I was reading this article the other day online which discussed the type of character we are when it came to how we had our books arranged in our lives. It was an intriguing read and did make me ponder further when l then walked around my house and looked at my books and their locations and did l have a particular style or preference with regards to my books?
As you can see in the gallery above – l have books in all formats – by row, by stack, by random stack and abstract – all the books are handled at one point or another – but l don’t just have books but l also have magazines – of everything you can see above, it doesn’t display the Kindle which holds a further 60 books – but that just sits in a flat position and all the books are digital so they don’t count in the whole how are they stacked question debate. My books live in the kitchen, in the bedroom on the bedside stand, on the floor, in shelves and display shelving and on tables …. there is no deliberateness to how they are displayed – of sorts, some are displayed as a visual presentation but still read.
I am currently in the throes of hard reading once more as l study business concepts so l have a good supply of material by my bed, but gone are the days when l used to have bookshelves filled with nothing but books as now shelves and units are home to other more practical items. I have possibly 200 books to read across all genres. I read very little fiction now as opposed to non fiction and self-help, gardening, journalism and writing and how to’s. I go through long phases of non-fiction over that of fiction and that at times dominates how l have my books available in the shelves.
Over the years l have had thousands of books in my homes. As a teenager l used to specialise in horror and the occult and between the years of 1978 – 1981 l had in my bedroom alone nearly 3000 books on various topics all the way through various genres on huge wooden and breeze block purpose built shelves that lined the longest wall of my bedroom measuring six feet high by twenty feet in length – it was a lotta book!
Also when young l ‘simply had to, no question about it’ have my books in alphabetical order by writer and used to go nuts if someone pulled a book out and reinserted it into the wrong area, but as l aged l decided it was easier on the sanity front to have the books in genre order only. These days however, l have my books in loose genre as in in the kitchen, l have my gardening books as the kitchen in closet to the garden for reference, l have my bear reference books in the loungeroom and l have my favourite childhood books in a display unit by the front door – everything else is just as is and where as is.
The article What the way you arrange your bookshelves says about you listed six main groups of bookie, these being, alphabetical, genre, colour coded, chronological, by value and stack n pack. I realised that when l was a youngster, l was an alphabetical as l read hundreds of books a month and needed them quickly and as l aged l became more genre orientated but now l am mostly stack n pack with genre overtones …..
Below are the brief explanations to each grouping ….
|Alphabetical||What it says about you: You’re a voracious reader who wants to find any book in your (probably vast) collection quickly.|
|By genre||What it says about you: You’re cultured, you’re interesting, you know a lot about a lot.|
|Colour coded||What it says about you: You’re a visual thinker with a creative eye. And lots of time on your hands.|
|Chronological||What it says about you: You know your history. You have an academic bent. You’re the person your friends text under the table when they’re at a pub quiz.|
|By value||What it says about you: Books have shaped you and are the trophies of your past. You may also be a touch sentimental.|
|Stack ‘n’ pack||What it says about you: You have a what will be will be approach to life, and don’t believe in too much order. You may also have a small taste for danger.|
.… so now you have read them, and hopefully the main article too ….. what style bookie are you?
Let me know your thoughts below. Cheers.