Shelfie by Shelfie Tag


Yo nerds! Yesterday I told you there was a tag coming today, and I am a man of my words. So here is a tag for today. The delightful the Nicki tagged me for this and I instantly loved it and started looking forward to doing it. Be sure to go and check out the Nicki’s shelf and answers here. Thank you for the tag the Nicki, you are better than a wooly hat on a snowy day.

This tag was originally created by the also delightful the Beth. You should check out her latest Shelfie by Shelfie post here.

Hey ho! Let’s go!

Before we get into answering the questions you need a pic of a random shelf. Have this pic of my random melon shelf. It’s my favourite shelf.


And now for the questions!

Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?
Yep. Lots of thought went into it. I just couldn’t decide if the flamingo should be on the left or the right. There is no right answer here. It’s all subjective. If I put the flamingo on the left then I upset those with blonde hair but if I put it on the right then the EU will put a ban on me buying cornettos. I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t!

So instead of having to make the decision myself, I left it to the gods. The gods don’t mind missing out on cornettos it would appear. I mean, that’s fine. It’s not like I enjoyed cornettos or anything. There’s plenty of other ice cream to eat. None of them as good as cornettos though! It’s fine, I’m fine, everything’s fine.

Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you, e.g. how you got it, or a memory associated with it.
It was a dark, December day. The sun didn’t rise high in the sky that day, in the way it tends not to in December. Some say it is a result of the 23 degree tilt of the Earth, but I believe it is something more sinister than that. I think the government doesn’t want us to have full days of sunshine in Winter. We all know why.
I found myself on this dark December day in a Curry’s PC World store. I wanted to buy a new monitor for my PC, because 2 monitors is not enough. But I do have somewhat of an impulse issue. For instance, this one time I thought it would be funny to do a whole blog post about one shelf that didn’t contain any books despite the post being specifically designed to talk about a shelf that has books on them. It’s who I am, at my core. There is no changing me.
My impulsive ways saw a cover for a kindle. I liked the colour of this cover and so I bought it. As I left the Curry’s PC World store, without a monitor but instead a cover for a kindle, I realised that I didn’t own a kindle. And what is a cover for a kindle without a kindle to cover? Someone has to ask the difficult questions. I had no choice in life, I had to buy a kindle. This would bring balance to the universe.
Fortuitously, on the same Snipe Retail Park, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom, Europe (kinda), Earth, that I found myself stood at, there is an Argos. I looked at the Argos, and knew what needed to be done. After impulse buying an extension cable and Nespresso machine from the Argos I started to head back home.
During the walk home, I walked past a WH Smith’s and remembered that I still needed to bring balance to the universe, and so I entered that store, with the intent to become the saviour we all need. I bought a new fountain pen and subscription to Hello magazine and left the store.
As I was putting one foot in front of the other and getting closer to the train station, a wave of unease came across me. It was almost as though the universe was not balanced. I thought not of it and went home.
16 weeks passed and I wanted to get a kindle. So I bought one from Amazon. It was delivered the next day because I am very lower middle class and have Amazon Prime. The rest, as they say, is history.

Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

Is that meant to be funny? Is that your idea of a joke, oh benevolent anonymous question asker?

You disgust me.

Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?
Hmmm, that’s a tough one. Probably the one on the far left.

Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?
Oh boy, who knows? Let me check my bookshelf spreadsheet and see what date this piece of inventory was initially logged as entering the ‘good shelves’. Yep, it’s the one on the left of this picture. It has been there longer than any other book on this shelf.

Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?
FFS I’ve just closed the spreadsheet. I’m not opening it again. Who cares! Choose a book in the picture and we’ll go with that one. Revision can be history.

Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf)?
Definitely the one. Undoubtedly, I will most very likely read it one day very soon.

If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it?
There are only books on this shelf.

What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?
Surely this is a question for others. Why don’t you, yes you – the person reading this right now, answer the question below in the comments. What does that shelf, tell you, about me, as a reader?

I got shivers down my spine there. It was almost like I was a real blogger.

Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.
If only I had some sort of Usual Tag Crew that I could tag here because continually tagging the same people is NOT IRRITATING IN ANY WAY. You love me really.

The IgnitedMoth
The John
The Liz
The Matilda
The Norrie
The Sara
The Sarah

Anyway, I’m off to find the power of greyskull. Until next time, Peace and Love!

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      1. You’re absolutely hilarious I love it. 😂 you keep your answers the way they are, they’re wonderful. Totally going to credit you in my next Shelfie by Shelfie so no worries. Must search out that album….🤔😉

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  1. Thank you for the tag 🙂

    A serious question after a not so serious tag but do you actually own many physical books? Or do you tend to get rid of them after you read them? Are there any physical copies you would never get rid of?

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    1. I used to own about 3000 physical books. No joke, I had a library room and everything. But now I aim to live a minimalist life, and so I gave a lot of them to a local charity that runs a free library for homeless people.

      I now have 2 small(ish) bookcases with physical books – maybe 200 or so in total. Some I haven’t read, some were gifts, some I got from book boxes (I went through a stage of buying a bunch of subscription boxes), others were impulse buys. I am boycotting Waterstones, so I tend to just buy digital books now. If I read a kindle book that I really like, I will buy a physical copy to go on my shelves. Not really to read (I’ll reread the digital version) but just to look at. I like looking at my shelves.

      I would like to say that I could easily give away any materialistic object. But… I do have a bunch of signed Terry Pratchett hardbacks that I would probably struggle to let go. XD


  2. Aaaaand, you continue to amaze me! I am jealous of your brain… I am, you come up with the best answers.. well, not- come up, you like- are a natural at this 🙂
    I really liked how you were creating balance in a world with your purchases! And since you broguth up EU regulations, do you know your fried potatoes can’t be too fried? 😀


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