Discussion: Book Shelf organization, ways to organize and spice it up! + QUIZ

A couple of months ago, I decided to change my bookshelf organization to organized on colour. AND I LOVE IT. My shelves look so pretty and I love the colouring. Though, there are some disadvantages of this method. So I wanted to shortly discuss different ways to organize your bookshelves, how to spice up your shelves, and in the end you can do a quiz (I’m proud of that because I never did a quiz before).

Ways of organizing

  • On Colour: on colour is right now my favourite, it looks very aesthetically pleasing. It’s one of those things that always make me jealous of other people’s shelves, how the colours look.
  • On Alphabetical Order: this is the way that bookstores and libraries use and is quite useful, but if you’re like me and always forget the writer’s name just when you need to find the book, this might not be the best method for you.
  • Randomly: this is obviously the easiest way, if you don’t care about how your shelves look and you just care about the books in it, this is the way for you.
  • Hardcovers and Paperbacks separated: this always looks so pleasing because hardcovers have usually the same spine length, it gives your shelves such an organized feel. I barely own any hardcovers so for me, it’s not the way to go.
  • On Genre: I used this method for the longest time, that is, until I realized almost half my books were the same genre. Then there’s not really a point to it. If you read a lot of different genres, this might be a good way to organize for you.
  • On Language: if you read in multiple languages, you can consider giving them separate shelves. I own several Dutch books, but the majority is English, so I kind of gave up on giving them separate shelves, it would just look odd.
  • On Size: with this, I mean especially on height, don’t you just think it looks stunning if all your books align?
  • On Categories: All your favourites on one shelf, for example, or all the books you have yet to read. This can give a nice overview!

 

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These are not my shelves (if only…) but they’re really pretty!

 

Fun ways to spice up your shelves

  • Fairy lights: aren’t they just the prettiest thing?
  • Turn around your book if you’ve read it: I saw this once in pictures, someone turned around all the book they read, and kept all the books they hadn’t yet read with their spine forward. If you ask me, it kind of defeats the whole idea of being able to look at all your favourite books, but oh well.
  • Wrapping your books: I saw this picture once of a bookshelf with all the books wrapped in white paper, and it looked so stunning! You’ll miss looking at your favourite covers, but it does give a very pleasing look. You can also consider doing this for ugly books or study books alone.
  • Put books with their cover forward in your shelf: I never did this because I am always having too little space for my books, but it does look really pretty. You can also put them horizontally, which is something I often do because I can put more books in the same space.
  • Push all your books forward, so they stand on the edge of your shelves: I think this always looks really nice, because your books are all aligned and you have better light on your books.

The Quiz

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What is your favourite way of organizing? How do you spice up your shelves? Or don’t you care about shelf aesthetics?

42 thoughts on “Discussion: Book Shelf organization, ways to organize and spice it up! + QUIZ

  1. I would be more organized if I had more than one shelf. As it is. I have to pick and choose what I get to put up – I can’t alphabetically do it because then some won’t make the shelf…so I am going to go horizontal stacking to utilize vertical space until I get another one. 🤷‍♀️

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    1. That’s too bad. I really need more shelf space as well. I also have a large pile of books, because it just wouldn’t fit otherwise. I hope you get a new shelf soon!

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      1. Oh, me too, I hate seeing my book babies all over the place, or tucked away! I need to reorganize and put out the most important ones to me first. It’s hard to hide them from my eyes…😩

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  2. I LOVE THIS! I took the quiz and forgot what is said #imgreat but I knew it had to do with aesthetics! If/When I get new books, I’m going to organize it by color because it’s SOOOO PRETTY. I mean it’ll be hard to find books — but like my bookshelves aren’t organized at all right now so IDK how I find books right now anyways. XD BUT I ALSO NEED MORE BOOKSHELVES!

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  3. I want to see your bookshelf!! And great post! I don’t have a lot of books yet, (although they’re quickly multiplying) and I only display my pretty hardcovers. My paperbacks and arcs I stack in piles on my hidden shelf. Yes, I’m terrible xD. Someday, when I have more books, I will organize them by color because I loooove how it looks!

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    1. I wanted to include a picture but I didn’t have any pretty ones and I wasn’t near my shelves at the moment :/
      I will probably post a picture soon on my instagram though 🙂
      I barely own any hardcovers so it would be a bit pathetic if I only displayed those. But they’re really pretty!

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  4. I need waaaay more bookshelves. I try to be cutely organized but I always run out of room! For me, the books that are visible are organized by genre and age range. So, I might have one shelf that’s YA Dystopia, another that’s Children’s Fantasy, and another that’s Adult Thriller. That way, if I know what type of book I want to read, I can just grab a random book from that genre’s shelf. After that, I try to do it by color.

    And then of course there’s the waiting-to-be-shelved pile on the floor, and the currently reading pile on the bed…

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    1. Haha I need more bookshelves as well! I have some hanging shelves but I don’t really dare to put many books on them because I’m scared they collapse. So now they’re mainly on my main shelf which is way too small!
      That’s a great idea! I like that! Most of my books are either contemporary or fantasy so it wouldn’t be really helpful.

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  5. Currently I have it kind of sort of arranged by genre…?? Not all of them though, but I do have a dedicated nonfiction shelf, classics shelf, and I generally put my fantasy books together.

    And as far as decorations go, I’ve got fairy lights which are sooo cute and I also do put a few pretty covers facing the front, but as you said it does take up quite a bit of space. 😛

    I wish I could do by colors because I think that the effect is super pretty but I have two of my “mega” shelves dedicated solely to Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and I really don’t want to separate my collection!

