Review: Ideal Bookshelf – Universals

Ideal Bookshelf
Ideal Bookshelf: Universals by Jane Mount – Galison – 1000 pieces

Ideal Bookshelf: Universals was a completely entertaining puzzle that I couldn’t seem to walk away from – just……..more……piece!

This is my kind of puzzle image, it’s a collage (of sorts) full of bright, fun colors. For me this type of picture is the wonderfully engaging and I have a problem stopping to do other mundane things like sleeping and eating. The pieces of one book lead to the next, and they’ll be so easy to find – I can’t stop just yet!

Galison puzzles have very good quality. The pieces are a good thickness, thinner than some brands, but very sturdy and difficult to bend. The fit is very good and holds together well; and the image reproduction is crisp and clean with no blurring or fuzziness. They have a great catalog of images to choose from, you can click the link above to see their current lineup of puzzles. (There’s a new puzzle very similar to this image that I would LOVE to assemble called Bibliophile Books Club Darlings – looks like great fun!)

My one issue with this puzzle was the lack of variety in the piece shapes, all the pieces are what I call ballerinas (the standard 2 prong/2 hole shape). There is enough variety within this shape to be sure you’re not placing pieces where they do not go, but I normally prefer puzzles with a little more variety. Having only one shape makes large areas of one color or pattern more difficult to complete….

Ideal Bookshelf 1

You can see above where I separated the pieces by “long” ones and “fat” ones, and had to try them one at a time to fill in the polka dot book. In the puzzle community we call this using “brute force”, it’s something most puzzlers have done at one time or another. I do it a little differently though; instead of picking up each piece and trying to fit it into place I pull the piece from the assembled section and try it against all the pieces I have lined up. I find it much easier and less time consuming, and therefore it seems a little less frustrating. The only books in this image that I had to do this for were the red polka dots, and the dark blue “Book That Makes Me Look Smart”.

Even with the lack of variety in shapes I thoroughly enjoyed this puzzle and would definitely assemble it again. It had enough challenge to keep things interesting, was easy enough to not feel tedious, and the image is beautiful and bright. If this image turns your page, it’s absolutely recommended – two book stacks way up! 📚📚


  • Title:                  Ideal Bookshelf
  • Artist:                Jane Mount
  • Brand:               Galison
  • Piece count:     1000 pieces
  • Size:                  Approx. 20 x 27 in. (51 x 69 cm)
  • Purchased:      N/A, sent for review


  • Board:               Very good
  • Cutting:             Very good
  • Image:               Excellent
  • Box:                   Excellent
  • Fit:                     Very good
  • Puzzle Dust:     Small amount
  • Piece cut:          Grid cut
  • Piece shapes:   No variety, all 2 prong/2 hole
  • Finish:               Slightly shiny finish, lays flat

Overall Rating:      Very good, recommended


I received this product at no cost in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are truthful and 100% my own.

Sorting This Morning…


I’m sorting my next puzzle at the moment, but it’s going very slowly. I got about a total of 20 minutes of sleep last night and I feel like I’m running on about six and a half brain cells. 🤨

You can see that it’s another collage, and I’m excited to start putting it together – there are dogs everywhere, they’re all books about dogs!

I hope all my friends in the PADS Posse are having a great weekend, and that you all get plenty of “me time” to put a few puzzle pieces together. ❤

Butterfly Bunny

Butterfly Bunny
Butterfly Bunny – Milton Bradley – 100 pieces

I love the butterfly “barrette” in the bunny’s hair, it’s too adorable! This was just a quick little puzzle that made me happy to assemble. As is sometimes the case with Milton Bradley puzzles it was only fair quality; I do wish jigsaw puzzles made for children were a little more sturdy. 😐

Kitten Play

Kitten Play
Kitten Play by Olga – Ceaco – 550 pieces

Sorry about the wonky picture again, I’m having a tough time lately for some reason, I really should check the pic on my computer before I break the puzzle down; but I’m always so excited to get going on the next puzzle!

Kitten Play 3

I always start with the edges if I can, and luckily with Ceaco puzzles it’s easy to pick them out, there aren’t any fake edge pieces or ones you aren’t sure of.

Kitten Play 4

The pieces for the flowers, blanket, curtains, wall and wicker/baskets were pulled out on the initial sorting. I start with the pieces that “jump out” at me when I’m sorting. Sometimes by looking at the picture you’d think pieces for a certain area would be easy to find and pull, but it’s not always the case. I usually have a rough idea of what areas I’d like to start with, but it sometimes changes when I actually see the pieces.

Kitten Play 5

Being only 550 pieces (and also being relatively good at sorting 😉 ) I was able to assemble the majority of the puzzle from the pieces I sorted at the beginning.

The two portraits are too cute, and this the sweetest kitten face – I think it’s the blue eyes. 🙂


Astronaut – Patch Products – 24 pieces

This is one puzzle from a box of 10 double-sided educational kids puzzles that are 24 pieces each. I was impressed with the quality of the pieces, and I really enjoyed the educational aspect of the puzzle too. I got 10 puzzles for $1.99 at the thrift store, quite a bargain!

Space – Patch Products – 24 pieces

Both sides had beautiful images, and all the puzzles were in excellent condition. Once I complete all 10 of them they’ll be on their way to the school my daughter works for so they can continue to be enjoyed. 🙂

Astronaut 1

The space puzzle had fun information, I love puzzles with a purpose! ❤