A Glimpse Into a Pig’s Secret Bookshelves by Sullivan McPig + Giveaway

Filed in 1000 follower celebration , Giveaways , Guest Post , The Latin Lover Posted on October 12, 2011 @ 11:00 am 56 comments

Today we are very happy to cede the blog to a fellow and highly esteemed and beloved blogger, please give it all up for the fantastic Sullivan McPig!! *crowd roars, lights flash and amidst the blaring music you see the shadow of someone approaching the stage… yes..yes it is him!! It is Sully! The crowd goes wild,  several girls faint in the front rows, rock concerts are tamer than this…* So please everyone take a seat and wecome Sully! 

First of all I’d like to congratulate Book Lovers Inc for passing the 1000 followers mark!
I always enjoy your reviews, giveaways and other posts and think it’s not surprising that so many people want to follow this awesome blog.
One of the features I always enjoy is the bookshelf porn and so when I was asked if I wanted to join in the celebrations my choice for a topic for my guest post was easy. So here comes a peek at all the shelves at my home.
Let’s start in the living room:

Me and Voodoo Bride aren’t the only book lovers in this house: my owner and her OtherHalf are book lovers as well, so in our living room we have a huge custom build bookcase which runs along the entire wall of the living room. On the picture above you see only part of this bookcase. This part is filled (mainly) with children’s books, comics, graphic novels and role-playing books.

Other books you can find in the living room bookcase are by Pratchett, Koonz, Tolkien and Gaiman to name a few.

All in all the bookcase in the living room contains all the books that interest all of the book lovers in this house. From Christie to Rowlings and from comics to Encyclopaedias.
On to my owner’s work room aka the Milka room (because of it‘s purple walls):
This is where the really good stuff can be found!
Here we keep all the Urban Fantasy, PNR and Zombie books.
The left bookcase holds all the paperbacks we already read, including our favorite books, signed books and the occasional ARC.
The right bookcase holds all larger books, our collection of Mercedes Lackey books and the books that are still on our tbr-pile as well as some other non-bookish stuff.
With our continually growing pile of books I got the feeling the right bookcase will have to be reorganised and lose some of the non-book items that it currently holds though.
We’re already double stacking shelves to be able to store all our books as it is.

Sometimes there’s some searching before I can find a book I want to reread.

As you can see even the hippos in this house are book lovers 😉

My favorites shelves!
Here are all my favorite books, many of them signed as well. It won’t be long before I’ll have to double stack this shelf as well I’m afraid. There’s just too many awesome books out there.

And lastly something I think no book lover can do without: My bookmark holder!
In this holder I keep all my bookmarks, bookcover cards and trading cards so I never have to search for a bookmark.
So as you see: a house full of books and the stacks of books keep growing. I might have to invest in an ereader in the near future so I can save the remaining bookshelf space for the most awesome of awesome books.

You can find out more about Sully at his blog, Twitter and Goodreads.      



No book discussion can go without a giveaway, so I will be giving away a mega swag pack to a lucky commenter! 

As you can see there are tons of bookmarks, postcards, book covers, magnets and other bookish goodies 🙂

You’re also getting an extra entry for the main giveaway if you entered our Big 1000 Followers Giveaway here.

All you have to do is leave a comment or question for Sully or answer his questions:
Do you have a way to store your bookmarks as well?
Do you have a shelf of absolute favorite reads?
 (You can read our full giveaway policy here)
Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).
This giveaway is open worldwide!
Giveaway ends on 22 October and we will announce the winner on Sunday.
Good luck!

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Birgit October 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I have a small section of shelves with my absolute favorite books. Those that I love and might want to re-read any moment need to be within easy reach after all. Other books are often stowed away in boxes.

    Oh bookmarks how I love thee – and yes, I do store them, so to say. I have a big mug on my desk where I put them.

