Bookshelf: 10 Popular Female Authors

Bookshelf 10 Popular Female Authors

1. J.K. Rowling

2. Harper Lee

3. Jane Austen

4. Lois Lowry

5. Maya Angelou

6. Sara Gruen

7. Suzanne Collins

8. Toni Morrison

9. Laurie Halse Anderson

10. Agatha Christie

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Bookshelf: 10 Books That Will Change Your Life

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1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2. Animal Farm by George Orwell

3. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

4. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

6. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

8. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

10. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

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Bookshelf (Part Four)

For this bookshelf list, I decided to come up with a list of authors instead of books. I felt like it was easier that way. But, as always, if you have any suggestions–books or authors–let me know.

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1. Agatha Christie
2. James Patterson
3. David Baldacci
4. Sue Grafton
5. Robert B. Parker
6. Victor Methos
7. William Rabkin
8. Spencer Quinn

If there are any books you think I should add to this list, please let me know in the comments!

If you have an idea for a list I should make, feel free to Contact Me or let me know in the comments!

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Organized Bookshelves

Back in December I wrote a post about How to Organize Your Bookshelves.

I listed different ways to go through your books and make them look pretty and presentable on the shelves, but I never organized my shelves in real life.

Christmas was around the corner and that room of the house was packed with boxes, presents, wrapping paper, etc. There was no room to move, let alone spread out all of my books.

So I recently organized them the other day.

I have two book cases. One is brown with three shelves and the other is white with three shelves. The shelves are deep enough that I can fit two rows of books on each shelf, so it’s like have 6 shelves for each book case.

Sometimes it gets annoying because you can’t see the books in the back when you’re looking for a specific one, but whatever. It is what it is.

Here are my shelves before I organized them. The bottom shelf of the brown case is bare because I started organizing before I took the picture:


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I organized my brown shelf by series. I put all my Erin Hunter books first because the Warriors series is quite large, plus they have the Seekers series and Survivors series. Then I put all my other series on the shelves.

There was room on the last shelf so I decided to put all my writing craft books. I didn’t realize just how many books I had about writing, but I have a ton.

One my white shelf, I put all my standalone books. It looks much more disorganized than the other book case because none of the books are uniformed with each other since they’re not part of a series.

No, I did not put the books in rainbow order. That would have looked cool, but I don’t think I would have the patience for that.

Maybe someday though.

Here’s what the shelves looked like after:

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Some of my books are on my desk in my office, which is partly why the white book case looks so bare.

But I also got rid of some books, too. I got rid of some really thick books, which is why there is so much extra room on the white book case.

I guess I’m just going to have to go to the bookstore and buy more books.

Bookshelf (Part Three)

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1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
3. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
5. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
6. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
8. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
10. Holes by Louis Sachar
11. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
12. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
13. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
14. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
15. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

If there are any books you think I should add to this list, please let me know in the comments!

If you have an idea for a list I should make, feel free to Contact Me or let me know in the comments!

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Inspiration Station: How To Organize Your Books

Organize Your Books


You can never have too many books, but when you barely have room for them all… You have too many books.

However, just because you have too many to fit on one shelf doesn’t mean that you can’t make them look pretty in the process. There are multiple ways to organize the books sitting on your shelves.

1. Alphabetized by author’s first name or last name.

I think this method makes a lot of sense. It makes searching for a certain book easier and it keeps all books together by the same author. This is especially great if there are series’ involved.

2. Alphabetized by series name.

More or less the same thing as before. All the series’ stay together, though the same author may be in multiple areas of the bookshelf–or on a completely different bookshelf.

3. Put all the hardcovers together or all the paperbacks together.

The books themselves will be jumbled around, but it would look uniformed. If you have OCD, that’s a win for you.

4. By page number. Do thick to thin or thin to thick.

Again, you authors and series will be jumbled around, but the books would look uniformed.

5. Rainbow.

You would never find the book you’re looking for unless you remember the color of its spine, but it sure would look pretty.

Bookshelf (Part One)

I decided to add a new mini-series that will run monthly.

It’s simple: I (or you) pick a topic and I’ll make a list of those books.

We can all look up a list of mystery books or fantasy books, so I thought it would be fun to create a list of different themes.

I should say that Kris gave me the idea to start this series. She started making lists of books to review and put them into different categories. It seemed like fun, so I thought I would give it a go and share it with you guys in the process.

Please note: The books are listed in a random order. Also, some books I have read, some I have not read. Some I own, some I do not own.

So, here’s the first list:


1. Once Upon A Time (A Collection of Classic Fairy Tales) by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
2. Fairest of All by Serena Valentino
3. The Beast Within by Serena Valentino
4. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
5. Spelled by Betsy Schow
6. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
7. Dead Upon a Time by Elizabeth Paulson
8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
9. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
10. The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
11. Never Never by Brianna Shrum

If there are any books you think I should add to this list, please let me know in the comments!

If you have an idea for a list I should make, feel free to Contact Me or let me know in the comments!