Every once in a while a post in the blogosphere will pop up regarding bookshelf organization. And, unfortunately, each of these posts are often accompanied with a wave of dismissal at the thought of arranging their bookshelves by color.
It hurts my poor little rainbow heart, readers. It hurts.
So today, I thought I’d share my defense of rainbow bookshelf organization. I’m not quite sure if this is an attempt to convert others to my colorful ways or prove to others that I’m not some kind of crazy weirdo for doing such a thing, but either way I hope you enjoy and would love to know your thoughts at the end of this post.
Rainbows Are Pretty
Let’s start with the most obvious reason why ROY G BIV organization is the best: it’s pretty!
My bedroom is fairly monochromatic – my walls are creme (except the black chalkboard wall), my bedding is grey and white, my furniture is black or dark brown. There’s really not a whole lot of color going on.
My bookcases provide that pop of color. It catches a person’s eyes as soon as they enter my room. It’s the centerpiece. And that’s exactly how it should be.
C’mon just look at it…
I think if I were to visit bookcases by other bloggers, I would be a bit confused. They have bookshelves for ARCs, favorites, non-fiction, fiction, TBRs, signed books, etc. I’m a little overwhelmed just thinking about it!
When you choose one simple way to organize a bookshelf, such as by color, it makes things so much easier. If you need to add a new book to a collection, you just have to shift books over one when color organized. But if you needed to add a book to a certain specified shelf where you have no more room… what do you do? How do you keep track of all the shelves? My simple mind cannot handle it!
Books Aren’t IMPOSSIBLE to Find
One of the biggest arguments I think people have against color-coordinating their shelves is their fear that they’ll never be able to find a certain book again. For me, this is not a problem.
I’m not an overly visual person, but I almost always can remember what the covers look like for the books I have read. If I want to pick up Eragon, I know to look in the blue section because it has a blue cover (third row down, fourth book to the right ;)). Sure, you may remember the cover more than the spine, but they usually share the same coloring so it shouldn’t impact your ability to find the books too much. (Plus, if you’re like me and stare lovingly at your bookcase everyday, you’ll grow to know the spines as well.)
But really, let’s be honest, how often do you go to your bookshelves in hunt for a certain book? Maybe it’s just me, but I rarely feel the need to do this (unless maybe I want to take a picture of a certain book for Instagram?).
Your Series Don’t Have to Match!
I think the best perk, especially for someone like me who has mix-matched series (hardback, paperback, UK editions, US), is that no one can tell your series don’t match! Unless the series all has the same color spines and you decide to put them together (like my Twilight books on the bottom), your series books are separated from one another. Unless someone purposely hunts them all down within your shelf, they’re not going to be like “Oh my gosh, they don’t match!” So take that, you mix-matched haters!
It’s a Talking Point
Beautiful bookcases are a talking point no matter what, but when they’re color organized they take center stage. People can’t stop looking at them, they marvel that your collection is so colorful, they want to reach out and swap a couple of books that they think aren’t exactly color ordered as well as they could be. Anytime we can get people talking about books, I consider that a success.