Thoughts I Have While Organising My Bookshelf

The first prompt of Off Tangent Thoughts was greeted with lots of zeal and enthusiasm from all you lovely people who participated, and I have got all your posts liked down below at the end of this post πŸ™‚

This first prompt is in the spirit of Bookending Spring which is a wonderful event organised by my friends Clo and Sam. Now without any delay let’s get started on today’s prompt!


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Thoughts You Have While Organising Your Bookshelf

All bookdragons have a bookshelf no matter what size or shape or condition. Mine is carved out of the top two shelves of my study table and when that started overflowing I convinced my mom to give me another two shelves from the crafts cabinet in my room…

So yeah my bookshelves are pretty much divided and an absolute mess right now or else I would have definitely put up some pictures. But as I got around to organising them here are some thoughts that popped into my head.

  • Oh my god this is a mess. Why do I do this to myself everytime?
  • The garbage dump would look clean in comparison to this
  • Can you believe one bookshoot = this?
  • Alright, step one: gather all the books, step two: get buried under their weight for the rest of your life
  • Honestly why do I even go to the gym, carrying books is all the weightlifting I’ll ever need in my life
  • *is carrying a huge stack of books*
  • *chants* please don’t fall, please don’t fall, please don’t fall
  • Spolier alert: they did fall- on my foot
  • Wait, should I change my organisation system this time? How about trying an alphabetical arrangement?
  • Nope, nope, nope. I love my rainbow coloured bookshelves too much
  • *discretely puts books with multi-coloured spines in a separate shelf*
  • OH MY GOD I FOUND MY MALEC BOOKMARK! (I have the worst habit of leaving bookmarks among book pages)
  • *sobs*I missed you so much!
  • *sighs* re-arranging merch is such a chore
  • *untangles the bookish pendants*
  • One Eternity Later:
  • Oh god why is there an empty space? Which book did I manage to lose now?
  • *finds the book in a corner of the house where she has never been too*
  • *stretches muscles*
  • *sips on energy drink*
  • *tries pushing that book into the small space she knows it’s never going to fit in*
  • JUST *pants* GO *wheezes* IN *huffs*
  • *pages crinkle up*
  • Oops?
  • Fine. I give up. You win, almighty book
  • *wishes for the hundredth time that all book spines were single coloured*
  • *major panic session*
  • *realises she lent out that book*
  • *slaps her head against the desk*
  • why am I like this??
  • *wishes for more shelf space*
  • What am I supposed to do with you??? You don’t fit anywhere!
  • *ends up piling it in that one shelf that’s the least pretty, like always*
  • *merch taped on the sides of the shelf falls down*
  • *sighs* every single time
  • And done!
  • Not bad, it took me only 5 hours πŸ™‚
  • So like an hour less than the last time
  • *swoons over her bookshelves*
  • *clicks pictures*
  • I wonder how long it’s going to last like this
  • Narrator: she knew in her heart that chaos would reign in less than a day

I wonder if that was over the top crazy or normal bookdragon crazy…


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41 thoughts on “Thoughts I Have While Organising My Bookshelf

  1. I completely agree with all of this! We just moved house a few weeks ago and I am still sorting out my bookcases. The good thing is that I have just bought three more bookcases which I need to put together so some of my books that are currently in piles against the walls can finally have homes!

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  2. Haha loved this πŸ˜ƒ I remember arranging my bookshelf when I shifter to Bangalore last year. I arranged them as per color but that arrangement lasted for only a few days πŸ˜‚ Now when I shifted back to Pune, I don’t have any bookshelves here yet and my books are stoked up in an almirah πŸ™ˆ I am still not sure how would I arrange the books this time when I would have shelves here 😜

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    • Oh lol. That arrangement usually works for me but I end up staring at my bookshelves for a long time πŸ˜‚ Ahhh that’s sad. You’ll be buying bookshelves? Idk you could try alphabetical, by genre, by author- there are an end number if ways!


  3. I love this post! Charvi, congratulations on this new blog meme! It is very interesting & I do plan on joining once things have settled where I’m at.

    While I love organizing my bookshelves, I also dread the day I have to! I need stronger bookshelves since mine seem to be giving up.

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    • Thank you, Cam! Awesome, I’ll be very happy to have you on the meme boat πŸ˜„

      Lol I start off in q good mood but then it just get’s so hectic πŸ˜… I’m dreading the day uni starts cause I’ll have to choose which books to take and I am NOT ready for that πŸ™ˆ

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  4. You know….I ruled out doing memes ages ago and now…now I’m super tempted to join in on this meme cause wow any excuse to ramble and it’s also a meme created by you! Honestly though my thoughts whilst organising my bookcases and shelves are a hoot, I can’t even begin to put into words how amused it must be for my grandma watching me reorganise my books and have them nearly fall on me or me nearly fall over xD

    books are all the weightlifting we need, GYM WHAT? I think you mean *stacks a stack of hardbacks in someone’s arms* Books. Books are great exercise hehe

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    • Awww I’m so touched you feel that way, this whole message makes me so happy 😍 Ahaha if my sister could read my thoughts she would probably just sit down with popcorn to watch πŸ˜‚



  5. omg Charvi, this is so accurate and relatable it almost hurts πŸ˜‚ I don’t always carry stacks of books, but when I do … that’s my workout for the month! and same with bookmarks – one time I checked a book out of the school library to reread and found a bookmark that I left the last time I checked it out, oops.

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    • Haha thanks! 😁 Omg yes that sane bookmark thing has happened to me too πŸ˜‚ And sometimes I just leave bookmarks for others to discover cause I make a lot of them lol

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  6. Omg I enjoyed this so much !

    Frankly I wanted to wait to read your posts as I didn’t really knew how I was gonna shape them (that, and I don’t redo my shelves that often..) — But I liked what you did

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