Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Bookshelf Tag

Nathalie from Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens has invented this delightful tag, and never being one to resist a tag I just had to do it.

Here goes!

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:

My bookshelf is not so much a shelf, more a giant bookcase containing movies, cd's, books and anything else that can fit on the shelves. Apart from that I have a shelf by the window, which was empty when I moved here but is now filled with books too. (I also have 3-4 bags of books in the basement, but they won't feature here)

Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books?

I usually put books by the same author together, but apart from that I organise them after height.

What's the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf?

That title goes to my lovely The Complete Novels Of Jane Austen at 1432 pages

What's the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf?

That took quite some research but I managed to find it. The thinnest book I own is a Tintin album (62 pages) called Explorers On The Moon (It's technically a cartoon, but it is bound as a book so I count it as a book)

What's the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

That's a tie between North & South and Cranford, though Cranford is the thinnest one.

What's the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

A guide to Edinburgh Castle. It looks more like a brochure than a book (hence the size), but it is 65 pages long so it is definitely a book.

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?

Lots and lots! Half my window shelf consists of books I got from a friend when she cleaned up her own book collection.

Most expensive book?

It's hard to remember, but I think it is The Complete Novels of Jane Austen.

The last book you read on your shelf?

I honestly don't remember. I have been reading library books for so long.

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read?

Probably The Little House In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls.

Do you have more than one copy of a book?

Yes, I have 2 copies of Anne of Green Gables and These Happy Golden Years.

Do you have the complete series of any book series?

I have the entire Anne of Green Gables series, The Little House series and the Heartland series.

What's the newest addition to your shelf?

I can't pinpoint one book, as I got quite a bunch from my friend last summer.

What book has been on your shelf FOREVER?

Again, The Little House In The Big Woods. I think it was the first book my parents gave to me.

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

Eleanor Park by Rainbow Rowell (published 2012). Haven't read it yet though.

The oldest book on your shelf (as in, the actual copy is old)?

A collection of Danish poetry I bought in a book sale once. (Published 1965) It contains a lot of the poetry I was required to read in high school. I didn't like it back then, but for some reason, as soon as it wasn't a requirement anymore, I suddenly wanted to read it again.

A book you'd hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)?

I consider myself quite generous when it comes to lending out books, but I would loathe to part with my Complete Novels Of Jane Austen.

Most beat up book?

One of my editions of These Happy Golden Years is an old library book, and it is in pretty bad shape with a lot of the pages loose. (Kind of the reason I bought another copy)

Most pristine book?

Most of my books are in pretty good shape, so any of my hardbacks.

A book from your childhood?

Most of my childhood books are at my parents' house. But I do have a Danish children's book that my grandmother always read to me called Kitty With The Blue Eyes (roughly translated).

A book that's not actually your book?

I realise most of my early book collection actually belonged to my mother before I adopted them. For instance my editions of Little Women, Rebecca, Wild Swans and The Collected Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen.

A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)?

I have a Jack London book with White Fang and Call of The Wild, that has this pretty green cover decorated with gold patterns, and has a sewn in bookmark.

A book that is your favorite color?

My favourite colour is red... do I have any red books?

I have a german version of Treasure Island that is red. (Why in german? you ask. That is a long story)

Book that's been on your shelf the longest that you STILL haven't read?

That must be Cranford, it's been on my shelf for nearly a year now.

Any signed books?



  1. I enjoyed your answers and being able to get a peek into your book collection! ;) And your JA collection is absolutely beautiful.... ;D

    1. I'm glad you liked it, Heidi.
      And thanks....my JA collection is my favourite of all my books.

  2. Isn't this tag epic?:)
    That's the exact same way I organize;)
    Haha, I like that: "they were my mother's before I adopted them"...I do that a lot *cough cough*
    That Jack London book is cool!0.0

    1. Funny coincidence;)
      Well, if a mother wants her daughter to read she must be prepared to sacrifice a few books of her own...

  3. Oh dear! While replying to a new comment on my bookshelf tag post, I saw your comment and realized that I never read your post! I'm so sorry. :) Here I am to remedy that.
    Your JA book collection is so lovely! The Heartland series! I used to read those, but I don't think I ever finished them all. There are so many of them! :)
    That's so cool that you have books written in different languages. Can you read Danish or German?
    Thanks so much for doing the tag. :D

    1. Better late than never;)

      The Hearland series is from that period in my life, where I almost made a hobby of collecting full book series.

      Yes I read Danish, it's my mother tongue. And I took German in school so I became quite good at that also. (I do love languages)

      Thank for taking time to read this:)

    2. Haha, thanks for understanding! :)

      That is so wonderful that you speak multiple languages!


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