Shelve it

I can understand why you should never judge a book by it’s cover. There’s so much to a book that you’ll never discover until you turn the page, or several.

What about a book shelf?

Do you ever look at someone’s bookshelf to get an insight into that person?

I love to have a look at what books are there. If I spot a copy of Anne of Green Gables, for example, I’ll know I have found a kindred spirit. If I spot a copy of a book I’ve been meaning to read I’ll ask about it. Talk about a great conversation starter.

But I might also judge the shelf. And the owner.

I love to see some of the dreamy bookshelves on Instagram. There’s a couple of bookish people I follow that always give me bookshelf envy. I’ve seen some pretty rainbow themed shelves or colour blocking that is so creative to look at.

While I admire their design techniques, I don’t go to such elaborate lengths. My own preference is first grouping authors, then arranging tallest to shortest, darkest to lightest. When it comes to individual authors I repeat the same process all together, tallest to shortest, darkest to lightest.

I just don’t know what to think, though, when confronted by something like this.

Where do I start? Haphazard placement. Not grouped together. Upside down, back to front.

It was in a rental accommodation, and while I always appreciate there being books this was no peaceful experience! I spent most of my time wanting to rearrange it all.

How do you arrange your bookshelf?

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