Stories Behind the Shelves | Cait from Notebook Sisters

Stories Behind the Shelves is an original feature created here at IrisjeXx. If you’d like to be featured, please send me a message though the contact form you can find at the Stories Behind the Shelves page you can find in the Menu under features.

This week I happily welcome Cait from Notebook Sisters to my humble blog! What are we waiting for? Lets take a peek into the prettiness that are her bookcases!


Hey minions of Iris!

My name is Cait and I’m from Notebook Sisters (a YA blog basically obsessed with books, writing, and peanut butter). After I tweeted about my new bookshelf, Iris invited me to show it to you. Oh, gosh, thanks Iris for having me! And I hope you minions readers enjoy my shelf!

bookshelf 1

Yes, it’s very empty at the moment, but it won’t be by the end of the year! My house is stuffed with books, but a lot of them are schoolbooks (I was homeschooled, though I’m graduated now) and none of them belong solely to moi. This shelf is all mine. Mwhahahah! (I’m not usually this obsessive… just about books.)

I’m a YA reader and blogger. With a few exceptions, my shelves are all about YA. But I read anything YA. Romance, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporaries, paranormals, thrillers…you name it, I’ll try it. It just has to be well written with awesome characters.

bookshelf 2I like to be organized, so each of my shelves is a collection. (When I have tons of books, I’d love to arrange them according to colour.) Right now I’m putting them in collections.

My ARC shelf is one I’m really happy with! I just started getting ARCs and it’s still freakishly exciting every time I’m approved.

The library is my life (and home away from home. They know me there. I’m like, a very polite and honourable stalker). My stack is usually huge. But it changes every few weeks, so I don’t arrange them nicely. I just stick them in and gobble.

bookshelf 3

Of course I have a shelf dedicated to Best Books Ever! I don’t own all my favourites, but these…oh, gosh, they’re amazing. I love the covers. I love the authors. I love this little cube of smashing fabulousness. So far I have Divergent and Allegiant, Paper Towns, and These Broken Stars. This shelf will, eventually, be stuffed.

The other shelf is full of series! So far I’m slowly collecting the Ranger’s Apprentice, Gallagher Girls and Inkheart series. I have 5 out of 13 RA books. Yes, I need to improve that.

I’m really in love with my bookshelf! I paid for most of it, but my parents helped me out so I could have it as a Christmas present. (It’s from IKEA, yes, I totally love that place. You get free hot chocolate.) I love how this shelf is quirky and cool. I love the cube-shape. What I don’t love is the fact it’s screwed to the wall. What if I want to rearrange my room? The bookshelf stays.

But if we ever move, it’s coming with me. We are best buds, my bookshelf and I. BFFs.

Fun facts:

–    Yes, I do stare at my bookshelf and smile goofily.

–    My bookshelf is officially 2 weeks old.

–    When I first stacked it, I subconsciously filled 2 shelves on each level. It was so very ordered that I changed it.

–    My 1-year-old niece thinks it’s the perfect height for her to pull out all the books.

–    I’m only a little bit taller then my shelf.

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  1. 02/01/2014 / 17:20

    It is a really great bookshelf! Right now, my family has very limited bookshelf space, but man, one day, I’ll have a library inside my home! And another homeschooled student *high fives*

    • Iris
      03/01/2014 / 13:08

      Whaha, I always tell everybody exactly the same! That there’ll be a day, someday, I’ll have a personal library in my home. Though I can’t complain because I have quite a lot of book cases in my room. :)

  2. 02/01/2014 / 18:56

    Nice. Very nice. I like the cubes. Currently, my bookcase has five shelves and is failing to contain all my books. I need another!

  3. Arende
    02/01/2014 / 19:24

    Cait, you’re great (as always)! And IKEA is a great shop, although I hate chocolate.
    Getting ARCs must be so exciting… I wished we did that in the Netherlands ;-)

    • Iris
      02/01/2014 / 21:13

      You can get ARC’s! I get ARC’s from the UK publishing houses and some from self publishing authors in the US! Also, eARC’s through NetGalley :) lots of options here, jut a bit harder for us Dutchies, than when you live in the US

  4. 02/01/2014 / 21:19

    Woohoo your bookshelf is lovely, Cait! I also have a shelf dedicated to my ARCs so it’s organized. This is such a lovely and unique feature. I would love to do one too when my shelf is a bit more organized haha.

    • Iris
      02/01/2014 / 21:21

      Haha, let me know when you have it organized! I can always use more shelfs and awesome bloggers to feature here ;)

  5. 02/01/2014 / 22:22

    Ooh I love this feature!! That’s one cool bookshelf- I love the cube style. And it must be so fun to watch as it fills up. :D

    I’m with Leigh- I’d love to participate (once I actually get my bookshelf… my grandpa built it for me so it’s currently at his house)

    • Iris
      03/01/2014 / 13:05

      I only recently started this feature, there were 2 before Cait. Its slowly growing, but I’m still spreading the word and all :)
      I’d love for you to participate, haha, let me know when your bookshelf arrives.

      Btw, that’s awesome! I mean that your grandpa built it for you!

  6. Ashley G.
    02/01/2014 / 23:36

    Your bookshelf is so awesome! Yes, Divergent is in the Best Books Ever shelf! I haven’t read Allegiant yet, but I got it for Christmas, so I’m going to reread the first two before I start it. Have fun collecting more books. :)

  7. 03/01/2014 / 11:00

    Woot! I love that it’s not too neat (if you know what i mean). Awesome! And I think I would freak out when I receive my first ever ARC. And I haven’t gotten myself my own bookshelf (boohoo!) so my books are kept in bags or they’re stacked on the floor.

  8. 03/01/2014 / 11:27

    You have an amazing bookshelf! Seriously, I wish I had one like that. Mine is so tiny and small and there’s not enough space for my books! I love that you organize it in collections, it’s something I do too. I put my favorite series together as well as my TBR-pile.

  9. 05/01/2014 / 01:46

    Such a pretty bookcase! :) I have to say, that I need more bookcases. But I also need more places to put them. lol I love how you organize your books.

  10. 05/01/2014 / 19:18

    Nice Bookshelf!
    So Caith, at the end off 2014 another Stories Behind the Shelves post??

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