… or buy more bookcases & I was never going to stop buying books! The result is two beautiful Tasmanian oak bookcases. They’re standing just inside the front door. My living area is open plan so they’re in the place a hallway would be if I had a hallway.
I spent last weekend moving books which was fun but exhausting. I decided to begin my alphabetical sequence of books I’ve read in the new bookcases & to move my gardening & cookbooks to the bottom shelves so they’re closer to the kitchen. This is the beginning,
& this is how it looked when I’d finished. There’s room for books to be shelved from the tbr shelves as I read them.
A new home for my books by Jane Austen,
Vera Brittain &
Moving the alphabetical sequence round was easy. The really difficult part was rearranging the tbr shelves. I have the tbr arranged by imprint or by subject. I like to keep my favourite publishers together – Persephone, Greyladies, Slightly Foxed, Virago, Hesperus, Canongate, Girls Gone By, Vintage, British Library Crime Classics, Folio Society, Oxford & Penguin Classics – & then I have sections for literary criticism, biographies, letters & diaries & history (in chronological order by country, of course), general fiction & crime fiction.
The shelves had become a bit mixed as I desperately tried to fit a few more books on to already overcrowded shelves. In the end, I had to put some books on the floor in categories to see where I needed to make space.
This is where I left it when I stopped for a cup of coffee & a rethink.
In the end, I had to combine literary biographies, letters & diaries in one chronological sequence which gave me more room for general historical non-fiction & biographies in the bay on the far right. I have bays of fiction on either side of the non-fiction because, quite honestly, I was exhausted by the end of all that & needed a cup of tea. Maybe I’ll move all the non-fiction together next weekend…
Here’s the end result. It was a relief to go to work on Monday for a bit of a rest.