Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Lisa from Books. Lists. Life. has challenged us all to show pictures of the books we have unread and waiting on our shelves. And here are mine. Apart from the library books that I show you all on a regular basis, here are some books in my garage. We have three large bookshelves out there, where I keep a lot of the books I haven't yet gotten around to reading. This is three shelves of such unread books. This is not my entire collection as there are others upstairs in the loft. I couldn't be bothered to go up there. I did a rough count, and these three shelves appear to be 102 books. I did spot on book that I had more than one copy of though!

There was a lot of tidying that went on before I could show you these photos. I had to weed out all the books I'd already read and then left there (I try to put read books somewhere else). Then I had to make sure you could see them all. There's not a lot of free space on my bookshelves, so I'm usually a double-stacker. This is also the reason for the piles of books. It fits more books on that second shelf.

Sorry for the poor quality of the photos. There isn't great lighting in the garage!

When I saw Lisa's shelves, I left a comment saying I was impressed at how organised her books are into different genres. I was surprised when I went into the garage to learn that even I separated my books into different catergories. Well, two. This shelf (above) contains the majority of my books that are on the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die list. I've had quite a few of these books for quite some time.

The other two shelves are everything else. Mostly charity shop finds and library sale purchases but also one or two that I've won on blog giveaways. I've added quite a few books over the last few months, so you've probably seen the majority of these books. Most recent acquisitions include four charity shop finds: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, which isn't my usual sort of thing, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, Mudbound by Hillary Jordan, and Out of Africa by Karen Blixen.

Not a lot of children's or YA books. I seem to give more priority to those titles, but there still a couple waiting for me. The books I'm most looking forward to reading? The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness and One Day by David Nicholls. Any others you've spotted that I must read immediately?

What does your TBR shelves look like?


  1. Oh I love that I can identify the books by what the spines look like!! Our shelves must look so similar!!

    You must must MUST read The Other Boleyn Girl. Its so very good for a slightly trashy novel!! Its easy and really quick to read - go get it and sit in the sun :)

  2. Alas I don't have a pic of my books in waiting as I tend to shacter them inorder to feel less guilty but if we read them all the world would be rather empty

  3. I too have a huge amount of books unread, and yet I keep checking books out from the library. :(

  4. Some of the stories in Smoke & Mirrors are really good (in a kind of scary, Neil-Gaiman-ish way) and easy to dip in and out of. And Wild Swans is certainly one to float to the top of the list, it's the easiest way to read history ;)

  5. You might have more books on those 3 shelves than I have total! It looks like you have some nice titles waiting for you there.

  6. Nice! You have some chunkers on there too. I tend to ignore those for "one day".

  7. I have so many unread books on my shelves, its just disgusting!

    I saw Wild Swans on there, a wonderful book, though harrowing in places. Smoke and Mirrors is my favourite collection of Gaiman's short stories, I hope it creeps up in your pile too.

    I bought a lovely second hand copy of Possession last weekend and really hope I can get round to reading it soon!

  8. well, i think you need to buy some new bookshelves :) the books look kinda crammed.

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