Blogger and Writer #Shelfies

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You know about selfies, but do you know about shelfies? Shelfies are photos of your bookshelves, with or without you, OR photos of you reading a book. Today I asked some of my favorite writers and bloggers to share their own #shelfies with us. See what you think — I think it’s a fascinating peek into someone’s life. Don’t you? (Scroll down to the bottom to see mine.)

Susan Kaye Quinn, YA author

Blogger and Writer Shelfies

“Yup – those are all mine! The Legacy Human just launched, the first of my new Singularity series. When I’m done, I may need a whole shelf just for them! It’s going to be a 6 book series about a post-Singularity world where a legacy human boy wants nothing more to ascend and joining the human/machine hybrids that now run the world. But when he finally gets his chance, he realizes they’re not as god-like as he believed, and soon he’s on the run, trying to stay alive and figure out who he truly is. The Legacy Human is my new young adult science fiction series that explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world… and how technology will challenge us to remember what it means to be human.
Susan Kaye Quinn

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, middle-grade author

 Blogger and Writer Shelfies

It’s not pretty, but there is so much love here. It’s one of my favorite (also overflowing) shelves in the apartment. In honor of World Read Aloud Day, I’m proudly displaying some of our cherished picture books, the ones we read, sang, and thoroughly enjoyed over and over and over…and over again. And my middle schooler and I still do. I’m a firm believer in the power of a picture book at any age!
Olugbemisola Books 

Laura Resau, middle grade and YA author

Blogger and Writer Shelfies

This shelf of vintage children’s books is in our living room, and features one of my all-time favorite picture books, HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON. Philosophically, I love how Harold creates his own reality with that crayon! My dad adores flea markets and thrift shops, and has amassed a lovely collection of old children’s books for me over the years.
Laura Resau

Megan Sheakoski, blogger

Blogger and Writer Shelfies

Here’s our book basket. We rotate books in it to keep interest while keeping a few of the same favorites each time for repeated reading.
Coffee Cups and Crayons

Debbie Ohi, illustrator

Blogger and Writer Shelfies

This photo is just a sample from my office bookshelves. I so need to organize my books!
Debbie Ohi

Malia Hollowell, blogger

Blogger and Writer Shelfies

Hands down this one of my favorite pieces of furniture: a bookshelf Middle Brother’s grandfather built for him when he was born. It was handcrafted with so much love.
Playdough to Plato

Zina Harrington, blogger

 Blogger and Writer Shelfies
We actually have a book basket and reading area where we keep our current books. This cozy corner reading nook keeps reading top of mind not only for the kids, but for me. Our unconventional basket #shelfie includes a variety of title: The Artful Year by Jean Van’t Hul, a few Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and (my recent favorite) Wonder by R. J. Palacio.
Let’s Lasso the Moon

Sarah Albee, children’s nonfiction author

Blogger and Writer Shelfies

Here’s a snapshot of one of my shelves, artfully–and ominously–lit to showcase the subject of my book-in-progress: POISON. I was going to crop it, but I left in the upper shelf, where you can see how oh-so-very organized I am with shelving my research books according to subject (FASHION and BUGS). The biographies include some of my favorite poisoners, Catherine de Medici and the Borgia family, as well as The Double Life of Doctor Lopez, which is about the poor, doomed physician to Elizabeth I who was accused of attempting to poison Her Majesty and cruelly executed. He was probably innocent, but because he had converted from Judaism, people were quick to distrust/accuse him. (He’s the character after whom Shakespearemodelled Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, which was written just a few years after Lopez’s execution.)
Sarah Albee Books

Anne Bogel, blogger

Blogger and Writer Shelfies

This colorful bookshelf is in our living room: it holds paperback Puffin Classics, Penguin Young Readers clothbound classics, the Beverly Cleary collection, Nancy Drew, the Mother-Daughter Book Club, Puffin in Bloom, and more. It also holds a few of MY books on the top shelf, because good books are good books, regardless of what age they’re intended for. My kids don’t read the grown-up books yet, but you better believe I dip into “their” classics.
Modern Mrs. Darcy 

Tiffany Dahle, blogger

Blogger and Writer Shelfies
Rather than cover my daughter’s wall in posters and art, we wanted to enjoy a rotating display of her favorite picture books. We adore the illustrators from these picks and thought it would be a fun cost-effective way to decorate her room. The shelves are simple white picks from IKEA that took just minutes to hang and the display changes with the seasons and the holidays. Her favorites are always right within reach!
Peanut Blossom

Kristen Duke, blogger

blogger shelfies
I’ve got 4 kids, so we needed a LOT of space for a central book shelf in our Game room. We found the 25 cube shelf at Ikea to be perfect, and each kid has their own section to organize their favorite books. The rest of books that everyone loves are organized by type, so it makes it an easy to find what you are looking for.
Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

Janine Halloran, blogger

blogger shelfiesWe got this bookshelf when I was pregnant with my first. It was one of the first items we purchased as parents-to-be, because both my husband and I love to read and we wanted to pass that along to our kids. We read to them every day (my husband does great voices), everything from Mo Willems to Harry Potter. We have passed on our love of reading to our daughter – one of her goals this year is to read more!
Encourage Play

Ana Dziengel, blogger

Blogger and Writer Shelfies
We have a long shallow shelf set-up in our activity area, aka. the breakfast room, for displaying books and projects. Because it’s shallow, it requires the books to face outward so that you can get a glimpse of the covers; too often books are lost on the shelves because only the spine is visible. I also used the shelf to divide a chalkboard area below and an art display area above.
Babble Dabble Do

Tara Lazar, children’s picture book author

staircasebookshelf

This is my staircase landing library. The space was big for just a stairway and it looked so empty to me. What a great place for a reading nook! I measured the width and realized that two bookcases fit perfectly, almost as if they were custom-built. So I bought them and filled them up with picture books and MG/YA novels. But this space will soon be exclusively for picture books since I bought another bedroom bookcase for the novels. It’s difficult to go up and down the stairs without plopping down to read! (Hence the comfy pillow.)
Tara Lazar

Melissa Taylor, blogger

Blogger and Writer Shelfies
As you might imagine from knowing me, we have bookshelves and baskets of books all over the house — in my office, in each child’s room, in the living room, in the kitchen, and in the basement. (You might be thinking: why not the bathroom? Now that it’s come to my attention, I really should remedy that immediately!!) Today I’m showing you two of our basement bookcases. I’ve tried to organize the shelves with the harder books on the top and the easier books to the bottom. We’ve run out of space (shocking!) so there are stacks on the floor. 
Imagination Soup

Which #shelfies are your favorites?

shelfies from 15 favorite bloggers and writers

 

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9 Responses

  1. :Donna Marie says:

    This was SO much fun, Melissa 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Btw, I’d add mine, but they’re all over the place and not easy to photograph really. The only thing I have online is on my about page: http://writersideup.com/about/me/

  2. I love seeing bookshelves! One of my favorite things is our “library” where I finally managed to get all our books organized and made the shelves look all pretty. Only problem is, the room is kinda out of the way and we tend to just grab and pile books throughout the house. I’m working on getting/making more bookcases so we have one in each room for easy grabbing and reading.

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