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The Bookwitty Shelfie Round-Up

Bookwitty By Bookwitty Published on October 17, 2017
This article was updated on October 17, 2017

Take an honest look at your shelf:

  • Are your books organized by author, genre, or color? (Or not organized at all?)
  • Do you sometimes stack books horizontally, or are you a vertical purist?
  • Is your bookshelf more about what’s TBR (to be read), or what you know and love?

Whatever your answers, you’re among good company on Bookwitty. Our recent Shelfie Contest revealed the great variety of book lovers here.

We are thankful to everyone who shared their shelfies with the Bookwitty community. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your homes and offices, and a peek at your amazing book collections. And thank you too for the stories, sentiments, and words of wisdom you shared along with your photos.

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The Winning Shelfie

Just one lucky shelfster, Elena Enns, won the prize draw, but to celebrate everyone’s contributions, we’ve chosen a few shelfies that best represent the wide range of entries. (If you’d like to see all of the entries on the site, just click on the “shelfie” tag beside this article.)


1. You shared collections big & small.

This is just half of Toya Upshaw-Fader’s paperback fiction section… her whole library covers the walls of three rooms.

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While he’s stationed in Okinawa, Lewis Bailey, has just a small shelf of books. He’s looking forward to more when he heads home.

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2. We met professors & students.

Literature Professor Sharon Jessee shared her books with students when she retired.

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Student Moira Purvis has some beloved childhood books among her current academic books.

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3. We also met cats & dogs.

Karla Oceanak’s library has a resident cat (as well as antlers).

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Meanwhile, Johanna Walley’s library features a dog (as well as children).

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4. You flaunted your style, from regal to… Goofy.

Étienne Boisvert presents “His lordship’s shelfie.”

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Abed Halawi’s takes a rather different approach in “Goofy’s shelfie with a hat.”

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5. We saw DIY beauties & cuties.

Malia’s own paintings enhance her elegant bookshelves.

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Amanda Rioux’s colorful shelves are full of character and characters.

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6. You showed us your organisation skills, for better or for worse.

Serizawa’s carefully arranged books made his shelfie a thing of beauty. (We also loved Serizawa’s description, “A man’s bookcase will tell you everything you’ll ever need to know about him.”)

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JenniferR’s shelfie is, frankly, more of a floorie. Still a beautiful sight.

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7. We saw people encouraging kids to read at school and at home. (Hooray!)

The crafty librarian is proud of this temporary library, set up in the teachers’ staff room, while the school waits for new classrooms to be built.

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talonnd’s shelfie title says it all: “I love reading books with my son!”

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8. We (felt like we) got to know your parents & grandparents.

Unphilosophize said the time spent building these bookshelves with her father was a treat.

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Emily Dible explained that her grandfather made this bookcase, with wood from the stairs of the white pine log cabin he built.

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9. ...and then there’s Bob.

There’s a lot going on in Bob Eckstein’s shelfie, “The Book Is Better Than the Movie.” We’ll let it speak for itself.

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