The Bookshelf Tag (is my current favourite thing)

Natalie from Raindrops on Roses made, in my opinion, the nicest tag there ever has been created. I'm not exaggerating to be flattering, Natalie, this is seriously what I'm thinking right now. I'm kind of jealous you thought of it before I did. :-P Heehee. But anyways. Irresistable, and all that jazz, so therefore boom, it'll be completed on Wonderland Creek. How about starting.

Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn't actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from:

My bookcase is wooden (as your eyes have told you) with four shelves (as your eyes have also told you.) I got it when we moved two years ago - we bought some furniture of the previous owners, including this. My mum loved it so much she wanted it herself first, but then I guess she saw I needed it badly because I have so many books. :-) Thank you mum. :-) I adore my bookcase, but it's slowly getting too small, as I get new books every year!

And please, ignore my crafty-stuff at the top. :-P

Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books?

Yes, I organise my bookcase by colour. I know it's an unusual thing to do (Naomi Bennet? Unusual? Why should you be surprised?) but I just love the special rainbowy touch it adds to my room. It's such a simple way of brightening up an interior, and it's SO dashed fun to organise that it's become like a hobby. :-)

What's the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf?

Probably my Jane Austen collection book - it's suuper thick, because it has all of her books in one. It's kind of annoying to read and drag along. :-) But worth it, of course, haha. After that, I guess it should be GONE WITH THE WIND. My goodness, that book is a deliciously thick brick - it's just plain swamped with words, words, words one after another for pages and pages aaand pages. Staggeration.

What's the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf?

There was none that really popped into my mind straightaway, so I had to have a look. Apparently it ended up being a French book I have to read for school. Thank goodness it's thin. :-P

Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?

Haha, practically all of these are books I got for birthdays and Christmasses, so yes, there definately are. To point out one in particular, here's Christy, a book I got from my grandparents for my birthday. Oh my stars and stockings is that a good book. It's SO good. I adore it. (And the poor children! Barefoot in the snow?!!! I'm crying inside my heart for them.)

What's the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

You know, I haven't got many small books! Not drastically small ones anyway. The horribly and yet beautifully amazing, amazing biography of Alicia Appleman-Jurman is one of my smaller and chunkier books. Although now, looking at the picture, I can spot the Mildred Keith series - they seem smaller.

What's the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

My copy of 'The Book Thief' is very thick and big. The inside lettering is spacious and the gaps between the lines aren't pressed close, like Gone with the Wind, for instance. This copy is just so, so, so gorgeously beautiful. I remember getting it for Christmas and gasping at the beautiful-ness of the book. It makes you want to become a book thief, yourself, more or less. :-)

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?

Yes, a friend from Church gave me a copy of 'Longbourn' last Christmas, and it's become a happy audition to my bookshelves. This book is really good - a story on it's own, not just a P&P spinoff - although there are some scenes some readers might feel a bit icky reading. I especially love the first half - as it goes on we get fewer and fewer P&P references, you see. ;-)

Most expensive book?

Goodness! I'm not entirely sure. It might be Gone with the Wind - although I didn't notice the expense because someone bought it for me. But it was SOOO worth it. I need a copy of GWTW at my side, to snatch whenever I want to. Sometimes I just open it and read the first two pages of chapter five. Read them and you'll see why (a whole swoony description of her whole wardrobe!!!)

The last book you read on your shelf?

This was a quick read - not brilliant, but pretty cute all the same. Has anyone heard of the 'My Story' children's books series? It's basically a series of diaries (not real-found diaries, sadly) of children in historical time periods. For example there's a diary of a Titanic survivor, Blitz girl, a Cotton Factory worker (*cue North and South music*) - this one, 'Twentieth Century Girl' wasn't the best of the series - but it was cute, so why not tuck it in the shelves, heh.

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read?

Probably 'Little House in the Big Woods.' I can't tell you HOW much I've read all the Little House books in my life. I mean, they WERE my life. I read them so stinkin' much it's not even funny. And seeing this is the first in the series, I'm assuming this was the one I read first. I remember being entranced from the very start. I wanted to be Mary. :-)

Do you have more than one copy of a book?

I have *counts* five Bibles. You see I speak more than one language, so I have two Dutch ones, two English ones and one German one (hopefully I'll be able to read that properly one day.) Most of my Bibles have these sweet fabric coves on them, made by my super talented Oma.

Do you have the complete series of any book series?
Little House on the Prairie! Oh my how I will always adore these books. I have all the Laura books in English and Dutch (and some in French), and then I also have all the Martha books, the Charlotte books, the Caroline books and the lovely Rose books. Yes, I'm still a fan. :-)

What's the newest addition to your shelf?

