Thursday, February 19, 2009

Booking Through Thursday: Storage

This is a meme that I've wanted to participate in for some time, but I can never seem to get over there on a Thursday! Probably not a big deal, but it would drive me nuts to post it on a Friday. Anyway, courtasy of Booking Through Thursday, here's this week's question:

This week’s question is suggested by Kat:

I recently got new bookshelves for my room, and I’m just loving them. Spent the afternoon putting up my books and sharing it on my blog . One of my friends asked a question and I thought it would be a great BTT question. So from Tina & myself, we’d like to know “How do you arrange your books on your shelves? Is it by author, by genre, or you just put it where it falls on?”


My hubby and I were living in an apartment a year ago, and all I had was 1 bookshelf with 5 shelves. I really couldn't think about having my books in any kind of was more about what really skinny book will fit in this last little bit of space! Anyway, back last April we found our first house. I knew this was the one, too, especially considering all the other ones we had looked at. I walked into the master bedroom, and there in the corner (with a beautiful glow surrounding it, I might add....well, not really, but work with me here) was a built-in bookshelf from floor to ceiling. We're talking 8 deep shelves that were just waiting for all my books. :o) I immediately turn to my husband and ask, "Uh, you weren't wanting this, were you?" He sweetly replies, "No, dear. It's all yours."

Since I now have the bookshelf from heaven, I'm much more organized with how my books go in it. I have all of my large paperbacks stored in the built-in bookshelf, and all of my hardbacks and trade-size paperbacks in my old bookshelf. It is a tad bit annoying to have everything broken up like that, but I find that it gives me more space in the long run, so I can deal with it. Unfortunately, when I need to add books to the built-in bookshelf, it's quite an ordeal since all of my books are organized by authors last name, and I even go a step further by organizing them by date of publication (no, I really don't have OCD). Trust me, it can be a 2-3 hour job filing new books away. But hey, I got myself into this mess.....I am not going to complain. :o)


  1. Having worked in a library, I know what it means to "shift shelves." If you leave some space on each shelf, you have room to place your new titles--at least for a while. My response is here:

  2. That's really wonderful having built-in bookshelves in your new home. I organize alphabetically by author, too, and I'm quite obsessive about it, too, lol. :)

  3. On The Baltimore Sun's book blog ( folks have been discussing this topic. For an out-of-the-box idea, check out this color spectrum example:

  4. I only keep hard backs because of the delicious way they look on a shelf and how easily they stack :)


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