The end of last month, I moved. It was a move I’d wanted so I was looking forward to it. Then there came a time when I realized the spot I usually keep my bookshelves didn’t exist in the new place. I went over the floorplan in my mind and couldn’t figure out where I’d be able to place the two bookshelves I owned.
When I moved in, I still wasn’t sure where things would go but as we unpacked boxes, arranged furniture, a clear spot became obvious. The wall in the dining area fits my two bookshelves and allowed for me to buy two more.
Only now my brain worried about how I would sort my books. Did I shelve them alphabetically as I did last time or go for something different? And if I went for something different, what did that look like?
Cue: The Bookshelf Dilemma.
I asked friends and readers on Facebook. Both gave me a varied ways I could shelf books. There were the alphabetical fans (by author last name, not title or author first name). There were the fans of doing it in height. There were the ones who told me to shelve by series, color, and by genre.
I wanted to do something different since having four tall bookcases gave me ample room. And though I’m not a huge fan of book ends, I admit something to feel the space until you pile it with books is ideal. So I went ahead and gave the idea of shelving by color a try. I grouped the purples next to the pinks.
The reds have their own space with a Go Away I’m Reading sign to separate them from the yellows. I added an award or two that two of my books received and even put up my author copies of The Love Script, and other books on the shelves.
Which brings me to my last statement. How about a book giveaway for The Love Script? To enter for a chance to win a paperback copy, please let me know how you shelve your books and if you ever change it up.
*Comment by 10/17/23, 3:00pm PDT, and I’ll pick a random winner. Please have a USA mailing address. Void where prohibited.