For those of you who may be new to this series, my “Living With a Book Addict” posts are attempts at chronicling the eccentricities that come along with being married to (and living with) dear Kimberly, the book addict. So far, I’ve discussed going to book signings, getting ARCs of books to read from publishers, and many other aspects of my life that have been impacted (mostly in a good way!) by the book lover in my life. Next up on the list is a day-to-day item that often goes overlooked in our apartment: organizing all these books.
Now in the spirit of full disclosure, I too have a hobby which requires storing some equipment in our apartment, and that hobby is beer brewing. I have one set of shelves in our second bedroom, and that is it. Kim, on the other hand, has begun to store the fruits of her labor (i.e. books) in bookshelves around the apartment. But it doesn’t stop there. We have small book piles on the floor, as well as books on the shelves of the lamp in our living room. We have books holding up the TV on the TV stand (okay, they are my textbooks), books on top of the china cabinet, and as I write this my feet are propped up on a book on the ottoman. In short, there are a lot of books here. Now, how would one go about organizing all these books?
By and large Kim’s system is based on a rotation where “books to read” find themselves on the floor or ottoman, and books that have been read end up on the bookshelves. I could do a whole post on how many books we recently donated to the library, but that’s another day. After they are chosen to spend the rest of their lives on our bookshelves, the books are sorted based on genre, series, and author (in descending order). However, this is where things get interesting. I was recently chastised for putting a series of books out of chronological order because I stacked them from largest to smallest. Not only did Kim notice this within 24 hours, but she made sure I put them in their “correct” order. I’m sure the books felt anxious as they were out-of-order, and restoring them to their rightful position made the planets align in just the right order, but I digress… Regardless of how they are organized, I am happy that Kim has gotten to keep so many great works over the years. The only trouble we have now is finding new spots! Time to start building that library.
Anyway, thus is the tale of book organization that I find myself a part of. What do you do with your books? Do you organize them? Turn them into impromptu furniture? Use them as kindling for a fire? Let us know in the comments below!