I bought 2 of these in espresso. Overall, these shelves look nice at a distance. However, once you take a good close look, you can see how the pieces don't quite fit together right. There are small gaps between pieces that should sit flush. They're also a little flimsy for solid wood shelves but then again they weren't very expensive. I was worried that they wouldn't hold our books but they seem to be holding up so far. I probably would have sent them back if it wouldn't have been such a pain to disassemble and ship.
I had trouble finding a bookcase that I liked in an expresso finish to match some of my other furniture. This item matched perfectly. I was hesitant based on some of the reviews about sturdiness. I haven't had any problems and it holds most of my books.