    +1 Entered the BIG 1000

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  • Yto October 12, 2011 at 11:35 am

    i store my bookmarks in a little box – so it is at hand when i need one ^^
    at the moment i don't have a shelf of absolute favourite reads, because i don't have a lot of shelfs and my books are more or less hogging every place.

  • LSUReader October 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Wow. Even your stuffed animals have their own bookshelves. Color me green with envy.

    I have an area with favorite books, but it's not nearly big enough.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • roro October 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    i store my bookmarks in a my desk , yes hav a shelf pretty small collection
    +1 Entered the BIG 1000

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  • Natalija October 12, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I don't have many bookmarks (maybe 5-7), but I use only one of them. It's a yellow bookmark with a calendar on one side & bookstore addresses on the other.

    + 1000 followers giveaway
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    P.S. Thanks for including international readers

  • IreneRJ October 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I store my bookmarks in a ceramic toast rack with pictures of chickens on , it's on my desk next to my comfy chair.
    I keep the top 2 shelves of the bedroom bookcase for my absolute favourite books that I re read on a regular basis.

  • samantha35 October 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I have a shelf where I keep all my favorites- it is stuffed and I need a new one!

    great giveaway
    follow via gfc

  • Aurian October 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Ooo what great pictures! I am getting jealous of those bookcases, lovely! And I do recognize some series, like The Cat Who, and Dorothy Gilman books? Yes I am Dutch also.

    I keep my bookmarks in a ceramic jug from Rapalje, which I got at a fantasy fair. Love those. And the band of course. Especially William, sigh.

    +1000 followers giveaway.

  • Proserpine October 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I don't have a way to stock my bookmarks, they all in differents finished books that I read… But my books are place in my bookshelf by series and by favorite authors. Favorite authors or series in front! Because my bookshelf is pretty small! Nice pic of your bookshelf! Thanks for the giveaway!

    enter in previous contest (1000 followers giveaway) as Proserpine!
    twitter name: PCravingBooks

  • Estella October 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    My books are stored in boxes in the attic. No room in the house.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  • Mel October 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Wow! I love how organised your shelves are – and that you are able to have a whole wall of your living dedictaed to books! I'm one jealous little piggy! 🙂

    I'm also slowly gaining a selection of signed books which I do treasure as well. 🙂

    Mel S

  • Blodeuedd October 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I guess I do have a fav shelf, mostly fantasy books at my flat 🙂 While all other books are exiled to my parents place cos they can't fit in a tiny flat, too tiny for two people


  • Chelsea B. October 12, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Oh, my gosh! I am in complete and utter bookshelf envy! This is me, green as can be! 😉
    I have a very pretty box full of bookmarks that I keep on my bookshelf!
    Oh, and all of my books are kind of mixed together, haha 🙂


  • Sullivan McPig October 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    @Birgit & Estella: I had my books stored in boxes during a move. I kept wanting to read books that were somewhere in those boxes.

    @Yto: as long as you're able to find them it doesn't matter where you keep them 😉

    @LSUReader: stuffed animals are very important in this household

    @Natalija: I will confess I have a few favorite bookmarks as well.

    @roro, IreneRJ and samantha35: thanks for your comments.

    @Aurian: Yup: you identified those series correctly. Zwarte Beertjes pockets are very recognisable, don't you think? 😉
    Voodoo Bride (my sidekick) agrees with you on Rapalje.

    @Proserpine: keeping bookmarks in books is a way to store them as well :-p

    @Mel: That's the great thing of living together with other booklovers, everyone agreed on having the bookcase in the livingroom.

    @Blodeuedd: I hope your parents live close so you can get to your books easily.

  • Sullivan McPig October 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    @Chelsea B.: Green is my favorite color 😉

  • Mary October 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Most of my bookmarks are in manilla envelopes stacked in my closet, I collect them and have about 500 right now. Could be closer to 800 since I've been getting so many lately..not that I am complaining..I love bookmarks so much that I give them away on my blog so others can see what a joy they are.

