Bookshelf Tour + Organization Tips

Before I get into this, I just want to mention a post I made of 8 Things Every Book Collector Has Heard. I also just made a post about consumerism in the book community. Be sure to check that out! I feel a little hypocritical doing a bookshelf tour right after talking about how consumerism is negatively effecting the community. However, I think it’s possible to let yourself take pride in your collection and share it with others while also being aware that it became the way it is because of an unhealthy mentality surrounding book buying as well as pressures from the community.

Disclaimer: This collection has been a lifetime in the making. I’m 21, and I’ve been actively collecting books & bookish things with every spare dollar I’ve had, for over six years. This didn’t happen overnight, so if you’re just starting a collection and desperate to make it bigger, just give it time! Don’t go out purchasing a dozen books you never want to read. Be patient and let it grow with you.

One of my favorite things in my life is my book collection (also my dogs, who love to jump in any pictures I try to take of my collection). It’s been years in the making, and something I spend most of my extra time and money on.

I know it’s definitely excessive, but it brings me so much joy that it’s worth losing all wall space in my bedroom. And today, I wanted to go into detail on my shelves and how I organize them, as well as some tips I’ve learned.


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8 Things Every Book Collector Has Heard

From knowing all of the employees of your local bookstore, to spending way too much of your money on the latest releases and special editions, there are a lot of things book collector’s all have in common, including constantly hearing these same things:

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Book Catalogue

Caitsbooks’ Online Book Catalogue

If you’ve seen my shelves, then you may know I own a few books… so I decided to catalog them all in Google Docs. I already have a physical catalog, but I wanted something I could share with you guys.

Clearly it’s not done, but I’ll be slowly working on it during this next month and hopefully, soon I’ll have my complete catalog! Also, if you are bothered by the order of the books, its because I’m writing this while staring at photos of my shelves, and they’re organized by color and height, not by anything reasonable.

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

Book Catalogue