February 19, 2009

BTT: A Method to the Madness

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This week’s question is 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?


Okay, here's the deal. I'm a super-freaky neat-nick. I hate dust and hairballs and unmade beds but I have a secret: my bookshelves are messy. I blame that on the fact that I have more books than space for them. The book cupboard (it's an old armoire) is 2 rows deep and sometimes it's hard to remember what's back there. If I had bookshelves like Natasha, then I would make an effort to be neater.

Anyway, I think there is some kind of method in there somewhere but no one else could ever figure it out. Books I love are alphabetized (sort of), books I read and will part with in the future (but not now) are to the left, TBR books are in the middle, borrowed books are to the right. I think...

So my books are messy but I'm a neat freak, I wonder what that says about me.

I did just buy a print from Paperbones: Penelope. I love the bookshelves in this print. I have it hanging by the messy bookshelves. Inspiration maybe?

14 comments :

  1. I hate clutter, too, but my book/blogging are is always a mess. Go figure.

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  2. I honestly can't imagine a life without disorder and chaos... lol
    I just put them on a shelf until they're given away! You can click here to see one area of my house where we keep books!
    http://bookwormzreader.blogspot.com/2009/01/what-do-you-do-with-your-old-books.html

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  3. I tend to be pretty organized in most instances as well. For some reason I can't for the life of me keep my shelves neat, though! I blame it on the fact that I'm always pulling something down or putting back another.

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  4. I'm pretty organized too...and my bookshelves usually display that. That print is awesome! I can actually afford to buy that for my library...which I just might do.

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  5. I'm organized and neat! What does that say about me? Here's my answer:
    http://bookcritiques.blogspot.com/2009/02/booking-through-thursday-storage.html

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  6. I kept my books in catagories and then by author and I dream of having built in bookcases.

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  7. Kris- It's so nice IRL too. I'm really happy with it.

    Olga- I love your avatar!

    Daibhin- So do I (dream of bookcases).

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  8. I don't like clutter, but I am also horrible about my bookshelves. There are just so many books and I'm constantly adding books to the stack... it hardly seems the effort to organize them. I have my tbr pile organized, but no one but me would ever be able to figure it out. Its mostly based on where I received the book from - ARC, library, or friend. So I know where they go when I'm done.

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  9. My answer would make a librarian cringe. I arrange my books by colour. It really brings out the shelf's eyes.

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  10. I'm a neat freak, too, but especially with my books! :D

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  11. It is hard to keep them neat. Books seem to take over their shelves. :)

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  12. I love the picture! I've noticed that the more I receive books (either as ARCs or from contest wins) the messier my shelves get. I love being organized, but it's hard when you don't have enough shelf space.

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  13. Seriously, you find the best shops on Etsy! I love that print by Paperbones. I need to "heart" that one :)

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  14. I shelf my books by author's last name in alphabetical order. For fiction and literature, I single out the ones to be re-read and put them on a different case. I only put away my books when I have finished. New Books usually sit on my desk.

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