Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!
Here’s my Musing Mondays ramble for this week:
I’ve always loved this quote—but, of course, once you’ve got the bookshelves, it’s time to start filling them with books! Today I started thinking about my own shelving habits, and that made me wonder about the ways that other readers arrange their books.
I have a lot of different kinds of bookcases in a lot of different rooms of my home—and I’ve always had a system for arranging my books on them. I know that some people arrange their books by author, by size, by hardcovers vs. paperbacks, or even by color—and some people don’t have any sort of arrangement system at all. Obviously, there’s no “right way” to do this—your home, your books, your way!
I’ve always shelved my books by theme. When I bring a bag of books home from the bookstore, it would NEVER occur to me to put them all together on one empty spot on my bokcases. No—they need to be shelved with other books of their same topic. Within each topic I do try to keep books by the same author grouped together, and I try to keep similar sized books together, but I don’t alphabetize in any way.
I have a bookcase in my kitchen where all of my cookbooks live, but it’s also where I keep my books of essays about food and cooking, food memoirs, and even a couple of mystery series that have cooks as their main characters.
My bedroom is where I have my bookcase devoted to books on education—some books on educational theory, and a lot of teaching memoirs, year-in-the-life-of-a-teacher, etc.
My other bookcases in my living room and office areas have sections covering other nonfiction areas that I’m particularly interested in such as African American history, sports, books about books, true crime, politics, the Presidency (with a special section for biographies of Presidents and First Ladies—and yet another whole shelf for books on the Kennedys), religion, journalism, and biographies of non-political folks such as entertainers.
My fiction is arranged a little more loosely—I do have an area for classic literature (Hemingway, Salinger, Twain, etc) but my contemporary fiction is shelved together in no real order—except books by the same author live together. I do tend to keep hardcover fiction separated from paperbacks.
My friends tell me that browsing through my bookshelves is like going to their own personal library or bookstore. What can I say? It’s a system that works for me–I can always find any book that I may be looking for!
How about you? Do you have a system for arranging your books at home, or do you simply let them mingle freely together? If you live with other readers, how to do meld your shelving habits? I’d love to hear about your bookshelves—please share!