The Bookshelf Tag

So Cait did the Bookshelf Tag and it was so glorious that I had to do it, too. 
I love my books and showing them off. I feel so warm and fuzzy when I’m around them.
Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn’t actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from:
I have two, actually. I got one from a friend the day I graduated from HLGU. It’s big and heavy and glorious and has two wooden doors and two glass doors. Since moving to our new house, I wanted to use the glass doors for things other than books, so we went to Walmart and got a standard, 6-foot black bookcase. 
Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books?
I organize them by genre, then by author. My YA and Deacon’s books are in the wooden cabinet, so they’re not on display. Everything else is on the other shelf. I think part of me is afraid of displaying YA books. I want visitors to think I have good taste. (WHICH IS COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS I KNOW.)
What’s the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf? 
Poetry: Leaves of Grass – 785 pages of poems; 913 pages altogether
Novel: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – 870 pages
Collection: H. G. Wells – 928 pages
Apparently all thick books must be blue.
What’s the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf? 
Poetry: The Raven and Other Poems – 73 pages
Novella: The Pearl – 90 pages
Drama: All My Sons -70 pages
Is there a book you received as a birthday gift? 
For my last birthday, Deacon parents got me Dorothy Must Die and The Martian
I remember getting The Host for one of my birthdays because there’s a picture somewhere of me opening it. But other than that, I can’t remember.
What’s the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf? 
The Host is the biggest novel (which amazes me because I read most of it in a single day), but my Avatar books are the tallest out of everything.
Is there a book from a friend on your shelf? 
I have many! The last one was from my friend Jenna, who got me this for Christmas last year because I love Little Women and she knows me well.
Most expensive book: 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows cost $34.99. I bought it at midnight the night it came out, on 7/21/07. The runner-up is the collection of C. S. Lewis signature classics, which was $29.99.
Basically, British men with glasses on the cover.
The last book you read on your shelf: 
I read this one last, but it’s technically Deacon’s book. We pretty much consider our collection as one, though.
Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read? 
I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in grade school, but the copies I have aren’t the ones I actually read. I think the earliest one I read that I own was Peter Pan.
Do you have more than one copy of a book? 
Apparently I really liked “The Raven” when I was younger. I have two copies of The Hunchback of Notre Dame because I had to get a copy when I visited Paris, but the Barnes & Noble copy is for when I actually decide to read it. I also have an extra copy of Romeo and Juliet. I have another copy of Mere Christianity somewhere, since I owned it before I bought the collection. I had a few others, but have mostly found other homes for them because duplicates on my bookshelf drive me mad.

Do you have the complete series of any book series?
Why, yes! I have the complete set of The Hunger Games and Twilight, all in hardback. Deacon and I together have the entire Harry Potter series in hardback. He also has all of Percy Jackson but the third one doesn’t match the others. I also have The Lord of the Rings in paperback and a collection of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
What’s the newest addition to your shelf? 
I bought Emma with in-store credit at a used book store about a week ago.
What book has been on your shelf FOREVER? 
Apparently in middle school I only liked black books with one-word titles.
What’s the most recently published book on your shelf? 
This was published in three parts, but this hardcover edition was published in February 2015.
The oldest book on your shelf (as in, the actual copy is old):
I got this at a Goodwill store a few years ago. The copy is from 1937.
A book you won:
Sadly, none.
A book you’d hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow):
The Hunchback of Notre Dame because I went all the way to Notre Dame to get it. Deathly Hallows since I stood in line for a few hours the night it came out to get it. Also my Barnes & Noble hardback classics because they’re so pretty. I’ll loan out my Avatar graphic novels only to those who are deemed worthy. Everything else I’m pretty relaxed about.
Most beat up book:
An acquaintance loaned these to me years ago and basically told me I could keep them when I tried to return them. I got through Gathering Blue but never finished Messenger. I have no idea how Order of the Phoenix got so beat up because it belonged to Deacon and he has never read it.
Most pristine book: 
Just look at those golden pages. This book is beautiful. 
A book from your childhood:
I wasn’t much a reader as a child, but my mother’s friend had me read some of A Light in the Attic one day and I spent at least a year afterwards trying to track down what it was. All of my other childhood books are at my parent’s house, but I never was too attached to any of them.
A book that’s not actually your book:
Besides Gathering Blue and Messenger, Deacon has a few classics that I keep on my bookshelf. I also have several that used to belong to my sister. 
A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.):
I’m not sure about cover, but Abarat and its sequel are printed on heavy, waxy paper because they are filled with illustrations.
A book that is your favorite color:
I’m a big fan of shades of teal and turquoise, if you haven’t noticed. 
Book that’s been on your shelf the longest that you STILL haven’t read: 
I’ll get around to these…someday.
Any signed books? 
Sadly, no. But I hope so one day.
I would love to have a John Green book signed.
I tag you, dear reader! Tell me about your bookshelf  — Which book is the most precious to you? How do you organize everything? Do you double-stack, stack vertically, or have any knick-knacks on your shelf? 
currently listening to: Cinder (audiobook) by Marissa Meyer


  1. Cait @ Paper Fury
    July 4, 2015

    OMG YOUR PICTURES ARE BEAUTIFUL. I loved this bookshelf tour!! And your old book beats mine but like one year, hehe. 😉 That's sooo awesome. And I love your completely hardbacked Harry Potter set. *strokes laptop screen* SO BEAUTIFUL. Also that Ernest Hemingway book…zomg, that is pristine and beautiful. And Peter Pan holds an entirely special place in my heart. <3
    So glad you did this tag!!

  2. Emily Seals
    July 4, 2015

    I couldn't resist an opportunity to show of my most prized possessions. =) The full HP set was kind of just luck. I had the last two books, Deacon had the rest. WE COMPLETE EACH OTHER. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Lulu
    July 9, 2015

    This is a really neat idea!

  4. Emily Seals
    July 14, 2015

    Thank you! (though it wasn't my idea!) YOU SHOULD DO IT TOO.


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