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    1. I love fairy lights! I really need to get myself some! I wish I had the space to have some covers facing the front, I really REALLY don’t have space for that. Unless I want to start piling books on the floor.
      I also have my Harry Potter books separately, and I only have a big combined edition of all the Lord of the Rings books so they don’t need an extra shelf.

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  6. I am a HUGE fan of books being organized in rainbow order! It is just so visually stunning and appealing and always makes me wish I had enough books to do that too! The spines of my books are weirdly enough mainly one or two colors so a rainbow wouldn’t be as fun but I definitely love seeing it on someone else’s shelf!

    And like you said, organizing books by size is also really beautiful (Jesse on YouTube has his organized that way and his shelves are some serious #goals!) but at the same time, I love seeing books of different sizes on the same shelf!

    I have my shelves organized first and foremost by authors. I feel like that’s the easiest way to do it especially since I own quite a few books by some authors and I like having them all on the same shelf!

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    1. Me too! Rainbows are the best! I don’t have a lot of books from the same authors so it woudn’t work well for me. I own a couple of series from some authors but that’s about it. I own a lot of Cassandra Clare books, but I don’t really like to have those all together since they all have different sizes and formats. I clearly wasn’t thinking about shelf aesthetics when I got those.

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      1. Oh yeah, that definitely makes sense! Luckily my box set of TMI and TID matches in size – that was a lucky coincidence though! And if I get into my TDA copies I’m just gonna get angry again, so…

        Sometimes I miss the days when I was really chill about my books (though them not having the same size has always bothered me just not as much as it does nowadays) because I wouldn’t grab my copies of books and a ruler to make sure the sequel matched in size. xD

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    1. Having a TBR shelf is super helpful, I had it for a while but then, when you finish the book, you have to find space in your other shelves and I never have space… So then I have to move around a lot which is annoying! I hope you get your shelf space back soon 🙂

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  7. Usually I try to keep my paperbacks next to one another. Same for hardbacks. So when I have a series that is composed of both hardback and paperbacks, I LOSE MY MIND. I hate it when I do that LOL. It looks a bit too disorderly for me at times. Right now, all my books are lined up vertically, by series, and arranged so that the hardbacks and paperbacks sit next to one another, even if both types are on the same shelf. I was thinking I might try to do by color, but I’m worried about splitting up my series :/ Also, I may have to start arranging them both horizontally and vertically to make more space until I get new shelves. I was going to add faerie lights once I moved! And possibly push all the books forward 😀 Great post! I may need to consider some of these!

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    1. Haha I have all paperbacks for my Cassandra Clare books EXCEPT this one hardcover collectors edition I just couldn’t NOT buy haha, so I don’t keep them all together, since it looks weird. I don’t mind my series being split up, I kind of like it actually. I need fairy lights as well! They’re so cute! Thanks!

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      1. I need to buy the new paperback versions for the TMI series! They look so cool 😊 And I might try splitting them up. It’d be an interesting change. And no worries 😀

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      2. I’m not sure if they’re completely new (or just new to me) but they’re the ones that form a panorama portrait on the spines once placed together! They look fantastic :O

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  8. I have one shelf that is strictly TBR books (it’s a small shelf) and I usually do it by groups of hardback, groups of paperback, and then back to hardback. My normal shelves are by author so like Cassandra Clare as a shelf (she has a lot of books), Rick Riordan has a shelf, and then the rest of just done by whatever I feel like. I got Functional & Usable which is honestly accurate.

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    1. That’s really nice! I don’t have a lof of books by the same author, except for Cassandra Clare, but all of the books have different sizes and formats and they don’t look nice together so I just put them wherever.

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      1. I try to keep them all together if they are by the same author so like I have a few James Patterson, a few by Dan Brown, and then my mother load of books come from Cassandra Clare and Rick Riordan (Rick is winning oops)

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  9. Great discussion! I organise by separating genres, then within each genre by alphabetical order. And I agree, having books arranged perfectly to the edge of the bookcase looks really nice. I’m a bit particular about most of my shelves being tidy. Also that way, you don’t see dust at the front.☺️ Any untidiness is on my desk and coffee table, that’s where books I’m reading or referring to end up.

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    1. Thanks! That’s a good way of organizing. I used to do that before, but I like my rainbow shelves more now. My shelves are a bit of a mess, but that’s because there are too many books and too little space, but when I get a new shelf I will tidy up!

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  10. I did color for a while, but I found it nearly impossible to find my books, so I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to it. It IS really aesthetically appealing, though. At the moment, I organize my fiction according to author and series/publishing date, and my nonfiction roughly according to the dewey decimal system.

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    1. I really don’t have problems finding my books, but I am better at remembering spine colors and titles than author names. I never heard of the dewey decimal system before but I looked it up and it sounds like a good way to organize your nonfiction. I don’t own a lot of nonfiction so it wouldn’t really work for me.

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  11. “Turn around your book if you’ve read it” – I feel like it would be fun to turn this one on its head and turn around only the books that you HAVEN’T read. And then you just randomly choose one and you have to read it. Kind of risky for me personally since I have to be in the mood to read certain books.

    This post is full of awesomeness! I have like….. several different shelves and places where my books live. They’re just like everywhere! But my primary bookshelf is sorted by colour and it’s so pretty. 🙂 Always get compliments!

    Cass @ Words on Paper

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    1. Ooh that’s a fun idea! But I’m like you, I read books I feel like reading and not just something randomly. Would be fun to try though!
      I love rainbow shelves!

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