The Most Amazing Place is Wherever Your Books Are

Sunny Smith from A Splash of Ink is hosting a blog link-up! This one focuses on how your organize your books, which is something I happen to be embarrassingly passionate about. For those who don’t know, blog link ups are like virtual meet and greet parties. And since there is nothing better than meeting new friends by discussing bookshelves, I had to join.  
So this worked out perfectly because while I was traipsing about the United Kingdom my family moved from one house to another. My family graciously moved all my beloved books, but I haven’t had a chance to organize them just the way I like. So this link-up is pushing me to reorganize my books like I should have two weeks ago.

1. If you can, share a picture of your bookshelves (piles of books, boxes of books, anywhere you store your books) or describe the set-up you have. 

My new bookshelf situation is a tall shelf that I share with my younger sister (who is in the beginning stages of collecting her life library – HOW EXCITING!). The bottom half is mine.

2. How do you sort your books? Author, genre, not at all?

My non-fiction books are sorted into categories (astronomy, history, etc…) and my fiction books are sorted by author’s last name.

3. Do you have any special trinkets or decorations on your shelves, or are they purely business?

My bookshelves are pretty sparse at the moment. There are dog bookends…
Those dogs have been around longer than I have. I remember they used to hold up books in our homeschool room when I was a lil tyke. In every house we have lived in they have made their home on a different bookshelf in a different setting, but they are always there somewhere. Kinda like Laura Ingalls Wilder’s china doll, home isn’t home until the bronze doggies are placed somewhere.
Also, I noticed that when my lil sister unpacked my stuff she decided to display my KidSpirit writing award on the top shelf. WHAT? All my awards had been and should be safely tucked away in the closet for only me to view only on those really insecure days. WHY IS IT OUT IN THE OPEN LIKE THAT?

4. What genre dominates your bookshelf? Or what genres make up your bookshelf?

I honestly wasn’t sure which genre I had the most of, so I decided to do a visual comparison.
Back (right to left): Geography, Literature, Italian, Cooking
Front (right to left): History and world events, FBI (absolutely no questions), flute, math (I’m quite the enthusiast aren’t I?), Astronomy.
Looks like we have a winner! Apparently I like literature:
(Now pause and take a moment to appreciate all the frustration I went through to get those books into a tower like that for your viewing pleasure.)

5. Are there any books on your shelf that you’re particularly proud of?

I wouldn’t say that there are any books that I am particularly proud of. However, I definitely have a favorite. The Earth Is The Lord’s by Taylor Caldwell is a beautiful volume and my oldest book (by print date). It is special because it was given to me by my honorary grandma who went to be with her Lord this past summer after a long battle with breast cancer. I haven’t read the book yet because I don’t want to touch it too much. As it is now, every time I open the pages I can smell her and I don’t want that smell to fade away.

6. What is the ratio between read books and TBR books on your shelf?

Back = read
Front = to be read
I mostly collect books that I have already read and LOVE. If I do buy a previously unread book, it sits on my shelf and makes funny faces at me until I break down and read it.

7. What is the most recent addition to your bookshelf?

The most recent additions were the books I bought to read on my trip. Namely 1) How To Be A Heroine – Or What I Learned From Reading Too Much by Samantha Ellis 2) I Am The Messanger by Markus Zusak and 3) Portrait of An Artist As A Young Man and Dubliners by James Joyce
Also, my parents just bought me this book as a gift and I’m pretty excited about reading it:

8. Describe your dream bookshelf setup.

Aha. Ahaha. OOOLALA.
And since I know you are all probably wondering how to jump in and enjoy this lovely party for yourselves, here are the instructions:
1. Write your post based off the prompt questions 

2. Copy the bookshelf link-up graphic (at Sunny’s blog) and use it in your post
3. Link back to A Splash of Ink
4. Go to A Splash of Ink and add your blog link to her link-up tool

Have fun! 

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

12 thoughts on “The Most Amazing Place is Wherever Your Books Are”

  1. Hi, Susanna!
    I love your bookshelf! And your dream bookshelves are AMAZING! Also, I love your tower of books. I really appreciate all the work you went to in order to take that picture. 🙂


  2. I love your way of visually answering the questions! The piles were great (and I appreciate your stacking abilities).

    Also, your dog bookends and the story behind them is so cute! I think it's so nice how they travel around with you and end up in slightly different places every time.

    Thanks for participating and don't forget to go back and add your link to the link-up!


  3. Susanna's dad here, having to jump in on the dog bookends. I think they are older than Susanna realizes. They are solid bronze, and they were given to me by my Grandpa Gleboff! They probably date back to at lease the 1940s.


  4. I love this! So fun to get a peek at your bookshelf. I love how diverse your bookshelf is – so many different types of books!


  5. FBI? Hm, I could go for some of that. I like the way your shelf is organized; it's very functional and probably easy to access. Also, visual graphs are awesome. Now I know all about your shelf, go me. 😀 Keep reading!


  6. Lovely pictures! I love your bronze dog. And I do appreciate that tower!

    The Earth is the Lord's *is* a beautiful volume, and it's lovely that your grandmother gave it to you. The best books are the ones that come with a story. That's why I love shopping secondhand (well no, hello, I love shopping secondhand because it's CHEAP – but I also like imagining the books' previous owners).

    I Am the Messenger is also one of the books that featured in my “most recent additions” answer! I just bought it yesterday! I am so excited, because The Book Thief is one of my all-time faves so I'm buzzing for this one.

    Great post. (And great blog – I'm a new follower.)


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