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Sharing our shelves...

This week at YA Highway, we've all been inspired by this post by author Hilary Smith (the ever wise and empathetic Intern), in which she shares a photo of her unedited bookshelf. What fun to get such a rare and spontaneous glimpse into someone else's reading world!

In honor of Hilary, and the delight we find in seeing the books other people have collected, without pretension or forethought, we've decided to share our own unedited shelves. I think they speak to our inner truths and who we are in so many intangible ways...



Sarah Enni

Kristin Halbook


Kaitlin Ward
Stephanie Kuehn



Kate "I Even Have Books Over My Bar" Hart


What about you? Do you have a bookshelf to share? What does it say about you? 



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31 comments:

  1. Kristin Halbrook's bookshelf has just made me feel a whole lot better about the state of my writing room, because I have quite a few shelves that look similar.

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  2. Agree with Andrea--Kris and I are kindred souls when it comes to cluttered shelves!

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    1. Total kindred souls. <3 The question, however, is do you keep your socks with missing pairs on a shelf of your bookcase? (To be fair, you probably don't have as many missing socks as I do, ugh.)

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  3. I'll tweet you guys my pic, since I can't seem to post it here. But they're bookshelves from my beloved Borders, where I used to work. 8 feet tall, alphabatized within each section, with faceouts where there's room. They're lovely, and my office is the best room in my house. :)

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  4. Oh wow, Miss Z, what a great idea to get bookshelves from a book store! 8 full feet should be a household minimum for books!

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  5. I like your set-up, Sarah -- what a cozy book nook! And Kate, books + booze = a great combination.

    I have... three sets of shelves. One is mostly books from the university library, & a rotating few from the NYPL -- the life of a graduate student! There are several shelves, as well, in my bedroom at my parents' house, largely classics (childhood and otherwise), finds from used book sales, and a whole Shakespeare set, however many that is.

    I'm still hoping to do a reorganization. At some point!

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  6. My bookshelf picture is actually the banner for my blog, Blogging for YA, because I love how colorful the different covers look together. I built the bookshelves myself last summer when we moved to our new apartment, and they actually double as window seats. Here's a better picture of them.

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    1. Oh, I love that low bookshelf by the window! Are you able to sit and read on your bookshelf?

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    2. You can if you sort of balance yourself somewhat precariously :). They're mostly used when we have parties and need some extra casual leaning space. But at least they look pretty!

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  7. Hey, we keep our bar books classy-- literally, b/c that's where I shelved all our classics. :) (I restrained myself! I didn't even take pics of my kids' bookshelves!)

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  8. Oh, I like the black corner piece bookshelf! I posted my bookshelf pics in response to The Intern's blog post, too. So much fun. :)

    http://rachelpudelek.blogspot.com/

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    1. Oh, wow, Rachel, that is beautiful! I love the seashell especially. What a cozy shelf.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Emily! I love the way you've transformed your closet and found so many creative spaces for your books.

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  10. I wish I had room for huge bookshelves like those. Unfortunately, my bf and I live in a teeny tiny flat and there's no more room. We have to stick to the two narrow bookcases we have for now. A downside to having a boyfriend who is just as much an avid reader as I am. Any future house is going to have to have a huge room to act as a library.

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  11. I'm really liking Kate's setup ;)

    I wrote a post about my setup a couple weeks ago. I'll dig it up :)

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    1. I am very impressed by your organizational system!

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  12. Oh man. These are mine, and I think what they say about me is that I don't keep books separate from the rest of my life. They are all just one wild jumble of crazy!

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I love the multipurpose shelves.

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  13. Ah Kristin, you seem to be a girl after my own heart" "Let's cram EVERYTHING on the shelves!" I love it. Thanks for sharing, guys! I popped mine up the other day, inspired by Hilary's post: http://www.beantherereadthat.com/2012/09/shelfspy-1.html

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    1. Oh, I love how candid these shots are...really a little slice of someone's life. Thank you for sharing. And wow, on the shelves made from the pub's floorboards. That's amazing.

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    1. That's a lovely bookshelf (with some excellent books on it)! Thank you!

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  15. I really miss my bookselves, but sadly they are currently 1000s of miles away. I moved from Ireland to Canada last year and into a tiny apartment where space is a premium (we were also too poor to buy furniture for the first year and actually only acquired shelves and a chest of drawers two months ago!). It's one of the reasons why I finally caved and bought a Kindle actually.

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    1. Oh, that's a big (and exciting sounding!) move. Nice to have that kindle option when space is limited!

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  16. I love this! It's great too, to recognize books immediately just from the spines in the pictures!

    This has given me a good idea for an upcoming blog post!

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    1. I love recognizing the books on people's shelves, too.

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  17. I know I'm late, but I did a post as well.

    http://tyresecoleman.blogspot.com/2012/09/just-my-shelf.html

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  18. Ohh, I love the books by the wedding cake. That is fabulous. Thank you for sharing and happy, happy reading!

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  19. This is great! I've been hosting user submitted bookshelves on this site: http://shareyourshelf.tumblr.com and encourage everyone to submit there as well!

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