This is my library–except for the over sized/favorite books on my headboard. And my 300-something Kindle books, which would certainly make this problem a lot worse.
Clearly, I have too many books. I should get rid of some. Except, like most bibliophiles, books have to be pried from my fingers after someone has knocked me unconscious. And then you’d better run….
Last year, I culled out several dozen books and sold them. (Before that, there were stacks of books on the floor. Afterwards, I was proud of myself because my books fit on the shelves.) Despite my library book addiction, I do make time to revisit old friends. Some of these books are an excellent source of comfort, or laughter, or inspiration.
My old friends are sadly hidden from view, however. I could use another bookshelf. Eventually, as I acquire new books, this will become I need another bookshelf.
These shelves, believe it or not, are in alphabetical order. Any books in front fall within the range of author last names on the shelf behind them. These extra books are in order as much as possible, too. I don’t stack hardbacks on top of paperbacks, because this tends to result in book avalanches.
If you look closely, you can see that I have seven non-book objects on my shelves. Before my library shelves were full, and then overfull, I had decorated gaps on some of the shelves. (Like you see in pictures of people’s houses that are so much more minimalist and artistic than yours.) The gaps closed and I moved some of the items, but these have hung on, perched on stacks of books or wedged in a corner.
Where do you display your library? How do you organize it? Do you keep all your books, or sell them back after you’ve read them?