Sunday Salon: Rearranging

Less than twelve hours before I leave for school and with an entire list of things to do before I leave, I decided to rearranging my bookshelves. I’ve tried organizing my shelves by height, author’s surname, and title, but I inevitably wind up rearranging my shelves because I just not happy. As so I tried something I see quite a bit on decorating blogs, model homes, and fellow book bloggers’ shelves — arranging by color.

The bookshelf to the left above is my bookshelf of books I’ve read; the bookshelf to the right above is my (physical) TBR stack. (And, yes, I do only have two bookshelves with a total of six shelves.) I think arranging by color works best for those who own a lot of hardbacks because I have several paperbacks (Jodi Picoult’s books and Pamela Aidan’s Fitzwilliam Darcy series, for example) that just don’t have a home in this color scheme.

However, I do think the bookshelves as a whole are much more cheerful when arranged by color than when arranged by height. I also thinks it’s an interesting way of looking at the books on my shelf. For example, I seem to have read quite a few pale pink/pale yellow books, but manage to leave quite a few muted green books in the TBR stack. Of course, that could be because several of them are big heavy tomes of classic literature that I have yet to read. Still, it’s a different way of looking at things that I won’t be around much longer to enjoy.

Tomorrow is transit day and I’ll spend a good twelve hours migrating by car, plane, bus, train, and taxi from Montana to New England for the new semester. Tuesday is my first day of classes; first day of rearranging my life to that of a college student back on campus. I managed to read sixteen books (plus one abandoned book) so far this month, but that will inevitably slowdown after the last two reviews are written and posted. From then on, posting will be sporadic and possibly shorter and there is that inevitable lull in February and March when things get really hectic. Not sweating it, though. Just cautioning. Priorities are being rearranging (as they should).

But for now I’m off to spend these last few hours with my parents eating at the restaurant of my choosing for my farewell dinner and watching part two of “Downton Abbey” (which I highly recommend). It’ll be a nice, leisurely way to end my vacation before returning to the hustle and bustle of college life.

The Sunday Salon

The Sunday The Sunday Salon encourages bloggers to get together –at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones– every Sunday and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another’s blogs. Salon participants are encouraged to blog about their time spent reading, pages read, information about current reading, discuss a reaction to a book, state what they plan to read the following week, or make suggestions for a group read.

Photos © Me. Arranging by color. Taken: January 16, 2011.


    • Thank you. I actually really like looking at them this way. My hope is to one day be able to devote one bookcase to fiction and one to nonfiction and then organize those by color. Good luck organizing your own shelves.


    • Thanks, Alex. I do think they look very cheerful. The only thing I don’t like is that the books are flush and in a row. I’ve had them organized by height for so long that it’s very different having them be out of that order.


  1. oh I adore the way you’ve done these! But only six shelves? Really? 😉 I remember when that’s all I had too. And yes, the color does make it seem very cheery!

    I haven’t sorted through my books since I moved a YEAR ago! But I’ve thought about doing mine by color as well.


    • Hehe. I always feel a bit like a bad blogger for having so few shelves. 😉 I also used to have three bookcases for a total of nine shelves, but the third bookcase didn’t fit in my room in the new house. So I had some motivation to get rid of a bunch of books.


  2. I love the look of color coded book shelves. I can’t do that though as I am OCD about alphabetizing the book by author. And year published. And dewey decimal number (for the nonfiction, at least)


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