Recently, my Texan blog-friend Sam Sattler wrote a terrific piece entitled What Your Bookshelf Says About You. If you haven't already done so, fellow bloggers, you really need to add his site Book Chase to your blogrolls. He regularly writes engaging book reviews, and stays on the cutting edge of what is happening in the e-book world and book marketing in general. Sam is a wise veteran book-blogger, erudite writer, and prolific reader.
In Texas-terms, he's a lifer. Serving a maximum sentence. In it for the long-haul.
I love his by-line: The problem is I want to read it all but I fall farther behind every day.
Hah! Don't we all.
Anyhoo, ever since reading his posting a while ago, I've meant to take a picture of my own main bookshelf area. It's rather difficult to get a good shot of it because my apartment is so small -- I'd have to materialize through the nether wall to get far enough back to get it all in one frame. Plus, on those other walls are… other shelves. Of books!
But here is one view of some of them, anyway. If you really look closely, you can see that I'm sponsored by the fine folks at VISA.
I arrange my books somewhat haphazardly -- they are not categorized much at all.
Yet, I know my own system so well that I can pretty much instantly locate any book I need, to reference anything. Or to simply re-read something.
And you will notice, that in keeping with my in-other-areas cluttered lifestyle, I like to have several books sideways on the shelf, as well as vertical. Usually lying atop the horizon of a row of normally placed books.
But mostly just… higgledy-piggedly.
Be sure to visit Sam's site, and note how much better his own shelves are, than mine. Plus, visit the site that he himself is alluding to in his posting. It's called Share Your Shelf.
"No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot."
-- Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend --