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.
Growing up, I fell in love with every aspect of interior design. Before I wanted to be a writer, I wished to work in real estate, preferably as a designer or stager of homes. So I couldn’t wait to buy my own house and decorate it however I wanted. I knew my dream home would include a library or some sort of reading space. More importantly, I would design that room to represent who I am, so it could serve as the perfect place to read and escape from the real world.
Recently, I was inspired by Arhaus to create a post showing my dream reading space and library. They design home furnishings as well as other products. I drew some inspiration from their website. Be sure to check out their Instagram and Pinterest for more ideas.
Afterwards, I decided to make a few collages of some things I would like to have in my ideal room. Enjoy!
My dream library and reading space would include:
- Pendant lighting
- Although I prefer reading in natural light, good artificial lighting is a must. I can’t read if I can’t see.
- A coffee table
- I don’t drink coffee, but I’d like to have a place for my glass of water. Better yet I’d leave snacks lying around. That way I wouldn’t have to leave my reading room for hours.
- I’ve always wanted floor to ceiling shelves full of books. Even then I’m not sure I’ll have enough space.
- An armchair
- As much as I like the idea of reading while standing up, my laziness will inevitably kick in. I need a nice seat because finding a comfortable reading position is already enough of struggle on its own.
For more inspiration, try browsing the pendant lighting and dining room tables page.
- A pretty view
- For some reason I really like the idea of looking out a bay window to see a beautiful view of the city.
How do you envision your ideal library or dream reading space?
Readers don’t need much. They just need more…
I could really do with more money. Then again, doesn’t everybody?
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.
I share a lot on this blog. Well, more than I do with most people anyway.
So I figured I may as well share my writing and blogging space. It’s about time, huh?
Also, I might do a more in-depth post about some of the things in the pictures below.
And maybe by the end of this summer, my photos will turn out nicer. They were taken on a phone. I don’t have a professional camera because I spend too much on pens, pencils, notebooks, books, etc. The trade-off is worth it in my opinion.
I think I need to stop buying so many books. But I just can’t help myself.
Sooner or later, I’m going to run out of space to put them all. Then again I’d be fine getting rid of everything I own to make room for more books.
And I can’t go on a book buying ban or a book buying boycott. That’s a terrible idea.
If I could never purchase a single book ever again, I would be in physical pain.
Don’t get me started on not being able to read anything for the rest of my life. Don’t. Just don’t.