Book Through Thursday - Storage

Today's Booking Through Thursday was 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?”

At this point, it is a mixture of all three. In my old apartment, which seems like many, many moons ago, I had bookshelves lining one whole wall of the apartment. I had all my books in alphabetical order and when it came time to move, packed them up in alpha order. To tell you the truth, most of the books are still in the boxes in the bottom of my closet. I've been pulling out a few, here and there to reread. I'm having fun rediscovering books I forgotten about. But that wasn't the question, was it.

Now, with a couple large bookcases in the living room and several of assorted sizes in the bedroom, I have a couple ways of shelving the books. The living room books are grouped by genres basically. We have a bunch of classicals and they are all on the shelves together, but ordered by height of the book. I like my shelves to look neat. The rest of the books in the living room are an assortment of hard back fiction and the same goes. Except for the top shelf which has a bunch of paperbacks stacked double parked and sideways to fit as many as possible on the shelf.

In the bedroom, I do have books ordered a little more neatly and grouped together by author. Except for my one huge stack of paperbacks on top of one of my small bookcases that is currently rising up the wall almost to the height of my 8 foot bookcase. Unfortunately, the cats think this is neat because it gives them access to the top of the bookcase. Which also leads to the paperbacks getting knocked over from time to time - often in the middle of the night, scaring the heck out of Father and I.

In a perfect world (and possibly when we get our income tax refund, which of course won't come until I get off my butt and do the taxes) I would have a library in which every book has a home, ordered by author, alphabetically and absolutely none of them would be double parked or sideways stacked or forming stairways up the wall. I am looking forward to buying several matching bookcases and the ensuing mess it will make when we have move the entire bedroom around to fit them on one wall. Who needs a bed to sleep in anyway!

In my fantasy world, I would have something like this


  1. Just think: you don't have all of those books to dust! lol
    My response is here:

  2. Hehe, the photo of your fantasy world is much similar to mine! I see photos of famous libraries and I simply cannot contain myself. I cannot wait until I move out of this matchbox I call a dorm and into my apartment. The bedroom is also roughly matchbox size, but there is the common room to fill!

  3. My fantasy world looks like that, too!

  4. Ahhh. If you built those rooms, I'd come visit and you'd never get rid of me!

  5. I can sympathize about the cat thing. Mine love sleeping on them as well, so you have to blow a layer of cat hair off the cover before I can read them. And I've often told my husband that if we didn't have a library nearby, we would certainly be in a lot of trouble, because I would have a library looking like that. :)

  6. That is so funny about your cats!! :D

  7. :) There used to be this book store in Houston that was actually a house and EVERY wall looked like this--event he walls lining the stairway! I wanted to live there---sadly, it's now a sub par Italian restaurant....lame.

  8. I would have that in my fantasy world too!


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