I have had this item for about 2 years, and like it very much. I use large cookbooks on the two bottom shelves to steady smaller items if I want. One is in the kitchen, one in the study with just books on it. It is a great way to stack and display over size books when short on room. I have put flowers, even an antique phone on one book. Get it really tight, though, or the middle joint will start or work loose with use. I have just ordered some more for our other home, because it is tight on space.