an introduction to my full bookshelf

I’m a writer and a reader. And what is a writer and a reader to do without a bookshelf absolutely stuffed with books?

Recently, I went through the bookshelves in my room and entered them all into a database I made. When I tell you that was a feat…phew. I found out that I have one hundred and eighty (180) books in my room! I didn’t even know I could fit that many!

But since I love statistics and organizing things, I decided to share a few pie charts about all the books on my bookshelves. Let’s dive right in.

(Also, my bookshelves are organized by rainbow colors like the trendy basic bookstagram girl I am.)

breakdown by genre

Out of my 180 books, 141 are fiction and only 39 are nonfiction. That actually surprised me. I have quite a few books about authorship and faith on my bookshelf, and I thought I would end up with more. Though alongside the smart person books about faith and authorship is a Pokémon handbook and multiple Minecraft guides (I never got rid of the old ones. Those are going to be worth a crazy amount of money someday).

Here’s a breakdown of the more specific genres. I have a total of eight distinct genres in my database. Here they are in numbers:

GenreNumber of books
Historical fiction26
Magical realism2
Science fiction (sci-fi)4

Magical realism is the small slice without a number in between fantasy and memoir.

I’m surprised by this too. I’m not a huge fantasy reader, but I guess I have a lot of fantasy books in my shelves. I thought contemporary would be more up there, as I’m amassing more and more contemporary books lately, but I guess not.

“Uncategorized” refers to nonfiction books that don’t have a set genre, like the many books on writing that I own or my ancient Minecraft guides.

breakdown by target audience

“Uncategorized” here refers to classics like Harry Potter and Jane Austen. I figured that they had a target audience when they were published, but that has since been abandoned as they’ve grown in popularity.

Since most of my books were purchased when I primarily read middle-grade, that’s what I own the most of. I read much more young adult now, but I’m expected to buy them for myself, and since I’m broke, I don’t own that many. There are 51 MG books, 41 YA books, 10 adult books, and 78 uncategorized books.

breakdown by “classic” status

42 of the books on my shelves are considered classics by my standards. Timeless books, things like Jane Austen, Little Women, Walden and Civil Disobedience, and even the Harry Potter series went into this category. I’m kind of impressed that almost a quarter of the books I own are classics.

breakdown by cover type

This one was just for fun. I was interested in how many of my books were hardcover versus paperback. Turns out 137 of them were paperback and only 43 were hardcover, which makes sense.

And just for fun, here’s a picture of my bookshelves!

I did my best with the quality, but the lighting wasn’t so great. Forgive me.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this! What kinds of books do your bookshelves have on them?

12 thoughts on “an introduction to my full bookshelf

  1. Saraina September 7, 2022 / 9:21 am

    Ohhh, that picture of your bookshelf… *heart eyes* I love it! I think most of the fiction books I have are either historical fiction or fantasy. But I may be surprised if I actually count them all. XD

    Liked by 2 people

  2. E. G. Bella September 7, 2022 / 9:49 am

    This was so fun to read! I kind of want to do this myself now… Thank you so much for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sarah Jayne Photography September 7, 2022 / 12:49 pm

    What a fun idea! I don’t even know how I would categorize my books. Most are fiction, with probably most being historical or fantasy I would guess but I’m not sure.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Amy September 7, 2022 / 3:15 pm

    I love this post! The first thing I thought when I started reading was, “We’d better get to see your bookshelves,” so thank you for that. If would be interesting if you could get a report from your library with allllll the books you’ve read over the years so you could combine all your data. At our house, we have a serious book addiction. However, we don’t have much on bookshelves yet, simply because they aren’t built – our den will have floor to [vaulted] ceiling bookshelves on one whole wall. Once complete, we can unpack our 44 copy paper boxes of books, fill the shelves, and start making plans for more shelves in the basement someday. Drew and I skew strongly toward fiction, with lots of fantasy and science fiction. Lillian reads and rereads anything and everything. James currently seems to like fantasy most, but will probably take after Lillian.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Liesl Brunner September 8, 2022 / 7:37 pm

      Holy cow, that’s a lot of books! I wish I could see stats like that too but I think the database would crash 😂


  5. Mia Harden September 7, 2022 / 9:04 pm


    Liked by 1 person

  6. outhier September 15, 2022 / 3:00 pm

    Sneaking yet another few books into the house is exponentially easier than sneaking in a new bookshelf. Actual furniture is always noticed right away. Be sure to marry a reader.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s