A few weeks ago I realized that in all the time I’ve had this blog (six years and eight months, to be precise) I have never done a bookshelf tour. Unthinkable, I know. Bookshelf tours are all the rage on BookTube after all.
I then realized that photographing my shelves would present something of a challenge, even with my fancy new DSLR camera. I have a few large bookcases packed into a very tight space with odd bits of furniture poking out and blocking the view. Then there’s the problem of glare, which presented itself when I tried to take pictures of the bookcase on the wall between two windows. Needless to say, getting some of these photos wasn’t a simple case of point and shoot. Still, I think most of these came out pretty well.
My home office doubles as a bedroom, though I don’t actually sleep in here. (Well, except for naps. I mean, the bed is RIGHT THERE. Also handy for curling up with a book.) I do keep most of my stuff in here though. And most of my stuff is books, so that works out nicely.
Anyway, the first bookcase I’m going to show you is also the oldest. I’ve had this bookcase since I was a baby. It was home to my first childhood books. Now, it holds most of my fiction collection. (By the way, you can click on any of the photos below to enlarge them.)
This is my backup fiction shelf, which is really more of a bedside table with an insane amount of storage space under it. Books two layers deep!
And here we come to my collection of Christian living and theology books, which I talked about in a recent book chat post. As you can see, I’m starting to have a bit of a space problem. To the right is my Harry Potter trunk piled with all the review books I need to read. Fiction on the left, nonfiction on the right.
I tried to do a little color coordinating. It’s not very convincing, I know.
This is my biggest, nicest bookcase. The roof and the top two shelves are reserved for classics and my beloved golden pothos. The next two shelves are reserved for biographies, memoirs, popular history, and general nonfiction. The bottom shelf is a hodgepodge of reference books, misc. nonfiction, and a little bit of YA.
The garden statuary and mostly obscured painting of Mont Saint-Michel are courtesy of my grandmother.
I only wish I had more space to show off and–more importantly–expand my classics collection.
Because of my space problem, I keep shelf tchotchkes to a minimum. There are a few exceptions though, as you can see. The little clay house in the previous photo is a depiction of a chocolate shop my dad bought for me in while on a business trip to Belgium when I was a kid. The magnificent abstract art piece in the photo below was actually made for me by a friend years ago using a block of wood, a coat hanger, a stocking, and some paint.
I have a longstanding interest in medical science, medical history, and natural/herbal medicine. The first two shelves in the case below hold books in that vein, plus my modest collection of books on Lyme disease. The bottom shelf contains coffee table books, children’s books, my recently culled magazine collection, and random notebooks.
So, that’s pretty much it. I recently culled almost one hundred books from my collection and, as you can see, space is still very tight. I’ve hit maximum capacity for additional bookcases, so I’ll have to come up with other creative solutions to fit more books into my small space!
Have you ever done a bookshelf tour for your blog or YouTube channel? I’d love to see it! Drop a link in the comments section below!