I am busy reorganising my bookshelves today [again]. You know the moment when you stare at your shelves and instead of seeing lots of books that make you happy just by looking at them, all you see is piles of books stacked before other books, with notes, and press releases, and library books in between because your shelves are so stuffed you really just go for the nearest place to put any new books down? That happens to me within a few months of reorganising my bookshelves (I’m trying to make it sound more civilised than it is because really, I think it might be much quicker than that).
Anyway, reorganising shelves is not an easy task. Especially when you have to decide which books you’re okay with double stacking and which ones you aren’t okay with. On top of that, I like to have my “collections” together: Persephones with Persephones, Virago Modern Classics with Virago Modern Classics, New York Review Books Classics with New York Review Books Classics, my Astrid Lindgren collection on a separate shelf, my Jane Austen and Austen related books on a separate shelf, my Brontë books and related books together, my Bloomsbury Ex Libris books together, Peirene Press copies together, etcetera. So yes. It’s a big experiment. And I’ll probably end up not completely satisfied.
I also ended up “stealing” some shelf space in the living room where our photo albums used to be (but let’s be honest, who needs photo albums in the living room where everyone with a fancy to it can take a peek?) and I moved my boyfriend’s music encyclopedias and band biographies to another shelf so I can have all my books together. Of course, I’m not sure where to leave the photo albums or the books I’m putting on the “perhaps I should consider getting rid of these” – pile because there is NO ROOM!
Anyway, perhaps I’ll like the result enough to talk about some of the shelves in the upcoming week. It’s about time I show you the beauty of my colourful Astrid Lindgren collection. Or at least I think it is.
But before I end this post let me show you a few of the books that came in during the past weeks, because there are some beauties in there:
Next, I won the F. Scott Fitzgerald giveaway over at Lizzy’s Literary Life. I thought I had won one of the novels, but I won a set of four! And these Alma Classics look absolutely beautiful (which makes me think I need to start looking for more of them!).
I was lucky enough to win another giveaway over at Gaskella’s blog. She was so kind as to send me Waiting for Robert Capa.
I also went on a bit of a spree myself. Well, no, nothing as serious as that. I did buy Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones. I kind of want to own all of her books. So lovely. And I bought a Dutch copy of The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer. Given my extreme fangirling over it during Dutch Lit Month I couldn’t not own my own copy, right?
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What does your Sunday look like? Are you reading any good books? Do you recognize my bookshelf organisation problems?