Happy Monday 🤗
Since lock down was put on the UK, a week or so ago maybe? I decided I would rearrange my bookshelf because it was a mess and while I am typically a very messy and disorganised person I hate when my shelves are so hence why I rearranged them. Plus I was just in the mood for a bit of a change. I think the most satisfying part was when all the books were on my floor and literally trapped me in my room. This photo really does no justice to how high these stacks of books were.
Anyway, my plan for my new shelving arrangement was to organise it by genre and then within those genres I would order them alphabetically by authors surname. It was actually one of the best days of my life. I am such a nerd for this kind of thing!!
In the case of books where some had multiple genres I just picked the one I thought was most prevalent to the plot. So it’s definitely not a seamless system but it worked for me. While going through them all I thought it would be interesting to tally the number of books in each genre so I will put those below too (though it might be out by a few cause I changed the genres of some at the end). I tried to keep each genre slightly separated on my bookshelf but I kind of ran out of room at the end so they’re a bit squished in but they fit so hey!
The genres I decided on were:
YA Romance: 81
I put this first on my shelf cause it was by far the largest group. I always knew my YA romance addiction was bad but not 81 books bad 😂😂 I would walk you through book by book but that would take forever so I’ll just touch on some favourites; literally anything ever written by Jenn Bennett, Any of Sophie McKenzie’s romances, A Bad Boy Stole my Bra by Lauren Price, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli and some of the Kasie West romances. The divider I used to end this section was the cute wee minecraft pigs, the pile they are on top of are part of this bit but the next stack is NA romance.
NA/Adult Romance: 15
This is a far smaller group. My cute old camera that sadly can’t be fixed marks the end of this section. Even thoughit’s smaller it has some greats in it, like The Pisces by Melissa Broder and the Easy Series by Tammara Webber. Sorry for the lighting in this one, could have been better.
This is an interesting genre cause it originally was a bit bigger as I had it mixed in with Witches and Magic. But then I realised that sometimes Fantasy is bigger than just magic so I thought it deserved it’s own section. I confess I have actually read very few from this section. So the only ones I can truly vouch for are the Evermore series by Alyson Noel. But other ones I have heard incredible things about are the ACOTAR Series, The Red Queen Series, White Hot Kiss Series and the Shadow and Bone Series. So I definitely don’t have a lack of great reads for this genre. It’s marked just by the end of the shelf.
This is another smaller one. But it’s got one of my all-time favourite series in it…the Lux Series by Jenifer L. Armentrout! It’s such a YA Sci-fi classic that you just need to read if you haven’t. Another favoruite from this section is the Phobos series by Victor Dixen.
I am yet to read the last in the series but I hope it will be just as good as the previous too. I was also starting to run out of nick nacks to seperate things with so this one just ends with the empty bit. Oh well!
The rest of this shelf is taken up by the dystopian section. I didn’t ever think of myself as much of a fan of this genre as I realised until I was doing this organisation. The Matched Series by Ally Condie I have been trying to read for ages but just never finished. I’ve also been dying to read Eve of Man and the Maze Runner Series cause the films are just incredible!
I called this thriller for lack of a better word. I was toying with suspense? But ultimately thought that Thriller was a bit more accurate. It definitely has a miscellaneous vibe to it but also is tied together with the kind of action and anticipation they all have. Notable to this section is The Split Second Series by Sophie McKenzie, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, Nemesis by Brendan Reiches and also Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater. And the piggy bank I painted at like age 10 ends this section.
The rest of this shelf is probably one of my all-time favourite sections. Spy/mystery! I am such a mystery buff it’s unbelievable and I am always a sucker for a good spy book. Some of my favourites from here is the Gallagher girls series by Ally Cater, The CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore and also the Struck Series by Joss Stirling…with one missing from the picture cause I’m currently reading it! And that doesn’t just end the shelf but also the book shelf so onto my other shelf.
These haven’t been put together because I can’t think of genres for them but more that they don’t really physically fit in with the other things. Plus they look quite nice all together. Most of them are hardbacks and I tend to like keeping my hardbacks separate from the rest of my books which are basically solely paperback. My favourites from here are The Lake by Annalisa Grant, Miranda Hart’s Is it Just Me?, Technically You started it by Lana Wood Johnson and Maus by Art Spiegelman. Also sneaky cameo from my hoola hoop!
This is was a section I found difficult to assign books to because I felt like even if they were historical it may not necessarily been the most prevalent genre. But then I was like screw it! Make it a genre! Some of my favourites from here are After by Morris Gleitzman and Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. Blood Red Snow White marks the end of this section.
English Literature/Classics: 30
This is another big section. And it’s a bit of a miss-match. It has some classics, some poetry, and any books that I had to read cause of my English Literature course. So it’s organised by definitely a unique section. Some of my favourites are Pride and Prejudice, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kuar, A Choosing by Liz Lochhead, The island of doctor Moreau, and the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
This was a section that was easy to categories books under but harder to name, hence all of the slashes. I didn’t want to just say mythology cause while there are definite ties to mythology others don’t have that. Some of my faves from here are Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, Hush hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Fallen by Lauren Kate and last but definitely not least the Mad World Series by Christine Zolendz.
I actually thought I owned more vampire books than I did. Despite hating them I decided I would keep all of my House of Night Series books that I own, which isn’t too many but I was like why not – reminds me of my hatred hahah. I really liked the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris as I’m a massive True Blood fan. This is the only genre other than YA Romance to be split over two shelves. Another fave that’s on the lower shelf, and has to be mentioned is Twilight. Would I even be a YA book reviewer if I didn’t have Twilight?
It was at this point I realised I had half a shelf of space left and three genres left to go so I just shoved them all in together without it being seperated nicely. First we have Magic and Witches or Fairies. Some favourites here are obviously the Lynburn Legacy Series by Sarah Rees Brennan, the Fallen Star by Jessica Sorenson. I’ve also heard great things about the Raven Cycle series too!
The next section is Ghosts and I’m going to be honest…not too much of a fan of this genre, the only one I actually have enjoyed here was Soul Mates by L.A Weatherly.
And finally, the last section on my shelf is Werewolves. I have far more of this genre on kindle so I was very surprised when I only had 5 werewolf books in physical form, 4 of them being from the same series. I tried to read Shiver but never spent enough time trying to get into it, so I want to try it again. And I love the tv show bitten so I know I will probably love this book too!
Anyway, sorry for the very long post. Here is the finished shelves! I swear I didn’t plan on it dragging out haha. I hope you enjoyed and if you liked maybe I’ll do another tour in like 6 months time and see how it’s changed. Have a great day and stay safe!