the art of bookshelving || how do you organise your books?

03 October 2015

I've had a colour-coordinated bookself for the past two years now and don't think I'll ever change the way I organise it. Whenever anyone asks me how I ever find anything, I question why I wouldn't be able to find books - if you've had a certain organisation for two years, of course you'll be used to it by now. I know my books by colour. If someone comes to my house and I want to show them a book, or they want to borrow a book - I automatically think of what colour it is, and then search for it within that realm.
The rainbow of colours is aesthetically pleasing, it brightens my room considerably, and I can't imagine ever shelving my books by series/author, because then what do I do if I just have a whole pile of standalones? the colours would look like a kaleidascope threw up on my shelf.                                                                                                                                                   HOW DO YOU CATEGORISE YOUR BOOKS? BY GENRE, AUTHOR, COLOUR OR SERIES? OR DO YOU NOT CATEGORISE THEM AT ALL?

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  1. I love color coordinating my bookshelf. It adds that pop of color into any room, and as for finding something, come on, only someone who loves their books would do such a thing. You think I don't love my book enough to be able to remember where it is?

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    1. Definitely, especially when your room (like mine) is pretty dull in terms of colour; and hah! That is very true..:)

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  2. I organise by what I have read previously,which I put in alphabetical order towards the bottom and what I am yet to read towards the top, also in alphabetical order :)

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    1. OOH that's a clever idea, one day, if i ever decide to change how i organise my books, i might try that!

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  3. THIS THIIIIIIS IS MEEEEE. I see everything by colour. It's the first thing I think about when shelving a book "ohhh, what colour is this". XD I always organise by colour and I don't think I could do it any other way. :') Although I do have a few piles of series on my top shelf so I don't have to split them up. XD

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    1. I AM GLAD I SUCCEEDED IN GETTING INSIDE YOUR HEAD. The only time I don't organise by colour is when i am piling my TBR/currently reading books on my bedside table, which go in size order.

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  4. I do this too, but it's in colour and then author within that. E.g Fangirl and the Rainbow Rowell section are next to Stephanie Perkins because Isla blends into Fangirl, and then Anna is next to Veronica Roth because Divergent is almost the same colour as Anna and the French Kiss. It sounds odd but the colouring really works. When people ask how you know where everything is, I can't understand why, after staring at all the books so often, why they'd think I couldn't possibly know.

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    1. That's cool and yeah, I think I do something similar, so for all the books that are the same colour within a series, they all go next to each other and aren't just scattered around within that group. Hahaha it's so true, I see them SO MANY TIMES A DAY how i meant to NOT know?!

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  5. I would love to organize my books by color, but for some reason I just have never been motivated to. Currently I organize them by genre and series, but we all know how long that tends to last. ;) Thanks for sharing Hawwa and, as always, fabulous discussion! ♥

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    1. You're welcome Zoe, and yeah, I was never motivated to re-organise until I had to as I moved rooms so needed to switch my books between bookshelves..:)

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  6. weeeelllll.... when I had a good 50 + books on my shelf, the organisation method I adored was colour coordination, but atm I'm trying to get into minimalism [google konmari method and you'll know what I mean when I say this is EXTREME, but I'm an organisation freak so i love it haha!] so now my collection is only 12, I still have to put like colours together though, I can honestly say it makes me anxious if they're taken out of their colour order :D

    Safah - OH, HOW I WANDER.

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    1. I AM GOOGLING NOW - but the sound of it scares me: *when* you had a good 50 books? minimalism? I'M NOT ABANDONING MY BOOKS...

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  7. When I get a bookshelf, I'm going to organise it by colour. SO PRETTY.

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  8. I always read these lovely posts wherein bloggers show off their gorgeously-coordinated, supremely-organised bookshelves, and then ask the readers to talk about their own favourite methods of bookish organisation... and then I'm sitting over here in the corner like "idk, I mostly just organise my books by what looks pretty??". (Obviously, I am a stellar interior decorator. ;)) Nevertheless: this is a beautiful post as always, Hawwa, and thank you so much for sharing your methods with us. xxx

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    1. Ahahaha well Topaz, here's something to console you: no-one's ever going to do a blog post about how messy and uncoordinated their bookshelf is are they? so you only see the small few who DO have pretty book shelves - I'm pretty sure much of the rest of the world doesn't, and mine only became *pretty* recently..;)

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  9. My bookshelf is organised in a kind of ... odd way. I have one shelf for Maria V. Snyder (because I own SO many different versions of her books). And then I have my LGBTQIA+ shelf, organised by author surname. Then I have my hardbacks shelf, also organised by author surname. And then my bottom shelf is a 'books I love' shelf, organised by author surname.

    I would seriously LOVE to organise my shelves by colour, because whenever I see rainbow shelves, I am envious of them because they are just so gosh darn PRETTY. But I am also a perfectionist who loved order, so I wouldn't be able to separate series and books by the same author.

    I suppose I could have a standalone shelf organised by colour (even if it did separate author's books), because I really would love a rainbow shelf XD

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    1. Maria V. Synder...I don't think I've read any of her books..I used to have a hardback shelf but then it ruined my colour coordination (even though i colour coordinated that one shelf too it didn't look right).

      IT IS SO PRETTY, but it is kind of in an order, maybe? ;)

      Do a rainbow shelf! Please! Then show me a photo!

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  10. I had a colour coordinated shelf for a while and I loved it at first but then I just grew to dislike it. Everything looked so packed on my shelves and there was no space for anything else and I just couldn't get over my series not being in the same place. They are absolutely gorgeous, just not for me!

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    1. AWH well each to their own! i've had mine colour coded for so long that if i changed it i wouldn't know where everything is!

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  11. Colour coordinated bookshelves are soooo pleasing to the eye - I'd love to organise my bookshelves this way. However, I don't think I could bare it *embarrassed face*. At the moment, my bookcase is jam-packed, so there's no particular order! But I do like to keep authors together, as well as series! Great post - I love seeing how others organise their books :-D

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    1. maybe try a section of it some time - that's what i did, then i fell in love and did the whole thing!

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