Yep, it’s one of those big, bookworm questions: how do you organise your bookshelves? There are so many options, so many things to consider and everyone does it slightly (or very!) differently.
Here’s a few possible ways it could be done, and I’d love to know your preference!
One of the simplest ways to organise your bookshelves is alphabetically, whether that’s by title, or by author (by author tends to be the more common way of alphabetising). This makes it super easy to find what you’re looking for immediately, and let’s face it: it works for libraries and bookshops, so why not use it for your personal library?
Plus, I like how this means that all your books by the same author are grouped together!
- By genre
Alternatively you could arrange your books by genre, keeping all your fantasy books together, and all your crime thrillers together etc. This makes it easy when you know what kind of book you feel like reading and just want to have a peruse of those particular books.
Plus this can also make your shelves look nice and cohesive, because books of the same genre tend to have similar styles of covers that’ll look great next to each other!
- By colour
Another way you could arrange your books is by colour, and I have seen this done to beautiful effect on Instagram! I love the whole rainbow bookcase thing, but unfortunately I don’t personally have a big enough bookcase, or enough colourful books (a lot of my books tend to have really dark covers for some reason – just check out the picture above!).
I can imagine this could get annoying though when you’re looking for a particular book, as different books in the same series or by the same author may not necessarily end up placed next to each other.
Yep, the thought makes me cringe a little, but if you honestly don’t care how your books look on the shelves (which is fair enough!) you could literally just shove them all on any old shelf and the world wouldn’t end!
Personally I have a very particular, but also very vague organisational approach to my book case (if that makes sense!). I have shelves for different genres, so there’s a fantasy shelf, historical fiction shelf and a classics shelf, but each shelf is arranged simply by books that ‘look good together’. So maybe they have a similar colour palette, or a similar style, they just have to look good next to each other. Perhaps alphabetising within genre would make more sense, but would it look as good? Probably not!
Anyway, I’d love to know how you organise your own bookshelves! Do you go alphabetically, or by genre or colour? Or do you have a completely different system entirely?