Stories Behind the Shelves | Kelsey!

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Today, I welcome *drum roll*  Kelsey from Verbosity Book Reviews! She’s a sweetheart and I love her blog, so lets take a peek into her life and shelves!


Hi everyone! I’m Kelsey from Verbosity Book Reviews! I recently found Iris’s blog through Twitter and I have to say that I love it. She’s got such lovely posts and this downright GORGEOUS design, not to mention fancy features like this.

I’m supposed to start talking about myself now, but I find that kind of hard to do. Once, my brother asked me if I was going to be the type person to put a bunch of bumper stickers on my car. I looked at him and said, “There isn’t one bumper sticker out there to sum me up.” That’s pretty much how I feel about bios. However, if I have to state a few relatively stereotypical words, I’d say I’m a reader (obviously) and a writer. I also dabble in art and photography, but I’d never say I was an artist or a photographer.

Also, I’m horrible at doing photo editing on my bookshelf.

It’s kind of old and banged up these days, but it holds a lot of books and I’m quite happy about that. I’m home-schooled, and when I was younger, this was the bookshelf that my siblings and I used for our schoolbooks. This top shelf was mine. No more schoolbooks there! They’ve been moved to that bottom shelf which is half full. Or half empty? I could never tell. The top shelf is dedicated to a range of fiction, mostly YA, and four paper cranes that are there for some reason I am unaware of.



The two bottom shelves are used for things that are not school related and that fit. For some reason the slightly upper one there is smaller than all of the other shelves in height and only my small books go there. Mostly used books, too. I love finding second hand books. The very bottom is home to things that don’t fit. And Harry Potter. Because, you know, they deserve a shelf of their own.

Harry Potter


These are books that just float around my room for some reason. Sometimes they’re in my closet. Sometimes they’re on this table. For all I know, I have some more laying around somewhere. (and, yes, I have a record player. Vinyl is nice to listen to while cleaning)

Record Player


And the top of my bookshelf would just be so boring without anything to decorate it. This is also the part where I show off my fantabulous, non-existent editing skills. It’s come to my attention that I have a thing for birds. . .



Now it’s probably time for the truth to come out. I cleaned my shelves off before doing this. As it turns out, my bookshelves end up holding a lot more than books. (the things I find. . . Scissors, papers, a random notebook thing. . .)

While I love my shelves, I have a tendency to be self conscious of them. I don’t know how to do the utterly pretty things other people do to theirs. I don’t know how to arrange books in a slightly unusual, yet aesthetically pleasing look. I use mine as a coffee table (well, tea in this case), some of my books are beat up from love, and I’m very OCD about having my books in alphabetical order by author name. But sometimes I like ordinary. It’s all I need, and my shelves give me something pleasant to look at each morning as I sit at my desk and work.

Thank you so much for inviting me to participate, Iris!


Any other bloggers that like to listen to Vinyl?

I totally own a record player as well, I’m a big fan of the ‘older’ rock and soul music, and you can’t have the full experience until you have a record player *smiles*

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  1. 31/01/2014 / 23:39

    Oh, Kelsey! I KNOW you! (Well, I mean, I know you and your blog…okay I’m just sounded weird. So I’ll stop.) This is an epic bookshelf post! I seriously think looking at people’s bookshelves is fascinating. I like your Random Bird Things, too.

    • 01/02/2014 / 16:58

      *coughs* When I saw your shelves on here, I reacted similarly. I’ve been reading your blog for a year or two now, so I *feel* like I know you. Well, I think I went a few months without reading your blog, but that was due to stuff like school. And I didn’t comment when I was younger. I was scared of it for some reason. I can’t remember if I commented on the post you were in or not, though. Your shelves are soooo pretty, though. I find looking at bookshelves fascinating too. I probably creeped my cousin out when I was younger. When I was at her house, instead of being a fully attentive guest, I had this tendency to go through her shelves and find something to read. Then we would just sit there and read. . .

    • Iris
      02/02/2014 / 19:23

      Thank you Cait! That means a lot to me :)
      Looking at other peoples bookshelves just says a lot about a person, its why I think its so fascinating as well!

      I have no idea why I used those birds, but they were just so cute that I couldn’t not use them haha

  2. 01/02/2014 / 14:05

    “Books I have no room for” pretty much sums up my book shelves haha. And yeah I agree, Harry Potter definitely deserves a shelf of their own!

    • 01/02/2014 / 17:01

      I mean, I should be getting rid of some books or stop getting them or something. I’ve started sitting them on top of my other books now. . . *whispers* And I’ve already gotten another book since taking those pictures. . .

    • Iris
      02/02/2014 / 19:28

      My Harry Potter Books totally have a shelf of their own too. They’re soooo worthy of their own pretty shelf <3

  3. 02/02/2014 / 11:39

    I have actually never heard music from a record player though I would love to! So agree with HP deserving a shelf of its own, that’s actually what I do too haha. Everything else is simply unworthy to be on the same shelf.

    • Iris
      02/02/2014 / 19:36

      I love the sound of music from a record player! Lets hope you get to experience it as well soon :)

      Damn right about Harry Potter and only one shelf <3

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