May 9, 2013

Smart and Stylish Ways to Organize Your Bookshelf

Posted by Treetopia in Home Decorating with Treetopia

Look at your books with a fresh perspective. Check out these easy ways on how to organize your books in style

For those who prefer the traditional form of literature, you probably have bookshelves at home. Keeping your books organized doesn’t mean you just have to arrange them vertically or horizontally by size. Check out some great ways on how to organize your shelves while keeping them stylish.

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Don’t let out a heavy sigh just yet. You may think that alphabetizing books is old school but there are several ways to do this to keep you on your toes. You can organize them alphabetically by author, title, or region. Yes, you’ve read that correctly—by region. The separation by region solely depends on you. If you prefer reading American authors, separate North American writers from South American ones. It’s up to you if you want an author to belong to their region of birth, current city of residence or, if they have passed on, the place where they have died. If you branch out to other continents, you can separate the authors by their specific countries, too. That way, it’s easy for you to choose what you’d like to read depending on a specific theme (and if you’re an avid reader, you probably see the connecting themes per region).


By Gender

Would you like to discover if you have a preference for the writings of a specific gender without you noticing it and regardless of context? Separate the books written by female authors from those published by males. Make it even more challenging by separating the straight writers from the lesbian and gay authors. A literary masterpiece is a masterpiece whoever wrote it. Surely, no one would poke fun if you have Langston Hughes, Truman Capote, Virginia Woolf, or Jeanette Winterson in your bookshelf because they are really awesome writers, and their works and writing style are canonical in their own right.


By Genre

Do you usually have a mood to read certain types of stories in succession? Then there’s no easier way when it comes to finding your preferred subject or theme and deciding what to read next if you organize your books by genre. Separate the prose from poetry and non-fiction from fiction then separate those into more specific categories. Are you infatuated at the moment and you want to fill your world with love poems? You know where to find all those! Are you pondering what “to be or not to be?” Just reach for the shelf where all your Shakespearean classics are. Do you feel like battling droids or checking out a parallel universe? The exact location of your science fiction texts is trapped within the recesses of your mind… or it’s on the top shelf, along with the others.


By Publisher

Another interesting way to organize your books, and also as a way to determine if you favor the versions of specific publishing companies over the others, is to organize your books by publisher. This especially works if you like reading translated books because you will be able to see which company you believe provides the best translation of originally non-English works. Likewise, you wouldn’t have to be disappointed with translations that aren’t up to par, that is, unless you can read and understand the original language.

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How about shaking things up and organizing your books in a way that you can test your memory of how your books look like? Mix the authors, genders, and genre by arranging them according to color. Who knows… you might see a pattern that will make you think that certain colors of book covers attract you best.

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From the simple switch of vertical to horizontal positioning of books to a more complex alphabetical by genre, region, book cover color, or author and gender sub-categorization, you can find new ways to organize your books. So what are you waiting for… shake things up and rearrange your shelves. Get creative and organize!

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