Musings From A Bookmammal


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Musing Mondays–Dealing With Critical Mass

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB 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 for this week–

I have eight bookcases of varying sizes throughout my home, but I recently realized that my physical books have once again reached the “critical mass” stage. So I did some book weeding last week (I do this a couple of times each year) and gathered five bags of books to take to my local used book store. This cleared some much needed space, but my bookcases are still quite full. Plus—my TBR corner is becoming a hazardous tower! So, I did the only possible thing left to do. I gave myself a birthday present and ordered two new bookcases!

bookcase 1This one will go at the end of my upstairs hallway, and I’m planning to use it to display some of my favorite hardcover books.

bookcase 2I ordered one of the smaller sizes from this series. It’ll go in my office/library to be used as my TBR shelf–and maybe a spot to keep library books as well. I don’t think I’ll have any trouble filling it up!

I should receive delivery of these in the next few weeks—luckily they’ll arrive already assembled, so I’ll be able to have the fun of loading them up right away!

Unfortunately, in an ironic “one step forward, two steps back” situation, in a complete lack of any sort of self-control I also ordered seven used books online this weekend (I really just had to have them)—so I don’t see this as any sort of permanent solution. And as a card-carrying booklover, I really wouldn’t have it any other way!

How about you? What’s your bookcase situation these days? How do you deal with bookish “critical mass”? Please share!


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Musing Mondays–The Shelving Habits of a Booklover

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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-would-be-most-contentI’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.

my bookcase in my office/loft/library

my bookcase in my office/loft/library

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.

one of my living room bookcases

one of my living room bookcases

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!