Fun ways to arrange your Goodreads shelves!


If you are just like me whose pastime includes reading books, smelling books (….weird enough?), arranging books, talking about books, browsing for/through books, buying books (and later waiting for them to ship), carrying a book wherever you go, taking aesthetic photos of books (believe me, I try really hard!), tweeting about books, writing reviews and rating books on Goodreads, and last but not the least arranging the said books properly in Goodreads shelves, then you’re reading the right article.

It sure takes a lot of hard work to come up with interesting shelf titles and then go through each book to see how many shelves it fits. Because you don’t want to miss any shelf, right? Phew!

Shall we start then? Yeah, I am here to help you out with your shelves. Does that make me a saviour already?

1. shitty-protagonist: Have you ever read a book which is so good, literally everything about it is good except for one little thing…. the protagonist! I don’t know why but sometimes authors put a lot of effort into background characters and their characterization. But the protagonist? nuh-uh. They’re as dull as a rock.

Book(s) that’d go in this self:
Love letters to the dead
The Upside of Unrequited

2. shitty-climax or  disappointing-endings: Pretty self-explanatory, right? You can obviously change the adjective ‘shitty’ to ‘crappy’ or just whatever you feel like does the justice.

Book(s) that’d go in this self:
Veronica decides to die
Gone Girl

3. literal-trash:  Books that are literary or literally trash can go in this shelf. You can also name this shelf as crappy-literature or overrated-books or just name it as sucked.

Book(s) that’d go in this self:
The Fifty Shades series

4. relatable-protagonist:

“Boys,” Annabeth interrupted, “I’m sure you both would’ve been wonderful at killing each other. But right now, you need some rest.”
“Food first,” Percy said.

Don’t tell me you didn’t relate to that one! Because I’d just assume you’re lying. We all relate to our favourite demigod Percy Jackson.


“I can’t explain what I mean. And even if I could, I’m not sure I’d feel like it.”

Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye.

5. should-have-read-in-my-old-age: Some books are really great and all but I could have read them in my old age. I wouldn’t have created this shelf if I could afford to sit at home in winters and read all these dramatic books.

6. aesthetic-cover-porn: Yes, I have a few friends who buy books for their aesthetic covers so this shelf could help them, I guess.
I remember when I had this urge to buy a gold-coloured edition of Looking for Alaska even though I already own the black one with the daisy on it.

Book(s) that’d go in this self:
Boy Meets Boy
Little Women
We Are Okay

7. rather-burn-but-cover-is-aesthetic: No, wait, guys. We can’t put The Cursed Child in this shelf. That book sure is ‘burn-worthy’ irrespective of its cover!

Book(s) that’d go in this self:
Fangirl (My condolences are with you if you’ve survived reading it.)

8. lgbtq-with-happy-ending: I think it is better to make two different shelves for LGBTQ category. LGBTQ – generalized shelf to put all queer books in. But we don’t always like to read queer tragedies, now, do we? Books like Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and Simon vs The Homo sapiens Agenda deserve this shelf.

9. makes-you-feel-things: Books that won’t let you sleep, and will have you awake for hours on end browsing for fanart, fanfic and just about everything.

Book(s) that’d go in this self:
The Fault in Our Stars
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Night on the Galactic Railroad

10. made-my-eyes-sweat: I hate and love these books at the same time.

Book(s) that’d go in this self:
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Order Of The Phoenix
All the Bright Places

11. thought-provoking: The Invisible Man and also, 1984 by George Orwell. Because, boy, that book!

12. must-read-once-in-this-lifetime: Here you can basically mention your favourite books or the books that you’d recommend or you think people should read once in their lifetime. You can also name this shelf as my-recommendations or all-time-favorites.

Book(s) that’d go in this self:
We should all be feminists
The Hobbit
The Perks of being a Wallflower
The Picture of Dorian Gray

13. beautiful-stories: Some stories completely change our way of looking at things or situations. They help broader our views. Some of them simply impact us deeply with their innocence and purity.

Book(s) that’d go in this self:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Carrie’s War
The Metamorphosis

14. i-own-it: Goes without saying but this is my most favourite shelf. One more advantage, instead of counting, I can just visit my Goodreads profile to know the exact count of books I own.

15. not-for-me: We don’t always fancy all of the award winning authors and their books. Some books are just not for us. For me, Paulo Coelho’s books go in this shelf. You can also name this shelf as could-have-been-better.

16. must-find-copy-soon: When you randomly discover a book on Goodreads and the ratings are great, what else do you need to survive in this life? We are simple human beings, after all. Even though we already own shit-ton of unread books yet still don’t mind buying more.

17. love-to-reread: You know what goes here! For me, book series like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson go in this shelf.

18. pants-crapping-awesome: When I started reading Japanese literature, I knew I had to make this shelf. Perfect justice to this shelf. Because these books are really something, man.

19. i-want-my-money-back or worst-garbage-i-ve-ever-read or disappointing: Okay, don’t hate me but Eleanor and Park? Yes!
See, I work really hard so that I can afford to buy books and when they turn out to be really disappointing then I’m like, “GIMME BACK MY MONEY!”

20. death: Wow! How much I love pain and misery. (Sadist much? Maybe.)
I’d say, make a generalized shelf for books with character deaths. Do not name shelves giving out spoilers, like don’t drop major spoilers. For instance, don’t be like Adam Silvera and name your shelf something like they-both-die-at-the-end (see what I did there?) or major/minor-character-death etc.

21. unconvincing-romance: um… I lost count.

Book(s) that’d go in this self:
The Upside of Unrequited
Even minutes
Will Grayson Will Grayson

22. loopholes-in-the-story: The Cursed Child? Yes!

23. historical-fiction: My personal favourite. Fiction and History: most beautiful genre ever!

Book(s) that’d go in this self:
The Book Thief
Between Shades of Gray

24. emotional-manipulation: Very few people know this but this shelf is synonymous with Adam Silvera books. (Get it?)

Book(s) that’d go in this self:
More Happy Than Not
History Is All You Left Me
Marley & Me

25. too-long-needs-editing: These are just the books that literally took me forever to read.

Book(s) that’d go in this self:
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
The Three Musketeers
Eleanor and Park

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Author: Komal

A Gryffindor through & through. One day I hope to discover the secrets of the universe. P.S. I swear on river Styx that I am up to no good.

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