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Bookshelf Porn

2010 July 6
by Jill

For bibliophiles, it’s not just about collecting books–it’s also about how you DISPLAY your treasures. In my last apartment, my bedroom was round and lined with a shelf where I put all of my books. It was charming and adorable, but alas, when I moved, I could not take it with me. I bought a large new floor-to-almost-ceiling bookshelf for most of my books, with a few supplementary shelves in the kitchen and my bedroom, for my current apartment, and am full of schemes for how to display the books in the next abode.

I was pretty sure my bookshelf fetish was something strange and a little off-putting, but thanks to the lovely Internet, I have discovered thousands of fellow addicts. My friend Rosie was kind enough to share Bookshelf Porn with me, a site devoted to pictures of bookshelves and pictures of bookshelves only. I could spend all day clicking through the beautiful images, but here are a few of my favorites so far:

This looks so cozy, like a room where you would retire with your after-dinner cocktail to unwind from the day.

Wow. Yes. Obsessed with this quirky shape.

It’s like a game of literary Jenga, right in your living room! Also, vintage typewriters–TWO of them!

Shakespeare & Co. Mmmm.

It would be pretty awesome to stumble on this little cubby full of books in the middle of an empty field!

I dig the camera and the photos above. Nice touches.

How do you display your books?

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  1. Nicole permalink
    July 6, 2010

    Thanks for the link. This is awesome.

  2. July 6, 2010

    Mine are arranged by color, but that’s about it

  3. Joe permalink
    July 6, 2010

    I, too, am a fan of arranging by color.

  4. July 6, 2010

    I arrange by color, and switch them up regularly to keep things interesting.

  5. meghan permalink
    July 7, 2010

    a bunch of friends of mine from grad school have these gorgeous floor-to-ceiling bookcase displays that i always stare at with longing and jealously. sadly i have a completely mismatched set of bookcases… while they used to be organized (fiction by author’s last name, non-fiction roughly by subject) now they are basically a mess. i have actually already thought about what my office will look like and how i will organize my books when i finally become a professor, haha. something like the top picture, actually!

  6. July 7, 2010

    hmm…i am intrigued by how many people apparently arrange by color! i never even thought about doing that. perhaps it is the future-librarian in me that has always obsessively organized everything (books, CDs, etc) alphabetically. i also separate fiction from non-fiction. i currently just have some blase ikea bookshelves which serve their purpose, but i constantly daydream about when i’m a grown up person with a real job and a real house and i can have a room/bookshelves of my dreams, kind of similar to the top one.

  7. July 7, 2010

    I WISH I had a bookshelf that was nearly as cool as one of these! I LOVE the swirl-style one!!

  8. Joe permalink
    July 8, 2010

    There is no way my books are going to be organized alphabetically, so I feel we may have a compromise brewing.

    I actually organize vaguely by genre and feel. It’s sort of an intuition thing. That’s how Murakami ends up by Meno (although that’s strangely alphabetical as well).

  9. Raquel permalink
    August 3, 2010

    We have several mismatched wooden bookshelves, and we’ve just discovered we will need more pronto. Jeremy and just toss books up where they will fit, though I try to group them by size. Sometimes we stack them in different ways or create piles of books with the spines facing out horizontally or pull one out for display for a while. (Usually one of my penguin children’s books.)

    Our new apartment has an honest-to-goodness book nook, which you will see when you come visit. We put in our bookshelf, a small CD tower in which we put a few CDs and some mass market paperbacks, and have set up a loungey reading chair and ottoman in front of it. It’s awesome.

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