Damn people, it’s already time for my third prompt! Let me first tell you something about Bookending Spring before I start! This is an event created by Clo@Book Dragons and Sam@Fictional Sam. Every season they have a certain theme and feature a gaggle of hosts who come up with awesome prompts (one of them is me yay!). This season is spring (duh) and takes up the whole month of April. I have two posts left, so let’s get to it shall we!
I’m a huge fan of order, but I also really really love pretty things. I’ve long wondered how I wanted to sort my bookcase and if I’m honest, I’m only doing it the way I’m doing it because I have no room to do it any other way. But you might, and I think it’s always nice to know how you can order your books. Today I’m going to compare rainbow sorted bookcases and bookcases sorted by genre or author or alphabet. First up:
Alright, I can’t tell you about rainbow sorted bookcases without showing you some of them first. Well.. I’m going to show you one amazing bookcase that I have been jealous of all my life.
These are the most amazing shelved owned by Alexis Lampley, dropandgivemenerdy on instagram, also the owner of Nerdy Post. Everytime I see a post of her on instagram, I fawn over how pretty her bookcase is. So why don’t I have these? I don’t have enough books. You see, while this type of sorting is incredibly beautiful and aesthetic, you need enough colorful books to actually make a rainbow. Most of my books are black. Or dark blue. That really doesn’t make a rainbow.. well maybe it does but I’d have one case of colour and the rest would be dark :’) Yeah.. not so aesthetic. Plus, what if I get a book of a specific colour and I have to put it on shelf 1, but shelves 2-6 are full. I would have to change ALL shelves in order to open up a spot on shelf 1.
The other reason I don’t have it sorted like this is that I would never be able to find any book ever again. I would need to remember what colour a specific book is and then need to focus long enough to actually find it. Is that going to happen? No. So even though I adore rainbow sorted bookcases, it might not be for me. What other types or sorting are there?
Sorted by Publisher/Author/Genre
So this is going in the right direction. So, sorting by publishers, some publishers have standard sizes, you have a pretty bookcase. NO. When you do this, you should realize that authors don’t always publish all their books by the same publisher, meaning you’re still breaking up authors.. Not my choice, but it could be good!
Sorting by genre is actually quite interesting. You can look up certain books if you want to read a specific genre. Though this might not be the best way for everyone. I know lots of people that only read one or two genres and then it might not be a fun way to sort your bookcase. And there is still the problem of, do you just dump all books of the same genre next to eachother? Where’s the order???
And now my jam, sorting by author. If you sort like this, you know how many books you have of one author and you can find them so fast. It’s the best in my opinion, though less aesthetically pleasing, I admit. But you cán fix that, just start reading new books that really class up your bookcase! And this is the only option where you have all books of a certain author bundled together, since authors have different publishers, and they sometimes write different genres. This way doesn’t even have to be on alphabet, you can do it any way you want, just make sure all the books by one author are with one another. Though if you sort them alphabetically, you would find books even faster!
Alright, let’s recap this shall we!
- It’s so pretty! Very aesthetically pleasing
- Can’t find any books
- If you don’t have enough coloured books, say bye bye rainbow
Sorted by publisher/genre/author
- Well, you at least have the illusion of order
- For every type of sorting, you can pick out books you like – genre if you are a moodreader, author if you want to read all books of a series at once
- You don’t have to change up your whole bookcase if you want to put one coloured book in a specific place
- YOU CAN FIND YOUR DAMN BOOKS
- It’s not as aesthetically pleasing as the rainbow sorting
- um.. depending on how you sort it, it might still not be easier to find books
- that it. I’m sorry rainbow books
Well. I guess my stance on this discussion is pretty obvious! While I have my bookcases sorted by author, it doesn’t mean that you should have it like that aswell. If you love rainbow sorting and your bookcase is sorted like that, please keep it that way!
I can’t believe my hosting days for BE spring are almost over already! I have one prompt left and after that.. it’s back to do science and rule the world! But before that, let me know down in the comments how you sort your bookcase, and if you actually want it that way, or you prefer something else but can’t/won’t sort them like that!
Until next time,