It’s taken me a long time to perfect my display of books. Like many bookworms, when we first get into reading, there’s plenty of space! But then it accumulates… and grows… and g r o w s.
After 2 years of having my mother and friends trip over my random stacks of books on the floor, I got my first-ever proper bookshelf (not the little ones that I had previously!) :D.
How I Used to Order my Books:
By favourite to least favourite. I know, unorthodox. There was no cross reference to author or anything like that; just favourites at the front, to least (hiding behind).
After a year of my book collection growing, I reordered my two shelves so they were in trend; aka, RAINBOW.
But I soon learned how much of a pain rainbow shelves were. No series together, no authors, no order. If you can’t remember the cover of the book: you’re stuffed. This happened to me, a lot. I have an awful memory (despite articles saying ‘bla bla if you read more, you’ll improve your memory’ etc). It was a nightmare. Yes; there were some cute pics. But the practicality was a mess.
How I Currently Present My Books:
It took me three hours to scan every book I own and tag it under my Goodreads shelf: “owned”, but it is worth it. I’ve catalogued my books, and they’re ordered alphabetically by author’s surname.
Look at me, all grown up.
My Top Tip for Organising Your Bookshelf:
Open Goodreads’ barcode scanner. Scan all your books. Make a virtual shelf for them, so you have a catalogue that’s easy to search and keep track of. Trust me; it’s a life saver.
The Final Product
Here’s some mediocre shots taken from my camera.
I’m pretty sure my iPhone could do better than this, which is worrying…
As I’ve hinted a little on this blog, I wish to start up a Booktube channel soon. I will jazz up my bookshelf for my viewers, with a few fairy lights and merch like other Booktubers use to entice viewers! 😀