Weekend rearranging: TBR Shelf

Coming home from Portland showed me one thing…I’ve been hitting the bookstores a little heavy lately so now I have too many books for my TBR shelves. I could temporarily move some into the office with the read books, but instead I’m going to try to put a little bit of a print book purchase ban on myself until I can fit all of them on the shelves. That of course means a bit of a re organization. I pulled my ARCs of the shelf. I’ve never really liked them buddying up with the finished product. They tend to be forgotten.

I also took a look at my sooner rather than later TBR shelf. Right now I’ve been focusing in on my feminist books and I’m not abandoning that. So I pulled a few of the fiction books off the shelf and swapped them out for a few of what I think will be “easy” reads. So no Murakami or the classics. Whether this will ring true or not, I will let you know. I still have a stack of books on the floor in front of the cases so I have a lot of reading to do.

My kids leave in about three weeks to go to their grandparents for three weeks. I imagine I’m going to get a ton of reading done. I’m pretty excited to get some uninterrupted reading…which I’ll probably squander on watching every Buffy episode on Netflix or napping.


Some books that are on the immediate TBR shelf:

  • Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
  • Lexicon by Max Barry
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Kidd Monk
  • A Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
  • The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugene Kim
  • The Henna House by Nomi Eve
  • The First Bad Man by Miranda July
  • Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McCain

Anyone else have to ground themselves from buying books? Any rules about when you can buy books? A friend of mine says she buys a book for every two that she reads which is a pretty solid way of doing things.

Special Shelfies 

For a reader, part of our personality is our bookcases. How we organize them. What kind of bookcases to get (I want built-ins so badly). What we put on them. I found that along with my regular categories (fiction, nonfiction, classics) I needed some special categories. Or ways to make my TBR more manageable. Not pictured are my unread and read shelves. I have two bookcases in my living room of my unread books. Then I have three bookcases in our game room of books I’ve read.

This shelf is on the bookcases in the living room where the unread books live. Since I decided to read more diversely this month I thought it would be easier to pull the related books from my shelves so I could see them all at a glance. Also on the shelf are my unread comics. Mostly because this is the emptiest shelf. This shelf will change depending on what short term reading goal I’ve adopted. I didn’t pull all my diverse titles, but the ones that appealed to me the most.

On the two shelf bookcase that used to belong to my father, I have my long term book goal. When Book Riot announced their #readharder challenge, I spent about an hour pulling books that could possibly fit the categories. I pulled multiple titles for each category to give me some options. The reason the shelf looks kind of empty is I’ve either put back books that no longer appealed to me or already read a category and put its corresponding book back. I need to go back and curate this shelf I think.

My comics shelf which is below my #readharder shelf. Both my husband and a friend of mine commented on a picture I posted on Instagram of my stack of comics telling me I needed a shelf to keep them separate from my other books. My husband apparently doesn’t live in the same house as I do because this is that shelf. One I’ve had for awhile now. To be fair he stays out of the library/game room, so there is a little forgiveness there. Since I’m still a newbie at the comics game, it’s sort of empty, but also I’ve lent a few comics out (including two-thirds of Y: The Last Man). I figure I’ll expand it to the #readharder shelf, moving those books either back into my collection or cull a bit to make a new empty shelf.
Do you have any special shelves?