Wednesday 8 July 2015

Top 5 Wednesday: Things on your bookshelf that aren't books

I haven't done a Top 5 Wednesday in such a long time but I couldn't resist this topic, I can't wait to see what other people come up with for this! 

As always, Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by GingerReadsLainey and you can see the complete list of Wednesday-ers here. Today's topic is 'things on your bookshelf that aren't books', now my bookshelves aren't the neatest in the world, I only really have one main bookshelf so all the books are double parked and there are all sorts of bits and bobs perching on top of them. I like the idea of really neat, minimalist shelves but with the amount of stuff I have it was just never going to happen, I also think that becuase my shelves are so filled it adds interest and personality.

So for this post I decided to just pick out a few things that are quite special to me or things I just think are cool, so here they are in no particular order...

01. My Little Ponies and fairy dust
I have absolutely no idea where these little guys came from but they're unbelievably cute so they ended up on my shelf along with a couple of little bottles of 'fairy dust' which I also couldn't tell you the origin of. I just think this little area is quite sweet and magical.

02. My wand
I visited the Harry Potter studio tour for my 21st birthday and my boyfriend surprised me with a wand from the gift shop as my birthday present, it's probably one of my favourite presents ever. I chose Hermione's wand because I probably connect with her the most and it's just so beautiful, it's really intricately designed and looks as if delicate vines are wrapped around it. It sits in pride of place alongside my Harry Potter books and it's definitely one of my most prized possessions.

03. My photo snow globe
This is just one of the things that I think is pretty cool, I love snow globes and this one has a photo inside of when I went to Berlin with some of my best friends.

04. A parade of elephants
My sister lives and works in Malawi so I went to visit her in October last year, it was one of the best trips of my life so of course I had to bring back some souvenirs. These carved wooden animals are very common in Malawi and can be found at pretty much every market. I have quite a few different ones in different places around my room, including a hippo by my bed and a giraffe on my desk. They're all so amazingly well-crafted and I think they're just really beautiful. These elephants are sold in sets of twelve as an 'elephant calendar', I believe you're supposed to put another one out as the months pass. However I just liked the idea of having them set up, I gave six to each of my best friends and the remaining six are parading along my bookshelf. These mean a lot to me as they remind me of my sister each time I see them.

05. Jon Snow
This is another present from my brilliant boyfriend who knew I'd been wanting a funko pop figure for ages. Little Jon Snow sits next to my complete A Song of Ice and Fire collection. He is the sword in the darkness, the watcher on the bookshelf and he is the shield that guards the realms of books. I love him! 

So there's a little peek into some of the things that are dotted around my bookshelf, there's a whole lot more where that came from and at some point I might do a bookshelf tour if anyone would be interested in that. 

What things do you keep on your bookshelf that aren't books?

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