Bookshelf Reveal || it’s my birthday!

Hey! Everybody is supposed to be excited okay? Why, because it’s Rachel’s birthday today!

My questionable rhyming skills aside, it really IS my birthday! I’ve officially blessed this earth with my gracious presence for 15 whole years today (ohno no need to thank me).

I have sort of mixed feelings about this whole ageing thing. In some ways, it feels like I’ve lived an entire lifetime, you know? i’ve certainly read enough books for a lifetime But also, as long as I’m far far away from that cursed number we do not speak of (it starts with 1 and ends with 8 and there’s nothing in between), I’m good, thank you.

Soo I gave a LOT of thought (no seriously, i was daydreaming about this during physics class) to what sort of a post I should put up on this wondrous occasion (did i mention it is my birthday today?) but things turned out to be a little last-minute (pfft with me they always are last minute) so I decided to keep it short and sweet so guess what we’re doing today — *drumroll* BOOKSHELF REVEAL!

Ok I realize my drama probably amounted to nothing because the post’s title gave it away, but play along, will you? After all, it’s my birthday today *wink wink*

Yeah so I got this bookshelf just last year on Christmas (best gift EVER, am i right?) since my old one was practically overflowing. I have also bought new books since then and I’m pretty proud of it so shower it with love okay? Ta-da!

THE MIGHTY BOOKSHELF

I spent literal HOURS putting in the books (and I still pop my nose in now and then to get that book-y smell) so that they look just right. I didn’t really colour code the shelves like a lot of people do (mostly because I have zero aesthetic sense) but i did have a strategy of organisation. Sort of. I think?

Let’s talk about the left rack first. The topmost shelf on the left is for my classics like The Book Thief, Anne of Green Gables, Moby Dick etc. The shelf below that is mostly fantasy, with the Vega Jane quartet stacked on top of each other. My copy of Our Violent Ends, my pride my joy (and my tears), is front and centre obviously. To it’s right are other fantasy novels including A Dark and Hollow Star and King of Scars.

The two shelves below that (the 3rd and 4th shelves in the left rack) are mostly adult fiction with the only fantasy books (Aurora Burning, Blazewrath Games and Sweet & Bitter Magic) displayed proudly, cover and all. Notable adult fiction books from these shelves are those by Khaled Hosseini, Agatha Christie and Mitch Albom among others. (also this photo is a few days old so the 3rd shelf from the top now also houses Emma Lord’s Tweet Cute). The bottom two shelves are a random mix of middle grade and YA mystery thrillers.

Ok onto the rack in the right! I know its a bit of a mess but that’s because the entire rack is mostly filled with books from my childhood and comics and those are a nightmare to try and arrange neatly. There are two shelves dedicated to Enid Blyton (god her books had me in a chokehold) and one shelf each for my Tinkle comics and Geronimo Stilton. And there’s also those big picture books and all from when I had just started reading.

Soo that was all about the mighty bookshelf (she says, nice to meet you guys) aand we’re all done with this post as well because I don’t really know what else there is to be said. (except, it’s my birthday today did you know that?)

How do you organize your bookshelf? What do you use to decorate it? (I’m thinking some Funko Pops might add better aesthetic…) Do you still own books from your childhood? OH AND WHEN’S YOUR BIRTHDAY? Let’s chat in the comments!

~ Rachel

UPDATE: apparently i also decided to do a face reveal? anyway my profile picture for today is my real face ✌️

Which Of These Bookish Things Give Me A Boost Of Serotonin?

Hiya people!

So I was scrolling through Buzzfeed quizzes (aka the blackhole that never fails to suck me in) related to bookworms (you know it) and found this one that, like most other quizzes, proudly decrees “If 34/50 Of These Bookish Things Give You A Boost Of Serotonin, Then You’re 100% A Bookworm”.

I have learned from personal experience never to leave the fate of my entire personality to the Buzzfeed gods. So we are not doing this quiz all hardcore “Am I a bookworm? omg I don’t know”, instead we are going to be all casual about it, okay? Okay. (trying to convince myself here) We are also not going to be dealing with all the 50 things because that’ll take wayyy too long, so I’ve selected 25 out of the 50. If you enjoy this post, do let me know so I could take up the remaining in another post!

Click here to give the quiz yourself if you’re interested!

With all that said, now we’re going to discover which of the following bookish stuff gives me a boost of serotonin, in other words, stuff that makes me happy. (serotonin – noun: key hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness) Let’s get started!

This is a no because first – I started reading audiobooks very recently so I don’t think I have a favourite narrator as such, and second – I don’t really pay much attention to the narrators. As long as its comprehendible, the narration matters much less as compared to the story for me.

Yes! I don’t do much of this these days (e books have become my lifeline) but I do have a lot of complete trilogies, quartets, and even 10 or 12 book series from when I was younger!!

Yes yes yes! Until I became part of this blogosphere, I had never experienced the pure joy of somebody reading a book that I’d recommended. But its a great feeling, especially if said person loves the book as much as I did!!

No to both, because umm I don’t really notice these things.

Yes, because that means that favourite author is likely to remain a favourite author!

This largely depends on the characters, but generally that does make me happy, so I’m gonna go with yes!

Uhh no. Beautiful, but generally not for me.

Wait that’s a thing?! A thing that people actually notice and care about?? I really must pay more attention to such stuff in my books. So, yeah, no.

Its the other way around for me, so no. When I read a book, the details of a character’s person are really fuzzy in my head, but after that when I watch the adaptation, my brain associates the character with that cast member forever. (looking at S&B and their perfect cast)

I don’t really reread much, so idk.

No. I guess I like my side characters the way they are??

Yes of course, the feeling is HEAVENLY! Those who have never had their nose in a book (literally), you’re missing out!!

These are kind of related so I’m putting them together. And a million times yes to both! My library card expired like a few months ago but before that I was pretty big on the whole checking-out-books-on-a-daily-basis thing, and that was awesome! Ahh what can I say about browsing? Just seeing all those shelves filled with books is honestly a big source of happiness for me (I also…umm… like to run my finger along the spines hehe)

Yes, because why not?

Now, this is something that probably would make me happy, that is if, you know I actually did lend my friends books. Practically none of them read anyway, that makes things easier for me lol. No.

Of course, yes! I am currently reading my first ever retelling (I think its my first) and I think I really like it!!

A yes to both, but more specifically to the second one. When a character has to deal with loss of loved ones and/or trauma and such, it gives me so much serotonin to know that they’re happy once the story gets over.

Yes to the first and no to the second. I’m kinda obsessed with Kanej fanarts on a daily basis. Also, umm I’m terrible at anything aesthetic so drawing fanart… nope. I wouldn’t want to do that to my favourite characters haha.

Omg yes definitely! It honestly gives me so much serotonin to reorganize my book shelf, or even to just stand there and stare at all the books in there! (also mildly related but I am convincing my parents to buy me a new bookshelf because my current one is close to bursting even though I hardly buy physical copies these days)

Duh!

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Which of these bookish stuff makes you happy? Do you… umm… smell your books? Let me know in the comments!

~ Rachel