    I have several several bookshelves and I used to have a 'Keeper" shelf but now they are all keepers. lol


  • Anonymous October 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Cool. Count me in.
    patoct at yahoo dot com

    Pat L.

  • Jen B. October 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I maintain a notebook organized by author where I store bookmarks, postcards and trading cards. I haven't totally figured out what to do with all of the other little things I have won in the past couple of year. They are spread out everywhere.
    I keep all of my read and want to keep books at the top of my bookshelves. All of my TBR are either in the lower portions of the bookcase or in and on my nightstand. I recently ran out of room and then some (even double stacking was no good). So I now stack my paperbacks bottom to top and then still double layer front to back. I have got to take a speed reading course!

  • Jet October 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I have to double stack my bookshelves as well! I also have a storage tub of books because I have run out of room in my bookcase haha I don't really have a particular shelf of favourites.

    I keep my bookmarks on top of my to-read pile of books on my shelf so I have one ready when I need one. I keep my favourite bookmarks in a box in my wardrobe so they won't get dusty or ruined.


  • Di October 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I am so jealous of those book cases!
    I do have some bookcases, but I put a lot of paperbacks in those cardboard flats that grocery stores get boxed berries in. The large ones fit two nice lines of paperbacks, they stack well together, are strong, and also slide nicely under furniture.
    I keep the really pretty bookmarks in a large ziploc bag (in case I figure out a way to display them someday). I love the business card size magnets I have gotten from some authors – I'm making a nice collage on the fridge.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

    + 1000 followers giveaway

  • elaing8 October 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    wow..that's a lot of books.
    I have a 3 drawer thingy that I keep all my bookmarks and swag in. And I do have a bookshelf for my favs and the others go in totes.

  • Carrie at In the Hammock Blog October 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Sully!! Awesome guest post, thanks for sharing the pics of your shelves!!

    Right now the book marks I'm not using are collected in a folder 🙂

  • M.A.D. October 12, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    Omg – Sullivan's home library set up is sooooo freaking sweet!!
    Ah, you lucky, lucky pig ;D

    As for me, all my swag goes in a nightstand drawer which is usually a chaotic mess lol

    And yes, my bestest-favies are on an antique bookcase in my bedroom well within arm's reach!

  • Kaetrin October 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I'm a bit jealous of all your bookshelves! 🙂 We have bookshelves in the bedroom, all along the hallway, in the lounge room and in the study and I have them hidden in the coffee table (not to mention the ebooks) but there still doesn't seem to be enough space.

    I've realised I've become addicted to bookmarks too – I'm getting quite a collection these days!

    hankts AT internode DOT on DOT net

  • Anonymous October 13, 2011 at 5:18 am

    I think my bookmarks have been reproducing, because I seem to have more of them than I thought. But they're never at hand when I want them, so my most common bookmark is a store receipt.

    Everyone knows that there is no such thing as too many books, but every Book Lover knows that there IS such a thing as not enough bookshelves. Yours are beautiful, especially the living room ones.

    Mickie T
    mdturett at juno dot com

  • Melliane October 13, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Waouh your bookshelves are amazing ! I would love to have one like this !

    I don't have a lot of bookmarks for now but I just love them ! My collection grows little by little !

    I don't have a shelf of absolute favorite reads because I don't have a lot of place in my home, but I try to rank them by categories.

    + 1000 followers giveaway


  • Carolyn Crane October 13, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I"m not entering, but what a fun post! I love seeing your books…and that fabulous bookmark holder!!!

  • janhvi October 13, 2011 at 8:12 am

    You have amazing bookshelves!!Mine is not nearly as big but I'm getting there:)I usually arrange my books in the series order but I do have my very favorite shelf:)I love bookmarks and I put them together in a mug so depending on the book I'm reading or just on my mood I use my bookmarks:)

    I entered the BIG 1000 giveaway!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  • Sharon October 13, 2011 at 8:17 am

    wow McPig. I am impressed and jealous of your porn! I have a special cabinet for my signed books and a basket with all my bookmarks and coverflats.

