Merry Shelfmas!

While I am not a fan of selfies, as they glorify narcissistic self, I am a HUGE fan of shelfies. I find that it says a lot about someone what books they have on their shelves and in what order, if any.ย  I find shelfies to be little snapshots into someone’s soul. All Shelfies should be clickable for bigger versions. Using my phone so I’m not sure how clear individual titles would be.

But here’s my favorite Christmas present this year. Mrs Bookstooge got it for me and we read it aloud while sipping hot cocoa sitting on our couch watching the snow come down through our sliding door window.







This first shelfie is completely doublestacked, so it is missing almost half the books. The majority of them are Terry Brooks though, so you’re not missing out on anything :-/



There are a lot of books on this shelf I wouldn’t mind not having any more. I used to buy books whenever, unlike my now maturer and wiser self. Now I only buy books if I think I’ll read them again.




The two books lying down are the Space Trilogy by Lewis and Through Wolf’s Eyes by Lindskold. They are simply too tall to stand up on these shelves.



While I’ve read a lot of Classics, that top shelf is about all I actually own. Probably not even 1/20th of my collection ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  If only the Government would hand out free, leather bound hardcover editions of Dickens, Austen, etc.ย  Then I’d be a Socialist for sure!




This is kind of our catch-all, misc shelf. The books on the bottom row are ones I have on Paperbackswap, but to be honest, I’m just about ready to throw them out instead of spending money on mailing them to other people.



Mainly Manga. Just about all doubleshelved too. All 38 volumes of Yugioh are behind other books as well as all of XxxHolic and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles. And Graphic Novels on the bottom row.



From when I USED to be a Star Wars fan. Then my collection of Wheel of Time books. I bought them all through the SFBC and am now slowly trying to find them in first edition hardcovers. I’m in no hurry. Then mostly paperbacks classics and middlegrade books.



College books and papers, reference books and our very small selection of theology related books. On par with my Classics.



There you go. I hope you enjoyed looking at those as much as I did. Feel free to oooh and ahh, ask questions, or even simply give me money.




57 thoughts on “Merry Shelfmas!

  1. My coworkers playfully joke I have the most books of anyone in the store. If I showed them this post, they would consider my shelf very small potatoes. Especially with all the double stacking on your shelves while I’ve done a few shelves with double stacking that will have to change.

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    1. I am still in the mental process of psyching myself up to get rid of some of these. I bought a lot of books in the late 90’s, early ’00’s because I was still in the “every book I read is awesome” stage AND I had money. Now that’s a dangerous combo ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Yeah, I’m battling that myself. But if a book is just so bad (i.e. Catcher in the Rye) it’s going to McKay Used Books as quick as possible.

        I’ve also started trading in some of the books I received from Goodreads and LibraryThing, not because they weren’t good but because they were histories and/or biographies that highlighted only a part of a person’s life or an issue specific to it’s time that is barely relevant today.

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          1. Well McKay’s Used Books & CDs (plus DVDs), is a resell location. A good percentage of my books (particularly Discworld) are used books. I can trade in book for in-store credit or plain cash.

            Honestly I don’t know if I read as much as I have without it.

            I suggest googling “Used Book Stores” for your general area, I just did it and found two stores I didn’t know existed. But it might allow to find something similar to McKays.

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  2. WOWEE these are amazing!! not a fan of selfies either, but shelfies are AMAZING! Spent a few good minutes just oggling them ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha socialists do like to promise *free stuff*- maybe we can wangle some “free” leather bound classics out of ’em ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Merry Christmas!

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  3. Merry Christmas!!

    Most of my shelves look like your Catch All shelf. I rarely have an entire series in the same printing or size, and i tend to shove books wherever there is space. And then there are stacks on the floor in front of the shelves….. my home looks like a library exploded, and I am OK with that.

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    1. Merry Christmas Red.

      Yeah, I’m pretty picky about the books I own. They “HAVE” to match, or I’d rather not even own them ๐Ÿ˜€
      That was one of the big reasons I joined the SFBC in the 90’s and through the early ’00’s, uniform size of hardcovers ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. So what about my site gives the vibe that I’d follow yours? I’m quite interested in what led you to that conclusion. A specific post, something in my About Me, etc? Just wondering what it is.


