The great bookcase reorganization


It was bound to happen sooner or later; books were starting to overflow onto the floor and living room table, so a great bookcase reorganization needed to be undertaken. This is a snapshot during the carnage, my little cat Charlotte coming to help (“help” meaning crawl all over the books and push them out of the bookcase). I’ve still got a little bit of space at the top and most of another bookcase for 2008’s accumulations, so if nothing else this serves as something of a visual progress report for my personal library (since you can’t see half the books on the bed I’ll have to take a picture when they’re all out and organized next time).


  1. #1 John Pieret
    October 29, 2007


    You call that a problem? That is my pile on the floor without even counting the big corner chair and the couch. And what do you mean “bookcase” … singular? I’ve got 4 eight foot x four footer in my livingroom alone (largely double shelved) plus another 20′ or so of hanging shelves. That doesn’t even count the 15-20 boxes in the basement.


    Course, I’ve got 3 decade or more of collecting on you …

    Someday I’ll tell you about walking to school in the snow …

  2. #2 Laelaps
    October 29, 2007

    *Sob* Do you feel like a big man now, John? Coming over here and making me feel all insignificant…

    The bookcase in question is designated as MY bookcase by my wife and I; I have plenty of other books on top of the entertainment center and shelved two rows deep on a floor-to-ceiling bookcase and two-rows deep on a smaller shelf, as well, but the one next to the bed is dedicated entirely to my favorite books. My wife has plenty as well, but most of the “fun money” I can allot myself goes to new books, so I have no doubt that I’ll soon run out of space again.

    Please do relate the stories about walking to school in the snow… I’m sure the wolves were bigger and nastier then too. 😉

  3. #3 Julia
    October 29, 2007

    I feel your pain. We’ve got to ask for another bookcase as a Christmas present from the in-laws. An entire wall in our tiny one-bedroom flat is set to become bookshelves. Which at least means we can get one of the bookcases out of the bathroom.

    And the neighbour’s cat loves “helping” me with the gardening – specifically by getting between me and the plant pot.

  4. #4 MikeB
    October 29, 2007

    Think yourselves lucky, I’m not even allowed to buy books now – still, I suppose the kids did need somewhere to sleep…

  5. #5 John Pieret
    October 29, 2007

    I’m sure the wolves were bigger and nastier then too.

    Wolves? Garr! Young people are soft today! We considered ourselves lucky when there were only wolves around, back when I was a young’n! The grizzly bears, now, they were sumthin’ … they used the wolves for toothpicks, they did!

  6. #6 Jeremi Harnack
    October 29, 2007

    Anyone minimizing the number of books Brian is dealing with has to understand that the picture is of almost a full half of the living space that he, his wife, three cats and a variety of caged animals share with both their books

  7. #7 Ex-drone
    October 31, 2007

    Organizing your bookshelf is easy. Tallest on the left; most recent on the right. Alphabetically first subjects on the top shelf and alphabetically last authors on the bottom shelf. Put ISBNs in descending order, and ensure that books of similar colours are not touching.

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