    I don't have as many books as some reviewers since I do a lot of ereading, but I do have more than the average sheep 😉

  • Melissa (My World...in words and pages) October 13, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Oh, now I'm full of shelf envy! I LOOOVE those tall shelves. 🙂 I need to get my husband working to make my shelves I want. 🙂 LOVE THEM.

    Thank you for sharing these and love all the animals too! 🙂


  • Sullivan McPig October 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Thanks for all the kind comments everyone!

    *waves at the familiar faces*

    And I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who likes to have lots of bookmarks and has a special place to store them.

  • zzebra138 October 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I don't really use bookmarks, I tend to memorize the number of the page I'm on. I do have a number of bookmarks that usually end up jumbled in a drawer.

    I'm limited to one bookcase and have a few piles of favourites round my desk. And on my bedroom dresser. And on the partner's dresser. And on the coffee table. And the dining table……..

  • zzebra138 October 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I don't really use bookmarks, I tend to memorize the number of the page I'm on. I do have a number of bookmarks that usually end up jumbled in a drawer.

    I'm limited to one bookcase and have a few piles of favourites round my desk. And on my bedroom dresser. And on the partner's dresser. And on the coffee table. And the dining table……..

  • Tore October 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I really don't have books or book marks organized at all. No on any bookshelves. I am so disorganized lol. Tore923@aol.com

  • Diana October 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I'm so jealous about your bookshelves. I have a shelf of absolute favorite reads and I don't really like when someone catch my favorite books. They are my treasures and I have my bookmarks in a little box.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  • Julie October 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Since I moved into an apartment, unfortunately most of my books are still in boxes because I had wall to wall book shelves in my old place (my husband built them for me), but I really don't have room to put my books out until I figure something out here! I do have a box containing all of my favorite books, but my signed book collection has a special place in a laundry basket next to the TV! LOL One of these days I'll get organized, or at least that's what I keep telling myself!
    I have tons of bookmarks because I am a TOTAL swag whore, and I keep them in a manilla folder right next to my reading chair so I can take them out and enjoy them whenever I want! Not quite as good as your system, but it'll do for now!
    Thanks for a terrific post and giveaway:)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  • alainala October 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    that is so cool!!! i tend to have bookmarks scattered anywhere i possibly put a book down.. have one or two on every book case, and on the desk and next to the couch (just plain ones from the bookstore, i hoard all the pretty ones i get from authors)
    and as i have recently moved leaving 6 bookcases behind to come later..i moved with ONE box of books..i have a bookcase of just my favs!

    i entered the 1000 followers one too!

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

  • Marissa October 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Look at all those books! I'm in love!!! I just moved and I have exactly one book out, which I just finished. (Can we say "withdrawl"?) And my bookmarks? Usually kept very neatly in a drawer, are in a box I don't think I could even find! 🙁

  • zzebra138 October 14, 2011 at 12:05 am

    I forgot to add my addy to my previous post


  • Sabrina October 14, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I never even thought of having a special place to store my bookmarks aside from just at the end of a row on my bookshelf. I do have a few that I rather like but it seems like I usually end up using a business card/whatever is at hand instead.

    I don't have a favorite reads shelf either but I do tend to put the not so favorite reads on less prominent shelves.

    ssosborn at gmail dot com

  • Bookwyrm369 October 14, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I don't have a shelf of fave reads right now but I definitely want a library room someday to store all my many books 🙂

    smaccall AT comcast.net

  • Maria (pronounced Mariah) October 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I have really nice built in shelving…half my books and half my kids. Although as my kids get older mine seem to take over more.

    I have a lot of book marks and other swag that I keep all together in a nice container too!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  • Denise Z October 14, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Beautiful book shelves and cute critters as well. I am just so pleased that I finally saw a sheep in your collection – if there had not been one it would have been baaaad 🙂


  • Na October 15, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Amazing collection of books. If I had it my way I would want to have my own personal library. Think grand like the one in Beauty and the Beast.

