BOOKENDING SPRING 2020: Smile For The Shelfie!

Welcome to the first weekend of Bookending Spring Storytellers! We are nearing the end of my journey here as host, but I thought it would be fun to help kick start us into the spring cleaning spirit by talking about our favorite area of our homes–our library!

If this is your first time here on my blog (hi! Hello! I’m Sam!) and you don’t already know what Bookending Spring is, its a month long event in April that was created by myself and Clo @ Cuppa Clo where we aspire to bring the bookish community closer together through the platform we love the most–blogging! Each day throughout the month, we have different prompts from different hosts that participants can replicate! I am so excited to check out everyone’s posts and prompts as we get more into the month as our hosts this year are dishing out quality content! You can also catch me smiling from ear to ear as I get to meet all of you on your blogs and on our Twitter (@bookend_events if you haven’t followed, you totally should!) page!

Also, don’t forget that we have a blog hopping masterlist! The list features all of our participants and those who are participating in Bookending Spring can put their post links next to their name for easy blog hopping! Can’t wait to see all your amazing posts! And with that, let’s get into today’s prompt!


Smile for the Shelfie! 

Take a picture of your bookshelves and/or stacks and explain how you organize your books!


I am typically super peculiar on how I organize my shelves and stacks. I’ve tried–well, more like attempted–different methods (i.e., the aesthetically pleasing rainbow shelves), but I always find myself eye twitching at the state of my shelves when I do and then I put it right back to exactly as it was before. I am a woman of predictability if nothing at all.

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For me, I try to keep my books organized by Genre and then within those shelves I go by height all the while keeping tomes by the same author together (to the printing press that thought it would be a great idea to have a sequel to a series as a different height then the rest–I hope you are drinking decaf).

Genre Shelves:

  • Contemporary
  • Fantasy/Sci-fi
  • Romance
  • Poetry & Plays
  • Christian Fiction, Non-Fiction, & Textbooks

Now, I do have four shelves that are ball-busters and defy my OCD. Two of these shelves are my favorite shelves, which contain my Sarah J. Maas collection, and the other shelf is jammed pack with my many editions of The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. The remaining two shelves, hold the books that couldn’t fit within the genre organized shelves, and the other holding all my mass market paperbacks!

How do you organize your books?



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  1. Clo @ Cuppa Clo

    April 4, 2020 at 3:33 am

    Your shelves are so pretty aaaah I’m in love <3 I can’t organise mine in a rainbow anyway, I own too many urban fantasy/paranormal romance and for some reason back in the day, the publishers thought they deserved black/dark spines so…I DON’T OWN ENOUGH COLOUR TO HAVE A PLEASING RAINBOW AESTHETIC. Not that I would anyway because I would not be able to find my books xD

  2. Ren Strange

    April 4, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Your shelves are a dream! What can I say? I like big book shelves and I cannot lie lol.

  3. Kristina

    April 4, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    “I hope you’re drinking decaf” ahahaha new insult style? 😂 I like it !

    Such pretty bookshelves, All thoses books!! I find it so nice to have like, enough books to put them into genres. xd though I don’t read that much of a wide range errrh.. idk if I could do that with mine ahah

  4. danielle

    April 5, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    WHY do I see three copies of The Twilight Saga on your shelf!! Sam I think you have a problem lmaooo!! XD It’s ok, I have a shrine on a separate shelf lol

    1. fictionallysam

      April 5, 2020 at 7:06 pm

      LOL thats honestly not even all of them, I have more in my closet that couldn’t fit anywhere on my shelves lmao

      1. danielle

        April 6, 2020 at 7:36 am

        STAN!! You are a hardcore stan lmaooo I love it so much.

  5. Mere

    April 5, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    I went from rainbow to series. And then I just plop my series wherever my heart desires. 🙂 because I am as changeable as the wind!!

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  7. northernplunder

    April 21, 2020 at 11:49 am

    really sad because ive just moved rooms so my books arent organised at all right now. ideally i need to buy a bookshelf to get started. hopefully youll get too see them one day! (but i mostly keep my read and unread seperate)

  8. Jayati

    April 24, 2020 at 4:57 am

    Your shelves are just so pretty! I could stare at them all day long. I usually like my bookshelves by author names but recently I tried doing Rainbow shelves – they do look really pretty but I can’t really find books now and so, I think I’m going to reorganise them again very soon.

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