN THAT’S STILL ON YOUR TBR?

Hahahaha! I have at least two bookshelves FULL of these. I actually don’t keep all that many books that I’ve already read. I mostly only keep favorites. (Or really pretty books. Sorry, not sorry.)

 

NAME A BOOK (OR BOOKS) THAT YOU DESPERATELY WANT TO ADD TO YOUR PERSONAL LIBRARY.

I would love old copies of a couple of the books I adored when I was a kid. A few that come to mind are The Girl with the Silver Eyes, Anna to the Infinite Power, and The Ghost Next Door. I have a copy of TGwtSE, but I’d love to have the actual version I had when I was a kid.

Okay, here’s a fun twist: As I was writing this post, I decided to do a quick search and actually found a copy of The Ghost Next Door that’s exactly like the one I had when I was a kid (from 1972!). It looks like it’s in great condition, so I went ahead and bought it. Can’t wait to revisit this old favorite!

 

If this post seems fun to you, consider yourself tagged!

 

This post has been linked up to the Book Blog Discussion Challenge.

 

30 Responses to “The Personal Library Book Tag”

  1. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Oh nice! Glad you decided to do this tag! I love tags and miss them terribly! I keep meaning to go back through my blog and just redo some since I haven’t found new ones in ages. I love the colored organization I see on shelves, but it would honestly drive me batty. Mostly since I like to go to author signings (remember those events from pre-2020? Lol) and if my shelves weren’t in alphabetical order I would be hard-pressed to remember what color the author’s books were! Lol. Although it seems like the majority of mine end up being black! lol.

    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      Yes, I will confess that it has caused me to have to search for a book now and again. I do have a system in Goodreads that at least tells me which bookcase a book is in (though I’m not always great about keeping it up to date), but even if I know a book is on my rainbow bookcase, I still have to search all the colors!

  2. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

    Love your rainbow shelf! One of these days I’m going to have to do my shelves like that. They always look so pretty. Yay, Shakespeare! I have a huge anthology of his works plopped right in the middle of my shelves. It looks pretty out of place with the rest of my book collection but I can’t bear to part with it.

  3. Natalie Aguirre

    That’s so awesome that your daughter and her friends got excited about your bookshelves full of books. Sounds like you’ve got a great way to organize all your books. Natalie @ Literary Rambles

  4. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I hope The Ghost Next Door lives up to your memories! I’m always scared to reread childhood favorites because sometimes I discover that they’re awful. I have a bunch of bookshelves. One is for my TBR. The rest just have books crammed in however they fit.

  5. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

    Rainbow shelves do make great photo backgrounds, very aesthetically pleasing. I also laugh too when people ask about books I own that I haven’t read. On the plus side, we never run out of books to pick up as a result. Great post!

  6. Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

    I love hearing how people organize their shelves, probably since my method of organization is so haphazard! There’s a mix of color coding, by genre, by height, and probably some other methods thrown in as well!

    The one thing I’m pretty proud of in terms of unread books on my TBR is that I manage to get most of them to fit on one shelf on the bottom of my bookcase! I like the fact that whenever I’m looking for a new book to start, I can always look in just one place to see my options!

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