“A bookshelf is as particular to its owner as are his or her clothes; a personality is stamped on a library just as a shoe is shaped by the foot.”
Behind every great reader is a great bookcase… or two or three or more. They come in all shapes and sizes but no matter what form it comes in, we are proud to own it and occasionally show it off. It might be a physical bookcase stuffed to the brim or it might be an e-reader with a carefully crafted reading list – whatever your preference, it represents a great love and many adventures!
There are so many ways to organise your bookcase and everyone does it differently! Mine is certainly a reflection of my personality – it is consistent, logical and well planned. For the most part it is alphabetical, although there are a few exceptions. Here are some of the more popular ideas:
ABC – Alphabetical is the more traditional way of organising books. One of the most common ways is by author last name however there are many other variations such as by author first name or book title!
Genre – This is another favourite. Like most bookstores, it is easy to break your books into general categories such as general fiction, crime, fantasy and non-fiction. This has it’s own complications – how far do you break the genres down!!!
Colour – The more creative types might organise their books by colour. There are some stunning images floating around of rainbow or ombre collections. They look stunning!
Publisher – Apparently some people in publishing organise their bookcases by the publisher or imprint. This is not something I would be able to do… what about the authors who publish their books with different publishing companies? I really like having all the books by the same author together!
Chronological – There was a girl on Instagram the other day who said that her books are organised in the order she reads them in. This would be really cool if I had a good memory!
Thanks to the wonders of technology, there are also some amazing apps/ programs for recording and maintaining your library. Do you keep a catalogue? I have an excel spreadsheet that I started earlier this year. The apps on your phone are a great way of keeping track – that way you have a quick reference when you are looking to buy something new/ filling holes in series and making sure that you don’t double up (unintentionally, of course)!
So over to you… how do you do it? I would love to see a photo of your collection!