Your bookshelves

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  1. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    Her bookshelves - there are many similar videos on YouTube. I went looking for ideas I could impliment on making my shelves look better and was disappointed to find only these sorts of ideas.



    My bookshelves (some of them)

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    Any ideas on how to make my bookcases look tidier?

    Please post pictures of your shelves as well.
     
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  2. Pondwater

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    I think yours look fine just the way they are.
     
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  3. Miss Chicken

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    ^^^Thank you.

    However I have tidied up one of the top shelves a little. I took size into account so they are in less alphabetical order than they were but still it should be easy for me to find a book. One shelf down, 24 shelves left to do.

    I took two books out -

    Ocean on Top by Hal Clement
    The Day it Rained Forever by Ray Bradbury

    And I bought both cheap as Kindle books.

    I only own three of the Hitchhikers books so I will buy the 5 in 1 volume and get rid of my old copies.

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  4. teacake

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    I am not a fan of that white minimalism in the video lol. I have waaay too many bookshelves though, it would take forever to fill them. There are multiple built in book shelves in three rooms in the house and then one I already owned that's quite big that I moved here and don't really need. I'm getting rid of stuff all the time. If I moved I bet I would be taking very little of it with me.
     
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  5. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    I wish I had built in bookshelves in three rooms.

    As far as videos went - I gave up watching them after the third one that made the suggestion to arrange books by colour. I would never remember where a book was if I did that.
     
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  6. teacake

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    The disadvantage of all these bookshelves is that those walls are hard to put furniture against and impossible to hang pictures on. Two of them take up two entire walls, two others take up 3/4 of the walls and one of them takes up half a wall. After my massive "I am now a minimalist" cleanout there's a lot of empty space though and I don't intend to keep collecting books. I have like 300 star trek books, I'd like to give them all away except some relaunch and now hard to get ones like A Stitch in Time. All I'd keep is those, my art books, my collection of translated korean fiction which also takes some hunting for and my Bab 5 trilogies. The rest of it, all those GoT tomes and random fantasy novels and the non-fiction reference books that are useless in the age of the Internet can GO.
     
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  7. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    I have about 1100 printed books and about another 1500 Kindle/audiobooks.

    I think I have finally lost it. I am in bed reading a book and needed to go to the loo. I pressed on the screen to pause the book and there was no pause button. Then I realised I was reading a Kindle book not listening to an audiobook.
     
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  8. teacake

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  9. Finn

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    I'm not sure I'd call that minimalism. I've seen some home deco pictures where each shelf had only one item each. :lol:

    I'd love wall to wall bookshelves with which I can rebuild my library.
     
  10. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    I have made a couple of bookmarks from the pages of the books I pulled from my collection. I also have been using my punches on them. I will keep the left over scraps for paper mache.

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  11. TorontoTrekker

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    I haven't watched the video, but just based on the preview I have to say: there's something missing from those bookshelves. Hm, what could it be... oh, I know! BOOKS!

    This is the bookcase in my living room - I have more in each of the bedrooms, plus about 50 books on the dining room table that I haven't shelved due to lack of space. I took this last October - I've bought a few more since then. Each of the shelves in this photo has two rows of books, and a few have three.

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    I have a mixture of Fantasy, Star Wars, Zombie fiction, World War 2 History books along with books by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, George Freidman and Niall Ferguson among others.

    I also got the Tanakh, Gita, Dhammapada, Catholic Bible, Koran, Wycliffe Bible and the New Testament translated by William Tyndale in my book collections.

    And 20 plus books in my Gravure Idol collections, dating from the 80s and 90s, specially imported from Japan. All collector items.
     
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  13. Miss Chicken

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    My non-fiction section is mainly mysteries and sci-fiction with a smattering of books in other genres.

