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My Bookshelf

The other day I read Herminia‘s post about books she has yet to read and it reminded me of something that I’ve been meaning to do for a while.

I wanted to go through my bookshelves and get rid of some books.

I know; you’re probably ripping your hair out that I want to get rid of some books. However, there are just some books that I know I am never going to read and they’ve been collecting dust for years. Plus, there are some books that are just way too young for me now.

2015-07-16 07.32.00I have two brown bags filled with books that I’m giving away. To be honest, I got rid of a lot more books than I originally thought I would.

Funny story: The brown book on top in the left bag (it might be a bit hard to see with all that brown) is a library book from my middle school.

I kept getting notices that I didn’t return it and I fought them saying I did return it–because I thought I actually did. How could a middle schooler lose a library book? That’s completely unheard of.

So when I was a senior (I think) in high school I finally found it among all my books on my shelf. Whoops.

I didn’t actually organize my bookshelves, though. I like to have each series clumped together in alphabetical order and then the stand-alone books go after, also in alphabetical order.

I didn’t do that this time because even though I have a little extra room, I actually don’t have room at all. I need a third bookshelf, but I have no place to put it.

2015-07-16 07.33.00Right now the two bookshelves I have, have double rows of books on each individual shelf. Plus books are lying horizontally on top of those books.

They’re squeezed in horizontally to fit.

The sad part is that I haven’t read half of these books. I went through my shelf a few months ago and tried to make a list of all my books, but that took a long time.

I highlighted books I read and checked off books I owned. It was a very messy list. I never finished it because it was a lot of work.

But there you have it. My bookshelves are no less messy than they were before, but at least there are less books to squeeze onto the shelves now.

Well, until I go back to Barnes & Noble.



Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

13 thoughts on “My Bookshelf

  1. I’ve never been able to double-staack my books on a shelf. If I run out of space, books end up on top of tables and the desk and in stacks on the floor, but I always want to be able to see them ALL. I think I might not have lost all my out-of-sight-out-of-existence from when I was a baby.

    1. I like seeing them too, but I just don’t have the room. My bookshelves are in the basement which is where most of my mom’s things are. I think we need libraries in our houses!

      1. Agreed! I just visited a friend who had a small side room in her apartment that her and her roommate had decided to make into a library. It made me so jealous. A library in a two-bedroom apartment!

  2. That’s pretty much my bookshelves. About half the books have never been read, and I’m not sure I will ever read them. They were inherited from other family members who do not have the same taste in books as me.

  3. With very limited shelf life available my books tend to quickly have to leave! Once I read a pile is made that goes to my friend, she read and then passes to her mum. It’s like a book sharing ‘chain’.

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