A couple weeks ago, I shared with you guys an updated Summer 2014 bookshelf tour. As much as I joke around about how ashamed I am of how many unread books I own, I do take a lot of enjoyment in making my bookshelves look pretty and just staring at the beautifulness of them all 😀 There’s nothing that really gets me quite as excited as being able to look at an entire shelf filled with gorgeous same-height hardcovers. I mean, that’s the dream.
For me, personally, my favorite way to have my shelves organized is by unread/read, and then by genre. I have 3-4 bookcases of books that are read, which are all separated by genre, and then 3 bookcases of unread books, which are separated into genres as well.
But, how do you guys sort your bookshelves? There are so many different ways to go about it!
1. By genre. This is what I do! For me, it’s just the easiest way to find my books and I think they look really pretty that way as well.
2. Alphabetical order. Plain and simple — just put in order by the author’s last name and, boom, you’re done!
3. Rainbow. This is another very pretty option! I actually went to a restaurant recently that was decorated with books in shelves around the room, and they were all organized by color. It was so cute!
4. Priority/Excitement level. I think that this way is actually kind of cool. I’ve heard of people doing this for a stack of books — not really with all their books, because that’d be kind of crazy with multiple bookshelves — but I think the idea is an interesting one.
5. Publication Date. I actually kind of like this idea! If I didn’t have mine separated by genre, I might seriously consider choosing this option. I feel like, for book bloggers especially, organizing your books from oldest-to-newest might actually beneficial. It’d be easy to browse and would maybe encourage you to pick some older-catalogue books to read with your more recent books (I’ve heard a lot of bloggers say that they have trouble getting motivated to read those older books that are still on their TBR).
6. No particular organization! This is how I used to have mine “set up” before I became more seriously interested in reading and collecting books a while back. I didn’t really have a system, I just threw them all in together! When you only have one bookcase, I guess it doesn’t really matter too much if you just leave them disorganized. While I definitely wouldn’t want to do this again, I bet it’s still a popular option and it’s totally fine if you want to be all crazy like that! 😉
So what about you guys? How are YOUR bookshelves organized? Do you stick with one particular system? How often do you rearrange them?