Here are some signs you’re a full-fledged book blogger:
- You haven’t read that book someone gave you three years ago.
- Your to-be-read (TBR) list alone could sink a cruise ship.
- Reading slumps are your worst enemy.
- You can write a book review with your eyes closed.
- Your bank account is empty, but your bookshelves are full.
I love books. I love reading. But I don’t know why I don’t like showing people my shelves.
Maybe I’m just weird.
A lot of my relatives don’t read. You can’t pick family, right? At least, my best friends read.
I’m all for being surrounded by books. It brings me so much joy to look at my shelves. But I don’t love the prospect of someone else staring at it.
My younger cousin walked into my room one time and proceeded to count how many books I owned. I was curious and mortified at the same time.
Since then, I’ve added many more to my ever-growing collection. It’s grown so much bigger than I expected. So now I’m way too lazy to count all the books I possess.
I’m not embarrassed by my shelves. If anything, I’m quite proud.
My one issue is that I only have one bookcase.
At the rate I’m buying books, I’ll need an entire room to store them all one day. Hopefully, by the time I run out of space, I’ll have the means to move out into my dream house. A girl can dream.
I think you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their bookshelves. I wonder what my collection would say about me.
I love books, but I don’t love showing people the shelves in my room. I’m not the biggest fan of sharing my babies either.
I’m strange. But that’s okay.
I’m not even exaggerating when I say it took me nearly an hour to reorganize my bookshelves.
Here’s what I learned:
I own a lot of books. But a reader can never have too many, right? I want to buy more all the time.
I forget what I’ve read. I picked up a novel, and for the life of me, I could not remember what it was about.
I keep my babies in good condition. Except for a few of them. I also dropped two books on the floor while reorganizing my shelves. I’m a terrible mother.
I love when books are the same height and hate when they’re not. It makes my life easier when everything’s the same size.
I’m running out of space. I don’t know what I’ll do once my shelves can hold no more. I don’t have room for another bookshelf. Hopefully, one day, I can have a library in my house. Then I won’t have to worry about space or lack thereof.
I spend a lot of money on books. I don’t want to know how much. I also don’t need to know how many I have.
I could and should give some away. I promise to do so in the near future. OK, far future. I just can’t bear to part with my children.
I read a lot. But I feel like I just can’t keep up. Too many books, too little time.
I want to go buy more. Because why not? There’s no reason not to.
What do you learn after reorganizing your bookshelves?
You have a stack of unread books at home, but you still buy more. All those novels you bought ages ago? They’re still sitting on your shelves collecting dust.
You’re running out of space, yet that doesn’t stop you from adding to your collection. Which means you have to get creative. You end up stacking, squeezing, and shoving.
You would rather be in your room than go to a club. There’s nothing wrong with spending more time around characters than your friends. Besides, fictional people will never judge you or your decisions.
You can’t stop talking or writing about books. That’s why you started a book blog. Now you’re able to rave on and on without anyone interrupting you.
You tell people to read certain books until they finally cave. Afterwards, you have one-sided conversations where you’re doing most of the talking. You can’t help extolling the virtues of your favourite author.
You wonder what fictional characters would do. So you proceed to channel them, believing yourself to be a super cool protagonist.
You get books as gifts from family and friends. They know you need to read as much as you need to eat. Better yet, they’ll leave you alone when you crack open the latest novel from a beloved author.
You can never find a comfortable reading position. Anyone who needs glasses to see knows the struggle is even more real.
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Lately, I’ve been moving my books around because I’m not entirely happy with the way they’re displayed on my shelves. But I don’t know how I want to rearrange them exactly, so I decided to write a blog post about different ways you can organize your bookshelves.
Do the author’s last name or first if you’re so inclined. You might even decide to go organize according to the titles of each book. It’s up to you.
Ombré. Rainbow. The possibilities are endless.
Have one shelf for fantasy, one for mystery, etc. This is a good way to see what you like or dislike.
Shelves look more uniform when books are the same size. This is a fact of life. My heart breaks when I buy a novel that doesn’t fit in with the others.
Have your favourite books on one shelf. You can play favourites with novels. That’s totally ethical.
What you’ve read, what you’re currently reading, what you want to read. I have a shelf for all the books I own but haven’t read yet. Without fail, I’ll read a few novels on my to-be-read shelf only to buy many more. I almost always enable my own addiction.
Is it a standalone? A series? Also consider grouping books by the same author together. Because why not?
Paperbacks here. Hardcovers there. Easy, fast, simple. You’re good to grab and go.
By however you want.
Obviously, you can organize your books any way you like. Feel free to use one or a combination of the methods listed above.
Let me know how you organize your books. I’d love to get some inspiration for my shelves. It doesn’t help that I’m starting to run out of space either. But that’s a problem I’ll tackle another day.
There are a few. But the disadvantages don’t outweigh the advantages.
Overflowing bookshelf (or bookshelves), anyone?
Meaning you treat books better than you treat yourself.
$10 for a book isn’t much but multiple that by 367 or 2149…
I honestly can’t think of any others.
Plus I don’t mind the lack of room and I can handle the handling.
It’s a good thing my memory sucks. I won’t ever know how much I spent on books. Oh well. I can live.
To any non-writers purchasing gifts for writer(s):
Get an idea for what said writer likes to read and what books he or she already owns. What’s the best way to do that? Browse their bookshelf, or in some cases bookshelves, before attempting to buy books for the writer in your life. I hope you’re blessed enough to know multiple writers. It’ll make Christmas shopping that much easier. You can hit up one bookstore and get something for everyone.
I’m not the biggest fan of coffee, but many writers (and non-writers) love this drink of choice. Once again, determine their likes and dislikes so you can purchase according to their needs. Yes, coffee is a need to a lot of people.
Notebooks are life. Enough said.
To any writers reading this:
If you don’t receive any of the above from family or friends, you could just buy all of the above for yourself. Go ahead, splurge until your heart is content.