Confessions of an Addict [19]: My Shelves

I am a self-proclaimed book hoarder. I hoard books like it’s going out of style. This habit would be cheaper if I get books from publishers but because I’m a commitment-phobe reader, I tend to limit my ARC requests. 
I’ve always been asked just how much books I’ve accumulated in the last little while. And what better way to give you a perspective than showing you my bookshelves?

I actually have four of them: three in my house and one in the cabin. This one is in my basement. 

I have plans of surrounding my office with shelves and I’m happy to say, I’m almost there. These shelves consist of read books and unread books. There’s no specific organizational method. I just shelve them where I can find space. One of these days, I’d like to be able to organize them alphabetically by author’s name. Maybe when I don’t work for a living anymore or my kids have all grown up and moved out of the house.

That’s going to be a while.

You’ll notice that I use these shelves a lot:

It’s because they’re just the perfect height for me. Unlike the bookshelves I have in our living room wherein I have to use an ottoman to shelve books or to get books:
These shelves are my read books. They also house my favourites and series that I’ve read. One of these days, these shelves will literally turn into a wall of books. I planned on shelving all my favourite reads here until there’s not an inch of room left. Heck, maybe I’ll even move that TV off and fill the space with books. Same goes with that fireplace. 🙂

This is my TBR shelves in my bedroom. I have TBRs everywhere but these ones are the ones that I want to read asap. I know. It’s hardly a manageable pile but no regrets, no apologies. It’s my passion and one of my joys.

So that’s all the libraries of books I have at home and at the cabin. I haven’t stopped and I don’t think I ever will. Being surrounded by books is the second best thing in the world (first one – being surrounded by loved ones). 

  • You have so much space and the one in the basement is just PERFECTION.

  • Joy you have the best bookshelves ever! I only have one small one which isn't enough to fit all of my books on, but your shelves look perfect. I especially love the one that you have in your basement. I definitely need a book shelve for my tbr pile too! Thanks for sharing such a great post with us! <33

  • These pictures make me miss my books. I used to have a wall of books like that top photo, but I gave all except maybe 5 away. Yup, I did that. Why? I'm crazy, I guess. lol. So I will live vicariously through your pictures.

  • Ahh, it all looks awesome! Love your shelves and all your room 😀 Lots of room for more books. <3 I'm a hoarder too. But oh. I only have a little space left, and then I can't buy any more books :'( can't imagine how that will go, lol. Thank you for sharing 😀

  • Hahaha! Thanks, Ms Wendy. I don't think I'll be able to leave any of my books behind if we move. Needless to say, we ain't moving anytime soon! 😀

  • Thanks, Dana.

  • Thanks, Melliane. 🙂

  • That happens every few weeks in my house. Lol.

  • Eeek! I wish I have your patience, Maja. I really want to organize my books so the shelvings make sense. Lol


    Arrrrgh. We used to have so much more room, but when we moved to LA I had to give up two room fulls of bookshelves. *cries* Thanks for making me feel worse about myself and my choices.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    Um…or in non-ranty, non-self mode, those are BEAUTIFUL. Jealousy still applies, though.

  • Holy Moly!!! So pretty!!

  • Woah. First time I'm seeing the basement shelves! I wish I had a house big enough to do this too! I've run out of room again. 🙁

  • wow that's impressive but I really love it! Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Oh, wow, and here I thought I have a lot of books. I am in awe. And what's more, they all look so SO gorgeous. The only thing is, I'd have to alphabetize and sort them by cover type/series, or I'd go nuts. Gotta love OCD. 😀