Shelf by shelf: the TBR spectrum


I still have shelving to do, but I got inspired by Annabel from Annabel’s House of Books’ post on her TBR rainbow to whip my TBR out onto the floor (having photographed it first so I could maintain the order) and put it in the order of the rainbow! And here it is! Sadly, it’s come out a bit blurry, but hopefully you get the idea.

March 2016 spectrumIn its usual form, books do butt up against each other oddly, as I keep it in order of acquisition, and I do tend to acquire fairly randomly, unless a set of Viragoes arrives with me, all neat with their green spines (and all together here, too). Sporting biographies have come together but Edith Sitwell nestles next to Mark Twain, some books on Iceland are still together (Laxness and Byatt’s Ragnarok) and some which weren’t together are now (Butterflies in November, Moon Country and The Greenlanders).

Even though the Viragoes are all of the same vintage, the colour variations show up, and although it’s heavily weighted towards green by them, does everyone have so few purple books, or is it just me?

March 2016 monochromeAnd, of course, there isn’t just a rainbow – white, cream, brown, grey and black feature, too. So here they are. These seem very varied, London War Notes meeting an explorer who might find a novel cure in reading about pop music.

Well, there we go – that was fun, and I got them all into the correct order again. Anyone else for a go? And did anything surprise you from the back end of my TBR that doesn’t usually see the light of day?


Shelf by shelf – the fiction shelving pile


I’ve been inspired¬† by this post on the Hogglestock blog to think about whether posting pictures of all of my bookshelves might be fun. What do you think? Would you like to see that?

However, to do that, I will need to do some shelving. So today I give you my fiction (re)shelving shelves (they’re not normally this organised; I put them into alphabetical order for this photo and to ease the shelving) …

Shelf by shelf shelvingI hope you can see all of these OK. They represent something quite specific: they are …

  • fiction books
  • which I have acquired to read (most of them)
  • or acquired to give to someone else then it arrived damaged so I got them something else and kept that for myself because I couldn’t send them a damaged book (“This Little World” – I wonder if the recipient can guess who they are)
  • or pulled out to re-read (“The Bell”, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the Virginia Woolfs)
  • and which I am keeping, i.e. I would consider I would have a good chance of reading again
  • and are not teen / YA / children’s fiction, which have their own shelving pile

Looking at these two shelves, they are pretty representative of my general fiction reading – 20th century classics, Virago reprints, books by authors I collect (Sackville-West, Murdoch, Tyler, Binchy), books by people I know (Paul Magrs, Professor Elemental, Helen Cross), very few very modern books, horse books (the Jane Smiley), books from second-hand shops.

So, would there be interest in having a look through my bookshelves every now and again? Say a shelf every week or so? I’m not going to post the reviews to all of these, as they’re fairly recent reads and you can use the search option to the right of this post, but I might link to a few or talk about the authors a bit. What do you think?