Shelf Love: Books On Hand

As a way of commemorating the blog on its actual anniversary, I thought I’d show off a bit, offer everyone a peek at my humble book collection. I only have one bookcase for it all, and no matter how many times I go through it and purge what I don’t truly, madly, deeply love, it always looks like this, books packed tightly behind other books, or stacked haphazardly where ever they will fit. I’ve had it for five years, and only recently did I come to the conclusion that it holds more books standing tall than it does on its side.

This is what the bookcase looked like last summer.  It’s been purged a number of times since then.


Luckily, my most recent purge sessions have opened up more than enough space to comfortably fit only the most worthy titles out of my sizable TBR stack. Everyday I fight the urge to run out to the charity shops to shop for another bookcase. Why? I really want to keep my collection pared down to what I can cram into these shelves.

Speaking of TBRs, when we moved to England I brought a decent-sized TBR stack with me. I have yet to make a dent in it. I ended up breaking it down into two smaller stacks. The paperback portion currently lives on top of my bookshelf in the living room…

…while the hardcovers are burdened with a glorious purpose: keeping my bedside light elevated for better late night reading.

Upstairs in my workspace/spare bedroom lives the second TBR pile, which is made up of all the books, secondhand and new, purchased here in England. As with the original, I broke the stack down to two; on the floor sit half of the small paperbacks, including all the Penguin editions.

The secondhand and new books sit on the windowsill, all the Viragos, new Persephones (birthday gift from The Husband.), and larger-sized books. When it starts getting too cold to keep the windows open, I’m moving everything to the windowsill.


I have more books lined up on my reader(s), but that’s another post for another time. I’m going to trawl Pinterest for photos of inspiring reading spaces and personal libraries.  Happy Reading!



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