      1. LOL Yes! I love my study. The rest of the house can fall into another dimension for all I care! I’d be lost without somewhere I can settle into a comfy chair, retreat from the world, and lose myself in a good book. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Duuuude, awesome shelves there. I’m slightly jealous, as a fellow book collector myself. Whenever I rearranged my desk and tiny overflowing bookshelves I always took pictures so I have the evolution captured ๐Ÿ˜€

    I got a couple of books for Christmas yesterday, too – mainly on Japanese history – and I am a happy camper ^_^

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    1. Thanks. Appreciation is always appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

      I didn’t get any more books directly, but I ended up buying some with giftcards I received, so they should be here in a week or so..


  5. I am SO jealous of your shelves!! I wish I had a collection as nice as that! Was on my way but then moving across the world kinda shattered my dreams of building my own library^^

    I re-started now though.. Never giving up! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Sounds like Mrs. Bookstooge and you had a really nice & relaxed Christmas!

    Did you enjoy the Grumpy Cat book?

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    1. Yeah, when I moved here 11 years ago and lugged up half of these (we’re on the 3rd floor), I swore I was never going to move again. Too much work ๐Ÿ˜€
      If we did move, I KNOW a lot of these would get the axe.

      We did have an extremely relaxing Christmas, thank you.

      I loved the grumpycat book. Part of it was a non grump cat asking questions and then grumpy cat would reply. So Mrs B read the non grumpy bits while I read the grumpy parts. It is going to become a new Christmas tradition for us ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Almost none in fact!
      Which is why I am seriously looking at what books to cull. And another reason why I buy books in hardcover so seldom any more. They have to be worth more than the money, they have to be worth the shelf space ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. Bruh… This is absolutely amazing. Soooo many great books on there. And soooo many as HC, which makes everything that much wonderful for the eye! Love the look of them manga shelves too. It almost looks like a bookshelf you’d find in a bookstore! And those books you wouldn’t mind getting rid of? Gosh. Please do find a spell for teleportation so I can pick them up. Thanks. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Well, if it weren’t for shipping to Canada being so dang expensive, I’d tell you you could have some of them for the shipping. Here in the US I can ship books at the book rate, which is significantly cheaper, but I don’t know if that applies internationally. It would probably end up being cheaper to buy them than for me to ship them! Isn’t that crazy?

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        1. Tell me about it. Maybe we should write a best selling novel about Book Brothers separated by the greed and uncaring beauracracy of 2 great nations and they overcame it all to rule the Entire World. I call dibs on being the grumpy Book Brother though ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. Nice!

    Between myself and the Mrs, we only have 4 bookshelves filled (not including the reference materials at work). Although we have started selling and giving away some of the books we don’t intend upon re-reading.

    Although, I have noticed that some of our books haven’t returned after being lent. For some that doesn’t bother me, others (Terry Pratchett) it is an unforgivable sin that will be punished. They will rue this sleight!

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    1. Yeah, shelfies of an ereader just aren’t the same, are they?

      I thought about upgrading, as I had another bunch of amazon points, but I like my oasis so much [specially the way it fits my small hand so well] that I figure why fix what’s not broken? How are you finding the battery life on the KOA2? From visiting, lots of people are complaining that it’s not lasting as long as they want. But it has a smaller batter than the Koa1, so go figure :-/

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      1. No battery complaints yet, but I’ve only had it for a couple of days. It’s been a couple days of hard use, mind you, and it’s seems fine to me. I like the bigger reading area and the feel of the metal casing. I don’t like the case options though. Sounds like the Amazon-designed case was a debacle, and the 3rd party cases don’t do the beautiful device justice.

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  8. So many goodies…

    I did a post like these a few years back, but I’m too lazy to go look for it.

    Those were the days when I kept all of my books in piles around the lounge – when they had gotten to the point where they began to cover up the windows I decided to invest…. ๐Ÿ™‚

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