January 20 – Organize my bookshelves

There’s something about a long weekend Sunday that just makes you want to to get things done. You don’t feel like you’re “wasting” a weekend day on cleaning because there are three of them! So, I finally got around to doing a much-needed organization of my bookshelves and general sprucing up of the apartment. I decided to organize the books by category, starting with my unread non-fiction:



Yes, those are two copies of The Wordy Shipmates you see. And, yes, I did buy both of them. Then I added in my poetry:



Obviously I need a little bit more poetry to fill up that empty space.

Then, I got tired of taking pictures of each stage. I’m sorry I don’t have photographs to document it, but I organized the rest into unread BEA/nonrequested galleys, unread requested galleys, and unread fiction. Unread fiction was organized into want to read in the next few months, want to read sometime in the next few years, and unsure if I ever want to read.



Here’s the finished unread shelf. The books I’ve read are stored in the shelves that are underneath the desk. As you can see, I stack my shelves back pretty deep, so if I don’t know where everything is, it’s easy to forget about books. (Hence the double copies of The Wordy Shipmates.) I’d really like to have the review copy quadrant (upper right) cleared out by BEA this year, so I’m going to try and plug away at that slowly but surely. Other than that, though, I’m just going to enjoy a bookshelf that is actually organized in some way and read what I want, when I want.

I’ve been thinking about doing a rotating library book, review copy, purchased copy, ebook, just to get through everything I have. It won’t be firm or anything, and pretty lenient since I read multiple books at once, but I tend to ignore certain parts of my shelves in favor of others. So, that’s something to think about. Maybe I’ll give it a try and see how it goes!

How did you spend your Sunday?


11 thoughts on “January 20 – Organize my bookshelves

  1. Yay for bookshelf organization! I wind up going through my review copies pretty regularly, combing through everything carefully and donating what I’m just never going to read. As I prepare to move in coming months, I have a feeling I’ll be doing lots of shelf organizing — and getting rid of quite a few books that have been gathering dust for too long. Makes me sad, but I used to “collect” books with no real rhyme or reason — and some of them are just totally not my taste. Eek.

    Definitely know what you mean about long weekends! Despite having to work tomorrow, I was in serious cleaning and organizing mode today. Ran tons of errands, bought baby shower presents, wrapped and sorted everything, wrote out a bunch of cards I need to mail. Quite productive!

  2. Ooooo, you have some good unread nonfiction on your shelves. I love doing bookshelf organization, although I’ve gotten mine pretty well in a scheme that I like. I do need to to do a shelf cleaning soon to get rid of books I’m probably not going to read… but I’m too lazy for that right now!

    1. It’s hard, because I think there’s got to be some potential in every book I get rid of, but I know I’ll never pick them up!

  3. LOL–I had to giggle at the “unsure if I ever want to read” category. I really need to tackle some book organization one of these days, too. We have a “reading room/library” and that’s where I’ve put the books that a.) I’ve read and want to keep and b.) haven’t yet read but am pretty sure I’ll want to keep once I do. They’re all pretty well organized. But in our bedroom I have about 20 boxes of books that I think I might be able to “let go” once I’ve read them. Problem is I can’t see them, so I don’t read them, so apparently they are never going to leave this house. *sigh* Yes, I really need to get some bookshelves for the bedroom so they can be freed from their boxed prison.

    1. Debi, I have a HUGE stash of books at my mom’s house and I don’t even know what’s there. I can’t wait until I have a proper house. Or a two bedroom apartment, where one bedroom is my library.

  4. Oh well done you! I do not have that same response to a long weekend Sunday. My instinct is to lie around every day of the three-day weekend and bask in idleness.

  5. Ummmm…may I have your extra copy of the Vowell? It’s been on my list forever. I’ll even pay you for it! Also, you do BEA, yes? I’m thinking about it this year and wondering if I should.

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