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How to organize your books?

How to organize your books?

When looking for the perfect apartment, I had a very specific criterion in mind: that there was a sufficiently large wall in the living room to install a giant library. Today the dream has come true and my wall of books is very real. So far I have been completely satisfied. The other day, however, when my daughter wished to consult La Mare au diable by George Sand, an organizational problem arose. I knew full well that the book was there, but I couldn't get my hands on it. Since then I have been looking for the most efficient and attractive way to store my library. I found ten methods of organization, from the most logical to the most eccentric. Let's start with four methods that we could call logical. Thanks to these organizations, you will have no trouble knowing where your various works are located. Unfortunately we remove any decorative staging and this can lead to a library certainly very practical but not very pleasant to look at.

In alphabetical order

The alphabetical order is of unstoppable logic. With such an organization, anyone is able to find a book even among countless books. The method is also very simple. The books are arranged alphabetically by author and then alphabetically by title if it is the same author. Who is it for ? For those who only have the practical spirit in mind.

By genre

A method that works only if you are multi genre because if your library only includes science fiction novels, this storage is useless. Please note: some books may pose serious investment problems for you, such as historical thrillers or sentimental novels with vampires. Who is it for ? For those who don't like to eat the same thing every day.

Searching for a work is also part of the pleasure of having a library.

By type

Fairly close to the genre, the organization by type (comics, novels, children's novels, essays, etc.) assumes that you are curious enough to be interested in different forms of publication. Who is it for ? For those who have an open mind and do not give a scale of value between books, whether it is a comic book or a classic novel.

In chronological order

This last approach, although logical, requires a fairly thorough knowledge of the given period of each work. It is a question of arranging the books according to the historical period treated thus Germinal will it be placed after The cursed Kings but before The War of the worlds. Besides this assumes that all science fiction books are at the bottom of the pack. Who is it for ?For those who love numbers and history. And who like to complicate life. The following four methods focus on the visual aspect of your library. You will get an attractive and decorative result but it is not said that it is practical to organize.

By publishing house

If you have several books from the same publishing house, you are likely to be able to group books of the same size and similar appearance. By collecting pocket books or La Pléiade books, we obtain a coherent graphic result and a fairly logical organization. Who is it for ?For those who want to highlight their attachment to certain publishing houses.

By height

Without paying attention to the publishing houses, one can be satisfied to put together the books which have an identical height. Another solution: put away the different works to get uneven so your bookshelves will look like stairs or pyramids. Who is it for ? For those who love geometry.

By number of pages

After the height, the width can also act as a differentiating element. In the same idea, we can either gather what is close (the big books together) or create an alternation for a visual effect. Who is it for ? For those who love to compare.

No matter the number of books, the color library always has an effect!

By color

The color library (sorting books by color) is very trendy these days. If it is difficult for some to have in their library more than 5 pink books, we can limit ourselves to oppositions light colors against dark colors. Last solution: cover your books with the same paper to display a completely monochrome library (in this case, getting hold of a book becomes a very delicate operation). Who is it for ? For those who have an eye and who are not afraid to choose a book based on the graphic quality of the cover (risking putting the subject aside). The last two methods are sentimental. The organization will not give any aesthetic results (except chance) but you will have the pleasure of being the only one who can find a book easily and it will be each time the opportunity to bring back memories.

By order of arrival

This is an excellent method for those who wish to exercise their memory. By calling on your memories, you will be able to find Phèdre that you studied for the French baccalaureate test or The Little Prince read as a child (so at the very beginning of your shelving). For more recent works, remember to write the date of acquisition on the first page so that it is easier to order later. Who is it for ? For those who love symbols, this library will be a real-time photograph of your literary life.

By state of mind

When we are asked our opinion on a work, it is not uncommon that in the summary we do not report the emotion felt on reading. There are nostalgic, funny, informative, scary books, etc. In this very particular and personal logic, we can place Anna Karénine alongside Orgueil and prejudices and bring Molière and Pierre Desproges together. Who is it for ?For those who love the emotions of reading and the pleasure of sharing them.