What book has been on your shelf FOREVER?
Yes, the Little House books. Or my Dutch Bible (the one with the pink embroidery at the top and bottom (see picture above the one above). It's been my soul-mate for years.)

What's the most recently published book on your shelf?
Longbourn, I think.

What's inside the doors of my bookcase. I knew I'd like to know if I were you. :-)
The oldest book on your shelf (as in, the actual copy is old)?

This sweet book is pretty old - it was first published in 1937, although I don't know whether this copy is that old. 

But I do have an even older book which isn't actually on the book shelves, but which is inside the doors of the bookcase. I have to show you, because it's so authentic and crumbly and darling, and I'm really quite proud of the thing. It's a collection of old French weekly magazines called 'La Semaine de Suzette' - which means, 'The week of Suzette.' The stories and recipes and old adverts of dress patterns and so on are so sweet, (although I don't understand them all that well, because it's French and the letters are dusty and faded.) Yes, it's purty cool.

Be jealous.

A book you won?
Me win? Haha. No, I've never won a book. Which is sad.

A book you'd hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)?
Probably my good thick Gone with the Wind book. It's just so precious and fat. But then if someone was dying to read it and couldn't get hold of it, I would be generous, I think. Maybe I'd set a deadline, though, to give it back. (Winks to Emma.)

Most beat up book?

Probably 'on the banks of Plum Creek.' It doesn't look that bad on the picture (blame my camera's elusive flash) but it is bad. Half the pages are loosely tucked in, like bookmarks. But I personally like it when books are really beat up - it shows one how loved they have been.

Most pristine book?
Maybe the Book Thief.

A book from your childhood?

To answer something different to Laura Ingalls Wilder, I'll pull out a Kirsten American Girl book to show you. I used to be entranced about this blonde girl and her simple adventures. I wanted to meet an Indian girl, too, and make a quilt with all my school-friends. Also the artist who drew the pictures in Kirsten draws such sweet pictures. I still adore them. :-)

A book that's not actually your book?

Oopsydaisy! I constantly get blamed for this. :-P 'Remembrance' by Theresa Breslin is an example - I've kind of adopted it to my own because I've read this book SO many times. It was my first romance book, after 'These Happy Golden Years' and I remember feeling so grown-up reading it. It's a very, very sweet WW1 love story, and the ending is bound to be tearful. I always cry. The book is slowly getting a bit to easy for me, but I do love it, and I always forget it actually isn't mine. :-)

A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)?

The Good Book. My favourite book for life. It's so amazing that calling it a 'book' doesn't seem good enough. It's a Book. With a capital B.

A book that is your favourite colour?

Haha, this question is so suitable for me, isn't it? My shelves are arranged in colour, for Pete's sake! (Who is Pete, actually? I feel a bit unaquainted with him and yet I'm typing away angry sentences in his sake. Weird.) My favourite colour is *in chorous!* Pink. HOW CAN YOU NOT LIKE THIS COLOUR. My favourite pink book is probably Jane Eyre. It blows you away. It's huge and beautiful and epic, like GWTW. It's that kind of book you want to possess because it HAS so much.

Sometimes one of my siblings will come in my room and ask me, 'Naomi? Do you know I book I can read?' And then I ask them, 'Any colour in mind?' Haha. :-)

Book that's been on your shelf the longest that you STILL haven't read?

For my fifteenth birthday I went ahead a bought myself some Amish fiction, including this series (which I count as one book, okay?) - and nope, I haven't read them yet. I started, but... yeahhh. Amish fiction ain't always my thing.

Any signed books?

Yes, my copy of Pride and Prejudice is... just kidding. :-P
No, I haven't.

So, that was that! I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thank you for reading, and thank you Natalie for creating it. It was super fun. :-)

Because I'm an enthusiastic book-worm. Thumbs up, everyone.


  1. I adore that you so adore Gone with the Wind. That's my favorite book. xx :)

  2. I know! This is the best tag ever!! I can't wait to do it!
    That's cool how you organize your books by color! They must look soooo pretty!
    Christy is a wonderful book! I should probably ask for it for my birthday!
    That's a beautiful Book Thief cover!
    You have When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit!!! Isn't it one of the nicest books ever!!!
    Little House in the Big Woods is probably the first one I read too!
    You have all the Little House books!!! Lucky!!! Some of them aren't even in print any more!!
    On The Banks of Plum Creek is such a good book, it deserves to be beaten up!
    Kirsten was my favorite American Girl for a looooong time!
    Amish Fiction isn't my thing either...
    I loved seeing your books!

  3. Love your answers! This is a really fun quiz! I've been loving reading everyone's answers.

  4. Isn't this like the coolest tag EVER?!?! I'm actually thinking about "borrowing" the idea from Natalie, but making up a "movie shelf" tag...but I don't know. I'd have to get dear Natalie's permission first...yeah. Rambling.

