the bookshelf tag

Any excuse to take book photos, right?

Thanks to the lovely Cait for tagging me. I literally cannot resist tags like this.

Like her, I have done another version of this tag, but oh my lordy, the photos are SO awful.

This time I actually took photos in daytime. Also, I used my sister’s room because it has nicer lighting than mine (which is kind of a cave). She doesn’t know yet so shhhh.

Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from.

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I actually have two bookshelves! The one on the LEFT is quite new, actually – before it was a combined bookshelf and desk, with only TWO shelves on it. This is much nicer, even if it means I have to migrate to the kitchen in order to study (which, actually, does wonders for my productivity).

The shelf on the RIGHT is a tiny narrow thing but it’s quite nice, actually.

I have no idea where either of them are from. My dear mother bought them.

How do you organise your books?

Well, some of them are in colour order.


And then the bigger bookshelf has all my favourites on the top two shelves.


What’s the thickest/biggest book on your shelf? Also the thinnest book (basically I’m combining these two because I thought they looked cool together).



This edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of my FAVOURITE books, just because it’s really beautiful and also one of my favourite books ever. Plus it has all of Lewis Carroll’s other stories. East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon is one given to me by my grandparents, whom I can thank (in part) for my love of fairytales.

Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?

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I am actually really lucky in that I’ve received LOTS of books for birthdays over the years – from my parents, grandparents, friends and sisters. But it’s always been my grandparents who encouraged my love of reading from a young age, and this was the only book I could find that has a message from them (all the rest are at their house, I think).

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?


Love Letters to the Dead is from Cait from my birthday last year. THANKS CAIT <3 And Dangerous Boys is from my lovely CP Sarah.

Most expensive book?


So worth it, though.

The last book you read on your shelf?


Despite not being able to quite connect with this story (since it’s so far out of my range of existence that I basically just got really angry at the IDEA of conversion therapy) it’s so well-written and important and thoughtful and wonderful. I highly recommend it.

Do you have more than one copy of a book?


You may ask yourself, Emily, why do you need four copies of a book? Well, I’ll tell you.

1) The paperback. This is my original copy that has been lent to SO many people (since I liked it before it was cool – yep, I’m that hipster). Also it’s got lots of quotes underlined.

2) The signed one. It has a J-scribble on it, which is very exciting.

3) The Project for Awesome limited edition. Because it’s LIMITED EDITION and also GREEN.

4) The Italian one. I also tried to find a French one while I was overseas but didn’t quite manage it.

Do you have a complete series?

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I have MANY complete series. I used to be a huge fantasy fan when I was younger and I have lots of different fantasy series (Eragon, His Dark Materials, Ingo, The Last Dragon Chronicles…etc).

But these are the ones I’m most proud of, because they have the most books. The seven of HP, of course, plus Beedle the Bard and Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts (the original ones, btw).

And then there’s The Princess Diaries, of course!

What’s the newest addition to your shelves?


I bought this lovely thing at Dymocks the other day. It’s so lovely against the plants.

What’s the most recently published book on your shelf?


Oh, and btw, if you haven’t already seen my fangirling review yet, I gave you a whole 18 reasons why you need to read this book.

The oldest book on your shelf?

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These aren’t actually my books – they’re my mums. BUT I have read a lot of them, because they’re excellent books. Trixie Belden, for example, kicks Nancy Drew’s butt any day.

So yep, these are pretty old because they’re from when my mum was a kid – some are even HER mum’s.

A book you won?


I’ve won quite a few books over the last couple of years (lucky me) but this was one of the very first. And I LOVED it.

A book you’d hate to let out of your sight?


Mostly because it’s falling apart. I wouldn’t want it to COMPLETELY die. Also it’s missing page 512 which is a tragedy.

Most beat up book?

…see above.

Most pristine book?


Sadly the photo of this one messed up, BUT IT’S SUCH A PRETTY BOOK. Like with the pink pages and the nice cover and the ribbon…it’s just lovely.

A book from your childhood?


To this day I have not found a mermaid book that lives up to the awesomeness that is Ingo.

A book that doesn’t belong to you?


Technically there are a lot of books in my bookshelf that don’t belong to me. Technically the Harry Potter books are my mum’s. But I’m taking care of them in the hopes that she’ll one day just forget, and agree that they’re mine.

Eragon is also my mum’s. It’s the copy that I spilled water all over and tried to fix with a hair straightener. Good times.

A book with a special/different cover? (leatherbound, soft, fuzzy etc.)

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This book is SO COOL. The plasticky cover is kind of translucent so you can see the girl through it, and then when you take the cover off, hey presto, there she is!

A book that is your favourite colour?


This book is the perfect combination of my favourite colours – a soft yellow and bluish-green. Completely perfect. Shame I didn’t like the book.

A book that’s been on your shelf the longest and you STILL haven’t read it?


It hasn’t been on my shelf for THAT long – maybe two years now? But still, I feel bad for not having read it yet.

Any signed books?

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I have quite a few signed books but these are my two favourites. I didn’t actually MEET Markus Zusak, unfortunately – my younger sister went to some leadership conference thing and he was there, and I made her get my book signed. Of course she had to get her name on there as well, little ratbag.

I’m tagging…

Kayla @ The Thousand Lives // Madiha @ Symphony of Words // Nova @ Out of Time // Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

How do you organise your bookshelves? OH, ALSO, do you keep your TBR on your shelves or somewhere else?