What do you deduce from someone’s bookshelves?

My younger brother sent me this link to a great article by Geradine Brooks, author of Year of Wonder, People of the Book (hence the reason for the title of the article) and many other well known titles.  The article is about organising your books, Alpha by subject … or by dinner party seating rules? Do you have a shelving obsession?

After reading the article I took a few pictures of some of our bookshelves.

Some of our large cookbook collection are arranged by colour.

Another colour on the same bookshelf.

Hardbacks and history, mainly together because of size.

Books waiting to be read. I have read Dead Simple since I took this photo.  Great book.

If you looked at the bookshelves overall there isn’t really a system to them which is rather surprising considering I was a librarian.

Since taking these pictures I was toying up with the idea of reorganising the shelves but decided against it as I enjoy looking for the book I want.  If I did reorganise I could perhaps take the time to do it this way . . .

This image is from the Sorted Books Project

The project is described here

The image below is a screenshot from the website.

I really don’t have the time to do this but it would be a fun thing to do on a rainy afternoon if you were that way inclined!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. bookgrrl says:

    I don’t organise my books in alpha order, more by size, usage (more frequently used ones are on lower shelves, and loosely by subject. We have a special shelf in the dining room for our library books and my cookery books are in the kitchen. There is no Dewey order to my books either, but I know where things are 🙂

    1. suth2 says:

      Yes our cookery books are close to the kitchen, in the kitchen/family room.

  2. I was surprised by your colour sorting, I’ve never thought of doing that. I used to try and keep my books in some sort of order, collected by genre, but nowadays books tend to get shoved wherever there’s a space. Like you, I quite like looking for a specific title, although in my ideal world they would be much better organised. That pile of books with the sharks is most amusing.

  3. “I was toying up with the idea of reorganising the shelves but decided against it as I enjoy looking for the book I want.”

    Precisely why I hate well-organised second-hand bookshops. I want tottering piles where I can find treasure while searching for the book I ostensibly came in for.

    1. suth2 says:

      It’s the joy of the find that makes it special.

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