I recently bought this book shelf to replace our existing book shelf. Here is what I have observed so far, - Bit time consuming to put this together. - By looking at the picture and the description, you might think it can hold lot of books, but depends on the weight of the books. When you place heavier books on the top shelves, the backside (vertical part) of the tree bends and it gives you a feeling that anytime this book shelf would break anytime. - It looks okay, but I wouldn't think this would be practical enough to hold number of books.