Earlier in the year it became abundantly clear that my book-buying-thing (NOT a problem) was getting a bit … much. Having filled up my existing bookshelves, shelves inside wardrobes and the linen closet, I started putting my books into boxes. Six large boxes later, we realised I really need a new bookshelf.
We purchased a lovely new bookshelf yesterday, and I took a few photos of it, and then decided to take photos of the other shelves so that I can show my wonderful readers what they look like. I was also asked earlier this week how I arrange my shelves, so I thought I’d go into that as well.
Arranging My Books
I’m a visual person, so I arrange my books so that they’re aesthetically pleasing. This means the books on each shelf progressing in size-order. I also like books belonging to a series, or by the same author, to appear together, which is sometimes at odds with the size arrangement because I can’t always get a whole series in the same size. I manage to get around it sometimes by having the series at a boundary where the books transition from trade paper-backs to mass-market paperbacks.
Arranging My Shelves
I have three main bookshelves:
- Books I received for review and haven’t read yet
- Books I’ve purchased and haven’t read yet
- Books I’ve read, which I will either re-read, or I’m keeping the books because the series isn’t complete yet. If I’m sure I won’t re-read a completed series, I donate it to a local charity, Lifeline, who hold a book fair twice a year to raise money.
Bookshelf 1: To Review
This bookshelf is arranged by publisher, then by size, as far as I can make it. Strictly speaking, not every book on there is provided for review by a publisher: with most of the series displayed there, the publisher has offered up either the most recent title, or the first of the series, and then I’ve bought the rest of the books with the intent of reviewing them together. Some books weren’t even provided by the publisher, because they ran out of, or didn’t have a budget for, review copies, but I still want to review the book for them so they’re on this shelf.
Bookshelf 2: To Read (books I’ve purchased)
This bookshelf is the new one. I have a very bad habit of picking up books I want to read and then never actually reading them. The shelves are arranged firstly by whether the books are YA or not, and then by size.
High Fantasy trade paperbacks are at the top. I’ve read the GRRM books already, I’m hoping to re-read them, so they’re right at the top where they can make me feel guilty every day.
Then a shelf of Fantasy mass-market paperbacks of which I have complete series, followed by a shelf of YA (complete and incomplete) series.
Then more Fantasy mass-market paperbacks where I only own one or two books of a series, and then two shelves with a mix of YA titles, of which I don’t own more than the first book of the series.
Bookshelf 3: Read (books I’m keeping to re-read or because the series isn’t complete)
I read a lot of series, so this shelf had to be arranged to reflect where the YA series is up to.
So the first shelf contains incomplete Fantasy series, and the second contains books that are the first in their series, where the sequels are either unreleased, or I haven’t read them yet.
The third shelf is home to books where I have read the first two books of a series, and we’re still waiting on more books. Since most SFF/YA exists in trilogies, after the third book is released and I’ve read it, I usually donate it to charity. The last shelf is for books in longer series that are ongoing, and a selection of Terry Brooks’ books (I’m trying to catch up, since I stopped reading after the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy and now there are like three or four new trilogies after it?).
Writing this post has made me feel really guilty for all the unread books! ANY-ways, I hope you enjoyed this virtual bookshelf tour! How many bookshelves do you have? How do you arrange your books? What do you do with your books if you know you aren’t going to re-read them?