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.  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 😦  If only the Government would hand out free, leather bound hardcover editions of Dickens, Austen, etc.  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. Matt Ries says:

    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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    • Bookstooge says:

      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 😀

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      • Matt Ries says:

        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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        • Bookstooge says:

          I don’t know if our local bookstore even takes in trade or not. I should look into that, as at least I’d not have to pay for shipping to get rid of them…

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          • Matt Ries says:

            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. Merry Christmas !! 🎄 Okay that Manga SHELF IS AMAZIN ! 😂

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  3. LFBooks says:

    Thank you for making all my bookcases not feel so bad. I think I am on point with you on the amount of books lol

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  4. Nice shelfies! You are doing it right if your shelves are starting to bend in the centre.

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

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  6. Redhead says:

    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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    • Bookstooge says:

      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 😀
      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 🙂

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  7. Shelves on shelves on shelves of books: this is one of the most beautiful sights in the world! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Paul Bowler says:

    Oh wow, I love shelfies as well! I’ve so many bookcases in my study , love them, always able to find something to inspire me when I take a break from writing 🙂

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  9. Jordan says:

    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 😀

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

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Thanks. Appreciation is always appreciated 🙂

      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..


  10. BrokenTune says:

    I love the shelfies. And I am a little in awe of how neat your shelves are… everything seems to be so orderly. Not that I am surprised, it’s just that this would never happen in my world.

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  11. Merry Christmas, I hope you had a great day! And those are some shelves, I wish mine were half so organized. Most of my books are stacked in piles in linen closets and cupboards because I’ve long since run out of shelf space.

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  12. 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! 😀

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

    Did you enjoy the Grumpy Cat book?

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    • Bookstooge says:

      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 😀
      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 😀

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  13. OlaG says:

    Those are some nice looking shelves 🙂 I wonder how much space you have left for the next books to come 🙂

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    • Bookstooge says:

      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 😀

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  14. 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. 😀

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  15. kingdylbag13 says:

    What a great collection, I wish I had that much manga. I put up a post recently on my manga collection

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  17. Tyson Adams says:


    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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  18. saloni says:

    Those shelfies are glorious 🙂

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  19. This is what my Kindle shelves look like. Can’t take a shelfie of that, unfortunately!

    BTW, I traded in my 2015 Kindle Oasis for the new 7 inch waterproof Kindle Oasis…it’s very wonderful.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      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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  20. 95% of my library is ebooks. Good for space management but makes it a wee bit difficult to take shelfies though 🙂

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  21. Manuel Antao says:

    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…. 🙂

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