While some bookshelves positively shine in the sheer beauty of their organisation, my collection looks more like a book monster walked in circles around the house, vomiting up piles of random books over various tables and shelves. Series are separated; there is non-fiction nestled in between high fantasies and adult thrillers. Old yearbooks sit within easy reach of middle grade horrors and bubbly teenage romance.
The following are three of the six bookplaces I have in my home. (Calling them 'bookshelves' would imply that all my books were actually on shelves.) Some day I dream of having well-organized bookshelves that are separated by genre, but until that day comes, bookplaces it is!
My favorite shelf was actually built for books, go figure. I cover the top with toys because I'm an adult, damn it! Toy highlights include my Dark Alice figurine from the video game Alice: Madness Returns, Groot, the Queen from Alien, a Link Pez dispenser, and a few D&D figurines. There's also a wine bottle that I decorated in the theme of The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides (one of my favourites.)
On the actual shelf, there is my old Goosebumps collection (the only series besides Harry Potter that is stored all in one place,) an array of YA novels, a random Arnold Schwarzenegger workout book from the seventies called Arnold's Bodyshaping for Women (a gag gift from a friend) and some yearbooks from both middle and high school.
Then comes the glorious line/pile that covers most of an entryway table. Here we can see the bad ass graphic novel Ghost World, The DUFF, a random book from the Dark Tower series, Stephen King's On Writing, The Diviners, a new Fear Street novel, and some Darwin book about the expression of emotion in man and animals. Plus a novel on surviving the first year of motherhood! (There also appears to be some randomly stowed nail polish and a candlestick in there...so that's where those went.)
Last but not least, we have a portion of a different shelf, this one with yet another very strange array. Horror classics like The Exorcist, Pet Sematary, It, and The Silence of the Lambs can be seen, as well as a Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul trilogy and newer copy of Little Women. (There's another pile in my house where I have a much older copy that was handed down by my great grandmother. I loved that book when I was little!)
Other bookplaces in my house include: in my closet, on my nightstand, piled on my work desk, and lined up in a structure that is supposed to be for plants.