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Bookcase Showcase: Vivienne from Serendipity

Today's Bookcase Showcase is from one of my favourite bloggers the lovely Vivienne from Serendipity . She is one of the friendliest bloggers I have come across in the last few months. Please check out her blog because it's awesome


I have four Ikea Billy Bookcases situated in my hallway upstairs which house all of my lovely books.  Up until recently there were only two of them, one either side of the window. Unfortunately they had reached the stage of triple stacking and I knew that a book culling might need to occur. Luckily my husband came to my rescue and kindly bought me two more. I like to call it my landing library now!




There really isn’t any system to my book shelves. I suppose they are loosely separated by genre and I really do mean loosely. The first set of book shelves hold all of my YA books and I am already reaching a stage of double stacking.  I did start colour coordinating them but then I got bored. The darker novels tend to sit at the bottom of the shelves.


The two sets of shelves in the middle hold everything else. From contemporary to chick lit, from classic to non fiction. I have an eclectic taste, although recently I have moved completely towards YA books. Personally I blame Twitter and the UK Book Tours (Tee hee).


The last set of shelves holds a lot of reference books that I have bought to help me complete my unfinished manuscript (sigh) as well as a set of first edition books that had belonged to my late father in law. I can actually put my hand up to being the first person to read any of them!


I have about twenty books which sit in my bedside cabinet and they normally consist of library books and ones that I have been lent or asked to review.  I don’t keep books anywhere else around the house, except for a pile to be reviewed which sit naggingly next to my computer, a constant reminder that I need to write blog posts about them. I hope you enjoyed the free virtual tour of my book cases. Do leave a tip on the way out!

 Thank you Vivienne for showing us your shelves.

If you would like to participate in a future bookcase showcase post please take a look at my bookcase showcase page to see what is involved (you can also find my contact details on there too!)

Comments

Tara said…
I LOVE looking at other people's bookshelves, and Vivienne's are freaking amazing! This is a great feature for nosey people like me :P

Tara @ Hobbitsies
Krystal said…
Wow Vivienne - you have a wonderful collection of books. I love Ikea's bookshevles and have 3 myself, the Expedit ones, not the Billy's. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, they are gorgeous!
Naj said…
OMG! I love your bookshelves. So many books as well! I'm jealous. I just love looking at them. Checking which ones I need to get and stuff. Great Post! :D
Asamum said…
Viv you are so neat and tidy. Your bookcases are awesome and so are your books. I might have to come and stay with you. Your house looks beautiful :D
Essjay said…
I love your bookcases - great collection. I'm another big fan of Ikea - we have Billy ones too.
Wow Vivienne! I love your bookcases :) It's a super light area and they look fabulous! I wish my hall was large enough for my books :) Those Ikea shelves look good and strong. I've had to replace some of my bookcases because the shelves were bending. I think a trip to Ikea might be on the cards.
Mel said…
I love your landing library! Jealous that you have enough space to spread out like that...and that hubby is understanding! :)
Lynsey Newton said…
Does anyone else want to see the rest of Viv's house? haha I DO! Beautiful shelves!
These look amazing and I love that the window is framed by books! :)

I would love to have nice matching bookcases, at the moment mine are ones that have been collected through the years. My shelves also don't look anywhere near as organised as these.

Jules
ZoĆ«.Bestel said…
I am in love with your shelves.




A sentance, I will probably never say again...
Georgia said…
What a nice regular feature idea - it's really (strangely?) interesting seeing someone's bookshelves! Thanks,
Georgia
Vivienne said…
Thank you for leaving such lovely comments about my bookcases. I am so glad you like them. Thank you Kirsty for allowing me to showcase them on your wonderful blog.
Vicki said…
I am so jealous of your shelves...can I come and live on your landing?

I try and colour co-ordinate too but it doesn't always work. I'm now thinking of which walls I could knock through to have shelves like yours!
Kate said…
I love your landing library! It almost looks like the library in Beauty and The Beast... sort of.

:)
Carmen said…
Jealous doesn't even cut it. We have one bookshelf on our landing which I am allocated... are you ready for this Viv? ONE shelf which I have to SHARE with the OH. They have started being stacked on the floor next to it now.

I recognise a few titles there - I've one of those huge spell books, recently finished The Gargoyle, I had Wings till my eldest nicked it and is now pestering me to get her the next one in the series... the True Bloods (of course)

Lovely to see your shelves Vivienne. Even if I am now green.
bermudaonion said…
I have Billy bookcases too. Vivienne's spot is perfect - she just need to figure out a way to get a comfy chair up there.
Jo said…
Billy bookcases ROCK!! :) These bookcases are lovely --- makes me want to go, pull a book and sit and read!!
Mary said…
I feel happy just looking at the photos!
Sally said…
Woah, love the matching bookshelves and the BOOKS! so jealous. I think it would take me about 20 minutes at least to walk down your hallway- I'd be too busy gawking at all the books!
Raimy-rawr said…
Wow Viv,
I love your bookshelves! I want them!
I really wanted some billy bookcases but I couldn't afford them. When I grow up I will replace mine with Billys! :P
Jessheartsbooks said…
Oh my gilly god. You basically have an ACTUAL LIBRAY! I’m pretty jelly right now and am having so much fun seeing if I can spot titles I know! LOVE nosing through other peoples book shelves :-)
Natalie said…
I want a landing library! Amazing bookshelves- I love Billy Bookcases!
Blodeuedd said…
WOW! I love your bookshelves, my shelves are so pitiful after looking at these :D
WOW!!!! Theres just so many.. I'm so jealous
Suko said…
The books look lovely and are very neat. Fun post!
Lauren said…
I love the idea of having bookshelves on the landing like that. Otherwise it's just wasted space, right? Whereas Vivienne's looks like a real bookroom, which is lovely. I'm so envious!
Debi said…
These are just freakin' amazing, Vivienne! I LOVE THEM!!!
Jesse Owen said…
I love your bookshelves Vivienne - so neat and tidy and I love that you consider your hallway a library :D
Trish said…
Wow Viv! They look so clean and organized! I love how uniform they all are. Totally jealous. ;)
Visiting you via Vivienne's Serendipty blog. Nice to have met you, I've enjoyed my visit.
Awesome bookshelves! Love the idea of a "landing library."

Check out my Sunday Salon post, with a link to a post about my books (Booking Through Thursday).

MY SUNDAY SALON POST
verity said…
Those look wonderful Vivienne!
BooksforCompany said…
Your house is AWESOME to have all that room for bookshelves.
I SO want to have this much room when l have my own place! lol
So cool and so pretty =)
Darlene said…
Oh my Viv - I really need your book shelves!!! Great post!
Alyce said…
Those bookcases are fabulous! I hope to someday move into a house that already has beautiful bookcases like that - or even better an actual library. I can dream, right? :)
Clover said…
What a lovely hallway library :) I really love it. Though I don't quite understand just how your shelves are so TIDY.
Alice Teh said…
I'm so impressed! They're so good and Viv, you have so many wonderful books!