    Eeek, it's so cool that you organize by color!!!! 0.0

    You speak English, Dutch, AND German?!?! Wow...well, I feel sheepish...;)

    I loved reading your answers!!!:D

  5. Awww, Naomi, thank you! I'm so glad you liked it that much. :)
    Once again, I ADORE your color organization. It is SO pretty.
    I didn't know you read/spoke so many languages!! That is soooo amazing
    Your copy of TBT is beautiful!! I just love beautiful books that make you touch and stroke them and flip through the pages carefully. :)
    The fabric covers on your Bibles are adorable. And the fact that you have 3 different languages of the Bible!
    Haha, you read my mind! I WAS curious as to what was in the doors! :)
    I love Kirsten too! Her books were so sweet.
    *thumbs up*
    Thanks so much for doing the tag!!!! :)

  6. Haha, I just had to comment again and tell Arwen that she is more than welcome to make a movie shelf tag-it sounds so fun!!!
    And Ainsley, you most certainly can do it too! :) If you want, here's the link to my post so you can copy the questions directly (at the bottom of the post):

  7. Haha. I love your title. ;-)

    I cannot get over how cute your shelf is. The whole color-coded thing-- it's just so adorable. And you have so many of the same books we have that I didn't even know about!

    Gaaaahhhh I love your copy of Christy! Sadie and I are both overcome with jealousy. ;-P Wait...so you have two copies of Christy? Did you keep the German one? ;-P

    I laughed out loud when I saw you have that Amish series! The reason being, Sadie found them at the library recently and borrowed one to read, but she didn't end up liking it. I never guessed you'd be interested in Amish fiction! {If you want to read some REALLY good Amish books, read Linda Byler's. It doesn't get much better than that.}

    Sadie has Beautiful Girlhood too! :-) And I gave her the Little House Cookbook for Christmas this past year. We also have Ten Girls Who Made a Difference, though I haven't read it.

    Oh my goodness-- that old French magazine is SO cool. Wow.

    This was so fun to read! Your bookcase is perfectly darling!


  8. Corinne, yes, I do adore GWTW - I'm so glad to meet another fan! It's AMAZING.

    Ashley, I can't wait to see all your answers to this tag. When Hitlor Stole Pink rabbit is cute, but I won't say I love it - it's probably getting too easy for me, I guess. Yes, well, I have all the Little House books except one of the Caroline Series - the fourth one, I think - which for some reason is SUPER expensive. But yes, I have them all. It's been a long-term collection!

    Lois Johnson, thank you! I know, it's super fun. :-)

    Arwen, Oh! You should! Yes, do make a movie-shelf-tag. I'd totally do it. :-) Haha, I explained about the languages on your blog...

    Ainsley, of course you can! Natalie up there has pasted her blog post with the list of questions... :-)

    Natalie, You're welcome m'dear. Haha, I'm so flattered about everyone thinking it's amazing about all the languages I speak - in Belgium it's really quite normal for people to talk four languages. :-) Yes, TBT is a beautiful cover - have you watched the movie? Would you recommend it?

    Emma, The german copy of Christy is actually much prettier than the English one - it's so pretty I don't want to give it away. :-) (Oh yes, I did keep the German one, but we're planning to give it to a German friend (we don't know who yet, but whoever ends up getting it will be lucky.))
    Haha, I used to LOVE Amish fiction - Seriously, it was rediculous. When I was eleven I once read a whole trilogy by Wanda Brunstetter in one day. I still like some of them (because I just find Amish-stuff so fascinating, you know), but I've kind of got REALLY sick of the genre in general. But the series you have sounds adorable. :-)
    I haven't read 'Beautiful Girlhood' yet. It looks sweet, though, and the cover is so PINK. :-) I hope it's just not too preachy.
    Oh 'The Little House Cookbook' is so gorgeous - I've never used it to cook something (I don't really cook much, heh) but the book and the illusrtations and the brown paper... *swoon* - Oh, the 10 Girls and 10 Bos books are nice - we have almost all of them. I've read them so much.
    Yes, the old French magazine-bundle-book IS cool. I got it from ebay for my twelfth birthday. It's so cool to have something so old - and you know girls your age flipped through it before. :-)

    Thank you for all the comments, girls!

    ~ Naomi

  9. Eck, my comment has so many typos.

  10. Naomi,
    Really?? That really is so amazing about the languages.
    I can hardly learn Spanish for school....I can't imagine knowing FOUR languages haha.
    Yes! I did watch the movie and I found it much more "clean" haha that the book. Unfortunately, I feel like the story loses some of its magic when you don't read the book. Once the movie got to the point where I had stopped reading the book it seemed flatter and not as "good" to me. :( Oh well. It was still enjoyable and at least I got the general idea of the story.


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