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Organising Books


This photograph, taken by chotda, made me think about reorganising my current book collection. What the hell, I can, anyway, never find it when I want it.

5 Responses to “Organising Books”

  1. Dick says:

    Books organised by colour, eh? Interesting. An entire top shelf of old Penguin travel editions with Pelicans at the bottom. Must have taken some collecting.

    jb says: Pretty, too.

  2. M.E Ellis says:



    jb says: And probably, not less efficient.

  3. Pearl says:

    Works for visual people. How often can I tell you the color of the book and the contents but not the title or author…

    jb says: Hi Pearl. My eyes are not so good so I crawl along the shelf with some idea of size and colour, also a vague memory of what it was sandwiched by. Really I’d like a robot I could control through my keyboard, just ask it to find me a copy of Huckleberry Finn, and if it’s not in the house go round to the last guy who borrowed it (punish him in some way but don’t tell me the details). Whatever, don’t come back without it.

  4. Debra says:

    I’ve heard about people who had done this but I’m not brave enough, though I do have a visual memory.

    I’ve sorted my fiction by author, but the non fiction is random, and works only when I remember where I put the book! Colour appeals as you can also sort by height, which appeal to me.

    jb says: Hi Debra, good to see you here. It’s also beginning to look more appealing to me. The more I think about it the more I come to believe that it is the only dependable way.

  5. SB says:

    Oh, John.

    Don’t do it.

    jb says: Hi SB. Am I the only one here who is going to do something one day when all the other jobs are out of the way and there is space to consider introducing something completely new into my life and living with it for a while to see if its an improvement on all the other things I tried to accomplish the same task?
    And, you know this could be a way – even if I did re-arrange them and found it was impossible and had to put them all back again into the present jumble – to get rid of a truckload of dust . . .