    I have a small collection of children’s picture books especially those illustrated by Libico Maraja

    My non-fiction section covers quite a few different topics including

    *Native American history especially Cheyenne
    *Australian history especially the first few years of white settlement and Tasmanian history.
    *Survival stories including 5 books about the Andes Survivors
    *Science books especially the biological sciences
    *Some biographies
    *Art books
    *History of early aviation
    *Book about languages and words
    *Books about books
    *craft books

    I have an Icelandic collection - both fiction and non-fiction as well as a couple of DVDs

    I have a Sherlock collection - including the New annotated Sherlock Holmes which is a 3 volume set and is the 4 novels and the 56 short stories. I also have quite a few Sherlock novels written by other authors plus many DVDs including TV series, movies and documentaries.

    All up about 1100 books, plus another 900+ audio books and 600 Kindle books.
     
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  14. Velocity

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    I have 2 glass-front bookcases in the family room, one 3-tiered bookcase in my bedroom, 2 bookcases in my sewing room, and one broken bookcase in the guest bedroom....PLUS books stacked on dressers, end tables, and basically most flat surfaces in my 2-story house. I also have 2 Kindles stuffed with nearly 1000 books. And I just bought more books.
     
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    I have the Ikea "Ivar" shelves and since I have such a terrible lot of books I keep them in boxes. These are simple cardboard boxes that I laquered in different colours, depending on the topic of their contents. It saves space and the books don't get dusty.
    Unfortunately my camera broke so that I can't post a pic.
     
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    Interesting! Please post a picture when you can.
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  18. rhubarbodendron

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    I'll borrow my camera from work and take a pic tonight :)
    LOL I have the opposite prob: I always try to turn the page when reading an ebook.
     
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  19. cosmic mouse

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    I actually like the way your shelves look with both the books and other items on them. Not that your shelves are "messy" really, but I like the lovingly used look of a full bookcase.
    Since you asked though, if you pull out the books so that all the spines align (which means varying space behind different sized books and also removing the nick nacks) it will automatically look somewhat neater.

    I love looking at others ' pics of their bookshelves. If I was at home I'd snap a pic of my own.
     
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  20. TrickyDickie

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    Okay, you asked for it. :D

    Late 2004. These first 3 photos are of a book case that I built for all of the Trek books and magazines that I had at the time. No back on this one, but I used some 1970s Trek bed sheets to make the curtains. Lower shelves have cloth on them that is in a bit of a green jungle motif. If you look closely, you can just make out the unauthorized book 'The Reckoning'. :hugegrin:

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    This book case had my vhs collection of the complete set of TOS episodes, all of TAS, the un-aired version of 'Where No Man Has Gone Before' and a few other tapes. Pewter model of the Enterprise on the table to the left:

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    Old barrister book case with movies on vhs. The wooden box on top with more in it is something I made in wood shop in high school. I still have that:

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    Another tall book case full of movies on vhs. The bright lights are 5 bulbs in an old cast iron chandelier:

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    The old house was originally built with no inside bathroom. Later, a bedroom was divided in two, with half being the bathroom and half a fairly large walk-in closet. I converted the closet into a library. The first photo is looking inward. The book case on the left is one that I built by rescuing and repurposing a waterbed frame that someone threw away. The second photo is looking outward:

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    This photo is of the same tall book case with the vhs tapes, except that this is from an earlier year when it was in the short hallway at the bottom of the stairs and full of books instead of movies:

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    This photo is also from an earlier year. I had taken apart the box springs from a mattress set and salvaged the wood. I took the two long side pieces and mounted them parallel to each other, but with a small gap between them down the center. I made two wooden book ends and installed a threaded headless bolt in the bottom center of each. The gap between the two wooden slats served as a track for the bolt to travel on. A large flat washer and a wing nut, on the underside, snugged each book end in place wherever desired on the entire length of the shelf. You can see one of the wooden book ends just below the red mark that I added to the image. This set-up worked great. Snugged-up book ends meant no worries of book ends and books falling over. Pardon the old ceiling paper that was long overdue for replacing. :o :

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