At least the most colorful ones. The rest are in the closet.
Form / Function.
I have arranged my books by color
And now you’ll never be able to find any of them ever again. (I speak from experience.)
Believe it or not, it’s an improvement over my old method of organization, which was: no organization at all.
I once used the same method of organization for the Danielle Steele novels in a bookstore I worked in. The manager: “That’s appropriate.” The assistant manager re-ordered them later.
I often look for my books–now scattered by a cross-country move–by the color I remember. Unfortunately, I often mis-remember the spine’s color.
1) hey, you stole my method of organization!
2) I am envious that so many of your books are the same height, as I often vacillate and think that perhaps I should rearrange them by height instead of color and,
3) If those books on the black bookshelf are double-shelved you might have more books than me, which makes me jealous. Look out if you leave a window open! You just may come home to find part of your color spectrum gone.
That looks really cool. A few more years of desk copies and library sales and it will be time to start in on a giant technicolor spine mosaic.
i used the spectrum method for a portion of my books on Berlin. it works well for me as i have a strong visual memory of each book’s cover (and much of my library in storage…)
Impressive. This is what you do when you’re not watching Ford movies?
Height… hadn’t thought of that. I’m surprised, actually, to discover how many people had already done this. I stole the idea from a picture I saw of a European bookstore, actually, but I hadn’t heard of other people doing it.
I’m now purchasing based on color, by the way; I need more yellows and vivid purples. Also, the broad spectrum of color between green and blue.
I did this at our house too and Dan mocked me. Now I feel like I have some back-up since a serious scholar like you has done the same.
Yes, but do still have some of your books stashed in your kitchen cupboards? Last time I was there looking for cereal, all I could find was books. (Ok, a bit overstated)
If books are still in your cupboards, are they arranged by color or by taste?
You need to work on your yellows.
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