ThursTag: The Bookshelf Tag

I found this on Dreamland Book Blog whilst looking for some new tags to do. I think it’s quite an old tag, but it looked different to others I’ve done so I decided to give it a go.


Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from.

My sole bookshelf is grey, it came from Argos. It’s pretty basic looking but it does the job. I have plans to build a bannister bookcase when I have the materials and inclination to do so.

How do you organise your books?

I’ve been told that I have a bonkers and overly complicated system, but here we go. My top shelf is proofs and any books I’ve been sent for review, followed by books I have borrowed (basically from Steph) and then next month’s TBR. After that is a shelf of the books I’d like to work my way through next in the order I want to read them; this shelf frequently gets changed and moved around, but they’re essentially the books I’ll go to when I’ve finished my official TBR and tackled at least one proof or borrowed book. Then all the other books I didn’t read yet starting with the hardbacks and oversized books and then all the paperbacks in no discernible order. And then the bottom shelf is taken up with books that I have read and I want to keep. Did you take all of that in? There will be a test later.

What’s the longest book on your shelf?

The longest unread book on my shelf is The Fireman by Joe Hill, and it has been on my shelf an embarrassingly long time for a book that I desperately wanted to read so badly I trekked the hardback home from YALC.

What’s the shortest book on your shelf?

Discounting short stories released as part of YALC 2017, it is The Monsters We Deserve by Marcus Sedgwick.

A book your received as a birthday gift?

People don’t buy me books as a general rule, but I did get a lot of vouchers and used them for many books. I’m going to say The Traitor Spy trilogy by Trudi Canavan which I bought with vouchers from a friend.

A book from a friend on your shelf?

I have a number of Steph’s books on my shelf. One of the ones I really want to get to is Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Virtue and Vengeance. Firstly, because I loved it’s predecessor. Secondly, vengeance.

The most expensive book on your shelf?

Almost certainly my signed limited editions of Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage and The Secret Commonwealth.

The last book you read from your shelf?

I always write my tags a good week in advance of posting them, but a book I expect to have read most recently from my shelf is Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson.

Do you have a complete series?

I have loads of series in my read section! On my TBR I’m pretty sure the only full series I have waiting to be read is the Grishaverse trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.

The newest addition to your shelf.

If my pre-orders arrive when they’re meant to, the newest addition when this post goes live will be Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams.

The oldest book on your shelf?

Earthcry by R. A. Browell. This has been on my shelf a long, long time. I do want to read it at some point, there just always seems to something I want to read more.

A book you’d hate to let out of your sight  (aka no-one is touching it ever)?

I’m not really that precious about my books, and there are a couple of friends I would lend absolutely anything to. However, as a general rule, my signed limited edition Philip Pullmans are not leaving this house.

Your most beat up book?

It’s a tough call between my original Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, my original copy of Northern Lights and my copy of Chocolat, all of which have been read many times.

Your most pristine book?

Any of the books that I haven’t read yet. Except Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell which met an unfortunate incident with a small boy and a water bottle and which is not in pristine condition.

A book that doesn’t belong to you?

All the books I have borrowed from Steph. Too many to list here. Next.

A book that is your favourite colour?

The Outcast by Taran Matharu which is a beautiful deep purple colour.

A book that’s been on your shelf the longest and you still haven’t read it?

I feel like I answered that with oldest book on your shelf. So I will give you the one that claims to have been sat on my shelf second longest, which is Lost Boy by Christina Henry.

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

I have no idea. Maybe The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Any signed books?

Yes, I have loads of signed books. My favourite one is almost certainly my second copy of Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury which has a quote in about eating the rich, and also has an unusally squiffy sprayed edge where the printer made a booboo. She’s a very unique book and I love her.

Have you done this tag? What book would you most hate to let out of your sight? 

4 thoughts on “ThursTag: The Bookshelf Tag

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  1. I love your shelf organisation!
    Did you see that the third Book of Dust, Serpentine, is available for pre-order but there doesn’t (as yet..?!) seem to be a limited edition release… I’m holding out for one though as I have the others too.

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      1. Mystery solved – in short I am an idiot!!
        It’s not the third (I thought it was early!) but a novella set after HDM! I didn’t read about it when I saw it, just skipped straight to excitement!


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