I was inspired by Kat’s super awesome bookshelf adventure to reorganize my own shelves. Messing around with my bookshelves is one of my favorite things to do (I find it incredibly soothing) and mine have gotten a wee bit out of control recently so when I saw Kat’s posts and got the itch, I decided to roll with it.
Monkey says ‘wtf are you doing these are my shelves go away.’
The two biggest problems with my current arrangement is I’ve run out of space (clearly) and the last time I reorganized my shelves I used a complicated system of genres and subgenres (some actual genres, some of my own creation) and kept forgetting where I shelved my books so it would take me awhile to find things (not the worst problems to have but whatever).
As usual, I strongly considered organizing them by color to the point of starting to divide them but as soon as I got to a series that needed to be split up, I freaked out and decided I couldn’t do it. I’m sticking with official genres, skipping subgenres entirely and alphabetizing within said genre buckets (boring, I know, but my memory is made of garbage and I’d rather be able to quickly find a book than trying to remember if I split up my apocalypse books by monsters vs non monsters and which one did I consider aliens at the time?). I also decided to say fuck it and mix up YA and adult because at this point, most of my non-YA is in storage so why bother having a tiny section when I can just mix them in.
……it is possible I have a bit of a problem.
After sorting out the books that could go into storage (for the most part stuff I’ve collected from library sales, hung on to since high school and/or like enough to hang on to but am not currently into reading) (there’s also a significant amount of books-I’m-hanging-on-to-because-when-it-comes-to-my-books-I’m-like-a-dragon-with-a-hoard, if I’m being honest). I boxed them up and added them to the piles in what is quickly becoming my book storage closet.
Not pictured: a 15 gallon bin piled past the point of being able to put a lid on it on the floor behind me. I can’t fit it in the closet. Shit.
There’s a hell of a lot of Cassandra Clare hidden in there (even though I’ll probably (hopefully) (please, god) never reread them, I have invested too much time and money in her books to just get rid of them) along with a massive box of Nora Roberts (despite of their extremely templated nature and general corniness, I deeply love Nora Roberts and have a massive stockpile of them (she’s written like 400 billion books) for when I’m sick).
I didn’t get super fancy like Kat, but I do like to break up my shelves with horizontally stacked books and various stuff I’ve collected over the years.
I can’t really reach the top shelf, so I’ve left the overflow from my husband’s shelf/non-fiction/classics up there because I don’t generally want to get at them (aside from my B&N special edition of P&P, designed by my all time favorite designer, Jessica Hische, because I like to keep that one handy so I can pet and admire it whenever I want). I also keep my Buffy and Spike Funko POPs up there in their boxes so I don’t spend all of my time sitting around smashing their faces together (because I absolutely would) (I still do it an awful lot considering how much trouble they are to get down and play with).
Below that I have all of my contemporaries, followed by historical, historical paranormal/fantasy (I don’t have enough of these for their to be much of a point in splitting them up) and urban fantasy. Now that I’m looking at these pictures, I’m not sure if I put Burn Bright and Dark Star in the right place (feel free to yell at me in the comments if you see anything misshelved, I’m crap at genres, tbh) (although I’d never put Cinder/Scarlet/Cress/Fairest in epic fantasy, so there’s that) (no, the creepy staring man doesn’t belong, but this way he stares at the rest of the room and I find it both hilarious and off-putting).
Here’s my sort-of-magical-but-not-enough-to-necessarily-be-fantasy?-idk-I-haven’t-read-all-of-these-yet-and-the-ones-I have-read-I-don’t-know-what-to-genre (top shelf)/fantasy shelf:
These are Apocalypse/Sci-fi/hilarious adult contemps/assorted stuff shelf and my Paranormal/Dystopian shelves:
Behold! The newly redone bookshelf corner in full glory!
How do you do your shelves? Are you more of a ‘wherever I have space,’ ‘complicated system,’ or ‘totally based on aesthetics’ kind of shelver?