    Currently I have two bookshelves which I double-stack and others are stored in storage bins.

  • Jacqui R October 15, 2011 at 3:34 am

    No special way to store my bookmarks I only have a couple.

    As for favourite books I have a special shelf in my wardrobe for well loved and read books.

    ticklebear2 at yahoo dot com

  • JessS October 15, 2011 at 3:47 am

    I keep my bookmarks in a draw next to my bed and my bookshelf it split into books I absolutely love (top shelf), books I liked/enjoyed (in the main bit) and then the books that I don't really like but can't bring myself to get rid of are sort of hidden at the back. Thanks!


  • Camille October 15, 2011 at 7:20 am


    haha I double-stack, side stack whatever stack (though neatly and not too crammed so that they don't get damaged) too to make the most of shelving space ;D

    As for me my repressed artist shines through with shelving style, it's guided 60% by genre 40% by aesthetics- I don't alphabetize.

    gotta say that my favorite bookshelf porn of all time is Neil Gaiman. I mean…wow…just…wow


    midnite dot fantasy at gmail dot com

  • IdentitySeeker October 15, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Wow! Those are a lot of books. Such an amazing collection. My bookshelf consists of only two shelves at the moment and I consider them all my favourite reads (my babies *sigh*).

    I do, however, have this little purple jelly-filled plastic square pen holder with a butterfly on it that I use to store all my bookmarks. My books cover flats are displayed standing up on the end of my bookshelf.

    Thanks for the giveaway:)



  • Anna October 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I usually organise my shelves by theme but I just couldn't resist of organizing two with my abslute favorites!I just want to see them all together!
    As for bookmarks, unfortunatelly I don't have as many as I'd like to…


  • kayla October 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Right now, we currently don't own bookshelves, so I have 3 huge boxes full of books. As for storing bookmarks, I usually keep them on the table so I know where they are if I need one.


  • mbreakfield October 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I have book shelf envy. I wish that I had a whole wall of shelves.

  • Scorpio1974 October 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    HOLY CRAPOLY!!! That is a mega-ton of books!!!! =) Okay I am officially completely jealous now!!!
    I keep the bookmarks I get from authors in a binder to keep them safe from dust and such. =) I don't have too many yet but just started. =)
    Awesome swag giveaway! =)

    Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)
    Jewelry Creations by V.S. Long – https://www.facebook.com/vsl1974

  • Anonymous October 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    great organization and books
    great giveaways

    kim h

  • jnewberry October 17, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Loving all the shelves and the organisational skills, have got total book envy, mine are not in any order and all over the house with 4 bookcases solidly filled, all genres, have not read them all as some are my hubby's and I can't get on with his styles,I do have a favourite shelf with books that I love to read and reread, which is right beside my bed, in easy reach, my bookmarks and trade cards are in a folder, to keep them away from the kids, I have a little silver dolphin bookmark that I use on a daily basis,Thanks for a wonderful give-away,
    I entered the 1000 followers give-away too,
    julienewberry(at)btinternet(dot)comJulie Newberry on GFC
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  • Vojalyn October 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I'm really not an organized person but I'm totally different if it comes to books! 🙂 I love when my books are organized on my shelves though I don't sort them by their genre. I put my favorites (like Jeaniene Frost's and Jaye Wells' books) to a well visible place 😀 But even though I don't sort my books, I always know where to search if I want to reread a book! 🙂

    P.S.: I'm already envying that one lucky commenter who wins this mega swag pack! You rock, you know, giving away such a precious pack? 🙂 🙂

  • Gisele Alv October 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Well i've only one bookshelf divided in 3 parts, 2 of them with books and the other for bookmarks and boxes and envelops where books and bookmarks arrived! I dont know why but i like to saved them!

    Thank you for the mega Swag pack!
    1+ Big 1000 giveaway


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